Bill Nack, who grew up in Skokie, wrote classic pieces on Secretariat and others in a storied career, most famously at Sports Illustrated.
Irfan Ahmad Khan was one of the best-known Quranic scholars in Chicago’s South Asian Muslim community and worked to promote interfaith understanding.
Aaron Elster is one of a handful of Holocaust survivors whose memories will live on thanks to holograms at the Illinois Holocaust Museum in Skokie.
Gabrielle Weisberg was “the type of woman who said, “I want to be a member” — and she shows up for you,” said Service Club president Tracey DiBuono.
Izola White, whose namesake Izola’s Restaurant in Chatham was a South Side landmark, has died at 96.
Yvonne Staples, who helped propel Chicago’s Staple Singers into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, has died at 80 at her South Shore home.
Bill “Chico” Freeman was a cop for 40 years, much of that at Henry Horner Homes, where he urged kids to work hard. He also was a bodyguard to stars.
Mike Egan, a longtime Chicago music marketer, is dead of a heart attack at 64. “He had good ears,” says Joe Shanahan, founder of Metro and smartbar.
Alfred O’Malley, who for decades headed Chicago’s Standard Bank, has died at 89. He had a role in financing “The Graduate” and “The Lion in Winter.”
Chicago’s Ann Yancy and Clay Graham, who were stars during the golden age of gospel music, have died.
John Gibbons’ 70-year career selling caskets is “a damn-near record,” said Michael Beardsley of the Casket and Funeral Supply Association of America.
Author Ta-Nehesi Coates once wrote in The Atlantic: “. . . .if you want to understand modern Chicago, you can’t do without Hirsch’s work.”
Mark Rebora “didn’t hold anything back,” said his son Cole. “Always pedal to the metal 110 percent, everything he did, family, friends, partying.”
Ivan Lefton, a futures trader who lived in River North, has died of complications from sepsis and pneumonia. He was 70.
Chicago entertainment lawyer Jay B. Ross “was ‘Mr. Fix-It’ for bad contracts,” said singer Tomiko Dixon, granddaughter of blues legend Willie Dixon.