Wednesday, December 26, 2018 || By Community Editor || @maywoodnews || Updated: 11:50 p.m.
In 2018, the Proviso Township community lost a range of beloved and notable figures. Below is a roundup of some of the people who were mourned and remembered in this publication.
Pedro Alvarez | Alvarez, the longtime owner of Maywood’s first Cuban restaurant, El Prado, 612 Lake St., migrated from his native Cuba in 1971. By 1973, he had bought out a restaurant where he was working and for the next 45 years, generations of people from Maywood and beyond would grow in love with his authentic food. Alvarez died on Oct. 16. He was 83.
Don Williams | Williams — the Maywood businessman, civic leader, minister and politician who served a term as the second African American mayor of Maywood and could validly claim credit for helping to cultivate a young Fred Hampton — died on July 9. He was 92.
Rev. Wallace Sykes | Sykes, the longtime pastor of the more than century-old Second Baptist Church in Maywood, was so influential in the village that a portion of Washington Boulevard, as well as a post office, were named in his honor. He died on May 19. He was 94.
Clarence Williams | Williams, the longtime owner of the Maywood Village Snack Shop, 62 S. 19th Ave. in Maywood, was a beloved figure for generations of residents hooked on his breakfast sandwiches and pancakes. Williams died on April 10. He was 79.
Minnie Alford | Alford, a matriarch and master seamstress who literally stitched together the fabric of Progressive Life Giving Word Cathedral— the first Church of God in Christ congregation in Maywood (it would later move to Hillside) — died on March 15. She was 102.
Bishop George Hagler | Hagler, Hagler, a prominent Bellwood religious leader who founded True Vine Church of God in Christ in 1972 and is the grandfather of Chicago Sun-Times columnist John Fountain, died on March 7. He was 97.
Bill Hampton | Hampton, the older brother of civil rights icon Fred Hampton, a community activist, oral historian and Maywood Park District commissioner, died on Feb. 8. He was 72.
Rosie Lee Nealy | Nealy, a Bellwood resident who sang with the James Cleveland Choir and raised Broadview Mayor Katrina Thompson, died on Nov. 11. She was 84.
Northica Stone | Stone, who as the longtime head of the nonprofit Operation Uplift and founder of the West Town Museum of Cultural History in Maywood served for decades as the chief archivist of local memories and legacies, died on May 16. She was 85.
Other notable deaths in 2018
- Tiffany Battle, beloved Proviso East dance coach
- Tara Brewer, 45, Broadview village trustee
- Richard Craddock, 66, popular Proviso teacher and sports announcer
- James Eric Davis Sr., 48, longtime Bellwood police officer
- James Harlan, 71, Maywood advocate for people with special needs, co-founder with his wife, Debra Vine, of the Answer Inc.
- Emanuel Robinson, 89, longtime Proviso East foreman
- Darius Sconier, 35, prominent Bellwood chef
- Cristian Tiscareno, 15, beloved Proviso East student
- Cynthia Tidwell, 56, Broadview Park District recreation supervisor
- Amormio Villegas, 15, beloved Proviso East student
- Peter Willson, 89, Proviso East wrestling state champ and college coach
- Harold Winters Sr., 83, beloved local mechanic and entrepreneur