Floyd Saunders was a trusted source of drinks and advice at the Wrigleyville Tap, where musicians were frequent customers.
I write obituary stories for the Chicago Sun-Times.
Visitation will be 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday at St. Peter Catholic Church in Geneva, followed by a funeral Mass there at 1 p.m. Wednesday.
“There’s only a few people that I really consider pure at heart, and Miss Irvin was one,” said Jabari Parker, the former Simeon high school star.
“He was so exacting and paid so much attention to detail. I learned a lot from him,” said Pultizer Prize-winning journalist Maurice Possley.
Hiro Tsuchida, a well-known figure among BMX “flatland” riders, died after collapsing at a basketball practice. The Northwest Side resident was 49.
Zettie Mae Pierce was a taxidermist at a time “that was unheard of for a woman and a black woman in rural Virginia,” said her daughter Paulette Rush.
The former Illinois homeland security chief under Gov. Rod Blagojevich died on a scuba diving trip in the Dominican Republic.
“People need to know what happened to us,” Rose Okabe, a Japanese-American held as a WWII internee, told her children, “so it doesn’t happen again.”
Hank Kupjack made magic in miniature, creating Lilliputian rooms that were richly detailed, perfectly scaled, historically accurate and enchanting.
Ken Nordine’s voice was so unique, “companies would come to him to create the commercial, based on his style with ‘Word Jazz,’ ” said his son Ken.
Pastor Vic Rodriguez of La Villita church “was a spiritual leader, a mentor,” Chicago police Sgt. Alfonso Lara said. “He wanted to make a difference.”
“Denise pushed us to think about things that mattered,” said Leo Burnett’s Jeanie Caggiano. “Everything she touched was simply far more relevant.”
Dorothy Cross, who said she was a great-niece of heavyweight boxing great Jack Johnson and pushed to clear the late boxer’s name, has died at 88.
“Chicago’s animal-welfare community lost one of its heroes,’’ the Anti-Cruelty Society says of the death of Bill Caprio.
Father George McKenna “really was the kindest man I’ve ever met,” said Nancy Westvang. “He just had such a human connection.”