Maurice Thompson Sr. was born February 11, 1942, in Chicago Illinois to the proud parents of Ruth Avery-Childs and Nathaniel Thompson.
His early childhood years were spent in Louisville, KY prior to the family’s return to Chicago. Maurice’s adventurous and inquisitive spirit was sparked in his youth. This evolved into his drive for excellence resulting in his distinguished graduation from Crane H.S. He worked to support his way through college beginning at the University of Illinois in Chicago. He successfully secured his degree in Electrical Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT).
While serving as a groomsman, he met a young bridesmaid, Elmiria Williams, who would become his future wife. To their union, they added Lisha Ellis and Maurice Thompson II.
Family and traveling were very important to Maurice. Combining them brought him great joy. In his early years of marriage to Elmiria, they packed two Volkswagen Beetles with their children and younger siblings to experience the country as they traveled to Disneyland in California. Over the years this continued with countless road trips, cruises and international travel with family, including an adventure to South Africa with his son, daughter-in-law, and grandsons.
Maurice Sr. fully lived up to, “To whom much is given, much is required.” He provided support to family, friends and charitable causes throughout his life. IIT has recognized Maurice Sr. as a Distinguished Alum for decades of support to the institution.
Professionally Maurice worked at AG Communications (GTE) as a Trainer. He excelled this role and received recognition for the thoroughness of the sessions he led. Driven to learn and do more, he moved into Sales. It in this role that Maurice thrived. He received numerous Sales awards over the years and was promoted to Sales Director, a position he kept until his early retirement. Additionally, Maurice served on the Board of the Corporate America Federal Credit Union in a variety of capacities.
Maurice was the epitome of a Renaissance Man. He was happiest when enjoying classical music, impressionist art, visiting libraries, and museums, solving mathematical problems, and rooting for his favorite Chicago sports teams. He performed at the Chicago Opera House and served as a restaurant and food critic for a Chicago newspaper. He loved spending time in his garden, growing beautiful flowers – some of which reached well over six feet tall. Maurice could weave such a great tale, it was difficult to tell the difference between real-life recollections from the past and fictional stories from his creative mind. Believing in everyone’s ability and potential for greatness, Maurice supported every person’s dream with words of encouragement, physically being present to cheer you on, or providing resources to help make your dream a reality.
Maurice is preceded in death by his wife Elmiria Thompson, mother Ruth Avery-Childs, father Nathaniel Thompson, stepfather John Childs, sister Alice Thompson, and brothers Jeffery Thompson and George Perry.
He is survived by his daughter Lisha Ellis (Thomas); son Maurice Thompson II (Althea); grandsons Maurice Thompson III and Carlos Malik Thompson; sisters Joann Ferguson (Eugene), Lelia Baker (Earnie), and Patricia Childs; brothers John Thompson, Jerome Thompson (Kathy), Anthony Childs (Annie), and a special cousin Herbert Sales (Addie); in-laws Ida Williams, Helen Collins, Frankie Brown, Dorothy Chatman, Janice Williams, Feli Buggs, Lori Johnson, Johnny Williams, Carl Williams, Don Williams and Michael Williams; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Chicago, IL 60649