Harold J. Thompson Jr., age 95, passed away peacefully on July 11, 2021. He was born on February 25, 1926 to the late Harold and Kathryn Thompson in Chicago, Illinois. Harold dedicated his life to public service. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II and was promoted to sergeant. After returning home, he continued his career of service as a Chicago firefighter. He started on Engine 38 in 1954 and was promoted to engineer in 1967. Harold was assigned to Engine 77 in 1969 where he spent the remainder of his illustrious career. He was an active member of the Board of Chicago Firefighters Credit Union from 1980 to 2019 finishing his role as chairman of the board in his 90s.
Harold was as dedicated to his faith and family as he was to public service. He was a devout Catholic who attended Mass every week until he passed. Harold diligently cared for his mother until she left us and served as a surrogate grandfather to his cousins. He travelled the country until his late 80s visiting dear family and friends in multiple states. His sense of humor was unmatched by any other which brought joy to all those he met. Harold blessed his family and friends with his love, generosity, and unparalleled quick wit. His legacy and spirit will live on forever in all of those who had the honor of knowing him.
Funeral Saturday 9:30 a.m. from Salerno’s Galewood Chapels, Sciaraffa Funeral Directors, 1857 N. Harlem Avenue, Chicago, 60707 to St. Luke Church, 7600 W. Lake Street, River Forest, 60305 for Mass at 10:30 a.m. Interment St. Mary Cemetery in Lake Forest, IL. Visitation Friday 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Mask is required for non-vaccinated attendees. For information call (773) 889-1700.