Zimmerman & Sandeman Funeral Homes

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Thomas Charles Pope

February 18, 1947May 26, 2020

Thomas C. Pope, of Pope Construction, resident of Palos Hills for many years, died on May 26, 2020, at the age of 73, in the comforts of his home he shared with his sweetheart. He is survived by his partner Mary Jane Bos, his four children Andrew, Jessica, Sarah (James Ball), and Mary Kate, his brother Paul (Mona), and his niece and nephew Paul Christopher and Christine. He is preceded in death by his eldest brother Peter, his mother Charlotte “Shoogy”, and his father Ralph. Tom was born on February 18, 1947 and resided in Mt. Greenwood with his family. He had a strong passion for sports, especially baseball, hockey, and golf which he played avidly throughout his life. If there was a game on, Tom was watching. If there was a golf tournament, Tom was playing. When he was in high school, he moved to Detroit to play hockey for a feeder team for the Detroit Redwings. Years later, he graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. Tom was a skilled carpenter and tile setter. He eventually developed his own construction company “Pope Construction” and had many clients who boasted over his unique work. Tom was charming, witty, and a conversationalist, to say the least. He had this magnetic charisma about himself, people were drawn to “Pope”. He had the best one liners and always kept everyone laughing. Tom enjoyed spending time at The Valley Inn, where he met longtime friends, many he considered family. He spent the last few years traveling and really enjoying life with his partner, Mary Jane. He will be deeply missed by those who knew and loved him. Tom’s wishes were to be cremated and a memorial service will be held at a later date.


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Mary Chikerotis

May 29, 2020

I played sports myself for many years and my teams were sponsored by The Valley for many years. Because Dennis and his father sponsored many teams we also went to the Valley after golf and Tom was there a lot. He was the welcoming committee- he knew everyone- and he had everyone laughing and having a good time. I haven’t seen him recently and wondered about him. He always asked how are women’s leagues placed and asked me about my hockey playing sons. I am so sorry to his family for his loss and the world lost a great human being.