Derek Wasilevich was a graduate of St. John Fisher (class of ’92) and Brother Rice High School (class of ’96). He worked at First National Bank of Evergreen Park and Beverly Bank in recent years, allowing him to stay involved in the community.
On November 13, 2017, Derek died suddenly and unexpectedly from complications due to GI-related cancer. He was just 39 years old.
Join the Wasilevich family and friends gathering to celebrate Derek’s 40th Birthday on May 19th at Open Outcry Brewing Co (10934 S. Western Ave.). All money raised will go to a memorial scholarship in his name.
When Dave Jemilo walked into the Green Mill in the 1980s, he was struck by what he saw.
“On some of the light fixtures, the plaster was falling apart,” he says of the then-battered lounge at Lawrence Avenue and Broadway in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood.
“It was dirty, filthy. The bathrooms were just a mess. Everything was torn apart.
“So I come in here and I think: Holy crap, is this place beautiful!”
Sitting in the kitchen of his Orland Park home, Ken Creed explains “the hundred dollar hamburger.”
“You’ve got a plane, you love to fly, but you’ve got nowhere to go, so you fire it up and head out to a restaurant a few hours away, eat a hamburger and come home,” he said.
Eventually, Creed decided he wanted to set his sights on a more meaningful destination, which is how he found his way into humanitarian work.
The 65-year-old father of two and grandfather of five smiles a devilish grin and admits he’s no Mother Teresa, even if he is devoted to an organization called Angel Flights.
“I graduated from Brother Rice 417 out of 421,” he says, chuckling. “I’m no angel. What I am is a pilot that needs a purpose.”