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Official Obituary of

James F. McElligott

October 7, 1947 ~ March 15, 2024 (age 76) 76 Years Old

James McElligott Obituary


James Francis McElligott, 76, of Forest Park, passed away unexpectedly on March 15.

James (Jim) was born on October 7, 1947 to John J. McElligott and Marguerite Dasso in Chicago. After Jim graduated from Fenwick High School in 1965, he went on to join the army and was stationed in Germany during the Vietnam War. 

When he returned from Europe, he joined the U.S Postal Service. Jim worked as a loyal post office employee for over three decades and served as the Union President.  

Jim and Kristine Hammond were high school sweethearts,,married in 1971, and went on to have two children, Daniel and Kerry. For many years, they lived near a special area of Oak Park, lovingly called Monkey Island, where they found many close neighbors and friends. 

When Jim retired, he was able to do the things he loved most. A talented and diligent golfer, Jim spent his days in golf leagues and on golf outings. If he wasn’t golfing, he was watching The Chicago Cubs. Known as Grandpa Mustache, he was always with his grandchildren, telling them wildly creative stories and playing silly games. 

Jim was predeceased by Edward McElligott, John McElligott, Gail McElligott, Ellen McElligott, and Kristine Jamison. 

He leaves behind his children, Daniel (Katherine) McElligott and Kerry (Ryan) Hanko, and four grandchildren: River Hanko, and Margaret, James, and Graham McElligott.

His calm demeanor, sharp sense of humor, and kind heart will not be forgotten. 

Visitation will be held at Zimmerman-Hartnett Funeral Home, 7319 Madison Street, Forest Park, on March 21from 4-5:30 pm. A short service will begin at 5:30 pm.  Donations can be made to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in his name.  Info. 708-366-2200 or

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Memorial Visitation
March 21, 2024

4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Zimmerman-Harnett Funeral Home
7319 Madison Street
Forest Park, IL 60130

Memorial Service
March 21, 2024

5:30 PM
Zimmerman-Harnett Funeral Home
7319 Madison Street
Forest Park, IL 60130



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