David Andre Schweig, 86, native Chicagoan and longtime Oak Park resident, died on June 4, 2022. The fifth and youngest child of Lawrence and Eila Schweig (nee Tripp), he was born on Hamlin Avenue in Chicago’s Humboldt Park neighborhood on Jan. 15, 1936. His parents founded the popular Lawrence’s Fisheries, which has been a Canal Street fixture for more than 70 years. He attended Tilton Elementary School, Austin High School, Wilbur Wright Junior College and graduated with a degree in Economics from Denison University in Granville, Ohio. He was employed by the National Labor Relations Board in Washington D.C. for several years after attending graduate school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and worked for many years at Chicago’s Schwinn Bicycle Company in their Labor Relations Department before striking out as an entrepreneur in several ventures, including school food service and real estate.
He was a lover of captivating conversation, engrossing books, and vintage firearms. Those who knew him well, knew he was a collector of “lost souls,” in whom others might not have seen tremendous worth, but he saw inherent value. He was an optimist with a never-give-up spirit.
Even as emphysema and illness wracked his body in recent years, his mind remained inquisitive and active. He was an advocate for civil rights, as well as a staunch supporter of the Second Amendment — an apparent contradiction about which he loved to debate others. Above all, he had an abundant sense of humor, a keen intellect, and an affable personality which made him loved by those who knew him. He will be deeply missed by his family and many friends.
David is survived by his wife, Cynthia; his daughters, Jessica Schweig, Leslie Bauer, and Melinda Schweig; his stepchildren Julia Harris-McCline and Chris Harris; his grandchildren, Carmelo Harris, JaMya McCline, and Jamall McCline; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at Third Unitarian Church of Chicago on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2022 at 2 p.m. All who knew Dave are invited to celebrate his life.