Mike Theodosis passed away peacefully on September 23, 2018 at the age of 75 years.
Mike is forever remembered by his devoted wife Ioanna, his loving children Irene and Theodore Karras and Christos and Anna Theodossopoulos as well as his adoring grandchildren Theodora, Dimitri and Gerasimos. He is also survived by his siblings Elias and Polixeni, their spouses Maria and Pavlo, his sister in law Panagiota and numerous nieces and nephews both in Canada and Greece. Mike was predeceased by his brother Dionisi, his brother-in-law Constantin and his parents Eirene and Christos.
Mike was born in Gastouni Ilias, Greece in 1942 and enjoyed visiting home whenever he could. A proud Greek, he was also a “proud Canadian since 1967”. He opened his family business Atlas Pizza, a neighborhood institution, in 1975 with his brother Elias and remained involved in the business until 2016. Mike loved gardening and was an avid reader. He sang constantly and could be found tinkering in his garage on cold days and outside working on his garden on warm ones. He was always up for a good polka or Kalamatiano. He enjoyed travelling and was particularly thrilled to spend his last 10 years wintering in Arizona where he made many friends and is remembered for his thoughtfulness and energy.
Mike was an active member of the Hellenic community of Calgary as well as a driving force behind the Ilians’ Society of Calgary, which raised tens of thousands of dollars for local charities during its time. Mike also made dozens of personal financial donations to causes and people in need in Canada, the US and Greece – mostly anonymous and discovered only after his illness became public as beneficiaries have reached out to let us know how Mike touched them. A dedicated family man and a devout Orthodox Christian, Mike will be remembered for his cheerfulness, his kindness, his exuberance, his work and personal ethics and his flashy sense of style. We will all miss his customized serenades for the ladies, his easy smile and his generosity with friends and strangers alike.
Throughout his battle with Frontotemporal dementia, he retained his good nature, his faith and his delight in his loved ones. He inspired the same in those around him to the end. We are grateful to have had him in our lives and are blessed to have his example and spirit continue to inspire us. We will strive to emulate his optimistic zest and reverence for life. We could not have asked for a better father, grandfather, husband or friend. The family wishes to thank the care team and staff at Cedars Villa Long Term Care Centre, Clover area, for their care and kindness during this difficult journey. The family is also grateful for the loving and enduring support of family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, and in memory of Mike’s generous spirit, donations can be made to theaftd.org in Mike’s name or to any cause close to your heart. Mike believed in helping anyone who needed it. A tree will be planted in his memory at Eden Brook to commemorate his life and his passion for gardening.