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A visitation will be held Friday 
3-6pm at Riverside Church. 

A Celebration of Life will be held 7-9pm Friday also at Riverside Church and will include songs and stories about his life.  

The official visitation and viewing will be held Saturday 8am-1pm with mass at 2pm both at St. Mary's Cathedral.  

Grave side ceremonies will be for family only.

Jim Maloof
Oct. 18, 1919 - Jan. 19, 2013

Our Green Ribbon Tribute With Jim's passing we have lost one of the true icons of and champions for Peoria. While we are saddened by the loss, his spirit will live on in the hundred - if not thousands - of people he has inspired over the decades. That's why we are sharing Our Green Ribbon Tribute: to commemorate this man who wanted everyone around him to succeed - especially the city he loved so much. So when you see those little green ribbons, we hope you will be reminded of all the big - and little - things Jim has done to help countless others succeed. Please share your stories about Jim Maloof here.

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David Rak - Peoria, IL

Thursday, February 14, 2013 09:31 AM

Having just moved from St. Louis to Peoria in April 2003, I was a young, aggressive sales guy - working for the Rivermen - trying to get Jim Maloof Realtor on board as an advertiser in some way.

Of course, I was invited then to a S-W Kiwanis meeting and subsequently joined for which I am ever grateful.

I miss him dearly. He was like a father/grandfather but good friend. Infrequent visits to the office, while he was holding court with those flowing in and out, are some of the best memories.

And in the last few years, the Office "Max" was a spoiled little man but fun to see hopping in out of Janice's Lexus.

I particularly was struck by the grace of seeing Janice serve her father as caretaker and "Driving Miss Daisy" extraordinaire. Whether in Floria or Peoria, she was sidekick.

You will be missed Jim Maloof but I'm sure you've already taken to breaking into the Holy, Holy, Holy with the Choir of Angels.

Love you.

Gary Nester - dunlap, illinois

Sunday, February 10, 2013 02:25 PM

We had the privilege of purchasing and selling four houses through Maloof Realty, I work for one of the Realtos for a while and had close contact with Jim when my granddauyghtert Catie Nester was diagnosed with Leukemia. Catie was able to get Jim's autograph the day he did a book signing at Berean Books. Jim also attended several of the St. Jude pasta dinners that I did with Jim Barrack to benefit St. Jude RFesearch Hospital. I enjoy his smile, jokes and compassion.
May you look down on us and always be singing us a song.

Epsilon Sigma Alpha Illinois Chapter - Illinois

Saturday, February 9, 2013 04:33 PM

Jim Maloof will be greatly missed for his support and participation involving our St. Jude philanthropy activities.

Condolences to his family.

Epsilon Sigma Alpha State of Illinois Chapter

David B. Cox - Peoria, 61606

Saturday, February 2, 2013 07:37 PM

Mayor Maloof Family:
I wanted to write a little note, as I feel I had one of the better visitations of everyone. I volunteer at Methodist, and had the pleasure of visiting with Mayor Maloof while he had supper one night. Was enjoyable, and a nice memory. I also got to meet Max, and a daughter I think. I am sorry I know the dog, and not other family. I sure could tell that he didn't like to be in the hospital, and who does? I am glad that Mayor Maloof was able to direct how his final days would play. I also am sure there was a smile. I hope all of the good memories are helping everyone through the hard days. One day at a time. Take care all.
Dave Cox

Angie Perrilles - West Peoria

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 07:26 PM

(101) I was fortunate to get to know Jim Maloof on the St. Jude Memphis to Peoria Run. During my first several years on the Run, he would ride down in the motorhomes with us and would stay until Thursday so he could get back to Peoria to get ready for the telethon on Saturday. You really get to know somebody when 'living' in a motorhome with 10 other people!! He was every part of the run...a leader, a motivator, a shoulder to lean on, a jokester, and even a runner!

During a downtime while waiting for runners to come in, I watched him play football with several young guys in their 20's; Jim was a mere 81!! He never missed an opportunity to be involved and share in people's lives. He made everyone feel special and important and never forgot a name or face! People mattered to him!

After learning that I do physical therapy, Jim always made me massage and stretch his neck and feet!! "Rub my neck! Now my feet!" Sometimes he would just look at me and point to his neck!! It was a privilege to give him a little bit of comfort knowing how much he comforted others.

My sympathies go to Jan, Michael and Nick for the loss of such a wonderful man. My gratitude is sent as well for sharing this special man with the rest of us!! He will truly be missed. Always loved. Never forgotten!

I know Trudy welcomed him with open arms as well as Danny Thomas and St. Jude. I know God said to him, "Job well done, Jim!" and Jim lead everyone in song!

Rest in eternal peace, Dear Jim! You have earned it!

Kyle and Alice Spitzer - Peoria

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 09:07 AM

In the fall of 1968 after moving to Peoria for employment with Caterpillar, we were ready to purchase our first home. We bought a three-bedroom ranch in JoAnne Manor subdivision--the first home Jim sold in his career as a residential realtor. Whenever we saw Jim in the community we would remind him of this purchase, and he could always tell us the address of that home--and by then he had sold hundreds. We also recall that when our oldest son graduated from Richwoods in the top ten in his class he received a congratulatory letter from the mayor. What a meaningful gesture! The Spitzers

Dale Ortman - Washington

Monday, January 28, 2013 08:20 AM

Thank You for St Jude....

David Marshall - Pekin, IL

Sunday, January 27, 2013 04:43 PM

I was in Atlanta in 1992 on a business trip for Caterpillar. The NASCAR Atlanta 500 was running that weekend and the town and hotel were very crowded. Two gentlemen (from Texas) on the hotel elevator asked me where I was from and I replied 'Peoria'. One of them said, 'Oh, that's the town with the singing mayor'. I laughed and so did everyone else on the elevator. I shared this story with Jim in 2005 and he was very appreciative. Never knew Jim personally but I know of his accomplishments and what a truly wonderful human being he was.

Dave and Barb Schwind - Roanoke, IL

Sunday, January 27, 2013 04:18 PM

We will never forget the kindness and caring that Jim Maloof showed to our family when our beautiful 11-year old Amy was a St. Jude patient. Even though Jim was a busy mayor and realtor he took the time to call us several times in Memphis to make sure we were doing OK and to encourage us. He welcomed Amy on the Telethon as an old friend and told her he often prayed for her. He was there at her funeral to give us a hug and continued to encouarage us. Jim Maloof was the heart of Peoria St. Jude. He had a passion for the St. Jude kids and their families. The Memphis to Peoria Run send-off and the Telethon will not be the same without Jim Maloof, but what a wonderful legacy he left for us all to continue the work to fight childhood cancer. Well done, good and faithful servant!

Patti Morris - Peoria, Illinois

Sunday, January 27, 2013 03:01 PM

My sincere condolences to all of Jim's family. My memories of him include the opportunities to join him in song at St. Vincent de Paul Church when we both served the parish as song and music leaders during the time that Monsignor Livingston was pastor there. It was always an uplifting experience to sing next to a man who possessed so much enthusiasm and love for music. If I saw him come into church and he wasn't scheduled as song leader I would invite him to join me or the group though he certainly wasn't shy about inviting himself:) I know he is singing with the angels and enlivening the group by his presence. God bless him!

Angela Anderson - Dunlap, Il

Saturday, January 26, 2013 09:14 PM

When Jim Maloof left a message on your answering machine you knew it before pressing the "play" button. The thing would vibrate with energy! What a life well lived by a man who truly loved Peoria. I wish I had a tenth of his positive energy. To be honest, I had doubts that he was mortal, sort of thought he'd outlast us all.

DONNA J BECKER - 6933 n. adkins drive peoria,

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Lowell Schroeder - Morton, IL

Saturday, January 26, 2013 08:09 PM

I first met Jim in 1958. I was just married and lived on Linn St in Peoria. I was working for the State Police and took my uniforms in to his dry cleaners on the corner of Nebraska and Knoxville. He was always kidding wanting to know if I caught any crooks.. Years later we both got our real estate license about 1968 or so. I retired a few years ago after many years in industrial sales and joined up with Jim Maloof Realty. This picture is my special memory of him when he came to Morton for the Morton Festival Parade..he loved the crowd and they loved him.

Jay Longstreth - Peoria

Saturday, January 26, 2013 02:30 PM

As a lifelong Peoria resident, I ran into Mayor Maloof many times. He was always smiling! When I was 10, he pulled me out of the crowd to help cut the ribbon at the opening of the new Rescue Mission in the 80's. Annually, we saw him at the mall or elsewhere as a Salvation Army bell ringer. He was song-leader-in-chief leading Christmas carols or singing at other events. Last year, my growing family had a distinct privilege - enjoying the St Patricks Day parade with Mayor Maloof and his daughter. My young children asked him: "Are you really the Mayor?" His response was a gleeful smile & my answer was "Yes!"

I did not know him personally, but he made our family feel like we'd been life-long friends. If there is a heaven - and I firmly believe there is - Jim Maloof is now there.....singing with an angelic choir.

He will always be Peoria's mayor to me.

Our condolences to the Maloofs....and Peoria......for your loss.


Saturday, January 26, 2013 02:25 PM


Deb Heger - Peoria, IL

Saturday, January 26, 2013 11:28 AM

In the fall of 1997, I walked into Jim Maloof Realty with brand new real estate license. Looking for an office to hang my license. Not knowing anything but what had been taught in school. Little did I know I would find a "home". Jim was the reason I chose Maloof. I will never forget how he said to me everytime he saw me "I hate blondes"..then he would chuckle and hug and kiss me. I will always admire his knowledge he shared. Though he wasn't out there selling ...he definitely knew what was going on. Every morning he was there, I'd pop my head in and he'd tell me get over here, he'd give me a hug and I'd kiss his cheek. Then he'd raise his voice and then he'd hand me a stack of papers and say "go give these to Shaun". He always had something endearing albeit ornery at times, but I looked forward to that smile. Jim, I aspire to know people & to touch people's lives, to be so sincere, knowledgeable and to strive to help others in your selfless ways. I am certain that there will be post cards , newspaper clips & notes from heaven for us all.

Charlene Schumacher - Eureka

Saturday, January 26, 2013 11:26 AM

I am thankful for the 8 years of my Jim Maloof Team experience! Jim was special in many ways, however, top memories are of him calling and singing "Happy Birthday" to me, or just a 'catchy tone' to say have a great day! It was special getting the little notes on my listings and sales with the smilely face and signature. His calls to my clients would make them laugh and call me to say,
"Jim Maloof called and thanked us for listing with JMR and "Granny" Schumacher. (the name he called me after he found out we have 26 grandchildren) What a joy he was, always making his JMR Team feel special. I'll miss seeing him when I visit the Peoria office and having him offer me 'half his bagel'.
Sympathy and love to the entire Maloof family!

wayne nowlan - United States

Saturday, January 26, 2013 10:51 AM

Back in the early 90s,Jim was instrumental in obtaining park land for Dayspring Community Park off Bourland and overlooking I-74. I called Jim about a seven acre piece of property which was subdivided into small residential lots to see if there was a chance the owner of the property would donate the property to our neighborhood association, Columbia Terrace North. he contacted the owner and she subsequently donated the property to us with the stipulation we become incorporated as a not-for-profit organization which we did. Dayspring Community Park know includes a community building, a picnic shelter, playground equipment, and open space. Besides neighborhood meetings, we have an AA group which meets in our facility twice each day. In addition to neighborhood association meetings, the community center is open to everyone including groups for birthday and parties. Thanks, Jim!

Jamie Sanders - Metamora, IL

Friday, January 25, 2013 11:42 PM

In 1999 and 2000, the Peoria Ballet was experiencing enormous challenges. As the General Manager of the organization during that time, I can attest to the fact that there was reason to believe that the Peoria Ballet might not survive. Jim Maloof was instrumental in saving this institution that continues to enrich the lives of aspiring dancers and their audiences to this day.
During the worst of it, Jim would call me at least once a week to say "We are gonna get through this. You guys are doing a great job and I am behind you 100 percent." And he was! I would let Jim know of a particular need and he always knew someone who would help with financial or in-kind support. The dancers and their parents adored Mr. Maloof who was ever-faithful in attending their performances.
Years later my own daughter became a professional ballerina and two male dancers also achieved that dream due in no small part to the excellent training they received at the Peoria Ballet. They and the hundreds of other dancers whose lives have been enriched by dance owe a huge debt of gratitude to Jim Maloof.
On a personal level, I am deeply saddened by the loss of my friend. He remains an inspiration and powerful mentor to this day.

Anita Schultz - Peoria IL

Friday, January 25, 2013 06:10 PM

When my daughter was in the DARE program at Charter Oak school, they had their DARE graduation and the then Mayor Maloof was there. I asked him if he'd pose for a picture with my daughter and myself and he was more than happy to. He was that kind of people-person and was a great asset to Peoria, especially in the troubling early 80's. His passing is a huge loss for Peoria and will leave a great void. I'm sure he has been reunited with his good friend Danny Thomas. Bless them both for all they did for St. Jude! Rest in peace, Mayor Maloof! You will be missed.

MIchael Bork - Peoria, IL

Friday, January 25, 2013 05:02 PM

Jim was so loving, so caring and generous with his time and resources.

There is so much to be said for the wonderful example he always will be to me and my family. Jim was an Honorary Member of our family. However, the Honor was entirely ours.

Our family and friendship goes back multiple generations. We called Jim "Uncle or Cousin Jim". Just seemed comfortable for all of us, including Jim. His friendship with my Grandfather (Mike Bork) was so special.

So many stories... I will share only one (sort of funny). Jim was home recovering from that terrible car accident. My wife (Sheryl) and I went to visit. He could see that I was struggling with back pain that Friday evening. He said "Bork, you should go to the resistance pool with me". I said "Jim, I am not going to the pool with you".

He was so concerned about my pain (while he was not doubt, in worse pain). He insisted that I go and asked me why I would not. Jokingly, I explained... "I am not sure I want to see you in trunks!" Jim laughed. Then, I said "plus,I don't think I could keep up with you!" He laughed loudly and said "I will see you at 10:00 at the resistance pool. We arrived (my wife Sheryl along to watch). He showed up with Janice and Max! It was amazing to watch him meet and greet all of those in the pool. He was the "Mayor" long after leaving the official office. And, he was famous for keeping an incredible schedule of "appearances". Always remembering names and people's circumstances. He was the one who called me to provide the encourageement and strength to speak at my Mother's funeral. He told me "this is a moment when you must speak". Of course, he was fearless about public speaking (especially about his passion for St. Jude's Kids).

He will be missed so much by so many. We must emulate his behavior to honor his memory for years to come. I hope we all can keep up the pace he set. That will be a worthy challenge.

Michael Bork

Board of Directors, Peoria Ballet - Peoria, Illinois

Friday, January 25, 2013 01:20 PM

(84) He was a father, veteran, businessman, mayor, community volunteer and leader, friend; he was many things to many people, and everything he did was with enthusiasm and passion, and there is no exception when it came to Mr. Maloof's involvement with the Peoria Ballet.

The Peoria Ballet was fortunate to have Mr. Maloof as a Board Member for 18 years, including its Chairman of the Board. Most importantly, though, Mr. Maloof was the Peoria Ballet's staunchest and most reliable supporter.

His legacy with and passion for the Peoria Ballet, its students, its volunteers, its performances, and its impact on the community will live on through the Peoria Ballet's James A. Maloof Endowment Fund.

Mr. Chairman, you will be missed but always remembered, especially your zeal for life and the smile that always brightened the gloomiest of days. We are eternally grateful for all that you have done, for all who you helped, and for all who you inspired.

rose taylor - peoria ill

Friday, January 25, 2013 12:27 PM

(83) who didnt know jim maloof,i saw him here and there, i went to the journal star christmas sings,i also saw him while i was working at peoria chiefs he hit me on the rear with his cane once, he always had a smile and loved to sing i loved the song that was out playing in peoria , rest in peace jim you will be missed i know you are singing in heaven with jesus and the angels

Blanche Slyman - Peoria

Friday, January 25, 2013 12:24 PM

There are so many cherished memories I have of Jim for I have known him all my life. I grew up a block away from Maloof Cleaners and share the same Lebanese American heritage with dear Jim. I played cards with his mother Sarah when my own grandmother would grab me and made me sit at the card table to make up the fourth in the Lebanese card game of bosra. Later I grew up a couple blocks away from the Maloof household in West Peoria and even babysat for the kids now and then. Jim sang at my wedding as he has done for so many. I have been blessed to have known him for such a long time and I feel blessed that he has been my friend and mentor. I would ask him for advice during my twenty-one years of real estate with his company and he would always remember people, homes from years before. Jim would take the time to guide and coach us to be the best we could be. He came to the office singing and hugging and made this firm so welcoming. His warmth and wit will certainly be missed. The Lord says that there are many houses in My Father's kingdom so I am sure Jim is welcomed into all of these houses on his journey. Khalil Gibran writes of tears and laughter - to these we add our own and are all the better for the fact that Jim has crossed our paths. Rest in peace, dear Jim.

Michael Hurt - Peoria, IL

Friday, January 25, 2013 11:19 AM

(81) I worked at City Hall during Jim’s tenure. We connected immediately around our music. Weighty matters of the city never dampened his congeniality. It was always a joy to run into him at the office. We often teamed up for impromptu duets at various venues around the city. I remember being nervous about singing my first major role with the Peoria Civic Opera. Jim sent flowers to my dressing room with awesome words of encouragement telling me to “knock ‘em dead”. Mr. Mayor you will be sorely missed.

Deb Coughlon - Peoria

Friday, January 25, 2013 10:03 AM

There are so many memories of Jim, however, I will never forget Jim telling me to always remember, " The spoken word is valuable but the written word is the most treasured. " He will be missed and remembered.
Love you more.

Heather Berres - Peoria, IL

Friday, January 25, 2013 09:21 AM

My 1st memory of Jim was from the Annual Christmas Sing in the courthouse plaza. My Grandma & Grandpa Bach took me and my sister down there. My mom had just pierced our ears, (ice, bar of soap, large needle and button thread) and my Grandpa was sooo mad because he thought we were too young for that, my sister was in kindergarten and i was in 3rd grade. It was snowing and the trees were lit up and Jim was leading everyone in Christmas Carols. What a wonderful Christmas memory it was. I feel so blessed to have known this wonderful man. He was always so upbeat and brought a smile to everyone's face that he came in contact with. I so wish that I could have said good bye to him and to have told him how much I valued all his kind words and advice. An opportunity arose for me and I had to do what was best for myself and my girls. I know he would have understood. Seeing how he conducted business and the kind words he had for everyone... from congratulatory notes to words of encouragement...he truly knew how to make others feel good about themselves. It's no wonder he was such a sucess in life and that so many people loved him dearly. He will be missed but the memories will always be there bringing a smile to the faces of many! Rest in Peace my dear Jim...Luv Ya!

Amy Arp - Brimfield

Friday, January 25, 2013 08:33 AM

As I sit here reading all of the truly wonderful stories about Jim Maloof and what an incredible man he was, I am truly touched, but there seems to be something missing, something left out of all of those accolades, something just as important as every accomplishment Jim ever achieved…the fact that he raised his first born son Michael, to be exactly like him.

I only had the good fortune of meeting Mr. Maloof 3 times before his passing, but I don't feel short changed, I feel very fortunate that I work beside his son Michael, absorbing in all that he teaches me on a daily basis.

I came here after being with a law firm for 19 years, unsure of how I would adapt. My first week here Michael was taking some time off from the office but made a point to come in every day to have coffee with me because he didn't want me to feel overwhelmed. How many people can say that? How many presidents and CEO's of companies care about the emotional wellbeing of their staff enough to make them feel special….not many I'm sure.

To know Jim is not to know Michael, Michael is not larger than life, not loud, not gregarious, nor does he sing. What is he? Michael is quiet, and kind and generous, he is a teacher, a mentor and every other single thing his father taught him to be, he is everything the Maloof name stands for.

I remember the first few weeks I was here he was teaching and quizzing me about the real estate business, we drifted off onto other subjects, subjects that I clearly wasn't educated on and he said to me “geeze, didn't those lawyers teach you anything in 19 years?” Every day is a new day of learning for me with one of the best teachers I could ask for.

Michael is the President of Jim Maloof Realtor, he has seen this company through low sales during the recession only to be recognized this year as one of only 17 of the top 500 Real Estate Companies in the United States to grow in 3 critical areas of business by Real Trends Magazine. He is a member of numerous boards and charities including but not limited to The Peoria Chamber of Commerce and St. Jude.

He carries on the traditions his father taught him....“catching people doing good things”, writing notes of encouragement to his agents on their commission stubs, acknowledging a complete stranger in the newspaper with a handwritten note, to most recently taking Starbucks coffee down to all the mechanics at a local car dealership “just because”.

You did good Jim, Michael is truly his father's son.

Don't worry Peoria, the Maloof Legacy Lives On in Michael.

Suzanne MIller - Peoria

Friday, January 25, 2013 08:06 AM

(77) I had the pleasure of knowing Jim before I became part of his company. Back in 2002, I decided to participate in St. Jude Tri-County Run. Little did I know how involved I would become and much I would make this a part of my life. Jim would come to our "send-off" every year, the first Saturday in August at 5:30am. He would be there at the end when we ran into the Civic Center. His passion for this organization brought me back every year to run longer and raise more for the children of St. Jude. Within the past 10 years, I had the honor of sharing his friendship, mentorship, and love for not only our Real Estate profession, St. Jude, but for all aspects of life. He taught us how to live in the moment and strive for greatness. I lost an amazing friend with his passing however gained memories that will last a lifetime. I will continue to run the St. Jude Runs - as this marks my 10th year, it will be the most difficult without him at the send off. However, I feel he will be there in spirit. Giving us the strength we need. Thank you for everything Jim. Love you more.

Sherri Delost - Canton, Illinois

Thursday, January 24, 2013 11:39 PM

(76) A real leader has no need to lead--
he is content to point the way. To me this was Jim Maloof. One year for the Annual Awards Banquet Jim asked me to say grace before our meal in front of hundreds of Maloof agents and spouses. I laughed and responded that I was no Preacher or Public Speaker. He looked at me and said it doesn't matter when you have what it takes....I said Grace. I loved the phone calls on Holidays, the notes on random papers, the phone calls to my clients when they would list a property, and just your genuine caring self. I will miss you Jim Maloof...I love you more

James Patacsil - Peoria

Thursday, January 24, 2013 07:50 PM

(75) Working next door to the Maloof Reality office on Knoxville Ave meant I was able to run into Mayor Maloof on a regular basis.

When that would happen, 3 things were always certain to happen. First, he was always going to poke light hearted fun at me with a huge grin. Second, he was going to follow that up with a true word of encouragement and always tell me something about myself I needed to hear or be reminded of. And third, in case the second left me with a big head, he would always end with another fun light-hearted jab.

I am truly going to miss running into him. I now wish I had stopped by more often. My thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends, and all like myself who found such an encourager in our friend.

James Patacsil

Krystal Michels -

Thursday, January 24, 2013 07:47 PM

(74) "Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free
I followed the path God laid for me.
I took his hand when I heard him call
I turned my back and left it all.
I could not stay another day
To laugh, to love, to work or play.
Tasks left undone must stay that way,
I found that place at the break of day.
If my parting has left a void,
Then fill it with remembered joy.
A friendship shared, a laugh a kiss,
Ah yes, these things, I too, will miss.
Be not burdened with times of sorrow,
I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life's been full, I've savored much,
Good friends, good times, a loved one's touch.
Perhaps my time seemed all to brief,
Don't lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your heart and share with me,
God wanted me now, He set me free!"

Diane Russell -

Thursday, January 24, 2013 02:42 PM

It's amazing the impact that one life can have on so many! I feel extremely blessed to have known Jim and the entire Maloof family. He kept my Marine son's picture under the glass on his desk, and know he prayed for his safety.
Jim, I know you're up there singing and telling everyone to get to work! Thanks for the difference you have made in my life!

John D. Morris - United States

Thursday, January 24, 2013 07:58 AM

Cindy and I extend our prayers and deepest sympathies to the Maloof family and the people of Peoria, who comprise his larger family.

Jim Maloof was a national treasure. In the 1980s, with America regaining its confidence, his mayoral optimism was like a bell ringing in the town square calling us all to our senses, to count our blessings, to be thankful to God for all we have, and to do good things for others with our talents. He spent years rebuking the negative hopelessness of the phrase, "last person to leave Peoria, please turn out the lights," and he defeated the concept behind this expression by shining his own light so brightly that his spark ignited the light in many others. Yes, he lit up the darkness, but he also conquered the silence with a joyful song, and chased away isolation with a hug.

He cared for all people, but he had a special place for the new generation. Few adults outside my family spent as much time mentoring, encouraging, and teaching me leadership almost 30 years ago in my youth than did Mayor Maloof.

Where he has gone, he is undoubtedly organizing a new affiliate of St. Jude, taking on the song leader role with an even larger sing-along, and lovingly embracing every angel he meets. With the phrase he often used to conclude his notes to people, I sign this short tribute in his memory: "God Bless!"

John D. Morris

Linda Baker - Peoria Ballet -

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 11:09 PM

(71) The Peoria Ballet family is saddened to have lost our Chairman of the Board. We have been incredibly fortunate to have Jim Maloof on our board for 18 years. He was a great friend and champion of the Peoria Ballet and the numerous dancers who have passed through our doors over the years.
God Bless you, Mr. Maloof, as we have been blessed by your presence in our lives. You will be remembered always for your love of life, love of Peoria and the precedent you set for helping others.

Katie Hollandsworth - Peoria

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 10:59 PM

I first met Mr. Maloof when my family and I were relocated to the area many years ago. Upon meeting him at his offices he took us out for lunch. I will never forget Jim stealing and eating my fries throughout the meal. I was lucky enough to continue seeing Jim throughout the years, due to friendships with his wonderful grandchildren and his generous support to the Peoria Ballet. I always looked forward to seeing him at all of the ballet performances. Whether it was hearing his voice singing over the intercom while doing my stage makeup or getting a huge warm good luck hug before curtain. His spirit was addicting. I hope that I can bring happiness to anyone I meet just like Jim did. I thank him for everything he did in Peoria. My prayers and thoughts are with his family and friends. He was a true icon.

Rex Carter - Rockford Il

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 06:33 PM

I first met Jim in the early 70's . I had a hauling business and he hired me to clean out some homes before selling. Always found him to be a genuine guy. After a few months of doing jobs for him I asked if he knew of a really inexpensive house I could buy. A week later he called and said he had one he thought I would like. Well I liked it, bought it, and lived there for 6 years before moving from peoria. So sorry for your loss. Bought that house for $16500, sold for $38000. He was truly my start in life.

Mike Quine - Palm Desert California

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 04:37 PM

Jim was always a great friend to our family and to our community. I could not count the many times he would take his marker and write something like "right on Mike" on a newspaper article I had written, or a letter to the editor or on one of the articles I wrote for inter business when I chaired the Peoria Chamber, EDC or some other organization. And anytime I was with him at Mt Hawley driving range or putting practice area - I would her something like " keep that putter head low Quine!". What a great guy who will be missed by everyone! Me for sure!

Jim Maloof Washington Office - Washington, IL

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 11:42 AM





Jan Quinton - West Peoria

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 06:18 AM

(66) I grew up next to the Maloof's....Jim was kind of my "other" dad after mine passed. I knew this day would come.I did stop and see him more often. (he threw me out every time). I've been really sad but I thought about Trudy...now they're together and SHE'S giving him hell. That makes it a little better. God Bless!

Bob Silberstein - Wintering in Palm Springs, Ca

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 04:10 AM

I met Jim when I returned to Peoria from law school in the early 60s. Jim had a business- Maloof Cleaners-located in the family Village shopping center in Davenport, Iowa.
I was then impressed with his unique warmth and friendliness. We remained friends thru-out my career in Peoria.
What a guy!

Adrian H. Patterson -

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 01:36 AM

(64) Jim Maloof - the man who put Peoria on the map!!

I met Jim Maloof first as a little boy grocery shopping with my mother. He was volunteering for the Salvation Army in front of Kroger's. After I dropped a few coins in the basket, he extended his hand for me to shake. We shook hands and then he proceeded to squeeze while telling me to say, "I love you mom". Here I was, a little kid in front of Kroger's, yelling to the top of my voice "I LOVE YOU MOM". My mom reminds me of that to this day.

I met Mayor Jim Maloof again at our church upon my father's invitation. He came, he spoke, and he sang! And got such a kick out of it.

I went to his 90th birthday party at the Scottish Rite Cathedral at had the opportunity to speak with him again.

Jim, you lived such a wonderfully blessed life and you made it look so easy. I so value your impact on my life. Thank you and God bless you.

Pam O'Connor - Chicago

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 09:50 PM

Every interaction I ever had with Jim Maloof left me smiling and feeling better about the world! From the twinkle in his eye to his teasing manner, Jim was just one of those special people. But as much fun as he was to be around, he also founded and fostered an outstanding real estate company skillfully stewarded and expanded by talented son Michael, and we are privileged to have Jim Maloof Realtor in our Leading REal Estate Companies of thew World network. Jim, we will miss you, but your legacy lives on.

Lorene King - Peoria IL

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 05:32 PM

I was blessed to be a member of Mayor Jim Maloof's Forward Peoria! Committee, which fostered citizens' grassroot involvement to make Peoria a better place for all. He helped me arrange a tour of St. Jude's in Memphis. When I last saw him, he was still cheering us on, from his wheelchair, at World Fest and Black Expo. He was truly a man of the people, for all seasons!

Jim Gruver - Washington, IL

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 02:58 PM

I am greatly saddened by Jim's passing. The inevitable, is just that, inevitable.

I am very pleased to have worked for Jim as a Realtor for a few short months. I am also quite proud to have met him on many occassions at meetings for the St. Jude, Peoria to Memphis Motorcycle Ride meetings and listen to his encouraging words about raising funds for the children and of the lifetime he has devoted to St. Jude and the children.

May God Bless Jim's soul and provide strength to his familily and friends in this time of loss.

Joe McGuire -

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 02:36 PM

It has been a great honor to know and work with my friend Jim Maloof over these several years. While Jim is known for great achievements, the first thing I think about is all the little, but very meaningful things this wonderful man has done for me personally. All the nice notes in the mail recognizing my personal achievements. But the one thing I will always remember most was the time, many years ago, he was behind my son and I at Emo's and he bought our ice cream. He truly cared about everyone he crossed paths with. He is the hero of Peoria.

Joe McGuire

Debra Miller - Morton

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 01:49 PM

Imagine if I was given one moment,
just a single slice of my past.
I could hold it close forever,
and that moment would always last.

I'd put the moment in a safe,
within my hearts abode.
I could open it when I wanted,
and only I would know the code.

I could choose a time of laughing,
a time of happiness and fun.
I could choose a time that tried me,
through everything I've done.

I sat and thought about what moment,
would always make me smile.
One that would always push me,
to walk that extra mile.

If I'm feeling sad and low,
if I'm struggling with what to do.
I can go and open my little safe,
and watch my moment through.

There are moments I can think of,
that would lift my spirits everytime.
The moments when you picked me up,
when the road was hard to climb.

For me to only pick one moment,
to cherish, save and keep,
Is proving really difficult,
as I've gathered up a heap!

I've dug deep inside my heart,
found the safe and looked inside,
there was room for lots of moments,
in fact hundreds if I tried.

I'm building my own little library,
embedded in my heart,
for all the moments spent with you,
before you had to part.

I can open it up whenever I like,
pick a moment and watch it through,
My little library acts as a promise,
I'll never ever forget you

Till We Meet Again Dear Friend.

Love Ya More!


Roberta King - peoria

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 01:32 PM

(58) The first time I met Jim was at a St. Jude Auction. I was pregnant and he caused a bidding war for a baby sweater. Both people were buying it for me too!! His tireless work for St. Jude truly is an inspiration. I will always love him and miss him and miss giving him kisses. It has meant so much to me working here for the past 11 years. He told me "family first, that's how we keep you."

I will always miss you calling us bubbie.

Love you more.

Roberta King

Mary Jane Hartzell - Chillicothe, Il

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 12:47 PM

What a simply delightful human being Jim
Maloof was!! He had a true gift of bringing forth the best in almost everything and everyone. I will always be grateful he regarded me as a friend and to have sold homes for Jim. . .if only to have seen him as a "true-blue", "big-as-life","always giving", 24/7 inspiration he was to everyone. Now to think of Jim and the awesome number of the positive, effective deeds he bestowed
on this very world, it is all but impossible not to break into a smile.
grateful he regarded me as a friend and to have sold homes for Jim. . . if only to have seen him as a "true-blue", "big as life", "always giving" "24/7-inspiration" he was to everyone. Now, to think of Jim and the awesome number of the positive, effective deeds he bestowed on this very world, it is all but impossible not to break into a smile. How
like him to leave us with a smile!!!!
Thank you, Jim

Norman Bork - wintering in Bushnell,Fl

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 12:40 PM

Proud to be one of Jims cousins. His vision and leadership will long be remembered.A great loss to our comunity. Norman Bork@ family

Tony Alle and Family - Phoneix,Arizona

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 11:56 AM

We would like to express our condolences to the Jim Maloof Real Estate Family especially his immediate family, children, and grandchildren. Thank you for the memories

Tony Alle and Family

Jamie Atchison - Normal, Illinois

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 11:46 AM

I first met Jim and Trudy in the early 1990s through my fundraising group Epsilon Sigma Alpha. He was an amazing man and was so dedicated to Danny's dream that no child shall die in the dawn of life. His commitment to the kids of St. Jude was truly an inspiration. He will be greatly missed.

When I was the IL state council of ESA, he attended my convention and sang, "Let there be peace on earth," a moment I will cherish forever. He was one of a kind with a heart of gold...may God bless and comfort all of us mourning the loss of a truly great man. Thank you to Maloof family for sharing him with us and continuing his legacy for St. Jude and the community.

Jen Smith - Peoria Academy

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 10:43 AM

On behalf of the entire Peoria Academy Community, we extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to the family and friends of Jim Maloof. We were so honored and blessed to have him as our guest of honor for lunch and a surprise assembly to celebrate his life's achievements and contributions to our city and community. What an honor to announce him as our first recipient of the "You Make a Difference" Award. Our students are continuing to celebrate his life and strive to use his example as an inspiration for themselves. Most Respectfully...Peoria Academy

Carol Hultgren - Peoria, Illinois

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 10:15 AM

Jim had a wonderful gift of remembering peoples names and faces. I came to Peoria 20 yrs ago to work at SouthSide Bank and was introduced to him within a few months. He never forgot my name and always greeted me...what a gift of making people feel welcome to Peoria. A great loss for our community.

Andrea Carman - Montgomery, AL

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 10:00 AM

Farewell to a wonderful leader, mentor, and friend.

Jacqueline Mauer - Peoria

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 09:41 AM

Upon joining Peoria Ballet's Marketing/Fundraising committee, Mr. Maloof, whom I had not yet met, sent me a kind note. Being surprised and pleased to receive a personal note from such a prominent and busy gentleman, I shared his note with my parents. Upon receiving additional notes from Mr. Maloof, I was always touched by his sentiment "God bless". Jim, may God bestow His eternal blessing upon you.

Brian Elsasser - Princeville, IL

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 09:33 AM

God creates all human beings with special attributes. I believe you would have to search worldwide to find another person with the same unique and special qualities which our good friend Jim possesed. God gave him many talents and Jim used all of them. I have to think of Colossians,3-23, And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily as unto the Lord, and not unto men. Jim did that as Mayor,with St. Jude and all the kids, with his family, and for the Lord.
A visit to his office would always include a big hug, laughs, political and spiritual sharing, and even an impromptu phone call to my Mother-in-law to sing her a song from the forties. It was a true blessing to spend time with Jim.
To the family, Mary Beth and I extend our thoughts and prayers. God bless each of you with His peaceful nearness and grace. Always cherish the wonderful memories of your Dad.

Brian and Mary Beth Elsasser

Diana Johnson - Peoria, IL.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 09:00 AM

To Jim's Family,

We are very sad to hear of Jim's passing. I was a supporter of St. Jude Memphis in the 1960's. When the Midwest Affiliate was formed, I worked as a Lady of St. Jude in the 1970's and 80's. with the first doctors, Dr. Robert Hart and Dr. John Taraska. Trudy was a joy to be with. Jim was such a warm person and always called me Diana when we would meet over the years. We hope the many, many happy memories will help you get through this most difficult time. Our memories will help us. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Diana and Ed Johnson
Peoria, IL.

rick swan - east peoria

Monday, January 21, 2013 11:22 PM

What a great leader and person. I had the honor to meet Jim at the St Jude Memphis to Peoria run. My son and his wife do this event along with several others. How could you not contribute when Jim told the wonderful stories and you see the great work being done.

Carl Volz - East Peoria, IL

Monday, January 21, 2013 10:06 PM

My condolences to the Maloof family and team.

I first met Jim 20+ years ago as a reporter. In subsequent years, our family relocations meant doing business with Maloof Realty six times (each time with Mindy Taylor).

Jim would always call and check on the process. We'd trade our standard (friendly) insults. He was an inspiration to many - me included.

May God grant peace and comfort to his family and the Maloof Realty team.

Carl Volz

Fraser Engerman -

Monday, January 21, 2013 10:03 PM

From the day he announced he was running for Mayor of Peoria to his final day in office,I had the privilege of covering Jim's time in office for WEEK-TV. Jim was truly one of a kind. I will always cherish the late afternoons I spent in his office while covering City Hall. Jim had his pulse on Peoria better than anyone I knew. He always had a story idea for me or a joke to share. I'm proud to have called Jim a friend. My deepest sympathy to the entire Maloof family.

Karen Lukehart - Peoria, IL

Monday, January 21, 2013 09:26 PM

Sorry for your loss. You will be missed very much.

Best regards,

Karen Lukehart and Ron Menard

Conrad Stinnett III - Peoria, IL

Monday, January 21, 2013 09:08 PM

(43) Jim offered my dad the chance to establish the Commercial department of Jim Maloof Realtor back in the 80s, which benefitted both of them. As a young man, I asked Mayor Maloof to give me a chance to contribute to efforts to revivie our city, and he put me on a Forward Peoria committee.He provided an example that committed people can make a difference in the world. Thanks, Mr. Mayor! My thoughts and best wishes to the Maloof family.

Mike Joseph -

Monday, January 21, 2013 08:36 PM

A wonderful man who made his dreams come true!!!! Building a local real estate company that gives service like know other. Running for mayor of a city that was struggling and building it back up. But I believe your biggest accomplishment was raising money in 1957 for a hospital that did not exist because a man had bigger dreams than even you could think of. Look at St. Jude now a hospital bigger than you guys could have ever imagined where miracles happen every day. We are so lucky to have the Jim and Trudy Maloof Midwest Affiliate so our local families can have the best care in the world right in their own town. We will all continue to raise money for the Kids of St. Jude until a cure is found!!!! We will miss you Chairman of the Board!

Mark and Jennifer Monge - Peoria

Monday, January 21, 2013 08:17 PM

(41) Jim Maloof played a role in my life, before my life was even here. Jim sang at my parents, Dick and Mary Ann Monge's, wedding, as I'm sure he did at hundreds of others over the years. Many years later we became part of the Maloof family when we all joined Jim Maloof Realtors. I don't know how many thousands of little notes he must have written in his lifetime, not only to those he knew, but probably an equal number to people he didn't know and would most likely never meet. That is the essence of Jim that I will take with me. He seemed to take a little time out of his day, every day, to make someone else's day a little better. Not for anything in return, not for the hope of a favor to be returned later, but simply to let someone know that someone else was thinking of them, and was happy for some accomplishment of theirs, no matter how small. What a world this would be if we all followed this simple example. He will not only be remembered as the singing mayor of Peoria, but also its greatest cheerleader, our own Walt Disney, our little town Trump, and a crusader against cancer here, and well beyond our boarders. Thank you Jim, you always were, and always will be, one of a kind.

Mark and Jennifer Monge

Ron Wiegand - Eureka

Monday, January 21, 2013 06:27 PM

(40) Micheal and Family,
Thanks so much for sharing your father with all of in the Maloof Realtor Family and the community. He had such a positive influence on so many of us.From the start of my career as a realtor I knew I was working with a special person. He could make you feel special, like calling me on a Wednesday night to wish me happy birthday and many times signing those commission checks with a happy face and a encouraging comment. Those extras, he did for so many.
He will be missed but will always be remembered in a loving,kind way. May God give you all comfort, joy and a peace as only He can."We need no wings to go in search of Him".
Ron Wiegand

Suzette Boulais - United States

Monday, January 21, 2013 06:10 PM

Such a kind man, such a dear man, such a pleasant man, he was. Whenever I saw our Mayor he greeted me with a great big smile and a "Hello, Ms. Boulais!"

When I first met Mayor Maloof in the late 1980s, I could tell he was such a positive Peorian and with the articles I'd been writing for The Observer at the time he seemed to sense the positive Peorian growing in me, too. And so he would send me hard copies of the articles with a positive statement such as, "Good job!" or "Nice!" and then sign his name.

Today I join the legions of other positive Peorians who will not only miss our Mayor's positive energy, but feel we have in some way, inherited our positive gene from him.

Christine Sinclair - Peoria, Illinois

Monday, January 21, 2013 06:07 PM

Jim Maloof. The person my father called his brother. I know that my dad, Don Miller (who passed away January 7th) and Jim are working out any problems that God may have up there in heaven together. Memories...I was born knowing Jim Maloof. He and my dad were in the South-West Kiwanis Club together. They collected money for the Salvation Army together each year. When I was very young I was amazed at Mr. Maloof's voice. I asked him to sing at my wedding. When the date was set, I learned that Mr. Maloof had a meeting that he had to attend in Memphis for The St Jude Hospital. I was heartbroken! In the end, I think Bergner’s Department Store came through with a jet to transport Mr. Maloof so that he could make both appointments. I am one of those lucky people that can say that Mr. Maloof sang at my wedding. My husband and I had the privilege of working on his first Mayoral Campaign. Additionally, I was able to talk with Jim last week and share some stories about my dad and Jim’s relationship. His last words to me were, “Let me know if I can do anything for you.” Always thinking about others and their needs. I miss you Mr. Jim Maloof. Hope you and my dad and mom and Trudy are happy being together again. Love and prayers to the whole family!

Mary -

Monday, January 21, 2013 04:55 PM

My family has been very fortunate to have many experiences with Mayor Jim Maloof . However, the one I cherish most is when he and Jan came to visit me twice in the hospital (alongside with thousands I am sure). This was A little over 10 years ago when I had my youngest daughter prematurely. The ICU staff had been very strict about who they let in to see the babies but when I went down to check on Maryjane, Mayor Jim was rocking MJ. I think he had a golden pass. This was especially touching because my husbands parents had already passed and mine were not able to travel so we didn't have family in Peoria. Just a moment in time that I'll never forget.

Tee Rynerson - Pekin

Monday, January 21, 2013 04:49 PM

(36) Jim, I am going to miss those "Love Notes" that you always sent to me. I should have known that I was not the only one, you made everyone feel special. I thought I was onery and high spirited, I met my match when I met Jim.
Going to miss you big guy, but never will forget you.

Sue Plesko - Pekin, IL

Monday, January 21, 2013 04:30 PM

(35) Jim would always sing "If you knew Susie, like I know Susie" everytime he would call or those "Happy Birthday" phone calls on every birthday. Going to miss those phone calls. What an awesome experience to know him!

Kathy Curley - Washington, IL

Monday, January 21, 2013 03:13 PM

CURRIE!!! GET IN HERE! He would scream when I worked in the Peoria office or later if I passed by his office when visiting for meetings etc. You couldn't walk away from him without feeling that you were someone special in his life - whether you had just met him or had known him for years. We should all try to make everyone we come in contact with everyday feel this way when they walk away! He was a great human being! Love you more Jim!

Eddie Quintal - Peoria

Monday, January 21, 2013 02:47 PM

I had the pleasure of meeting Jim Maloof (Thanks to Shaun Rickey & James Rickey) in is his office on a relaxed Summer Friday afternoon, The first impression I had of him was, old school, charming ,savvy and extremely well-articulated. James Rickey and I were chatting with him about Peoria and the old times, he had interesting anecdotes to share & he told it with a pinch of humor and with so much of passion, his memory of events together with the individual’s names, events that probably occurred 3 to 4 decades ago was impressive. I left the meeting that Friday evening rather reluctantly knowing very well that I was sitting with a man who could have entertained me with exciting stories of Peoria and Pearls of Wisdom on what we could do to improve Peoria from an investor’s perspective. I regret I did not find time to meet him again, I guess a regret I will have to live with. RIP Jim.

Mark DeSantis - Peoria, IL

Monday, January 21, 2013 02:43 PM

Jim was a true friend and total supporter of our stations. We have been proud to be the St. Jude Telethon station for over 30 years. I know Jim is already up in heaven organizing a fund-raiser for the kids!

From all of the men and women of WEEK, WHOI, WAOE, we bid a fond farewell to Jim Maloof and offer our prayers and sympathies to all of the Maloof family on this loss.

Rest in Peace, old friend.

Dave and Zan Ransburg - Peoria

Monday, January 21, 2013 02:17 PM

To Jim Maloof's Family, We appreciate all you did for the community, the children of St. Jude, and your friendship with our family. We will miss you.

Love, Dave and Zan

Brenda - Bloomington

Monday, January 21, 2013 02:08 PM

We will surely miss the lovable Jim Maloof. He was always smiling and he would greet you with a hug and a kiss.
I have had the privledge of knowing Jim due to the incredible service he has given St. Jude. I am an ESA member and he was an important part of this group!!!
We will miss you dearly. God Bless!

Rich Draeger - Peoria

Monday, January 21, 2013 02:04 PM

(29) I first met Jim as a young man working in radio in the 80's and 90's and then came to know him much better in my current position at The Salvation Army.

He was a great advocate for youth and leadership in Peoria, and I am honored to say he was my sponsor who got me involved with his Kiwanis club- South-West Kiwanis.

He was a mentor, friend and all-time encourager. My wife and I wish Michael and the rest of the family comfort at this time of sorrow.

Cody Bornsheuer - Peoria, IL

Monday, January 21, 2013 01:38 PM

(28) In October of 2011, my apartment was featured in a Sunday edition of the Journal Star. Later that week, an envelope showed up in the mail, bearing the Jim Maloof Realtor logo and containing a copy of the article, with a note from Jim congratulating me on my new home.

I never once met Jim Maloof, and yet this is just another example - one of surely thousands - of how he was able to touch the lives of so many people through a caring heart and pride in his community.

My condolences to the Maloof Family, and certainly to the entire Greater Peoria Area, as we have all lost a great pillar of this community.

Sally Hanley -

Monday, January 21, 2013 01:37 PM

A great person and leader who always greeted you with a smile. He will be missed.

Solomon Balraj - Peoria

Monday, January 21, 2013 01:32 PM

On behalf of the Balraj family,

Since moving here in 2002, the Maloof family especially Jim has welcomed us and took his personal time to show deep interest and concern in our endeavors.

Jim certainly was a Giant in Peoria. But as a Giant, he left deep and lasting foot prints in our community.

Solomon & Lisa Balraj

Andy Chiou, MD - Peoria, Illinois

Monday, January 21, 2013 01:20 PM

(25) On behalf of Peoria Surgical Group, we send condolences to the Maloof family for the loss of an Angel in our Community. Jim Maloof was the epitome of selfless service and a friend and role model for many of us. One of the longest serving Peoria Mayors, we remember him fondly for his unmatched community service and civic leadership. His tireless positive attitude and encouragement during very trying years for our community helped shape a brighter future for all of us that call Peoria and Central Illinois our home. His smile and voice will be missed by all of us, but will live long in our hearts and thoughts as we wish this Angel of Humanity and Grace farewell.

Andy C. Chiou, MD, MPH, FACS
President and Chief Executive Officer, Peoria Surgical Group, Ltd

Colleen Waller -

Monday, January 21, 2013 12:05 PM

(24) The Lord saw you getting tired
And a cure was not to be,
So He put his arms around you
and whispered, "Come with me"

With tearful eyes, we watched you suffer
And saw you fade away,
Although we loved you dearly,
We could not make you stay.

A golden heart stopped beating,
A beautiful smile at rest,

God broke our hearts to prove
He only takes the best.

Each time we see your picture,
You seem to smile and say,
"Don't cry, I'm in God's keeping,
We'll meet again someday."
-Author unknown

Truly loved, Truly beautiful and Truly blessed that you and your entire family have become a part of my life...You will be missed.

I'm hearing a little voice yelling right know..."Shaun, get her out of here!!"

Love you more,

Dee Brauer - Peoria, Il

Monday, January 21, 2013 11:34 AM

Words cannot express how my daughter Lynne and I feel about Jimmy! He and his beautiful daughter Janie live across the street from us and have been wonderful neighbors. Jim was so loving and kind to us as is Janie. On my birthday 2 yrs ago he gave me a copy of his book and put a beautiful note on the inside cover which I will cherish forever. I know that he is in a much better place with the Lord singing His praises! As the sign on the office on Pioneer parkway says "Until We Meet Again"! God bless you and the family you left behind!
We love you!

Margie Catton - Peoria il

Monday, January 21, 2013 11:00 AM

Jim accompolished so much and touch so many hearts. I am grateful for his uplifting and encouraging words and I appreciate to have known him.
I will miss Jim's one line serenade of "My Little Margie" as he pass my office. I am not sure if he new (or maybe he did) how uplifting that little one line serenade could be.
Thank you Jim for touching my life and all our lives.

Claudia Garrido-Revilla - Peoria, IL

Monday, January 21, 2013 10:37 AM

It lives in my memory, as if it was yesterday, the day I met Jim Maloof , 10 years ago. I was new to Peoria and I showed up at the Pioneer Parkway office looking for help to find a house in a city I did not know back then. He immediately approached me, sat down with me and offered help, with a big beautiful smile. His attitude and welcoming smile made me feel comfortable and confident that Peoria was and is a great place to live. What a wonderful Ambassador just relocated to Heaven! He will welcome everyone with the same smile I remember 10 years ago. With respect, Claudia Garrido-Revilla

Bob Armstrong - Buffalo, NY

Monday, January 21, 2013 10:30 AM

Mr. Maloof was the very example of positivism and community service, always willing to share his time and talent with others at a time when Peoria needed it most. I am fortunate to have known, worked and loved him. RIP, Jim.

David Castle - East Peoria Office

Monday, January 21, 2013 10:17 AM

I never forwardly met Jim until I became a Maloof agent in August of 2010. My first impression was awkward; I didn't realize he was so onery. I walked into his office and the first thing he said was "What the hell do you want? Get to work!!!" I quickly realized this was "him" and went with it, thinking this guy loves life!!

Later on, after I got going in my career here, he called my phone and left a message. He basically told me that he was very proud of me and that he felt I was raising the bar, etc, just a nice pep talk. He may not have know but at the time it was perfect timing for that. It meant a lot to me, he may never have known, but it inspired me to work harder and do better. I was also so impressed that he would call my sellers and thank them for listing with Maloof. More than a few times my sellers would call back and would be quite impressed and honored that Jim would do such a nice gesture.

Even though my time with Jim was short compared to others, I am truly grateful that this man touched my life like no other. Hopefully the photo I have attached will show, it is the only one I have of Jim and me together. He will always be a part of me.

Lynne Maybanks -

Monday, January 21, 2013 10:10 AM


I knew you as the kind, funny character across the street who would yell across at me as you were out getting some fresh air and sun as I went out for my daily walk. You would shout something humorous at me, and then sing to me until I was out of earshot. I will miss your humor and kind words and chats on the driveway. You're spirit will always be present though.

Love you more,
Lynne Maybanks

Doug Hall - 803 W. Pioneer Parkway

Monday, January 21, 2013 09:40 AM

Jim was a caring person and always optimisstic. I will miss his good heart, superb sense of humor, and leadershoip business advice.

His leagacy for the ill children of St.Jude makes him a hero and his place in Heaven has been sealed. God be with you always.

I have so many funny and great stories of Jim, but they live in my memory for now. I love ya, man.

Doug Hall

Kelly Peharda - Peoria

Monday, January 21, 2013 09:08 AM

Jim was the most unselfish individual I have known. He would, literally, give you the shirt off of his back or the food off of his plate. He empowered everyone he met to believe there is nothing they cannot accomplish. I believe he was the founding father of "If you think you can, you will!" What a wonderful human being he was & a fantastic guardian angel he is, now.

Harrison C Putman III MD - Peoria

Monday, January 21, 2013 08:52 AM

After my father's sudden passing in 1970, our mother, Marilou Putman got her start in real estate working for Jim, and went on to a successful career and to raise all 7 children. It has been my privilege to work with Jim and serve on the St Jude ALSAC board for many years, and to continue the important mission that he helped to found.His legacy is safe. Now he and Danny can serenade the angels together again!!!

Marcie Anderson-Myers - Canton, IL

Monday, January 21, 2013 08:27 AM

This world was a better place because of Jim Maloof. He will be missed by many, and I am one of those who will miss him. He will live on in the lives of all he touched -the children of St. Jude, the realtors of Jim Maloof, and so many many people. I will keep your family in my thoughts and prayers in the coming days. Please accept my deepest sympathy. Marcie Anderson-Myers

Henry Lawrence - Peoria

Sunday, January 20, 2013 10:47 PM

(13) I first met Jim when I was an announcer at WMBD 1470. He used to call me and comment on things I said on the air.
He started his real estate company in 1969, and he helped us find our first house.
When he decided to start the St. Jude Telethon, he asked me to serve on the committee. My involvement with St. Jude continued for many years culminating with two years as President of the Midwest Affiliate.
Then, Jim decided to run for Mayor because he believed the city needed new leadership. He served three terms. BJ and I chaired his third-term re-election campaign. It should have been easy, but controversial claims popped up in the middle of the campaign. Jim never wavered, but stayed on a steady course with hundreds of friends supporting him.
During his years as Mayor, he and I used to have early-morning phone conversations about issues. I can’t say that I was a major advisor, but he bounced ideas off of me.
I spent my last several years of my Caterpillar career in Corporate Real Estate. Jim kept asking me to retire and join his real estate firm in the Commercial Division. Those years working for him taught me so much. He had an uncanny perception of how to advertise and how to match the right buyers with the right properties.
Thank you, Jim for all you have taught me and all of the opportunities your friendship has afforded me in the last 45 years. I will miss you, my friend. You were my second father.

Eileen Huber - Elmwood

Sunday, January 20, 2013 10:13 PM

There are so many things I will miss about my our biggest supporter...he has been a very important part of my family's life. I'm so proud to be a part of this special Maloof family and though I know he was ready to go, I am truly heartbroken! I actually enjoyed when he would yell "where's the big mouth from Elmwood"? His life was a whirlwind and he helped create many miracles for so many people...he did it through many hours of work, service and his love of God. I can't thank God enough for placing this angel in my life... I love you Jim!

Shaun Rickey -

Sunday, January 20, 2013 08:59 PM

(11) Oh my Jim boy how I will miss you yelling at me everyday that you are ready for your email, and how much you hated me and all women for that fact :). I will miss most my special time with you in the mornings driving you into the office and chatting about everything we could think of. Then we had to go to Starbucks and I was forced many times to order a six pack of beer and a Big Mac for you. Oh those were the days.

Love ya more,
Your Shaunie

Sherri Ernst - North Pekin

Sunday, January 20, 2013 04:35 PM

Love, love, love Jim. What a great man & mentor he was. He always encouraged staff & agents & was our biggest cheerleader. He understood about relationships & making that connection with people. I will miss him so much. I know all of us who knew Jim carry a piece of him with us. I am honored to have known him & worked for him. It makes me smile when I think of him now sitting at the feet of Jesus singing him "How Great Thou Art."

Martha Mary Margaret Gertrude Irene Charlie, etc e - Elmwood, IL

Sunday, January 20, 2013 04:24 PM

(9) I began at JMR in Dunlap just wanting a part time receptionist job. I received a call from Jim welcoming me to the office and he said, "What do we sell?" I said "houses".....he said, "HOMES"...from then on I knew this would be an awesome place to work. God took me into the Peoria office where I would get to work side by side with Jim and I loved every minute of it! He taught me SO much! I feel truly blessed to have been able to share just a short period of time with him....it will stay in my heart forever. God bless you Jim! Love you from the bottom of my heart!! Metd


Sunday, January 20, 2013 03:49 PM

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Deb Paul - Peoria/Washington

Sunday, January 20, 2013 01:36 PM

So fitting for Jim. Thank You by Ray Boltz. watch in You Tube.


Debra Paul - Peoria Office

Sunday, January 20, 2013 01:23 PM

(6) I'll miss you so, my dear friend and Mentor, Jim Maloof. Thank you for your kindness and loving friendship and support these past few years. Your positive, giving, loving, and enlightening spirit will always be in my heart and I am eternally grateful to have the privilege of you being a part of my life. Love you more and rest in peace my Angel Friend. Deb Paul
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