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Steven J Thompson, 61, of Chicago, IL passed away on Wednesday November 29th at his home surrounded by his family, after a 4 and 1/2 year battle with colorectal cancer.
Steve was born on November 8th, 1962 to Richard and Anne Thompson in Madison, WI, where he was raised. He studied political science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and later attended UW Madison Law School, graduating in 1987. After graduation, he packed up his charm and ambition and moved to Chicago to begin his next chapter.
He was a dynamic and hardworking lawyer for over 35 years. He was a brilliant speaker and beautiful writer, with a career that included commercial litigation and sports law. He was most fond of his US Olympic and NCAA infractions cases; he traveled the world, and built lasting relationships through his professional endeavors.
Steve was predeceased by his grandparents, Frances and James Kimmey; Mural and Archie Thompson; and his beloved father, Richard.
He is survived by his life partner Michelle Mogavero, his mother Anne, his older brother Mark Thompson (Jane Stimac), his younger sister Beth Thompson; his many nieces and nephews whom he cherished.
Steve is also survived by his 2 children whom he loved deeply, Jack Thompson and Laney Thompson. Both followed in his footsteps, attending UW Madison. Steve was a remarkable father, always enthusiastic, loving, interested and supportive of their endeavors. Steve and Jack were avid hockey players, passionate golfers, Green Bay Packers, Wisconsin Badgers and Chicago Cubs fans. Steve recently walked Laney down the aisle at her wedding in September, a moment that was very special to both of them. He was overjoyed to welcome his son-in-law, Luke McLeese, into the family, and fought hard to be present for the occasion. Steve lived within minutes of both his children, in downtown Chicago.
Steve loved live music shows and festivals, even promoting his favorite bands whenever he got the chance. He loved to bring people together for music, laughter and a good long story. He was an exceptional friend, an adventure seeker, a giver, and a compassionate listener; he was always willing to lend an ear and a hand. He enjoyed a deep tan, an intense game of gin rummy, and a strong Manhattan. He was whip smart, hysterically funny, a quick wit and a truly loving man.
In late September, Steve wrote: “I’m not losing any of these things; I’ve just enjoyed them as long as I was meant to.” In his final months, he faced numerous medical challenges with utmost grace, spending all of his time with his kids, Michelle, family, and loved ones. He had a one of a kind perspective on life, living and death. Steve shared his experience with cancer openly, hoping to help others, and this gave him peace.
“When your time comes, embrace both your dying and your living. Both require your attention and are important parts of your experience. The Stoics viewed death, not as something to fear, but as a natural part of life. Marcus Aurelius said:
“This is how a thoughtful person should await death: not with indifference, not with impatience, not with disdain, but simply viewing it as one of the things that happens to us.”
If your death is not sudden, and you are blessed with advanced news of your demise (and yes, after the initial shock, you will find that is a blessing) remember that you are still living until you’re not. Be thoughtful about it; contemplate your death, but really try to live whatever life you have left to the fullest. It may be different, it may get smaller, but it is still precious and worth the effort.”
Steve’s family could not be more proud of his bravery, and how fiercely he fought for life. It is an honor to be part of his incredible legacy. He is now without pain, hopefully already out skating or on the golf course, and in that we will find peace. He will be missed immensely, everyday.
Join us in commemorating Steven J. Thompson:
-Visitation: Sunday, December 10th, 1-5pm at Zimmerman-Harnett Funeral Home, 7319 Madison Street, Forest Park, IL.
-Memorial Mass: Monday, December 11th, 10am at Old St. Patrick’s Church, 700 W Adams St, Chicago, IL.
-Celebration of Life: Monday afternoon, 1-4pm at Fitzgerald's Nightclub, 6615 Roosevelt Road, Berwyn, IL.
In true Steve fashion, please join us to share stories, memories, and enjoy his favorite music, food, and drinks.
In honoring Steve's legacy, the family suggests donations to Hockey Fights Cancer, an initiative close to Steve's heart, which brings together the hockey community in a unified effort to support cancer patients, their families, and caregivers.
The family would like to extend a sincere thank you to every single person who helped Steve during this time, especially the dedicated oncologists, surgeons, doctors, nurses, and staff at Northwestern Memorial Hospital for their exceptional care that provided us precious, additional time together.
In Steve's words, 'Be kind to each other.'