H. Thomas “Tom” Roos Jr., 82, of Palatine, formerly of River Forest, died peacefully on May 16, 2022. Born in Oak Park on Jan. 27, 1940 to Harold T. and Dorothy L. Roos, he was a proud member of the Oak Park and River Forest High School class of 1957 and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign class of 1961. While at Illinois, he served as president of the Beta Upsilon Chapter of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity. Upon graduating, he began his advertising career at the Chicago Tribune, where he worked for 44 years before retiring in 2005.
Throughout his life, he was active in the University of Illinois Alumni Association and was a passionate Illini and White Sox fan. In his retirement, he enjoyed playing the piano, managing his fantasy sports teams, collecting sports memorabilia, and supporting his children and grandchildren in their many pursuits.
Tom was the husband of the late Sally Ann (nee Pohlman); the father of Elizabeth “Beth” (Daniel) Eernisse, Robert (Jodi) Roos, and Carolyn (Scott) Rapoport; and the grandfather of Braden, Nathan, Tyler, Julia, Nora, Morgan, and Ethan. He will be deeply missed by many friends and family.
A memorial visitation will be held on Saturday, May 28 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. with a memorial service beginning at noon at Smith-Corcoran Funeral Home, 185 E. Northwest Highway, Palatine, IL 60067. Interment private.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the American Heart Association http://www2.heart.org/goto/ThomasRoos or the University of Illinois Alumni Association are appreciated.