Howard Avram Wax, 53, of River Forest passed away on Saturday, May 12, 2018. He was born to the late Herbert and Harriette C. (nee Brenner) Wax on January 15, 1965 in Montclair, New Jersey and graduated from Livingston High School in 1983 after spending a year in Japan as a foreign exchange student. Howard, who spoke Japanese, attended the University of Chicago, graduating in 1987 with a degree in Far Eastern Studies. He attained a law degree in 1994 from Northwestern School of Law, and worked in both immigration and real estate law. Howard more recently provided legal services on a volunteer basis for the Pro Bono Network.
Howard was a loving husband to Robert J. Pooley, Jr. and a devoted, stay-at-home Dad to their children, Sarah and Marcus Wax; a loving and beloved brother to Rabbi Pamela (Chaim Bronstein) Wax and Sheila (Willy) Chang, and a caring brother-in-law, uncle, nephew, cousin and friend who was committed to these relationships and always went the extra mile to visit friends and family around the world. He was a good listener and avid runner, marathoner and tennis player. Howard was a former President of Congregation Or Chadash and was active in his local community, including River Forest School District and Oak Park Temple, where he sang in the choir and served on the Board and the chevra kaddisha. Service Wednesday, May 30th, 10:30 a.m. at Oak Park Temple, 1235 Harlem Ave., Oak Park, IL 60302. Interment Westlawn Cemetery in Norridge.
Howard leaves a community of extended family and friends who love and miss him dearly. Donations in Howard’s memory are requested for either the Oak Park Temple Chevra Kaddisha or the Pro Bono Network, www.pro-bono-network.org. For condolence information: The Goldman Funeral Group, www goldmanfuneralgroup.com (847) 478-1600.