James Andrew “Jimmy” Chafoulias

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Date of Birth:
Saturday, July 29, 1939
Date of Death:
Wednesday, December 29, 2021
Age:
82 years old

Burial

Location: Oakwood Cemetery

Macken Funeral Home Memorial Photo
Date of Birth:
Saturday, July 29, 1939
Date of Death:
Wednesday, December 29, 2021
Age:
82 years old
Macken Funeral Home Memorial Photo
Date of Birth:
Saturday, July 29, 1939
Date of Death:
Wednesday, December 29, 2021
Age:
82 years old

James Andrew “Jimmy” Chafoulias

On December 29, 2021, James Andrew “Jimmy” Chafoulias, 82, died peacefully at his home in Paradise Valley, AZ.

Jimmy was one of six children born to Greek immigrants Andrew and Anna Chafoulias of Rochester, MN.  He grew up in Rochester, attended the University of Minnesota and served two years in the U S Army. He then returned to Rochester where he joined his brother, Gus Chafoulias, to run the family businesses after the unexpected death of their father.

Jimmy left Rochester in 1970 to pursue other business adventures, and in 1974, he acquired Pioneer Paper Stock of Minneapolis.  Under Jimmy’s leadership and direction, Pioneer has grown to become one of the largest independent scrap paper operations in the United States.  Today, Pioneer has processing plants and operations in five states and exports around the globe.

Jimmy is survived by his brother, Ted (Dianne) Chafoulias; sisters, Kalliope Chafoulias and Mary Dascalos; nephews, Mark (Lauren) Chafoulias, Andrew (Kelly) Chafoulias, Mark (Roberta) Dascalos and niece Ann Chafoulias.  He is also survived by his former wife Susan Smith.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Andrew and Anna Chafoulias; brothers, Christopher (age 4) and Gus; nephews Christopher Chafoulias and Michael (Barbara) Dascalos and niece, Cindy (Mark) Fister.

Jimmy will be remembered for his great sense of humor, devout faith, and generous heart. From loved ones to perfect strangers, if you were in need he would always be there to help.  His philanthropy was inspiring and his supported charities central to his life’s work.  Most of all, we remember his true love of God, family, and his many friends.

A private family burial service was previously held at Oakwood Cemetery in Rochester.  Jimmy’s preferences were that any memorials go to the charity or loved one in need of your choice.

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Many hours on the golf course, never bored. Famous words I THINK I FIGURED IT OUT. Always waiting for next breakthrough. Hitting balls in the basement on Schaffer. Our yearly golf trips to Florida THE GREEKS. It was all about fun and BS. Grilling steaks and drinking great wine in Scottdale. He was the greatest and I miss him terribly. RIP Jimmy

RIP Jimmy, great growing up with you & your family. My heart goes out to you Teddy & Diane. 


Tommy & Butch Rubenstein

Life did not owe Jimmie a nickel.  He LIVED he  did not merely nexist.  See you soon dear friend.  Stan The Man