James Stergios Petas
1965 - 2020
BORN
1965
DIED
2020
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Walker Funeral Home & Crematory
5155 West Sylvania Avenue
Toledo, OH
James Stergios Petas

02/27/1965 - 12/03/2020

James S. Petas, age 55, of Toledo, OH, passed away unexpectedly on December 3, 2020. He was born February 27, 1965 to the late Dr. Stergios and Frances (Jamoulis) Petas. Jim received a BS from the University of Toledo in Psychology and completed his graduate studies at the University of Toledo in Counseling and Education Services. He was proud of his Greek heritage and was a lifelong member of the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral.

He was a wonderful husband, father, brother, uncle and friend to all. He dedicated his life to his family through his unconditional love and support. At his essence, he was a philosopher and deep-thinker. He particularly enjoyed exploring Buddhist ideals, expanding his perspective on life. He loved to surround himself with others to exchange ideas, and in turn, always bringing people together. His "go for it" approach to life inspired everyone around him. He was adventurous, free-spirited, brave and courageous.

Jim had a deep love for the game of Lacrosse. His appreciation for the game evolved over his lifetime. His Lacrosse career began at the University of Toledo, where he remains one of the club's all-time leading scorers. Others may have known him as the Founder of the Lacrosse Club in Sylvania, which went on to win 3 consecutive Ohio State Club Lacrosse championships. Jim was a long-time coach of the Ottawa Hills High School Girls Lacrosse team, coaching all 3 of his daughters. Needless to say, he was fundamental in the development of the Lacrosse program in Northwest Ohio.

Jim devoted his professional career to caring for and assisting others. Through his work, Jim served as a "calm in the storm" to so many in the throes of conflict. He had a gift for connecting with people, regardless of their background, and worked every day to help bring peace to those in crisis. Jim served as a Senior Mediator with the Citizens Dispute Settlement Program at the Toledo Municipal Court, a past-President and Board Member of the Ohio Mediation Association, as well as a representative on the Supreme Court of Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution.

Surviving is his wife, Tobey; and daughters, Isabella, Olivia and Claire Petas; siblings, Susan Doukides (Dr. Panos), Marina Wade (Robert); beloved nieces and nephews, Theodore (Agelika), Steven (Irene), Nicholas, Stephanie, Abigail, Kelsey; great-nieces and nephews Panayiotis, Konstandinos and Maria Soultana; mother and father-in-law Deb Tomczak (Tom) and Mike Save (Jan); and brother-in-laws Thad and Rodney (Brandy) Save. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Nicholas Petas; and sister, Thelma Petas.

Visitation will be Friday, December 11, 2020, from 4-6:00 pm at the Walker Funeral Home, 5155 Sylvania Ave. (west of Corey Rd.) Strict COVID-19 precautions will be followed including mandatory mask wearing. Online condolences may be shared by visiting walkerfuneralhomes.com.


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Published by The Blade from Dec. 9 to Dec. 11, 2020.
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Peace and comfort to the family of James Petas. Memory eternal. I fondly remember Jim as a co-counselor at Ionian Village in Greece. He was truly a unique spirit. Thoughtful, kind, and a calming presence. I am so sorry to hear of his passing and know that he is now numbered among those who are resting in the arms of our Lord.
Jackie Morfesis
Friend
May 23, 2021
The Toledo Legal Community will not be the same without Jim. His confidence and approachability in the court allowed every attorney who he came in contact with to be respected and appreciated. His nack for hearing both sides of a case was textbook and hopefully trickled down to Attorneys. I considered him a friend even though he remained impartial and unbiased in his handling of cases in which I was involved. His family is in our prayers.
HAL burke
January 21, 2021
Jim was my therapist but became a friend, he was down to earth and the most caring man with the best advice. So saddened to hear such an amazing person left us. Heaven has a new angel. RIP friend, you are missed.
Rose Carter
January 6, 2021
To the Petas family and extended family. I have known Jimmy since Sunday school. Growing up in the Greek church all of us were close and we had a close community. When someone passes it is a big ripple effect and everyone is effected. My thoughts and prayers go out to your family during this difficult time. My his memory be eternal.
Sincerely,
Tina Skouroukos-Gazwi
Tina Gazwi
Friend
December 11, 2020
To the Petas family and extended family. I have known Jimmy since Sunday school. Growing up in the Greek church all of us were close and we had a close community. When someone passes it is a big ripple effect and everyone is effected. My thoughts and prayers go out to your family during this difficult time. My his memory be eternal.
Sincerely,
Tina Skouroukos-Gazwi
Tina Gazwi
Friend
December 11, 2020
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December 11, 2020
Tammy Schiavi
December 11, 2020
We are very sad to learn of Jimmy’s passing. He was always helpful to us. We will miss him. May his memory be eternal.
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December 11, 2020
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