Bob Thomas, 62, businessman, restaurateur and raconteur

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Robert (Bob) Worthington Thomas, 62, of Forest Park, a former longtime resident of Oak Park, died on Feb. 5, 2014 at the University of Chicago Medical Center. Born in Elmhurst on Dec. 2, 1951, he moved to 744 S. East Ave. in Oak 

Park with his family in 1960. Bob attended and graduated from Ascension School in 1966 and attended St. Mel High School in Chicago before transferring to Oak Park and River Forest High School, where he graduated in 1970. 

He owned and operated a successful business, J.B.'s Pizza, in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago from 1977 to 1984, and then started Coolit, an independent heating and cooling contracting business that he operated for the rest of his life. 

He was a well-known and much-loved raconteur in taverns and restaurants across Chicago's North Side and more recently in Forest Park.  

Bob Thomas is survived by his six brothers, Ben, James, Mark, John, David, and Peter Thomas; his aunt, Sr. Mary Susan Thomas; his sisters-in-law, Betty Eskow, Karen Thomas, Amornrat Thomas and Bekeeta Thomas; and numerous nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ben (Joseph Benedict) Thomas and Marie Lipscomb Thomas of Oak Park.

Thanks to all who came to the funeral Mass at Ascension Church on Feb. 8, and the reception that followed.

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Terry O'Connor Janisch from Rockford il  

Posted: February 16th, 2014 2:34 PM

Rest in peace old class mate. Thank you for the joy and companionship you gave my brother Tom. Bless the Thomas Family.

Thomas Sheehan from Sarasota,Fl.  

Posted: February 13th, 2014 6:09 PM

RIP my old friend ! May the light shine upon you!!

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