Charles Crump, 57

Urban planner, Ascension parishioner

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Charles Johnston Crump, 57, died on Nov. 29, 2012 at his Forest Park home after a struggle with cancer. Born on March 25, 1955 in St. Louis, Mo., he grew up in Winnetka. "Charlie" attended New Trier East High School, Knox College and the University of Arizona, where he graduated with a degree in landscape architecture. An accomplished planner and designer for over 30 years, he worked on a wide range of local and national projects, including streetscapes, transit facilities, trails, parks and recreation facilities, reclamation, garden design, sacred spaces, as well as residential, industrial and commercial site planning.

A gifted facilitator, he helped clients and users think about and then join together in celebrating the uniqueness of their community, their shared values and their common aspirations, such as his recent work with the communities on the Calumet-Sag Trail. He was employed by the URS Corporation as a principal urban planner, most recently completing the design and installation of the Congress Street Streetscape in Chicago.

Locally, he served as the chairman of the Forest Park Historic Preservation Commission and was a member of Ascension Church in Oak Park. A friend and mentor of many, he brought beauty and happiness to others. He most loved traveling and attending musical and cultural events with his wife, Susan, and was always up for a good game of golf. He enjoyed spending time in the company of others with whom he could converse deeply, learn and share.

Charlie Crump is survived by his wife, Susan Reid Purdie; his mother, Margaret Johnston Crump; his sisters, Abigail Fasanella (Robert) and Jennifer Crump; his mother-in-law, Doris Purdie; his brothers-in-law, David and Thomas Purdie; and his nieces and nephew, Elaine (Lt. Brandon) Buehler, Cpl. Rocky Coladarci and Cecily Fasanella. He was preceded in death by his father, Charles Lester Crump.

Visitation will be held on Friday, Dec. 7 from 4-8 p.m. at Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home, 203 S. Marion St., Oak Park. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m., Dec. 8 at Ascension Church, 808 S. East Ave. Interment is private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle, IL 60532 are appreciated.

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