Edward S. Weil, Jr., 93, passed away peacefully in his home with his wife by his side on February 11, 2021 (born January 22, 1928). He was preceded in death by two weeks by his beloved mother-in-law, Claudia Stompanato, and long ago by his parents, Margaret and Edward Weil. He is survived by his wife, Dia, children Lynda Jo (Noah) Shlaes, and Edward S. (Karen) Weil III and grandchildren Oliver and Jonah Shlaes, and Rachel and Charlie Weil. He is also survived by his brother Tom Weil, sister-in-law I.B. Weil , sister-in-law and brother-in-law Joan and Angelo Fosco, many nieces and nephews, his cousin Carky (Mary) Rubens, and by his former wife, Nancy Hecht Weil.
Ed was born in Chicago and had a wonderful early family life, manifested by the many letters he saved that his parents wrote him and by the fact that he quoted something his father said at least once a week. He attended Ravinia and Lincoln Schools, Highland Park High School and flunked out of the University of Michigan after one semester with two incompletes, one C and four Fs because he wanted to join the Navy during World War II. He proudly served on the USS Kearsarge and was yeoman to Captain (later Admiral and Chief of Naval Operations) James Holloway III. After his honorable discharge in 1948, he graduated from Lake Forest College on the GI Bill.
Ed liked to say that he had one job his whole life. He went to work for Fansteel Corporation in 1948 and later bought his division in 1969, naming it Power Conversion Products (PCP) and relocating it to Crystal Lake, Illinois, where he served as CEO, eventually selling the company in 1998. The company continues to this day in its new incarnation as part of Delta Electronics. Among his many travels, Ed was a business pioneer in China and South America, traveling there in the 1980s, which travels he kept up all his life with his trusty original briefcase.
Among his many civic interests, Ed was the longest-serving board member and past Chairman of the Auditorium Theatre of Chicago, and was the great- grandson of Dankmar Adler, who co-designed and engineered the building. He was a longtime board member and life trustee of Highland Park (Illinois) Hospital. Ed's next love was horses and Ed owned part of the 2011 Kentucky Derby-winning horse, Animal Kingdom. When asked how many horse syndicates he belonged to, he responded, "I don't know , because then I would have to tell my wife." Ed had an early start along this path, sending a Western Union telegram to his parents in Louisville in 1943 to place a bet on the Derby - which he didn't win.
Ed was a person who loved his life, his country, and his family. He made friends across the generations, always said the glass was more than half full, stood up for the national anthem when alone watching his Cubs, and was a gentleman even when no one was looking. We will miss his ready litany of everyone's phone number, his limericks and his welcoming smile.
Ed was a loyal friend, incredible husband, caring parent, grandparent and uncle and loved his dogs (the "girls"), Zoe and Lola.
He will always be remembered for his thoughtfulness at all times, his quiet generosity, his graciousness, his support and those twinkling eyes.
An in-person funeral service will be private on Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 11 am. If you would like to join by Zoom, please reference the Kelley and Spalding website on Monday for further information, www.kelleyspaldingfuneralhome.com
Donations in Ed's memory may be made to: The Auditorium Theatre of Chicago https://www.auditoriumtheatre.org/
or Disabled Veterans https://www.dav.org/
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Published by Chicago Tribune on Feb. 14, 2021.