Died: July 24, 2013
Lifelong Hyde Parker & former manager at the Hyde Park Co-op. Beloved husband of Andrea; Dogfather to Gracie & Chester; dear brother of Ellen Goldberg; cousin to Marc Sparber (Valene), Laurence Smith (Missy) & Jules Smith (Monica); darling uncle to Ariella Alarid.
A lifelong Hyde Parker, Jon graduated from Bret Harte Elementary in 1973 and Kenwood High School in 1977. He worked at the Hyde Park Co-op for the better part of twenty-five years. Jon’s final position at the Co-op was as the video manager, which tied to one of his most favorite things. He was an avid movie buff and loved movies ranging from silent films with Charlie Chaplin up to very modern films. He especially enjoyed the humor of the Three Stooges.
Jon was an eager Chicago sports fan and loved all Sports that Chicago participated in. He especially loved the Bulls and shared the six championship seasons with Andrea, when they were newly married. She became a rabid basketball fan under Jon’s tutelage. He also loved the White Sox and went to games as often as he could. He secretly loved the Cubs although he wouldn’t usually say it out loud. He was thrilled recently as the Blackhawks won their second championship in 4 years. During Football season, you couldn’t get him away from the Bears Game even if he was out of the country. One year as the family travelled to Mexico for Thanksgiving, he and his sister-in-law holed up in the hotel room to watch the Thanksgiving Day game against Dallas.
Jon and Andrea have two furry children, Gracie and Chester, whom he loved to take out on long walks while he rode along on his mobility scooter. They went all over the place going around the Museum of Science and Industry, the Wooded Island and up the Midway.
Jon was beloved by all the kids he knew. He was everyone’s “Uncle Jon”. He gave the kids rides on his scooter and always spoke with them and followed with interest, their progress in school and in life.
Most recently, he was asked to join the contract review committee at their apartment building. His opinion was sought out and well respected by the members of the committee. It gave him a real sense of pride and purpose over the last year or so, and he enjoyed it tremendously.
Jon and Andrea both fought hard against the physical ailments in Jon’s life. They worked tirelessly to keep him well and at home. Even so, 2013 was a very difficult year for Jon and Andrea. Jon lost a great deal of weight and had been feeling pretty well, although he spent most of this year in the hospital and in a facility for physical rehabilitation and occupational therapy.
In the few weeks that Jon was home before his last hospitalization, he went out and visited with many friends and family. They especially enjoyed going out with their dogs, to his sister Ellen’s home in Aurora. They barbecued and had a wonderful time together.
Unfortunately, on July 24th, 2013, Jon lost his long battle with diabetes and heart disease. We will miss him terribly and will think of him often. He gave us humor and patience, love and laughter.
Special thanks to: Dr. Niranjana Shah, Dr. Mark Jones,
Allie Bullinger RN,
Bamboo Solzman & Eli Lewis
David Solzman & Rachel McKinzie
Ellen Goldberg, Norman Williams,
Christina Epple & John Hayes,
Ariella Alarid & Nancy Solzman, and the entire staff of Vista Homes Building Corporation for their unending commitment to Jon’s well being.
Friday, July 26, 2013 1:00PM
at Chicago Sinai Congregation
15 W. Delaware Place
Chicago IL 60610
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Jon’s name to the Trio Animal Foundation - trioanimalfoundation.org or Project Rescue Chicago - projectrescuechicago.org.
Unity Funeral Parlors, Inc.
4114 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago IL 60653