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James R. McCue

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James R. McCue Obituary
McCue, James R. 80, lifelong resident of Aurora, passed away Friday, March 7, 2014, surrounded by his loving family at Presence Mercy Medical Center. He was born February 16, 1934 in Aurora. Jim graduated from East Aurora High School in 1953 and was united in marriage with Joan (Brown) at St. Therese Church in Aurora on May 1, 1954. Jim and Joan were set to celebrate their Sixtieth Anniversary this May. After high school Jim served his country in the United States Marine Corps reserves and went to work at Commonwealth Edison. He also played semi-pro football with the Aurora Clippers Football Club. He was employed as a lineman for thirty-six years at Com-Ed and retired "too soon" as his wife would always say. Jim loved his golf trips and he was an avid fisherman and hunter. Jim and his older sons opened McCue's Pub in 1980. It was here that he became famous for his "bar tricks" like the disappearing cigarette tricks which he once performed on David Copperfield. They then bought the Gaslight Manor which they ran from 1988 to 2000. In retirement he spent many summers working as a ranger at Blackberry Oaks golf course in Bristol. Jim was a member of many clubs during his lifetime including The Lucky 50 Club, The Phoenix Club, The Batavia Moose Lodge #682 and his favorite The East Aurora Old Timers Association. Jim lived a long, full life and enjoyed living it. Most importantly, he was a devoted family man. Jim will be deeply missed by all who knew him and he leaves behind an entire entourage of family and friends to cherish his memory. Survivors include his loving wife, Joan McCue; five children, Jimmy (Nicole) McCue, Kathy Edwards, Billy (Barb) McCue, Johnny (Laura) McCue, Patti (Mike Moravek) McCue; twenty-two grandchildren, Kelly, Kari and Dani McCue, Cristin, Joey, Alyssa and Brian McCue, Katy, Jessica and Jamie McCue, Stacy Hayton, Amy, Steven Edwards and Nathan McCue, Ryan, Carly and Cody McCue, Nicole and Jack McCue and Sammy, Emily and Michael Moravek and eleven great-grandchildren and by his brother, Bob (Judy) McCue. He was preceded in death by his son and daughter-in-law, Danny and Darlene McCue; his son, Tommy McCue; his grandson, Anthony Moravek; his brother, Duane McCue; his sister and brother-in-law, Carol and Pat Burke; his sister, Diane Fezekas; his parents, James E. and Daisy McCue and by his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Roy and Gert Brown. Funeral services will be held Thursday, March 13, 2014 from 9:30 a.m. at THE DALEIDEN MORTUARY to St. Therese Church at 10:00 a.m. Fr. Michael Miller, M.S.C. will officiate with interment in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be held Wednesday, March 12, 2014 from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at THE DALEIDEN MORTUARY, 220 N. Lake St., Aurora, IL. 60506. (630) 631-5500. Donations in Jim's name can be made to TYTF or Tomcat Youth Tackle Football at 500 Tomcat Lane, Aurora IL 60505. Please visit our website at www.daleidenmortuary.com to share memories or to sign the guestbook.
Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication on Mar. 9, 2014
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