Paul G. Claps, of Algonquin, IL, passed away suddenly on January 11, 2021, at the age of 52.
Paul was born on April 10, 1968, in Chicago, IL, to Vincent and Mary Claps. He received an athletic scholarship to play college football at Northwest Missouri State University. Paul was very successful in business and owned and operated his own restaurant. This year during the pandemic, he sought donations to make & deliver meals to front-line workers.
Paul will be most remembered for his huge heart, generous spirit, and larger-than-life personality. He enjoyed cars, country music, cooking, and traveling. Most of all, he was a fiercely loyal son and father. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.
He is survived by his son, Ben; his mother, Mary (Bob) Claps; his siblings, Laury (Bill) Karwoski, Vincent (Lisa) Claps, Phil (Kelli) Claps, Mary Kay (Kevin) Horney, Patty (Rick) Creager, and Janice Claps; his step-children, Connor and Alex, and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, January 14th, 2021, from 4-8pm at DeFiore Funeral Home (10763 Dundee Road, Huntley). A Funeral Mass will be held at 10am on Friday, January 15th, 2021, at St. Mary Catholic Church (10307 Dundee Road, Huntley). Burial will be at Queen of Heaven Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Animal Almost Home Foundation or St. Mary Church. For further information please call the funeral home at 847-515-8772. Online condolences may be directed to www.defiorefuneral.com.
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Our thoughts and prayers are with the Claps family. Paul was a devoted father, son, brother, uncle and so much more. His presence is one that cannot be matched and will never be forgotten.
My deepest sympathies to the entire family. Ben, we will always be here for you. Love you.
My condolences to the Claps family. Paul was an awesome guy that I have known for a long time. He visited me in Az a few years back. We had a great time reconnecting. He talked alot about his son, family and how he loved to cook. He had a zest for life. He will never be forgotten...taken way too soon!
I am so very sorry for your loss. You and your family are forever in my thoughts and prayers.
You were taken too soon. Condolences to the family.
Mary, we are so sorry for your loss. You and your son & his family are in our prayers
Mary, my heart weeps for you and so very much for his son Ben! We must remember God wanted Paul because of his goodness. He completed his work here on earth and now he is with out Heavenly Father. Rejoice for him even though our hearts are saddened. He left a wonderful legacy to all of us and especially to his son whom he adored! Let us smile and look up knowing he is in a better place. He will continue to shine in our hearts and memories!
Mary and your family, I am so so sorry for your loss. Christine Boggs said it very well in her condolence. I didn't know Paul very well after only meeting him a few times but he came across as a very very nice person to know.
Mary and family we are extremely sad and sorry to hear about Paul. May he rest in peace and may you and your family find comfort and peace during this difficult time.
My sincere and deepest sympathies for your loss . I went to Culinary school with Gina and I know she is beyond devastated at losing Paul . I could tell by their pictures that this was deep, real and true love . My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Mary, we so very sorry for the loss of Paul. Our condolence's to you and the family.
I am so sorry for the loss of Paul! Mary, I hurt so badly for & your family. I always thought how special it was that Paul would bring you food from his restaurant. That gave you more time to be together that you will always treasure. I just pray for you & your family that Our Lord & Saviour, Jesus Christ, will hold all of you in His Precious arms giving you His peace & comfort! God Bless All Of You!! Cathy
We are so sorry for your loss. Our hearts are aching for you and your family. Deepest condolences.
My condolences to the family of Paul Ben - he loved you very much and was so proud of you . Your Dad will be remembered and loved by many. He touched my heart and I’m so blessed to have been his friend My prayers to you during this sad time