Drake & Son Funeral Home

5303 North Western Ave, Chicago, IL


Christopher Michael Ford

February 21, 1963September 30, 2012

Christopher Michael Ford, 49, of Chicago, passed away Sept. 30, 2012. Beloved son of Bernard and Edna, nee Wilcke; loving brother of B.J. (Heather O’Shea), Beth and Susan (Scott McDonald); cherished uncle of Brendan, Patrick, Maura, Liam, Duncan, Ian, Anne-Marie, and Jack; dearest nephew of Dennis Ford (Randy Fowler), Lois (the late Walt) Goggin and the late Richard (the late Dolores) Ford, Winnie and Janet Wilcke; fond cousin of David Goggin, Julie (Mike) Antongiovanni, Brian (Colleen) Ford, Mary Ellen Fasolo, Eileen (Louis) Bacigalupo and Bridget (Ted) Winrow. Visitation Friday, 4 – 9 p.m. at Drake & Son Funeral Home, 5303 N. Western Ave., Chicago. Family and friends will meet at St. Benedict Church, 2215 W. Irving Park Rd., Chicago on Saturday, Oct. 6th for Mass at 11 AM. Interment private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made St. Benedict High School Scholarship Fund, 3900 N. Leavitt, Chicago, IL 60618. Arrangements under the direction of Drake & Son Funeral Home, 773-561-6874.


  • Visitation Friday, October 5, 2012
  • Funeral Mass Saturday, October 6, 2012


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Tommy O'Brien

February 6, 2013

I was thinking about Chris today. It remains sad that such a young and loving heart was taken so soon. He was a charter member of the Uncle Hulka tribe who had fun, fun, fun, decades ago. He will be missed. My heart goes out to the Ford family upon losing such a wonderful man.

Barbara T. Lea

October 24, 2012

Chris was my first true basketball coach at St. Gregory Elementary School. He started coaching us in 5th grade and carried us through to 8th grade. We have so many great memories with Chris: rides with the top down, celebratory meals (IHOP, Baker's Square), his unique pants, Scumbag drills, silly nicknames, and so much more. He took the time out recently to get together with Terri, Lea, Kristine and I, and he was full of life, love, and great advice. We had been planning another get together this fall. I remember the last day I saw him, I had ditched choir practice at St. Greg's so that I could meet up with him and the crew (I am so glad I did!)! When the choir director unexpectedly showed up at our restaurant, Chris properly explained to Patrick who he was to me, and how he hadn't seen me in so long. He defended my choice to ditch choir for him, and I will always remember that (and all the great memories we had with Chris). Until we meet again, coach! Miss you. Barb

Genelyn Jalac

October 21, 2012

Coach Chris...I had the pleasure of knowing this amazing man when I was in grade school basketball. Other than being a great coach, he was great support and leader. May you rest in peace.

Sophie Gavilanes

October 21, 2012

Chris was an amazing coach back in the day at St. Greg's. He has been an influential person in my life and I'm am grateful to have had him as a coach and friend. Thank you for all the lesson coach. You will be missed.

Kristin Aguda

October 20, 2012

I am one of Coach Ford's alumini basketball players from N.C.A many years ago.He was an amazing man,teacher,mentor and coach.I am now 30 years old and still remember things he taught me to this day.He will be missed.THoughts and prayers to his family and friends.MAy he rest in peace and lay in the arms of the angels.
Kristin Aguda

karl kuhn

October 12, 2012

I worked with Chris at St. Benedict for years and I was always lifted up in spirit every time I saw or chatted with him. He was so willing to give and seek nothing in return.. A real man! Karl Kuhn Chicago

Jean Schmeltzer

October 9, 2012

My heart goes out to the entire Ford family. I worked with Chris at Checkers, and have a lot of great memories. I would have to say the best times we had together were those Friday afternoons at Wrigley (and I'm not even a Cubs fan). He was kind, generous and funny. Rest in peace, Christopher

Tom McCabe

October 9, 2012

On behalf of all of the neighbors of Chris at NorthBranch Condominiums, I would like to express our sorrow over the loss of such a good guy. Chris was the Best.

Barry Brave

October 8, 2012

I worked with Chris at Checkers Simon & Rosner in the late 1980's. I believe I got him into coaching when he helped me with a boys YMCA basketball team. He was a great guy who will be missed. My heart and prayers go out to the Ford family.

Marie Buerger

October 6, 2012