James Bernard Sloan, born November 2, 1934 in Chicago, long time resident of Lake Forest passed away at age 82 in the comfort of his home surrounded by his loving family on the 50th anniversary of his marriage to Rose. He is the father of Matt, Anthony (Courtney), Nora Joyce (Tim), Jimmy (Jenny) and Sean, and grandfather of Bella, Shane, Audrey, Colm, Cameron, Martin, Bridie, Connor, Emmett and Evelyn.
Jim was the fourth eldest of thirteen children. He is survived by Andrew (Carol), Betty, Mae Corcoran (late Joseph), Maol, Theresa Stanner (late Lawrence), Margaret and Ann. He was preceded in death by Ed (Von), Tom, Jack, Kathleen Heintz (late Brendan) and Philip. He was a leader, mentor and icon to his large family that includes 47 nieces and nephews and their children.
Born and raised on the west side of Chicago, he attended Mater Dolorosa Servite Seminary and Loyola University Chicago. He served in the U.S. Army and graduated Loyola Law School in 1962. Jim had a distinguished 55 year legal career. He was appointed an Assistant United States Attorney in Chicago under Robert Kennedy before entering private practice. He was counsel in dozens of national class action antitrust cases over his career and was an influential leader in the practice area and the Chicago legal community.
Son of Irish immigrants, Barney and Sarah Anne, he maintained a close connection with his Irish ancestry. Jim was a major contributor to the Chicago Irish community and promoted many aspects of Irish culture. He helped establish Irish music schools in Chicago and County Down, Ireland, and served as President of the Irish Fellowship Club of Chicago.
A golfer, historian, intellect, loyal friend, and larger-than-life figure, he will be remembered for his overwhelming spirit and strength, but mostly for all of those he helped.
Visitation is Thursday, August 10 from 3:00PM - 8:00PM at Wenban Funeral Home at 320 Vine Ave., Lake Forest, IL 60045. Funeral Mass is Friday, August 11 at 10:00AM at The Church of St. Mary, 175 E. Illinois Rd., Lake Forest, IL. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to the Msgr. McDermott Haymarket Center, 932 W. Washington Blvd., Chicago, IL 60607. (www.hcenter.org)
For more information contact Wenban Funeral Home (847) 234-0022 or www.wenbanfh.com.