Gregory F. Ceurvorst, 65, of Oak Park, died quietly and unexpectedly at home of an apparent heart attack on Dec. 17, 2011. Born on Oct. 20, 1946, in Davenport, Iowa, the son of Gerard R. and Teckla Ceurvorst, he married Georgia Frances Staes on Feb. 3, 1980. Known professionally as John Bishop, he was a dedicated and passionate jazz guitarist.
After playing in clubs in Kansas City and other Midwest venues, he went to Chicago in the early 1970s and signed on as an artist with Ray Charles. He played all the hot spots on Rush Street, including The London House and The Flower Pot. He opened Joe Namath's Bachelor III clubs in Boston and Florida and played from coast to coast with roots in San Francisco, Tuscaloosa, and Chicago. Partnering with his wife Georgia in life and in music, they co-founded the Georgia Frances Orchestra in Chicago, and he continued to entertain in various venues until his death.
He was a great cook, a generous friend, a wonderful storyteller, devoted husband, beloved father, entertaining brother, and loved by everyone who knew him.
Survivors include his wife, Georgia of Oak Park; his son, Gregory Frances Ceurvorst; his daughter, Nicole Marie Ceurvorst; and his siblings Donna (Stewart) James, Gerard (Mary), Michael (Lucille), Kathleen (Richard) Faoro, Mary Christine (Robert) Dunivant, Rita (Mark) Bawden, Patrice (James) Baustian, Anthony (Rhonda), Stephen, Gibsonia, Marla (Jeff) Konzel, Martin, and Dolores (Heinz) Schamberger. He was predeceased by his parents and two nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and two nephews.
Visitation was held on Dec. 21 at Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home in Oak Park. Funeral Mass was celebrated on Dec. 22 at St. Edmund Church in Oak Park.
Memorial contributions may be made to the University of Colorado Foundation, Luke Dunivant Scholarship Fund, 4740 Walnut St., Boulder, CO 80301.
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