Congratulations, Willie, on Your Retirement!

Chicago Commons would like to take this opportunity to thank Willie for his unwavering commitment and dedication to serving our participants. Willie E. Thrash is retiring from Chicago Commons after 11 years of working with our Adult Day Services.

Willie E. Thrash served in the Air Force from 1955 – 1978. He served in the Cuban Crisis, Vietnam War and other places in the world. During his 23 years in the Air Force, Willie toured 43 different countries, such as England, Spain, Germany, Japan, India, Australia and Brazil to name a few. Willie was a foster parent to four girls and one boy. His hobbies include listening to Opera, Skiing, Rhythm & Blues, reading books like “I, The Jury” by Mike Hammer, and entertaining friends by hosting formal dinner parties. Outside of work, Willie volunteered as a mentor for Boys/Girls Club of America and was a motivational speaker for Toast Masters of America.

What drives Willie is his passion for human beings; this was evident in his role with Chicago Commons as the Adult Day Service driver. He enjoyed interacting with the participants by talking to them and simply listening to their experiences.

Willie, your compassion and sense of humor will be missed. We sincerely hope that retirement is wonderful and we wish you lots of joyous time with your family. Best wishes for a happy retirement. Thank you for everything you have done. Congratulations!