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William Robert Chambers Jr.

January 30, 2018

William (Bill) Robert Chambers, Jr., 63, passed on to peace on January 30, 2018, surrounded by his adoring family. Bill was the consummate Chicagoan, born and raised. Along with his siblings, Bill grew up on the northwest side of the city where he attended St. Patrick High School. He proudly earned a degree from Loyola University, and went on to become a well-respected executive across a broad variety of industries. Bill was determined and successful in every role he undertook, committing to make people and places better than he found them. Bill traveled the whole wide world, but his favorite days were spent at home rising with the sun; he never wanted to miss a moment. He (along with his best co-pilot and wife), spent weekends breezing through Chicago on a Silver Wing scooter. Together, they repeatedly attended Maxwell Street Market -- and every neighborhood street festival they could possibly squeeze into an afternoon. Taking fashion cues from no one, Bill could be spotted quickly in a crowd, coolly sporting a backwards hat and Birkenstocks. With socks. We are blessed to have learned so many life lessons from Bill, many of which came during the family dinners he lived for – and lovingly mandated, even after his kids were grown. When you knew Bill, you knew him as a friend; you counted on him as a man who possessed integrity and an unfaltering moral compass. Beyond being generous, jolly, and deeply kind, he lived every day of his life epitomizing the perfect combination of a soft heart, and solid granite strength. Bill is survived by his wife and best friend Eileen (nee Martin) Chambers, to whom he was married for 22 years. He will be lovingly remembered by his brothers and sisters: Peggy, Mary (Jim), Kevin (Dominique), Robert (Jackie), and Keith (Mary Jo). He will be cherished always by his loving mother, Alice Chambers. Bill will be desperately missed by his adoring children: Ryan Chambers and wife Bridget, Cayla Weisberg and husband Brad, Kathleen Chambers and boyfriend Ronnie, and beloved step-daughter Dia Carney. Bill’s life lit up with pride in September when he became Gramps to Collette “Coco” Weisberg, whom he will watch over forever. He was preceded in death by his father, William Chambers, Sr. Bill was a beloved brother-in-law, loving uncle to many nieces and nephews, and cherished cousin to many. He was exceedingly rich in friendship. He was a loyal and lifelong friend to so many people he loved so very much. Sweet Bill, we know your Irish Eyes are still smiling. You will be missed with all our hearts. Until we meet again, you’ll know where to find us: sitting around a table, having exactly the kind of family dinner you’d be proud of. You are forever loved. A visitation will be held on Thursday, February 1st from 3pm – 9pm at Cooney Funeral Home, 3918 W. Irving Park Rd., Chicago, IL 60618. Family and friends are asked to meet for a funeral mass at 10 AM on Friday at Old St. Patrick’s Church, located at 700 W. Adams St., Chicago, IL 60661 In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Misericordia in the name of Frank Chambers, or to the South Carolina Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, in the name of Tommy Clarkson. Info 773-588-5850 www.cooneyfuneralhome.com

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