Thomas Leonard Monick was born September 18th, 1951 to Leonard Edward Monick, and Constance V. (Slattery) Monick in Chicago. He grew up with his sister Marion Monick Vicicondi and Steve Monick on Chicago’s West side. He went to St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic school and later graduated from Willowbrook High School in Villa Park, in 1969.
Tom received his B.A. from the University of Illinois at Chicago and took over the family business Lemmco, an industrial maintenance company now in Villa Park. Tom’s devotion to his family was legendary: he shared his company’s building with his sister who opened a salon. His brother Steve worked with him, as did many other friends and family members through the years.
Tom married Ann Robinson in January 1998 and became a loving husband and a loving father to her two children Charles Bent, and Samuel Bent. Tom had an uncanny ability to see through a child’s point of view quickly deflecting conflict. He lavished his niece, Nina Vicicondi, with love, attending her tea parties, and celebrating every milestone of her life.
Golf was Tom’s passion, and his skill and decorum on the golf course made him a popular partner. Rarely competitive, he chose to encourage and compliment his fellow partners. If asked, he would share his best score of 73, but rarely would he boast about his impressive skill. His favorite day of the year was his birthday when he treated himself to 18 holes on the Cary Country Club golf course where his family will celebrate him this September 18th.
Everyone who knew and loved Tom used the same words to describe him: generous, kind, and loving. One family friend who shared how Tom helped him salvage his life, not only through kind words, but offered a job, and was helpful at every step during his recovery. He said, “He was the most kind and generous man I ever met.”
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