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Former Addison Chamber president Joseph Schwartz remembered for compassion

Published: Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013 7:36 a.m. CDT • Updated: Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013 11:01 p.m. CDT
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Joseph Schwartz, a former Addison Chamber of Commerce and Industry president, holds his granddaughter, Ana Barna. (Photo provided)

ADDISON – Former Addison Chamber of Commerce and Industry President, Joseph Schwartz will be remembered most for his compassion, his son said.

“He always helped out people when he could,” Jonathan Schwartz said.

His father died Nov. 17 at 81 years old after a life of service to his family and community.

He made many friends as a truck repair mechanic in town. Jonathan Schwartz remembers working at his father’s shop, S & S truck repair Inc., part-time when he was growing up.

As president of the chamber, Joseph Schwartz worked to help companies in Addison grow.

In addition to Jonathan, Joseph Schwartz had three other sons, Joseph, James and Jeremy. He was married to their mother, Kay Schwartz, for 42 years before she died 11 years ago. He married Coleen Schwartz nine years ago.

When a friend of one of his four sons was unemployed, Joseph Schwartz bought Christmas presents for the man’s children.

In addition to being a fourth degree knight with the Knights of Columbus Council No. 9893, Joseph Schwartz was also an active member of St. Matthew’s Parish in Glendale Heights, where he moved after more than two decades in Addison.

Jonathan Schwartz said his father’s compassion came from his faith in the community and his faith in man.

Joseph Schwartz would pick up his 13-year-old granddaughter, Holly, from school in Mount Prospect and drive her to dance class in Glendale Heights.

“Every week for a year he would pick her up, and they would have conversations in the car,” Jonathan Schwartz said.

The pair formed a close relationship, and Jonathan Schwartz is thankful his daughter got to know his father so well. Holly wrote a paper two weeks before her grandfather died about Joseph Schwartz.

Holly’s paper was read as her grandfather’s eulogy. Jonathan Schwartz said the amount of people who paid their respects to his father was humbling. Members of Joseph’s book club, which he joined only months ago, were present at services last week.

“He was a very Christian person and tried to help every one he could,” Jonathan Schwartz said.

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