James W. Quilty

James W. Quilty, age 65, of La Grange Park. Longtime Principal of Districts 95 (Brookfield-La Grange Park), 87 (Northlake), and 44 (Lombard). Beloved husband of Kathy M. Quilty, nee Kurzeja; fond father of Bethany A. (Dan) Kozal, James T. (Kim) Quilty, Kevin J. Quilty and Kathleen B. Quilty; loving grandfather of Colin Kozal, John Quilty, James Quilty, Brooke Kozal and Claire Quilty; brother of Judy (Steve) Smith, Jan (Curt) Augustine, Pat (Julie) Quilty and Jeannine (Chris) Somerville; dear uncle of many nieces and nephews. Visitation Tuesday, January 19, 2016, 3 P.M. to 8 P.M. and Wednesday, January 20, 2016, 9 A.M. to 9:30 A.M. at Hitzeman Funeral Home Ltd., 9445 West 31st Street, Brookfield, IL 60513. Funeral Wednesday 9:30 A.M. to St. Louise de Marillac Church, La Grange Park. Mass 10 A.M. Interment Resurrection Cemetery. Memorials appreciated to American Cancer Society, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 1210, Chicago, IL 60601. Information 708-485-2000 or www.HitzemanFuneral.com

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  1. Mike Wilson condolence:

    Jimmy, take care in eternity, my friend. I’m certain you are the only one in heaven caroling without his shirt. As life is, I didn’t see you enough for you to know how I felt. Take care all you Quilties and you were blessed to have Jimmy around.

    God bless you all.

    Mike, Christine, Sam, and Lucy


  2. Cindi Somerville condolence:

    “Uncle” Jimmy always had a warm smile and a big hug for me! He will be truly missed! I am so sorry for your loss!!! Xoxo


  3. Mary Krzos condolence:

    So very, very sorry to read this news. I was on the BOE that hired Jim in D95. Admired his tenacity, his belief in his teachers and his ability to communicate with parents under any circumstance. My sincerest condolences to his family.


  4. Roland Shanks Sr condolence:

    Jim was a great man and friend. We will forever miss that laugh and smile. I am so happy we were able to meet him and enjoy many vacations at Summer Haven. May he rest in peace.


  5. Mary and Joe Maderak condolence:

    There are no words. Our hearts are breaking for all of Jim’s family.He has a special place in all of our hearts.What a loss. Love you Jim!


  6. Kara Fleming condolence:

    I started my teaching career at NLM School and I was lucky Mr.Quilty was the principal. He was a great boss and made the school a fun and safe place to work. He is the reason I am still working in district 87. May he rest in peace. My prayers for the family

    Kara Fleming


  7. Richard and Mary K Yager condolence:

    Dear Kathy and Family,
    Our thoughts and prayers have been with you throughout the challenges of Jim’s illness. We continue to pray for comfort and peace for you, his family and friends, as you rejoice in the gift of his life and mourn his loss. May God sustain you in this time of sorrow!


  8. Laura Bolf condolence:

    Hi, Kathy
    I am so sorry for your Husband.I will see you on Tuesday at the wake.


  9. Debbie Brenner condolence:

    My deepest condolences! Jim was so instrumental in fostering my love of teaching. My years working under him at Northlake were my happiest years in the field. He knew how to treat his staff and in return, there was a bond between us all that has never been matched. JQ will truly be missed!


  10. Tom & Sharon Sible condolence:

    We were stunned and shocked to hear the sad news about our good friend, Jim. We recall the great memories about the times that we spent together–the Rivera, the Sox games, New Orleans, San Antonio, Florida. Jim was a one of a kind person. We will forever cherish the fond memories of the times we spent together.
    To Kathy and the family our deepest sympathies. Jim + all of you are in our thoughts and prayers and will always be. What a great guy.


  11. Twilla orender condolence:

    I’m so very sorry for your loss. I just wanted to share a memory of mine, I went to Northlake Junior High during 1992 and 1993, I missed a lot of school back then for many reasons being bullied, lazy and health reasons. I had missed school due to my tonsils being removed and Mr. Quilty personally came to my house to make sure that was the reason I was missing school, he brought me in his office to have chats with me on occasion to make sure everything was okay with me,he truly cared and I tell that story til this day of the prinipal with a golden heart. Thanks for sharing him with us and may he spread his wings and fly high. R.I.P Mr. Quilty and thank you!


  12. Sharon Emmi-Iovinelli condolence:

    Kathy and family,
    I am so saddened by the news of Jim’s passing. I have the utmost respect for your husband and father. He gave me my first teaching job here in Illinois and was the best principal I have worked under. The staff adored him and I feel I owed him so much. Please know how many lives he touched and changed for the better. Students and staff that worked with Jim are all so shocked and sad about this loss, but it cannot compare to what you are feeling. The loss of such a wonderful human being too early can never be fully understood. When I lost a dear family member years ago, a friend told me to do a simple task. Ask God not why your loved one was taken so early, but ask why he was here on earth in the first place. You will be flooded with answers. My prayers and thoughts to all of you at this time. I sincerely sorry for your loss.


  13. Marianne Venute condolence:

    I am so sad to hear about Jim. He was my principal for many years and was a great support system, not only for me, but for all the teachers. He was also a great friend who encouraged me to take a leap of faith that changed my life for the better.

    My deepest condolences to his family. He will be missed.


  14. Rebecca Caron Delgadillo condolence:

    I was so saddened to hear the news that Mr. Quilty had passed away. He was the principal at Riley when I was a student and later moved to Northlake Middle School. He was more than just the principal, he was friend to many of the students and always took the time to listen to us. He was an inspiration to many of us. His leadership, not just with the students but also the staff made school a fun and safe place to be. I will never forget his laugh and kindness. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.


  15. Nadine Buck condolence:

    Jim was a wonderful principal. He had such a quiet charm and sparkle. He brought me to Northlake Middle School where I stayed until my retirement. When I think of him today it is with great fondness and respect.


  16. Mindy Hart Haines condolence:

    Dear Jim. Although, we don’t officially know each other, it is very clear you are well loved, admired and appreciated. You have raised a beautiful and compassionate daughter, Kathleen, whom I loved having as a student. You have done some wonderful things here and raising Kathleen is one of them. You were taken to soon. You will be greatly missed.

    I’m so sorry for your loss, Kathleen. I wish I could give you a hug. I’m thinking of you and your family.

    Mindy Hart Haines


  17. Peggy Cimbalista Patino condolence:

    Kathy, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your beloved husband. I will make sure to say a special prayer for him and for your whole family at this most difficult of times….Peggy Cimbalista Patino


  18. Niki Possemato condolence:

    Mr. Quilty was by far my favorite principal of all time. Born and raised in Northlake, I attended NLMS and was very involved in everything from cheerleading to student council to drama club. I remember the day Mr. Quilty called me in his office to personally tell me that I would be the Mistress of Ceremonies at graduation. My thoughts are with his family at this time. He was a very well respected and loved man.


  19. Deb Alonso Dybalski condolence:

    Oh sadness. Just heard the news about JQ’s passing. Deepest sympathies to the Quilty family. JQ was simply the BEST principal I ever had the pleasure to work for. He was kind, funny, and fair. Have never met anyone else who loved Frank Sinatra so much. Taken from planet Earth way too soon. Will miss bumping into him at the LGP Jewel.
    Deb Alonso Dybalski


  20. Charlie Milam condolence:

    I want to offer my sincere condolences. Jim or Mr. Quilty as I called him was a very good man and we talked often about just enjoying life and family. I pray for your continued strength and comfort.


  21. Marcia & Duane Thomas condolence:

    We are so sad for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Kathy, and all the family. Jimmy was well-loved and we have many happy memories with him.


  22. Karen Koronkowski condolence:

    Kathy, Kathleen and Kevin: I am so sorry for your loss. Jim was such a kind, caring man and so much fun to be around. He will be missed. I hope you can take comfort in knowing that he was loved by many people. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this very difficult time. Karen Koronkowski


  23. Bruce Simak condolence:

    Kathy I’m so sorry to hear you lost Jim. He was a great guy to work with and had such a positive influence on the staff and students at S.E. Gross. I know how much he loved you and your family. He’ll be greatly missed by all that were lucky enough to know him. My condolences to you and the kids.


  24. Michael and Joann Cullotta condolence:

    We are so sorry for your loss, Kathy. Jimmy was truley one of a kind and will miss his love of family and friends and will definitely miss our long talks at wintercamping. This ones for you BOY!


  25. Mary Mitchinson condolence:

    What a wonderful man Jim Quilty was! He was my principal at NLMS for many years. He always treated his students and staff with the utmost compassion and respect. I am truly blessed to have known him. My sincere condolences to the Quilty family.


  26. Robyne Recht condolence:

    I am so sad…love is eternal, keep Jim forever in your hearts.


  27. Tracy Bell condolence:

    I am so sorry to hear about Jim Quilty, he was just a wonderful person. He was principal at Butterfield School where my children attended. I can’t tell you how awesome he was with the kids. He will be truly missed.
    My sincere condolences
    Tracy Bell


  28. Cynthia Miotek condolence:

    Many blessings and prayers for family and friends, Mr.Quilty is remembered and admired by many of his former students . We were blessed to have him. So sorry for your loss of such an inspiring man. God speed Mr. Quilty.


  29. Bill Russ condolence:

    Jimmy you will me missed. You were a great guy. Q, I pray for you.


  30. Judi Nelson condolence:

    My sincere sympathy to you. Jim was always upbeat and full of energy at Elmhurst College and I will always remember his smile. He made a positive impact on many people. God’s blessings to you!


  31. Donald Zeke Riemer condolence:

    As an early Squire and full participant in Life I know the meaning of losing a loved one. Our condolences to you. Don and Pat


  32. Joe Purpura condolence:

    Dear Kathy and Kids, So very sorry to hear of the passing of your husband, father and my childhood friend. Jim was a great guy, and thankfully almost all of my childhood memories are of the time we spent growing up together in Burbank.
    Two teenage boys, trying to find our places in the world. And reading from the comments above, it is evident that Jim’s has succeeded in that. He touched many and left many happy and pleasant memories in countless places. Hopefully we can hang onto these wonderful memories and his spirit will live on in our lives. I will miss you my friend. Godspeed ‘Q’ man! I am sure God has told him- Well done my good and faithful servant, enter into the rest and joy of your master.
    Joe and Jeanne Purpura


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