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Forrest David Laidley

Died: October 3, 2016

I developed a fondness for Dave on the football field and in our fraternity. David’s undergraduate career was successful by any measure, including being captain of the football team and a member of Skull and Bones. We were both in DKE. David graduated from DePaul University Law School and joined a respected investment banking firm (William Blair). Later he was general counsel of the Archdiocese of Chicago under Cardinal Bernardin. His Catholic faith was very important to him. He and his wife Diane produced six beautiful children.

Late in his life, Dave worked as Director of Reentry Services for Catholic Charities of Chicago, working with those coming out of prison. Dave died on October 3, 2016.

His work doing prison ministry captured the man I respected. I continue to think of Dave as someone I am personally better for having known.

Lynn Harrison

Remembrance by Diane Laidley

Forrest graduated as Captain of the Football team and went on to be Captain of the Chicago Lions Rugby Club (1968-1970). He later obtained a Juris Doctorate of Law from DePaul University. David served as General Counsel of Archdiocese of Chicago under Cardinal George Bernadin. Afterwards, he served as a private attorney.

David was most proud to be called husband, father, and grandfather. David was beloved for his profound faith, devotion to his wife of 45 years and six children.

Although faced with financial adversity in his last years of his life, David carried his cross by trusting in God’s plan and found his way to head the Prison Ministry program through Catholic Charities in Chicago. Fifteen months later, David passed away at a Catholic Charities meeting literally fighting for a cause he passionately believed in: prison ministry. God writes in squiggles lines and sometimes they’re hard to read, but his design was perfect for David to head this prison ministry program and make a difference in others’ lives.