McHENRY – James B. Pilat Jr., 51, of McHenry, died Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, at his home.|
He was born April 5, 1961, in Chicago, to James B. Sr. and Alvina (Marek) Pilat. On July 3, 1982, he married Laureen T. Gallagher at St. Thomas in Crystal Lake.
James was president of Cost Roofing, which he founded in 1982. His vehicle of choice was a Harley Davidson, which he loved riding with his family. He enjoyed playing Texas Hold 'em. He owned several firearms and enjoyed shooting at the range with his boys and in the open fields with his brothers. Jim was an avid Chicago Bears fan and always enjoyed a good James Patterson book. In his younger years he enjoyed bowling, but most of all he enjoyed spending time with his wife, kids and family.
Survivors include his wife, Laureen, of 30 years; children, Jennifer (Rocco) Venuto of Berwyn, William J. Pilat of Wonder Lake and Mike Budreck of Sycamore; his mother, Alvina Pilat of Wonder Lake; two brothers, Michael (Lorie) Pilat and Emanuel (Melanie) Pilat; and two sisters, Marie (Randy) Pilat-Jacobson and Nancy Pilat; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, James B. Pilat Sr.; and a son, Christopher J. Pilat.
Friends may visit with the family from 3 to 6 p.m. followed by a celebration of life at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, at Justen Funeral Home & Crematory, 3700 W. Charles J. Miller Road, McHenry. Inurnment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggest memorials to the American Asthma Foundation.
For information, call the funeral home at 815-385-2400 or visit www.justenfh.com, where friends may leave an online condolence message for his family.
Published in the Northwest Herald from Feb. 26 to Feb. 27, 2013