Shannon Law Group - June 2020

135 S. LaSalle St., Ste. 2200 Chicago, IL 60603

3550 Hobson Rd., Ste. 403 Woodridge, IL 60517

312-578-9501 | www.shannonlawgroup.com JUNE 2020

GOODBYE TO THE BEST MAN I HAVE KNOWN

listened, witnessed his parents walking the walk, and lived and breathed these commandments every day of his life for nearly 100 years. The world is a happier, more meaningful place because of Thomas Matthew Shannon. On May 15, 2020, Dad passed into eternal life with four of his children praying the Holy Rosary at his bedside. I can picture him now holding hands with my mom, JoAnne; his son, Joseph William; my daughter, Margaret Mary; and all of his relatives and friends in heaven. He is back to strolling the streets and greeting future friends along the way. Strangers in heaven beware: Tom Shannon will stop and chat, and he will be genuinely interested in your life and how he can help you. You see, not one fiber of my father was fake. His unconditional love for me and all who he met felt as warm as a blazing fire on a cold winter’s night.

When my father was a young lad, his father, John, considered himself to be a bit of an evangelist. Although my grandparents, John and Anna, and their five boys were living through the Great Depression, Grandpa John felt he was the richest man in the world. Grandpa took my dad, Tom, door to door, sharing hope for the future and his Catholic faith with all who would listen. He wanted to share with others how to live a truly meaningful and loving life. Alongside his son, my grandfather shared the most important commandments of how to live: “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. The second is like it. You shall love your neighbor as yourself. The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments” (Matthew 22:37–40). Little Thomas Matthew

As a teenager, Dad left his childhood home on the farm in 1941 to serve his country for four years in the Air Force, island hopping in the Pacific theater in World War II. After he returned, he graduated from college and married the love of his life, JoAnne. That’s where the magic started. Mom and Dad had 10 kids. I was child No. 9. Dad worked initially as a salesman, then as a social worker keeping kids safe, and then finding jobs for scores of people to support their families. My dad’s life mission was this: 1. Follow the commandments above; 2. Be a great husband; 3. Raise children who believe in “God first, others second, and me last”; 4. Help everyone, and I mean everyone, in our community with a smile and expect nothing in return; and 5. Help people find jobs and make

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