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CHRISTOPHER ARTHUR, age 56, late of Three Oaks, Michigan, and formerly of Philadelphia, suddenly, June 3, 2016. Surviving are his wife, Jennifer Thompson; two daughters, Alexandra and Margaret; his mother, Marilyn Thompson of Joliet, IL; two brothers, Jeff (Nancy) Thompson of Joliet, and David (Carla) Thompson of Coal City, IL; one sister, Marianne (Joe) Haake of Joliet; his former wife, Sandra Hitschler Thompson; and several nieces and nephews.
Chris was previously employed by Willistown Conservation Trust, and worked as Executive Director of the Chikaming Open Lands Conservancy in Sawyer, MI for the last five years.
Visitation for Christopher Thompson will be held on Tuesday, June 7, 2016 from 4 - 8 P.M. at the FRED C. DAMES FUNERAL HOME, 3200 Black at Essington Rds., Joliet, IL. Memorials in his name may be directed to the Chikaming Open Lands Conservancy. Visit his
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Published in Philadelphia Inquirer/Philadelphia Daily News on Jun. 7, 2016.
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June 18, 2016
I will always remember Chris as that sweet, soft spoken, shy, smart classmate of mine from St Paul the Apostle School in Joliet, Illinois. We sat next to each other in homeroom in 8th grade, and he was always so kind to me. Chris had such character and manners, which is unusually special in a teenage boy. I am sure he developed into a wonderful man. I am so very sorry for your loss, and will remember Chris and all of his family in my prayers.
Vicki Lennon Corbisiero
June 13, 2016
In loving memory of a wonderful person. I babysat for Chris & Sandra years ago and I remember his artwork being bigger than myself.

Alex, Margaret-- know that he was so proud of you and all of your crafts, whether piano, poetry, or anything in between. You have a gift from him, continue to use it to brighten the world.
Jenae Meader
June 10, 2016
My heartfelt sympathies go out to the family and friends during this difficult time.
I hope that the promise in 1 Thessalonians 4:14 can bring comfort. Knowing that there's a hope for the ones we have lost in death can be so reassuring. -
June 9, 2016
My deep sympathy to Marilyn, Chris's mother. Losing a child at any age is difficult, especially when suddenly & as Chris was in his prime.
Matt Beth Wilhelmi
June 8, 2016
I went to grade school at St. Paul's with Chris for 8 years. He was an artist then and what a kind, loving person. He will be remembered and missed by so many. Love and prayers, Eileen McGuire Facinelli
June 7, 2016
I will always remember Chris, my dear son in law. Some of my happiest years were those when I rented a cottage on his and my daughter Sandra's property in Berwyn PA. When they created their company Panache, for fresh and locally grown produce, I was asked to help. They worked hard and long hours selling and packing hundreds of boxes and then hand /truck delivering. I spent many hours working alongside side and the memories of that year fall right in with my Hillside Avenue Berwyn happiness.
I have been missing you Chris ever since you moved 5 years ago to MI. I will continue to do so.
Diana Garson
June 6, 2016
Our thought and prayers go out to the Thompson Family. What a beer can collection he had..

Tom Schelfhout
June 4, 2016
May Chris rest in peace +
Colin Novick
June 4, 2016
Chris was an inspiration, and I feel so fortunate to have gotten to know him over thae last year. My deepest condolences go out to him family and friends. I cannot imagine the loss you feel. I hope that your memories of Chris and love for him and each other serve to comfort you during thus time.
Lisa Haderlein
June 4, 2016
Chris will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Renee Kivikko
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