Athanasios Panayotis ZIS

13 junio , 19451 septiembre , 2021
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Athanasios Panayotis ZIS, age 76, of Vancouver, British Columbia passed away on Wednesday, September 1, 2021. Athanasios was born June 13, 1945.

A visitation for Athanasios will be held Thursday, September 9, 2021 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Mount Pleasant Universal Funeral Home, 306 East 11th Ave, Vancouver, BC V5T 2C6. A funeral service will occur Friday, September 10, 2021 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM at Mount Pleasant Universal Funeral Home.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the ZIS family.


  • Visitation

    jueves, 9 septiembre , 2021

  • Funeral Service

    viernes, 10 septiembre , 2021


Athanasios Panayotis ZIS


George Michalopoulos

24 septiembre , 2021

Thanasis and I were friends in Greece, from being in the same class of the Medical School for six years. He and I shared the same highest grade in the class and graduated with "Arista" in 1969. Much to my pleasant surprise, when serving in the Greek Army for a year, Thanasis was transferred to the same MASH medical unit in Langada, Macedonia, where I was also serving. We spent several months together, and I always enjoyed his great sense of humor, and the erudite discussions we shared. We both had a lot to talk about politics, since Greece at the time was under military dictatorship, which we both despised. Though we have not been in contact after that, I very often thought of him as the partner I wish I had closer!

My deepest condolences to Katerina, whom I also knew from Medical School. I will dearly miss him!

George Michalopoulos
Professor and Chairman
Dept. of Pathology
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Lynn Raymond

22 septiembre , 2021

I always thought of Thanasis as a force in the department. He had a sparkle about him -- intelligent, curious, and showed joy in science and life. A provocative thinker, he liked to share ideas and opinions outside the mainstream. He was also warm, thoughtful and truly interested in advancing the good of the community. He will be greatly missed. My deepest sympathy for Katerina and the family.

Anthony Phillips

19 septiembre , 2021

Thanasis and I enjoyed a great friendship since we first met during his fellowship with Pat and Eddie Mc Geer in the 1970s. Our friendship was renewed in earnest when he and Katarina returned to UBC. In recent years ever since joineingthe Department of Psychiatry in 2000, we enjoyed a special relationship throughout his two successful terms as Head of Psychiatry.
He was a very unique man of principles and bold ideas and was not afraid to stand up for issues that mattered to him, no matter the opposition.
This is the mark of a true leader and is a defining feature of his professional and person life.

Roy O'Shaughnessy

13 septiembre , 2021

I had the honour of working with Thanasis in Dept of Psychiatry. He was an exemplar of moral and ethical leadership and displayed a hunger for knowledge and learning that made him an outstanding leader in our field. He always displayed a good sense of humour with a keen eye on politics, philosophy and a general love of life that made him a pleasure to be around. He will be missed.

D. J. Crockett

12 septiembre , 2021

I had the pleasure and honor of working with Dr. Zis, first when he was a resident at UBC and then as a colleague at the Health Science Center Hopital. He was an intelligent, empathetic, and principled individual who often worked for the underdog . It was a pleasure to work with him.

Joseph Tham

10 septiembre , 2021

It is with sadness to hear of the loss of a wonderful mentor, passionate colleague, and gentleman.

It was a privilege and pleasure to work with and learn from Thanasis for about a decade in the Neurostimulation Program at UBC until his retirement. As with others, those hours of spirited discussions over matters of the career, politics, passions and life will be ever cherished.

My condolences to the family.
Joseph Tham

Henry Lau

10 septiembre , 2021

Dr. Katerina Zis
I am very sorry to hear Dr.zis had left us. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Please accept my deepest condolences. Henry

Brian MacVicar

10 septiembre , 2021

Thanasis had a tremendous impact in my life by providing critical support for me to move to Vancouver to join the Department of Psychiatry so many years ago. Erika and I were very grateful for how welcome Thanasis and Katerina made us feel after our move. I have great memories of talking with Thanasis about everything and anything. He was wise and warm.

Vassilis Zis

9 septiembre , 2021

My dearest Thanasi,

Farewell. I loved you and always admired you very much. Give my best to the three women that loved us and that we loved. Our mother, nona, and Vassilo.

Until we meet again.

Your brother,


Αγαπημένε μου Θανάση,

Καλό σου ταξίδι. Σε αγαπούσα και σε θαύμαζα πάντα πολύ. Χαιρετίσματα στις τρείς γυναίκες που μας αγάπησαν και αγαπούσαμε. Τη μάνα μας, τη νόνα, και τη Βασίλω.

Καλό αντάμωμα, ο αδερφός σου,

Pratibha Reebye

9 septiembre , 2021

I am very sad to hear that one of my mentors and advisors has left us.
My sincere feelings of sympathy with his family.