|Prominent attorney Thomas G West, 71, was born in Galesburg on March 21, 1940, the son of Helen Jo (Bondi) and Joseph E. West and died in Northfield, Minn. on Thursday, November 24, 2011.
He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Janet P. West; his son, Guy William of Jersey City, N.J.; his daughter, Nancy (Matt) Malecha of Northfield, Minn.; three grandsons, Joseph, August, and Samuel Malecha; a sister, Carol (West) Krueger of Akron, Ohio and three nephews, Jeffrey (Jen) Krueger, Jerald (Julie) Krueger, and Thomas (Paula) Krueger.
He was a 1958 graduate of Galesburg High School, a graduate of Northwestern University, BBA, 1962, and University of Chicago Law, JD, 1965. He taught business law at Wisconsin State University, Whitewater, Wis. from 1965-66. He served as Assistant State's Attorney for Knox County, 1966-67, and Assistant Attorney General, Illinois- condemnation 1968-76.
Tom gave freely of his time to the greater Galesburg community. In addition to his association with the Simpson Law Office, he served as Vice President of the Bondi Building Corporation. Among other activities and local interests, Tom was past President of Soangetaha Country Club and a member of their Hole-in-One Club. He was past Chairman of OSF St Mary Medical Center Board of Directors, and served as a board member of the St Mary Medical Center Foundation. Tom was currently serving on the IFMC-IL advisory board. From 1971-75, Tom served on the board of trustees for Carl Sandburg Community College, and in 2007 was the recipient of their Founder's Circle Award. He currently served as attorney for School Districts 205 (Galesburg) and 202 (Knoxville) School Boards. Tom was the past President and current Treasurer of Temple Sholom Board of Directors.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the Temple Sholom Bondi-West Memorial Fund, Carl Sandburg Community College, St. Mary Medical Center Foundation, Discovery Depot, or a charity of donor's choice. Visitation will be Tuesday, November 29, 2011 from 4 to 7 p.m. Funeral service is Wednesday, November 30, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. at Hinchliff-Pearson-West Galesburg Chapel. Burial will follow in Brookside Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at www.h-p-w.com.