Maurice Twomey, Longtime Circ Director In Chicago And Spokane, Dead At 76

By: E&P Staff Maurice Twomey -- who served as circulation director for the old Chicago Daily News, the Chicago Sun-Times, and The Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Wash. -- died April 3 in Round Lake, Ill., after a long battle with prostate cancer. He was 76.

"He loved newspapers as much as anyone I've known," Spokesman-Review marketing director Shaun Higgins said in an email quoted in Monday's Sun-Times obituary written by Ben Goldberger. "He considered his job both a profession and a mission, once telling me that the delivery of newspapers was a noble and fulfilling job because newspapers were critical to democracy."

Twomey began working for the Chicago Daily News as a high school student.

"Colleagues remember Mr. Twomey as a creative and loyal employee whose only time away from the Daily News was his two years in the Army during the Korean War," the Sun-Times obituary said. "Even his associate's degree from Wright College and bachelor's degree from Northwestern University were obtained at night, so his days could be spent getting out the News."

In 1971, Twomey received the highest honor for Daily News and Sun-Times employees, the Marshall Field Award. When the Daily News folded in 1978, he joined the Sun-Times, becoming director of circulation operations in 1983.

He retired from the Sun-Times in 1985, but later in the year joined the Spokesman-Review, where he became circulation director in 1989. He held that position until he retired in 1996.

He is survived by his wife Rosemary, who he met on the job at the Daily News. Other survivors include daughters Maureen LoBue and Kathleen Kasak; sons, Michael, Patrick, and Kevin; his sister, Joanne Twomey; and 14 grandchildren.

Services are at 9 a.m. Tuesday April 10 at Cooney Funeral Home, 625 Busse Hwy, in Park Ridge, Ill.


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