Michael (“Mike”) Lee Tzekas (’69)

NTCI lost a loyal, long-time supporter of the school when Mike Tzekas passed after a long battle with cancer. Born in Greece, Mike immigrated to Canada at the age of four. After attending Deer Park Public School, he became part of NT’s close-knit class of ’69 and was involved with the planning of its 50th reunion.

Mike had a successful career with Xerox Corporation before turning to politics. He was first elected to the City of Scarborough Council in 1991. He held that position until 1998, when Scarborough amalgamated with Toronto. He continued as Toronto councillor for Scarborough Wexford until losing to Norm Kelly in 2000.

During his time as a councillor, Mike was credited with getting Ellesmere Community Centre built and ensuring that plans to regenerate Terraview Park and Willowfield Gardens Park were carried out.

Always proud of his Greek heritage, he served as a president of AHEPA’s Sons of Pericles and of the Pan-Macedonian Association of Ontario Inc. Known for his philanthropic work, he was recognized in 2012 with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Award for his dedication and many contributions to his community.

He passed away on February 12, 2020.

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