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.