Paul Michael Gresik, 64, formerly of Oak Park, died peacefully on Nov. 15, 2018, surrounded by family, friends, and the music of his favorite band, the Grateful Dead. On Friday night, on less than 24 hours’ notice, a crowd of 50-60 people who loved him crowded around the bar at Goldyburgers in Forest Park to fondly remember and toast a man they recalled as “a good and gentle soul.” 

Paul asked that he be remembered by something he shared with his son: “Life is about the journey, not the destination — enjoy the ride!” 

Paul Gresik was the father of Jamie; the son of the late Paul and Jean Gresik; the brother of Pamela (John) Eggum, James (Virginia) and Frank (Maribeth); cousin of many; uncle adored by his nieces and nephews; friend to many; and devoted sponsor to numerous people who needed a little help facing the challenges of addiction. 

Services will be private. 

In lieu of flowers, please send donations on his behalf to the Suburban Fellowship Club, 7438 Harrison St., Forest Park 60130. 

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