On Tuesday, December 17th, Jonathan M. Topodas, 73, succumbed to cancer, dying peacefully in his home surrounded by his family.

Jonathan was born in Springfield, MA, the son of the late Ignatius and Lillian Topodas. He served in the US Army in Vietnam as a SP5 in Military Intelligence and was awarded the Bronze Star for his service. After graduating from SMU Law School, Jonathan moved to Connecticut and began practicing as a lawyer for Aetna, Inc., in Hartford. He moved to the DC area where he became Vice President and Counsel and finished his nearly 40 year career with Aetna as a Healthcare Lobbyist on Capitol Hill. He retired in 2011 to the mountains of North Carolina. He served as the first Chairman of the Advisory Board to the homeowners association at the Blue Ridge Mountain Club, where he was affectionately nicknamed "Mayor." He loved his beautiful mountain community and will be dearly missed by all those he befriended.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Elaine Davey Topodas, who has been involved as a choreographer in InVisible Theatre Company in Boone, and served as Chairman of the Events Committee at the Blue Ridge Mountain Club. He is also survived by his 3 children: Leya Topodas, Dean Topodas (Beka), and Michael Metz-Topodas (Alyssa), as well as 7 grandchildren ages 1 to 14.

Visitation will be at Austin and Barnes Funeral Home (194 Queen St., Boone, NC) on Friday Dec 20th at 3:00 – 5:00 pm and again 7:00 – 9:00 pm. An Orthodox funeral service will be held on Saturday Dec. 21st at 2:00 pm at Grace Lutheran Church (115 E. King St., Boone, NC) followed by the internment at Woodlawn Cemetery in Blowing Rock, NC, with Military Graveside Rites provided by the American Legion Post 130 and the Watauga Disabled American Veterans Chapter 90. All are invited to join the family for a dinner reception at Jasper House at the Blue Ridge Mountain Club (706 Reynolds Pkwy, Boone, NC). Donations may be made in his name to Sts. Peter & Paul Church, 707 NC Hwy. 105 Bypass, Boone, NC 28607.

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