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Theodore James (Ted) Thompson

Theodore James (Ted) Thompson
  • October 3, 1934 - May 12, 2017
  • Northbrook, Illinois
  • In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to: Misericordia and St Jude Children's Research Hospital.

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Theodore James Thompson (Ted), age 82, of Northbrook, IL, passed away in the
early morning hours on Friday May 12, 2017 surrounded by his loving family.
Born October 3, 1934, in Chicago, IL he was the son of the late Theodore
(Spats) Thompson and Quenta (Dinnocenzo) Thompson.

After graduating from Mount Carmel High School, Ted attended University of
Illinois, Champaign and Roosevelt University in Chicago. Ted was inducted
into the Army where he served from January, 1955 until 1957, with reserve
duty until 1963.

Ted began his accounting career with Katz Wagner which joined with Alexander
Grant & Co in 1968. He became a partner in the early 1970's and grew with
the company, now Grant Thornton, a major international CPA firm. After
serving some of their most important clients in both Chicago and Los
Angeles, he became the firm's CFO and held that post until his retirement in
1996. Ted built a reputation for innovation and expertise as he led client
assignments in diversified industries including; distilled spirits, sports &
entertainment, hotel operations and commercial construction. When a major
casino client decided to provide closed circuit TV feeds of a major
heavy-weight boxing event for the first time, with 3 days' notice, Ted
successfully designed and implemented "gate proceeds" controls from arenas

Ted maintained close friendships with many of his partners throughout his
life. When Ted wasn't busy with job responsibilities he enjoyed traveling
and fulfilled his goal to reach the 4 corners of the world. Travel was not
limited to big trips; among his favorites were those he spent fishing with
the people he loved most. His passion for woodworking tapped into his
creative side and the results will be cherished by his family for

In Ted's retirement years, he served on the board and as Treasurer of the
Northbrook Symphony Orchestra, where he was an original member. The love of
his extended family fueled his interest in genealogy in later years and he
enjoyed spending time working on both his family tree and that of his wife
Mary's. Ted's love for the Chicago Cub's began at the age of 11 when his
uncle took him to his first major league baseball game, the Cub's vs the
Detroit Tigers in 1945. For 71 years, he loyally cheered on his Cubbies and
was rewarded with a World Series Championship in 2016!

Ted is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Mary (Knight) Thompson;
along with three children; Therese Thompson (Richard Smith) and Margaret
Thompson (John Liggett) of Chicago, IL, and Ted J Thompson (Raye Thompson)
of Rochester Hills, MI; 2 grandchildren, Nicholas Smith and Theo Thompson,
brother to the late William "Bill" Thompson, and many loving nieces, nephews
and relatives.

A Celebration of Life Mass will be held for Ted at The Chapel of the Holy
Spirit at Techny Towers Conference and Retreat Center, 2001 Waukegan Rd.,
Techny (Northbrook), Illinois at 1:00 pm on Saturday, July 22, with a
reception to follow immediately after. In lieu of flowers, memorial
donations may be sent to Misericordia and St Jude Children's Research

Please visit THEODORE THOMPSON BOOK OF MEMORIES to express your thoughts or
share your stories in the online guest book, visit or Arrangements by CENTRAL CHAPEL-Chicago,
Info., 773-581-9000.

Upcoming Funeral Services
Memorial Service

scheduled this summer, information to follow.