Neal Edward Tokowitz of Waddell, AZ and Wapiti, WY passed away peacefully on April 23, 2021 after a courageous battle with leukemia, one day after celebrating his 78th birthday. Born in Chicago on April 22, 1943 to Louis and Mildred Tokowitz (deceased) and raised within a family with deep and proud Chicagoan roots, Neal was a proud alumnus of Evanston Township High School and DePaul University where he received his Collegiate and Law School degrees. He valiantly served his country with honor as a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Army and then upon discharge, remained engaged within the US Army Reserve. His sense of civic responsibility saw Neal serve the public as a member of the Illinois Bar and as a Sheriff for Illinois' Cook County.
Neal was a loving husband to Carol (nee Hoffman), cherished brother to Fred E. Tokowitz, beloved and supportive father to Kenneth and step-sons Bart Halper and Bradlee Hoffman, much adored grandfather, and devoted cousin to Adrienne Momi, Randy (Nancy) Green, Jodi (Gary) Bushkin, Allison Marks and Seth Fisher amongst many others.
Neal's devotion to his family was the foundation of his actions; the anchor that defined and shaped his life. He was truly a good friend to so many; one to be counted on and depended upon. Some say that Neal may have had a bit of a rough exterior, but his brother Fred will let you know that behind that façade was a caring heart and a genuine concern for others. It was indeed this caring and concern that allowed the two brothers to share these most precious of times alone together during this last week.
Whether you needed simple advice, an empathetic ear, a shoulder to lean on, companionable silence, a listener if you will; if all you wanted was to pass the time, Neal was your man. As his son Kenny will tell you, "Dad was always ready for the next 'big' adventure… steadfast, willing and good fun." An animal rights activist, Neal philanthropically supported many of these and other ecological causes.
Rest in peace, Papa Bull. Due to our country's current restrictions, services were held privately in Arizona.
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Dear Towowitz Family,
Worked with Neal almost 25 years, great guy, hard when he had to be or a softy when you really got to know him. Always something going on in Neal's world. He enjoyed life and had fun along the way. He will be missed by all..just a funny guy. He always wanted me to come and visit him and Carol in Wy. but he loved the Az weather.
God Bless...good hunting in heaven Neal..your friend always,
June 4, 2021
Hi Ken, sorry for your loss. I had just told my brother I remember the first time seeing your dad, in that crazy 2 piece swim suit. I also remember all of us younger people sneaking some of the Pina Coladas he made ( good stuff there ). Well again, sorry for your loss.
April 26, 2021
It breaks my heart to hear about the passing of your father. I have so many good memories of Neil from our pool parties to his famous Pina Colada's, and so many more. These are memories I will cherish forever. Ruth, Shawn, Caelyn, and I send our deepest sympathy.
April 26, 2021
Loved you so much. What a special light you were in my life. I miss you already. Annie
April 25, 2021
Ken, we are so sorry for the loss of your father. He sounds like a truly amazing man and we regret that we did not have the opportunity to know him.
Natalie & Shawn Hodges
April 25, 2021
Jay and I send our deepest sympathy to the entire family with all of our love to both Ken and Fred. May he rest In Peace.