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John A. Penicook Jr.

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John A. Penicook Jr. Obituary
John Andrew Penicook, Jr., passed away peacefully on March 6, 2013, with his family at his side. John was a farm boy at heart. Born on a farm in Piper City, Illinois, to John and Ruth Ann Penicook on February 3, 1958, he was an early riser and a hard worker, who grew up wanting to farm and coach basketball. Because he excelled in school, his parents convinced him to try college for a year, and he headed to the University of Illinois to study Ag Economics. There he found a thirst for knowledge, a love of the Illini, many lifelong friends at Delta Sigma Phi, and he met the love of his life, Mary Ellen Sirridge. He earned a BS and a BA from the U of I, and continued his pursuit of education earning an MSIA from Purdue, later passing the CPA, and the CFA while on the job. He spent his career progressing at a firm that evolved around him. He landed his first job in Chicago at First National Bank of Chicago, in farm management, was promoted into the investment area, which spun off as Brinson Partners, which was bought by Swiss Bank, which merged with UBS. He worked with many brilliant investment professionals over the years first as a mentee, and later as a mentor. Today, they are all considered friends. John was a great dad who enjoyed nightly family dinners discussing business, politics, current events and life lessons with his kids. He coached as much as his job would permit, and was known for his booming voice on the sidelines cheering on players from both teams. John created a loving family and will be remembered always by his wife Mary Ellen (nee Sirridge), his daughter Katie, and sons Charlie, Robby and Tommy. He will be missed by his parents, Jack and Ruth Ann Penicook, his sister Janice (John) Havins, his brother Brian, his in-laws Dan (Roberta) Sirridge, Bob (Althea) Sirridge, Joe Sirridge, Kathryn (Mike) Duffey, Larry (Elda) Sirridge, Patty Sirridge, Susan (Jim) Soderberg, Eileen (Ed) McMahon, and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and godchildren. His neighbors in LaGrange will remember the great times shared with John and will miss the sweet sound of his John Deere tractor plowing the snow from the sidewalks and driveways of 8th Avenue, on cold snowy mornings. Visitation 3-9pm Friday at Hallowell & James Funeral Home, 1025 W. 55th St., Countryside. Prayers 9:45am Saturday from the funeral home to St. Francis Xavier Church for Mass at 10:30am. Interment private. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Fenwick High School appreciated for the establishment of a scholarship. Funeral info 708-352-6500.
Published in Chicago Tribune on Mar. 8, 2013
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