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John "Jack" Fitzpatrick


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John "Jack" Fitzpatrick Obituary
icon Mr. Fitzpatrick was called home June 11, 2014 surrounded by loved ones in Oak Brook, IL. Jack was born in Chicago on August 3rd, 1939 to Charlie and Isabel and later lived in Potomac, MD, Northbrook, Chicago, Glen Ellyn and Oak Brook, IL. He attended DePaul Academy in Chicago, received a BA in Economics and Philosophy from DePaul University and a MA in Urban Affairs from Loyola University. Jack served in the Army and the National Guard. He is remembered as the world's biggest Bears fan attending nearly every Bears home game for nearly 50 years while also attending the 1963 Bears championship game as well as Super Bowl XX; both games in which the Bears won. Jack loved sports to see a plan or strategy come together after repetitive practice. He was a Cubs fan, a football and basketball coach. Jack loved and lived the wisdom of Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy. Jack loved all of his dogs over the years as well as fishing and enjoying a good pontoon ride. Most of all, Jack was a man of deep faith always saying, "stay close to Jesus!" Jack made his life's work a ministry of service and hope. Jack founded Employment & Employer Services in 1982 believing quality employment is the foundation of human dignity, economic stability and community self-sufficiency by connecting job seekers with quality employers, so Chicagoland remains a great place to live and work. Before E&ES, Jack was the Senior Vice President and COO of the National Alliance of Business (NAB), an organization which worked in partnership with government, labor and education to both secure jobs and job training opportunities in the private sector for hard to employ Americans and to develop business-education cooperative programs aimed at motivating young people to complete their high school education. Before joining the National NAB office, he was Executive Director of the Chicago NAB office and the Chicago Alliance of Business Manpower Services, which in cooperation with the City of Chicago became the largest and most successful CETA-funded On-the-Job Training (OJT) program in the country. The success of this program in securing jobs for the disadvantaged made the Chicago program the basic model that stimulated the White House and the Department of Labor to propose legislation that led to the passage of the Private Sector Initiative Program. In 1978, Jack was provided a Presidential Citation by President Carter for his leadership and direction in the Chicago program. Before joining the CABMS/NAB Jack served as director of planning for the City of Chicago's Department of Human Resources. Jack developed the policy framework for Chicago's human resources programs. Prior to that he was planning director for the Chicago committee on Urban Opportunity, the City's anti-poverty agency where he played a lead role in developing and coordinating the City's related policies and programs. A loving father and grandfather, Jack was an exceptionally devoted and supportive husband. Jack was the beloved husband of Judith Ellen Woods, devoted father of Lawrence (Annemarie), Megan (Sean) and Daniel (Zuzana) and proud grandfather of nine grandchildren: Jonathan, Jimmy, MaryKate, Anne, Katie, Molly, Lizzy, Hana and Vera. Visitation Monday 2-8 pm at the Williams-Kampp Funeral Home: 430 E. Roosevelt Rd. Wheaton, IL 60187 (one block east of Naperville Rd). Funeral Mass Tuesday 10:00 am at Notre Dame Church, 64 Norfolk Ave., Clarendon Hills, IL 60514. Please meet at the church. A private family interment will take place at All Saints Cemetery in Des Plaines. Funeral info: 630-668-0016 or www.williams-kampp.com.
Published in Chicago Tribune from June 13 to June 15, 2014
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