Chicago’s Very Own: Cassanova Lamon

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Hand-in-hand is pretty much the way Cassanova Lamon and his Aunt Rita have been for the last 10 years.

That’s when he brought his 90-year-old relative home to Chicago to live with him after she had gotten terribly ill in her hometown in Ohio.

“She had gotten so sick that I went down there to see her. She was in a senior building. She had gotten so sick that I just packed her clothes and brought her here,” Lamon said.

The 66-year-old retired city worker didn’t think twice about becoming her caretaker. For years the two traveled together and became like two peas in a pod. It wasn’t until recently that dementia set in and he saw Rita start to fade away.

“She used to tell me when she was 95, ‘I don’t think I’d be living if you hadn’t came to get me,” Lamon said.

Lamon now does everything for Rita.

“I never thought I’d have to do none of this,” he said. “You put your priorities where they belong.”

Just two weeks ago, Rita celebrated her 100th birthday. Friends and family from all over descended on Lamon’s house for a celebration of life. For both hers and his.

“She’s the cause of him getting up and he is good for her. He keeps her going,” said Lamon’s cousin James Stewart.

“I wonder how I’ll last when I don’t have to get up the morning. She keeps me getting up,” Lamon said.

You don’t typically see generosity like Lamon’s in the public eye. But it goes on in households all across America. It goes on in this household every sinigle day.

“No I wouldn’t complain. I’d do it all over,” he said.

Cassanova Lamon: He’s one of Chicago’s Very Own.


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