In memory of
Michael Bolton
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In memory of
Michael Bolton
Michael "Mike" P. Bolton, age 69, of Downers Grove, IL, passed away in the early hours of April 15th, 2017 after battling Pancreatic cancer. Mike is survived by his wife of 45 years, Nancy (née Campbell) and his three children: daughter Johanna (Kieran) Lynch of Medford, MA, and sons, Matthew (Diana) of South Lyon, MI and Ian of Downers Grove, IL. He is also survived by three grandchildren: Paige Bolton, Wyatt Bolton and James Michael Lynch, his brother Bill (Linda) of Chicago, IL, his sister, Penny (Tom) Rapp of Tucson, AZ, his brothers-in-law, Robert (Teresa) Winkler, Jr. of Charlotte, NC and Donald Winkler of Sierra Vista, AZ and seven nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his parents, John Patrick "Jack" and Christina (née Clarke) Bolton, his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Robert and Marguerite Winkler, Sr., granddaughter, Laura Autumn Bolton and twin grandsons, John Patrick & Joseph William Lynch. Born to Irish parents in London, England in 1948, Mike immigrated to the United States in 1956 with his mother, father and brother and grew up on the south side of Chicago, IL. He was educated at Maryknoll Seminary in Chesterfield, MO and completed a degree in English and History from the University of Illinois at Chicago. While teaching English at St. Laurence High School in Burbank, IL; Mike unknowingly began a lifelong career in the transit industry by driving a bus for the CTA, as a second job. An innovative thinker and advocate for smart, accessible transit, Mike was known for having been a "leader in introducing technology to transit". During his 40+ year career, he took great pride that his team had brought the first low floor buses to the United States with the Ann Arbor Transportation Authority; and prior to his retirement from Pace Suburban Bus, he initiated the Bus-on-Shoulder program. Mike was known for his humor, his smile and his easy conversation. His family could expect that they could be anywhere in the world and Mike would bump into someone that he knew. Mike loved family gatherings and seeing his grandchildren play together; he supervised the turkey frying on Thanksgiving and looked forward to Christmas Eve fondue. He enjoyed the outdoors and vacations near the ocean, were some of his favorite ones. Mike took great pleasure in all things woodworking and had a collection of tools that included vintage hand planers, the latest in compound miter saws and every possible gadget in between. He often joked that, "you could never have too many clamps" and his children lovingly teased him, that he was the best at "making saw dust." Plans for a celebration of Mike's life, will be made later in the year. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Project Purple Chicago Marathon Team 2017 in Mike's name at www.projectpurple.org . Thank you to the doctors and nurses of DuPage Medical Group, especially Drs. Jennifer Virant and Elias Koliopoulos, for their compassion and care, the supportive staff at Seasons Hospice Care, the thoughtful DuPage Memorial Chapel team, and the kindness of family, friends and neighbors. "If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you, If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, But make allowance for their doubting too; If you can wait and not be tired by waiting, Or, being lied about, don't deal in lies, Or, being hated, don't give way to hating, And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise; ... Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it, And-which is more-you'll be a Man, my son!" By Rudyard Kipling
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