June 17, 2021
Our son, Zez Wesley Ready, died in his Chicago apartment in mid-June at the age of 32.
Zez felt lucky to have attended Grand Lake Elementary School, where he was cup stacker champion. In middle school, he was the perfect age to fully appreciate the Harry Potter books and set up a lively Hogwarts-style online school of which he was the principal. Enthusiasts from across the country have signed up; it was quite a production! He graduated from Middle Park High School in 2007 as a team player in FBLA, Knowledge Bowl, Drama and Group, incredibly classy as one of half a dozen valedictors. Zez loved sailing and was honored to help as an instructor at the yacht club’s sailing school. The Rocky Mountain Repertory Theater meant a lot to Zez, and after being part of the back-end “ensemble” on stage and leading the box office, he chose Illinois Wesleyan College, a small campus frequented by many talented artists. of our theater here; from IWU, he graduated with Distinction in 2011.
Zez was probably very surprised to wake up in Heaven and must have thought it must have been a mistake. Fortunately, he had spent 5 months with us in Grand Lake this winter and returned to Chicago at the end of March where he has lived for ten years, providing technical support to ticketing systems across the country and also organizing small productions as a manager. director of the Théâtre du Cercle.
Zez meant a lot to his friends and to our Alaskan Malamute Leah (born on Zez’s birthday) whom he loved to watch playing with cats. His sister Wendy and we are happy to know that his friends considered him a good heart, a faithful, a team player, a true animal lover and a pleasure to be with…
Enjoy life. Donna & Scott ready
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