SPOULOS, Socrates

Posted: May 29th, 2020


1930 – 2020

Jim was fiercely proud of his Greek heritage. He was born to Greek immigrants Chris and Helen Spoulos at the Lethbridge Galt Hospital and was named Socrates. His Irish godmother thought he should have a more Canadian sounding name, so he was called James. Later in life, he was commonly known as “The Greek” or “Jimmy the Greek”. He also claimed fame to the self-appointed names, “Spiker Spoulos” for volleyball, “Sticky Fingers Spoulos” for football, and either, “Canvas Back Spoulos” or, “Twinkle Toes Spoulos” for boxing, depending on whether he won or lost his match. “Canvas Back” once fought Rufus Goodstriker for the Alberta Championship and upon waking up in the dressing room asked, “DID I WIN?”.

During the war, Jim rode his bike out to the Prisoner of War camp to deliver newspapers and had many tales to tell of the goings on out there. As a young man Jim worked in his father’s store, the Roxy Hat Shop and Haberdashery. He later worked at McGuire’s Men’s Wear until he and his two partners, Burt Eccles and Scotty Duchan, opened Gentlemen III Menswear in 1970, where friends and customers endured his sarcasm and wit. He continued this legacy by teaching his grandchildren the fine art of verbal abuse.

Jim was active in many service clubs including Kiwanis and the Y’s Men Club. Jim retired from the clothing business in 1999.

Jan and Jim loved to travel and had the most romantic adventures in such places as Istanbul, Cypress, Israel, Rome, the Greek Islands, Ireland, Costa Rica, Mexico, and the Caribbean. Through thick and thin, they were a team, and had a marvelous life together. After a health crisis in 2003, Jim and Jan limited their travels mainly to Palm Springs.

Jim died a happy man at home on May 20th. He was most content in his home of 35 years surrounded by his loving family. Jim was predeceased by his son, Christopher Spoulos (1981) and his brother, George Spoulos (2010). He is survived by his dedicated and loving wife Janet of 35 years, his four blended family children Cathy (Chris) Flexhaug, Doug (Bev) Spoulos, Shawn (Carrie) Sakamoto, and Sasha (Scott) Mahan. His fabulous grandchildren, Jamie (Jordan) Layton, Jarrod and Jordy Flexhaug, Nick Kern, Carly and Carissa Spoulos, Parker, Quintin, and Lennon Sakamoto, and Lachlan and Cadan Mahan. He is also survived by three great grandchildren, Zephaniah, Eli, and McKinley Layton. Also, one niece, Wendy McDonald and two great nephews, Joseph and Jack McDonald.

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, there will be no public funeral. A private celebration of life will be held for immediate family only.

P.S. Sure hope heaven can handle him!

5 Condolences for “SPOULOS, Socrates”

  1. George and Carrie Polychronopoulos says:

    Dear Jan , Cathy and all the Spoulos family,
    We are sending all of you our deepest sympathies and our thoughts and prayers.
    Jim was a fun loving man that left his mark on this earth.
    You are very blessed to have to continue his legacy with your love and wonderful memories!
    May his memory be internal and may he rest with God!
    George and Carrie

  2. Greg and Viva Nicas says:

    sorry to hear of the passing of Jim, always enjoyed his humour and wit

  3. Shannon and scott parenteau says:

    Our deepest sympathy to you all, uncle Jim will be missed. I did look forward to our brief visits when I delivered his mail! You all are in our thoughts and prayers. Sincerely Shannon and Scott

  4. Lorna Peacock and David Gowlland says:

    So sorry Jan, to hear of the passing of Jim. Shopping at Gentleman Three was always an event which I thoroughly enjoyed. My Blue Willy sweaters [almost worn out now] are items my Grand-Daughters are laying claim to.
    David’s and my thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Sincerely, Lorna Peacock

  5. Dee Harrell says:

    Jan, I just learned of Jim’s passing and want to send our condolences to you and your family. If only things had been a little different….

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