“It was almost like your grandmother was scolding you,” police commander says of Glenda Linder, who spent years nabbing shoplifters for Carson’s.
I write obituary stories for the Chicago Sun-Times.
“He was one of Chicago’s premier socialite-connectors, particularly for the African-American community,” said friend James Ramos.
Barbara Proctor “helped open up the category of black-owned advertising agencies focused on the black consumer market,” said adman Tom Burrell.
In life, Barbara Brown had four species named for her: a rodent, monkey, mouse and prehistoric bird. In death, she hoped to be reincarnated as a hawk.
After Maria Mata died on their 68th wedding anniversary, relatives say her husband Simon said in Spanish “I’m coming, Mamacita.” He died the next day.
Jack Lyle, one of the legendary black aviators known as the Tuskegee Airmen, loved to fly. “He had no fear,” said his wife Eunice. “None at all.”
At the home of country guitarist Bill Davis, “There was always music, there was always laughter,” his son said.
Donald P. Doherty had “Family, church, friends, the GI Bill, night school, just a beautiful American life,” said his son Jay.
Dr. Yrech Pardo “was a trailblazer for my dad and other Haitian physicians who ended up settling in Chicago,” said Attorney General-elect Kwame Raoul.
O’DONNELL: Irish dance teacher Alan Beale’s death hit me hard. It reminded me: Make that call you keep putting off. Reach out. Don’t wait.
The Garrett Popcorn signature logo is based on Joan Zeisler’s penmanship, said her daughter Karen, former COO. “She had beautiful handwriting.”
Theresa Wozniak loved being in a Jessica Lange film but was even more thrilled to attend Pope John Paul II’s 1979 mass at Five Holy Martyrs Church.
The church the Rev. James Bass founded birthed “more than 15 churches . . . and more than 30 preachers, ministers and pastors,” said his son Vincent.
Kermit Campbell “was that big brother, always watching,” said Reggie Stewart, a coworker at 840 N. Lake Shore Drive.
Frank Higgins had “an encyclopedic knowledge of the law and a photographic memory. And he was driven. He never liked to lose.”