To our Century Family & valued business partners:
It is with deep regret and sadness that we are writing to inform you of the passing of our business partner and co-founder, Frank Parks Sr. yesterday at the age of 92. He was beloved and an integral part of our business success and growth over the years and will be missed. He is survived by his children – Frank Parks Jr., Elaine Carlson, Cheryl Leach, Tom Parks as well as numerous grand-children & great-grandchildren.
Frank partnered with Paul Spiewak Sr. in 1947 to start Century Tile & Supply Company. Over the years, both grew the business from a little store on Austin Avenue in Chicago to twelve locations covering the Chicago-land area and becoming one of the largest floor covering retailers & distributors in the Midwest. Frank was a respected leader in the industry and had a great eye for product and industry trends. Frank continually brought new and innovative products into the Chicagoland market and wasn’t afraid to push the envelope with what he thought would be a great seller. He was very dedicated to Century and the flooring industry.
While Century has changed over the years, our management team is committed to continuing the legacy that both Frank & Paul created over those years. Frank’s guidance and enthusiasm will be sorely missed, and we are all thankful for opportunity that we had to work and learn from him.
Due to the current pandemic and ever-changing COVID restrictions, the family is in the process of trying to determine how all of us can pay our respects and give thanks to someone who had such a large impact on so many lives. We will be continually updating the link below with the most up to date information we can provide.
Keep Frank’s family in your prayers,
The Century Tile Management Team
Due to COVID-19, a private service will be held.View Obituary
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185 E. Northwest Hwy
Palatine , IL 60067