James H. Sandilands

James H. Sandilands, age 65, of La Grange Park. Beloved husband of Marge Sandilands, nee Sajdak; loving father of Chris (Nicole Rossi) Sandilands, Sarah Sandilands and Megan Sandilands; dear grandfather of Jayke, Ayden and Mattie; brother of David (Erika) Sandilands; brother in law of Wally (Chris) Sajdak and Jim (Lucy) Sajdak; uncle of many nieces and nephews; coach to hundreds.

To celebrate Jim’s life and love for sports, guests on Monday are asked to wear their favorite sports team apparel.

Visitation Monday, February 25, 2019 from 3 P.M. to 8 P.M. and Tuesday, February 26, 2019 from 10:30 A.M. to time of Service 11 A.M. at Hitzeman Funeral Home, Ltd.

Interment Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Hillside.

Memorials appreciated to National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, P.O. Drawer 498, Emmitsburg, MD 21727.

Information 708-485-2000 or www.HitzemanFuneral.com

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  1. Jorge Rodriguez condolence:

    To the Sandilands family my condolences from my family to yours I will miss my friend slimmy jimmy may he Rest In Peace. Jorge Rodriguez

  2. Lynn Renner condolence:

    Udo and I are very sorry for your loss , Jim was a very dear friend and we will miss him . Please know you are all in our heart and in our prayers.

  3. Frank Kokaisl condolence:

    Our sympathy and prayers are with you and your family.

    Sincerely, Frank & Laurie Kokaisl

  4. Dorice Royce condolence:

    My condolences to your family on the passing of your dear husband and Father, James. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.
    Dorice, Jeff and Zachary Royce

  5. JODIE BIALK condolence:

    My deepest sympathies to the Sandilands family. I had worked with Jim the last few years and talking to him was always the highlight of my day. We recently shared new puppy stories! No matter what was going on in his life, he was always kind and I am so glad I got to know him. Rest in peace, Jim.

  6. Jim and Cathy Sporleder. condolence:

    We want to express our sincere condolences to the Sandilands family for their loss of a great husband and father. My fondest memory of Jim was when he managed the Rockies little league baseball team. I was privileged to be one of his coaches. His inspired leadership and knowledge of baseball that year took a group of average baseball players to a championship season. Nobody on that team will ever forget that experience. Jim loved his sports and he was loved and respected by his many LaGrange Park family and friends.
    Jim and Cathy.

  7. Larry Nyberg condolence:

    I have known Jim for over 50 years, growing up across the alley from his family. I would like to share with you some indelible moments in the history of our friendship.
    • I returned home from the Air Force in late 1973. I shortly thereafter accepted a job offer from Motorola that included a company car. Since I no longer needed a personal car, I sold Jim my 1966 Chevy Impala. A week later early on a Saturday morning, Jim called me, screaming at me for keeping a set of keys and moving his car in the middle of the night as a prank. I told him I had no idea what he was talking about. The car was later found in Evanston, stripped down to the frame. We eventually laughed about that for quite a while.
    • Three consecutive nights at the Chicago Stadium when Chicago and the Beach Boys were touring together. Neither one of us could hear right for a week after that.
    • Jim was the Best Man at my wedding to Marianne.
    • I had the honor to be the Best Man at his wedding to Marge.
    • Marianne and I met Chris and Sarah shortly after they each were born. We didn’t have the privilege of meeting Megan.

    On a lighter note… As you all know, Jim was somewhat of a sports fan…we shared many passions
    • We had a year of Bulls season tickets, in the days of Jerry Sloan and Norm Van Leer. Jim knew I didn’t care much for basketball, but somehow he talked me into it.
    • We were together at the Ryne Sandberg game against the Cardinals on June 23, 1984. Sandberg hit two home runs off of Bruce Sutter, twice tying the score. The Cubs eventually won in the 11th.
    • We were together at Soldiers Field when the bears beat the New York Giants 21 – 0 on the way to the NFC championship game.
    • On January 12, 1986, we were together again as the Bears beat the LA Rams 24 – 0, a prelude to their demolishing of the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl. This was the game when Wilbur Marshall returned a fumble 56 yards for a touchdown, as the snow started to fall.
    • We were at the Bears – Eagles playoff game in 1988, the game that became known as the Fog Bowl. From our seats, about all we could see was the north end zone. Unfortunately, all the action was at the south end.
    • For three years, we watched the Blackhawks bring joy and happiness wherever they went, mainly since they spent most of their time losing. But we did have the privilege of seeing Bobby Orr skate for the Blackhawks at the old Chicago Stadium.

    Jim, Marianne and I will miss you. You will always be our friend. We had so many moments together. These happy memories will remain long after the sadness of your passing abates. Our condolences to Marge and your kids, to David and Erica, and the legions of your many friends. May your spirit continue to support those you loved, and those who loved you.


  8. Jackie Timmons condolence:

    Chris, I want to express my condolences on the loss of your father. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

    Jackie (Recording Secretary)

  9. Marie condolence:

    Our condolences to th Sandilands family. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

    Marie and Nery

  10. Shirley Nairn condolence:

    My heart is saddened to hear of Jim’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  11. Shirley Nairn condolence:

    My heart is saddened to hear of Jim’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  12. Brayanna LaConte condolence:

    Megan and Sarah Sandilands:

    You probably don’t remember me but I heard about your dad’s loss from Amanda Bahler. You know he is in your hearts forever. It’s hard losing your father and you can’t let go from it and I know that you will always be loved no matter what God sends you.

  13. Sherry Ashley condolence:

    Many of us here had the pleasure of speaking with Jim over the past decade. He always had kind words and an upbeat attitude. Our condolences to his family and friends RIP Jim.

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