March 14, 1965 – July 12, 2019
Tom Cramer, age 54, longtime resident of the Southside Chicagoland area, passed away unexpectedly on July 12, 2019. Cherished brother of Susan (Terry) Muldoon and their children, Erin (Kenny) Konrath, Beth (Eddie) Velasquez, and Terry (Regan) Muldoon, Jr., with whom he was raised from age 13; Special brother of Joe (Donna) Cramer, John (Mary) Cramer, and Jim (Karen) Cramer; Fun uncle of Joe (Jill), Greg (Elsa), Brian (Stephanie), Lisa, Heidi (Ryan), Laura (Troy), and Tim; Great-uncle of 20+. Tom was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Loretta (nee Harnett) Cramer.
Tom was a proud Notre Dame graduate who followed the Fighting Irish with a boundless passion, and was also was a die-hard fan of the Sox and the Bears. He loved playing his guitar and loved writing even more, while writing most of his stories about growing up on the south side of Chicago in the 70’s. Tom filled them with humor, sweetness, mischief and enough details to make you feel as if you were there with him (Google, Huffington Post & Tom Cramer).
He enjoyed international travel and the exposure to different culture and languages, spending an extended time in Belgium and France, taking the time to learn some Dutch and French. He also spent some time in Mexico and learned Spanish. One of his favorite places was Ireland, the native homeland of his mother’s family and was completely at home in Ireland with the people, the countryside, and the Irish culture of warmth and kindness.
Tom was an excellent cook with an outstanding palate for combining a dish perfectly with beer or wine and the family consulted him for special celebrations, always enjoying his outstanding selections. Tom loved his family and his many friends and was loved in return.
A Memorial Gathering is scheduled for Tom on Friday, 7/19, from 4-9 PM at Blake-Lamb Funeral Home, 4727 W. 103rd St, Oak Lawn, IL 60453.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Writer’s Garret at www.writersgarret.org.
- The Writer’s Garret
- Memorial Gathering Friday, July 19, 2019
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July 19, 2019
Tom would often meet at our house to share a beer, and when I came home on Christmas leave in Dec. 1995 this was no exception. Mom would provide the food, and my brother Rick, Tom and I and whoever else would come by would enjoy the beer and our company. Stories of St Damian's, Marist, college ski trips, concerts, or just catching up were great fun. the picture catches Tom in a smile, which is a great memory.
July 18, 2019
Our love and prayers are with you all. Take comfort in what a wonderful and full life Tom had. He wore many hats and was great in all his roles!
Mary and Andrew Guthrie🤟❤
July 18, 2019
Dear Jim and Karen, John, Joe and Susan,
We were so sorry to hear about the passing of your brother, Tom. We too experienced the untimely passing of our brother/son, Charlie, at such a young age, so we know how difficult it is. You are in our thoughts and prayers. We hope you find peace in knowing that you were there for him and in coming to accept that some things are just out of our control. This sort of thing doesn’t seem fair. We know the pain will ease with time, and send wishes that you will find that comfort soon.
Bettye Statham Anne Statham Michael Zupan
July 18, 2019
Met Tom freshman year at Marist. We also worked together at Jr’s Hotdogs and shared many many great times together. He loved to laugh and was fun to be around. Rest In Peace Tom, you will be missed. God Bless.
July 15, 2019
You will be missed. Your intelligence and sense of humor made work a lot more interesting and fun. And, you were always a good sport when I teased you about your green and gold Fender shirt. So, one more time...Go Packers.