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Dick Tholin Memorial Service

After the memorial, the reception will be a pot lucking desserts. Please bring a dessert to share.

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Dick Tholin 1929-2019

On Tuesday 12 March, the world lost the strongest, most gentle man of peace and spirit at UCRP - Dick Tholin.

At 90 years, he led a full life dedicated to others through his work in peace and social justice, on the streets and in the church, touching many lives. He led by example and with compassion and powerful words, following footsteps greater than his own on a path of peace. 

His many examples of fighting for justice.  One was as a Freedom Riders who were civil rights activists who rode interstate buses into the segregated southern United States in 1960s to challenge the non-enforcement of the voting and other rights of African-Americans.

He stood by Affirmation: United Methodist for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Concerns from the beginning of this support group.  He and his wife, Phyllis, have supported the Queer community, along with women and people of color’s rights.

Dick is the reason why many are Methodist today.

He was also an athlete and loved the competition in a good game especially tennis and handball.   And he loved Chicago! -its history and its struggles,  along with the Bulls and the Cubs – Afterall,  he was a north-sider. 

He also loved opera; and with that, we say, “Con te partiro’ “  [Italian for “With you I shall leave”].

He will be missed.  

A memorial Service will be held on
Saturday 11 May at UCRP at 10:30 am.

After the memorial, the reception will be a pot lucking desserts. Please bring a dessert to share.

Earlier Event: May 5
Cinco De Mayo