Brian A. Gulik Brian A. Gulik, born June 19, 1986, passed away suddenly. He was the beloved husband of Elyse Cahill; loving son of Larry and Rita (nee Laskowski); dearest brother and best friend to Eileen; dear son-in-law of Denise and John Cahill; cherished grandson of Virginia and the late Casey Laskowski; and brother-in-law of Cullom and Becca Cahill. A talented young man who left us way too soon. An award winning musician who played drums, mastered the piano and sang in the Wheeling High School Madrigals and University of Illinois Community Chorus. He wrote and composed many original songs. He was a writer who created funny, zany short stories; an artist who not only sketched on paper but fabricated modern sculptures from junk and everyday materials. And if you were family or a close friend, you received on your birthday a custom made, often three dimensional card with a special hand-penned birthday greeting. A graduate of the University of Illinois, he set out to find his place in the world. He worked for a time as a bank teller, but found it too boring. He surprised us all by next becoming a bicycle messenger in downtown Chicago. He did this for three years, riding over 25 miles every day. If that wasn't enough, he competed in bicycle rallies after work! Recently he returned to school and became a licensed EMT, the first step on his journey to becoming a paramedic. Looking for a position to open with an ambulance service, he took a job as a waiter. He took great pride in doing a good job, always getting everything "just right" for his customers, who rewarded him with good tips. Brian had a big heart and wanted to help everyone. He loved all, especially family. Somehow the universe had other plans for him. He left us on Monday, Oct. 8, 2012, at the young age of 26. We will all miss him and wonder "Why*" Visitation is from 4 to 9 p.m. Friday, at Casey Laskowski & Sons Funeral Home, 4540-50 W. Diversey Ave., Chicago. Family and friends will meet for further visitation at 9 a.m. Saturday, at St. Alphonsus Liguori Church, 411 N. Wheeling Road, Prospect Heights followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Interment will be in St. Adalbert Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to Community Elements Org, 1801 Fox Dr., Champaign, IL 61820 appreciated. For information, call 773-777-6300 or visit

Published in Chicago Suburban Daily Herald on Oct. 12, 2012