In Memory

Craig Thompson

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09/25/14 06:51 PM #1    

Lynn Warner

 Craig Thompson is one of 6 or 7  life long friends from high school. Craig died of complications from MS some 13 or so years ago. He left the navy at age twenty seven on a medical discharge , though they did not tell him. Many years later, the navy admitted their mistake. As a result, the last few years of his life he lived comfortably. When Craig left the navy, he went to work for my dad at Harold Motors in Olympia Fields. He sold Chryslers until the disease made it hard for him to get around.  During this time , Craig was married and fathered two children Meaghan and Tim. They were the joy of his life to  the end. Craig had a great attitude and was never really down about his physical condition. He actually got around quite well until his last few months. Craig was an only child who was outlived by his mom. Betty and I remained close until her death in her late eighties. She was like a second mom.

    Craig was my dear riend. I miss him. We spent time together till his death. Craig and I always enjoyed each other's company. We could sit for hours, drink coffee and entertain each other. Sometimes we were  just plain silly. I miss those times most.                                  

05/23/19 08:59 AM #2    

Tom Overman

Craig and I were neighbors and best of friends from grade school to our years at Westwood JH, and two years at Rich. We hung around with Roger Parsons, Mike Burke, Dick Kiser, Jayne Eaton, Connie Tuttle, Madeline Magella, Jackie Schellenberg, and so many others. The Thompson's always seemed to enjoy having any or all of us stop by, as did my parents. I loved Park Forest and Rich East, and was devistated to have to move away. I moved to Ohio after our sophomore year, and tried to stay in touch as much as I could, but as often happens distance and life's other directions don't always cooperate. 

In 1970 Craig was home on leave, I was headed back to Viet Nam, and he met me at O'Hare airport for lunch and a couple of drinks. We shared old stories, and new ones, since I was Navy too. That was the last time I saw Craig. I'll always regret not staying in touch. He was such a great person and friend, and when his mom sent word that he had passed away I regretted not staying in touch even more.

Tom Overman


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