Richard P. Soso, age 69, Retired CFD, passed away surrounded by his family on February 11.
Rich was the beloved husband of Joan, nee Hallisy, loving Dad of Katie (Tom Webb), RJ (Meghan) and Maureen (PJ) Kadowaki. Dear Dida of Morgan and Lizzie. Rich was predeceased by his parents, Mary and Richard Soso and was best friend and brother to Daniel (Lorie). Rich spent his life surrounded by loving grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and countless friends. Once you were Rich’s friend, you were in it for life. Starting with his Rockwell family, then at Morgan Park High School, at Rainbow Beach and South Shore Beach as a Lifeguard Captain, and at Ridge Park as a Swimming Coach, Rich made lifelong friends. After graduating from Southern Illinois University, where he was a member of the TKE Fraternity, Rich worked at Hines Veteran’s Hospital as a Corrective Therapist and as a teacher for Chicago Public Schools, before joining the Chicago Fire Department in 1977. Rich was a 40 year member of Chicago Firefighters Union Local 2, a 50 year member of the Croatian Fraternal Union and a regular of the Dobro Jutro Breakfast Club. Our family wants to thank the compassionate and caring nursing staff of Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit at Loyola Medical Center in Maywood would be appreciated. Funeral Friday, February 15, 2019, 10 a.m. from the Thompson & Kuenster Funeral Home, 5570 W. 95th Street, Oak Lawn, to St. Christina Church, Chicago, for 11 a.m. Mass. Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Visitation Thursday from 3 to 9 p.m.