James T. Allen

August 29, 1934October 19, 2020

James T. Allen, 86 of Mt. Prospect was born August 29, 1934 in Chicago to William P. and Christine H. (Fisher) Allen and passed away October 19, 2020. Jim graduated from Loyola University with a Liberal Arts degree and went on to IIT Chicago receiving a degree in mechanical and aero-space engineering. He also served in the United States Army retiring as a Captain and was a very active parishioner at St. Cecilia Church in Mt. Prospect. Jim was the beloved husband of Patricia C. (Halloran) Allen; loving father of Jeanne (Mark) Doruff, Diane (Gregory) Summers, Thomas (Victoria) Allen, Nanette (Stanley) Kuc, Janet (Paul) Hagen, Robert (Mary Dwyer) Allen and Susan (William) Tangney; cherished grandfather of 23 and great-grandfather of 9 with 2 more on the way and dear brother of the late Ruth Weiher, William J. Allen, Joan Sommer and Lawrence J. Allen and fond uncle of many nieces and nephews. Funeral service and interment will be private.



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Judith Amberg

November 6, 2020

Dear Patricia, Janet, Susan, Jeanne, Diane, Thomas, Nanette and Robert,

As the Director of Alumni Relations Emeritus, I offer you the sympathy and prayers of the Saint Viator/Sacred Heart of Mary community as you celebrate the life of your husband and father, and as you deal with the loss of his physical presence. The words of tribute on the funeral home website gave me a sense of what an amazing co-worker, neighbor, and parishioner Jim was, in addition to being a “beloved husband…loving father…and cherished grandfather and great-grandfather.” I am reminded of a reading from the book of Sirach.

“Let us praise an illustrious man,
faithful to his family and friends, strong in his love.
At peace in his heart and his world,
he has left us his good name, and we recount his life of praiseworthy deeds.
A generous man his good works will never be forgotten.
Among his family and friends there remains a rich inheritance born of him….
His name lives on from generation to generation.
We gather to sing his praises.
We will proclaim his wisdom and love of life all our days.”

Our hearts go out to you as you move through your journey of grief. We pray for you as you share the stories, laugh and cry, and find ways to celebrate Jim and the love you shared.

May memories of your husband/father and the love you shared comfort you!
May the knowledge your husband/father lives on in your goodness give you peace and hope!

Take care and God bless you with the gifts you most need!

Judith Wampach Amberg - Saint Viator High School Director of Alumni Relations Emeritus

Marty Rench

November 3, 2020

Jim was one of the first people I met when I started work at Western Electric's Hawthorne Works in Cicero in 1967. He worked in HR then, and got me started with the company. Later in the 1980s I worked directly for him in Lisle. He was always a great guy to work with, and for - always upbeat and positive. I looked forward to seeing him at our yearly retiree's luncheons. My condolences to his family.

Dick Wheeler

November 3, 2020

I worked with Jim for many years at AT&T. He was always a great guy, team player and very fine co-worker. My condolences .

Bob Shuman

November 3, 2020

I worked with Jim at the Western Electric/AT&T Lisle factory. He was always smiling and upbeat no matter what the circumstances. He made work a pleasure! He never lost that smile or positive attitude and he was always the first face I saw at the annual holiday reunions that he helped to coordinate to keep all us old-timers connected.

My condolences to the family on the loss of a great man.

Bert Hickman

November 2, 2020

Jim was a friend and a joy to work with at Western Electric. He was always upbeat and supportive of his engineering employees and management peers. It was always great seeing him at the annual Christmas luncheons. He will be missed...

Jim Simak

November 2, 2020

He will be missed. A model of "youth" and vitality to us all. A great guy to work for and fun. A people manager which is hard to find these days. We worked together in Technical Professional Relations at Hawthorne and managed to cross paths from time to time since then and most recently the Ole' Timers Christmas Luncheon. My thoughts go out to the family.

Joe Audy

November 1, 2020

I was saddened to hear the news of Jim's passing. He was a highly respected manager in AT&T's technical universe. It was a pleasure working in Jim's groups, since he brought not only the technical skills but, more importantly, his outgoing personality into the work groups. He had a rare ability to keep cool under the most pressing circumstances.

Therese and Bill Murphy

October 29, 2020

To dear Pat, children, grandchildren, great-grands and those coming:
Please accept our sincere sympathy and condolences on the loss of Jim. We remember you all from our days while living as neighbors on the same street in Mt. Prospect. We also shared the same Alma Mater although we graduated from different campuses at Loyola. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.

Bill and Therese Murphy

Carole Miller

October 26, 2020

Dear Pat,

I am sorry and sad to hear about Jim. I remember what a lovely and kind couple and wonderful neighbors you were when we lived on Pheasant Trail. I hope that all of your happy memories, and I’m sure that you have many, will comfort you and your family. You will carry Jim in your heart forever. Jim, you and all of your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

With Sympathy,

Carole Miller

Linda Both

October 24, 2020

I will always remember all the Jim dud for St Cecilia. He was always upbeat and had a great sense of humor. My deepest sympathy.


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