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Brian Thompson McElwain

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Brian Thompson McElwain Obituary
Brian Thompson McElwain, 53, of Downers Grove, passed away peacefully on Sept. 26, 2012. Brian was a kindhearted and generous soul who always had a few minutes to talk or help anyone: friend or stranger. Husband of Cathy, nee Ballard; stepfather of Adelaide and Carolyn; son of Mary Mitchell and the late John Allen McElwain IV; stepson of Harold Mitchell; brother of John Farley and Robert McElwain, Marc (Renee) Mitchell and Allison (Brendan) Schallert; uncle of Jon and Katie Mitchell, Megan and Scott McElwain and Maeve and Siobhan Schallert. He will be missed by his loving dogs: James Brown and Barry White. He graduated from Hinsdale Central High School and the University of Colorado, Boulder with a degree in Environmental Design. He was the owner of Environmental Design Associates, Inc., and active in the Y's Men at the Downers Grove YMCA, Hinsdale Historical Society, Folk Art Society of America, Westmont Chamber of Commerce and Porsche Club. A gathering for the celebration of Brian's life will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012, at the Unitarian Church of Hinsdale, 17 W. Maple, Hinsdale, IL. In lieu of flowers, memorials should be sent to the Village of Hinsdale - KLM-Brian McElwain Dog Park Fund, Attn: Parks, 19 E. Chicago Ave., Hinsdale, IL 60521. Arrangements by Ahlgrim Funeral Home. Info 630-834-3515 or www.ahlgrim.com.

Published in Chicago Tribune on Sept. 30, 2012
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