James Liston
1955 - 2016
{ "" }
Share James's life story with friends and family
Send an Email
Or Copy this URL to Share
James R. Liston, Ret. CPD, age 61. Surrounded by his loving family he received his final orders to report to his Heavenly Home on December 3, 2016. Best friend and loving husband of Kathy (nee Cronkhite) Liston; cherished son of the late Wilbert and Dolores (nee Murray) Liston; dearly loved brother of Judy (Jack) Gross and Jayme (Bob) Fraser; dear son-in-law of Mary (nee Connelly) and Dan Hanrahan; much loved uncle of Jack and David Gross and Lisa (William) Eck; fond great-uncle of many. Jimmy was loved and respected by his "family in blue" and the many close friends he made during his journey. Funeral Friday, December 9, 10:00 am from Blake-Lamb Funeral Home, 4727 W 103rd St, Oak Lawn to St Christina Church, 111th St and Christiana Ave, Chicago. Mass 11:00 am. Interment, Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Alsip. Visitation Thursday, December 8, 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm. St. Jude Service 7:00 p.m. Info: (708) 636-1193 or www.blakelamboaklawn.com

To Plant Memorial Trees in memory, please visit our Sympathy Store.
Published in Chicago Tribune on Dec. 5, 2016.
03:00 - 09:00 PM
Funeral Mass
11:00 AM
Memories & Condolences
Not sure what to say?
View Printed Guest Book
40 entries
December 19, 2016
Everyone knows what a great guy Jimmy was to be around, but not many know what a Great Public Servant he was. I once asked Jimmy why he stayed working in that very rough neighborhood. Without hesitation he looked right at me with a straight face and said " They need Policemen there". Rest in Peace my Friend
Ralph Sceerey
December 17, 2016
Jimmy was a one of a kind. I have many memories of Sonny and working in the 10th District. He loved the job and loved his fellow Officers. Thank you Sonny for your smile and memories.
Cindy Cummings
December 14, 2016
I'm so sorry Kathy. My first day on the street was with a great man . He said to me "hi I'm Sonny Liston your fto we're gonna have fun and we did. I didn't want to go after the watch ended, but Sonny said tomorrow's another day. I'll we'll miss a great man.
Robert Alanis
December 9, 2016
My sincere condolences for your loss. I worked with Jimmy way back in 93'-94' on 1011s beat. He was a true inspiration to me for his professionalism and dedication to true and honest police work. He was truly a cops cop. I am truly honored to have had the opportunity to work alongside Jimmy. Even though it was only for a short time. God bless Jimmy and may he rest in peace.
Leo Lopez
December 9, 2016
Jim,you were a great,jolly,dependable, humorous member and asset to the 5-11 Club
and even though the Lord Almighty has you in his hands now we all know that "Those We Love Don't Go Away, They walk beside us every day,Unseen,Unheard,but always near,Still Loved,Still Missed and Forever Dear."
Harold Klein
December 9, 2016
Kathy, family and friends, Jim will be greatly missed by our team and friends at the Shamrock Shuffle and Chicago Marathon. He was a great team member that provided valuable support and contributions within our events and again, will be missed dearly. Sincerely, Michael Nishi
Michael Nishi
December 9, 2016
Jimmy will be dearly missed .He was a lovable and funny person ,and I will always keep him in my thoughts . R. Harmon
December 8, 2016
We send our love and prayers from Michigan. Love, Tom Fraser and Patti Kenney
Tom Fraser
December 8, 2016
Although I had only known Jimmy for a few years in that time we had become good friends. We had some of the most interesting discussions about some of the strangest things. He truly taught me things about radio that no else ever did. I will miss his stories and tales of his adventures in life. Heaven has a new net controller. 73 my friend!
Jim Hull
December 8, 2016
Jimmy, You will be very much missed

Ron - (Mr Mischief)
December 8, 2016
Kathy and friends. I am filled with deep sadness over the loss of Jimmy. And yet, all I can do now is remember the really great things about him that make me smile. I knew him mostly as a volunteer ham radio operator for the Chicago Marathon. In that role, he always came prepared with too many radios (can we have too many radio? He bailed me out several times!!). He always carried a terrific smile and willing attitude. His pledge to serve...really to do whatever was necessary... helped me better understand what kind of Chicago Policeman he must have been. I will miss his incredible stories and his passion for his diverse interests in science, technology, history, radio, weather and family. Thank you for those fabulous pictures that tell the story of his life. My life is much richer for having worked with Jimmy. He example continues to inspire me. Jimmy's wry smile will always remind me to work hard but to laugh more.

We have all lost a dear friend,

Rob Orr
December 8, 2016
Tommy Cunningham
December 8, 2016
Jimmy was an amazingly dedicated police officer, yet never lost his sense of humor! I worked with him occasionally in the "old 10".. Best PO I knew! So sorry for his loss, sympathy to his family and all who knew him! His loss is all of our loss.
December 7, 2016
Kathy and All, I just looked at all the photos in your Jimmy's site here and he had the happiest face in Chicago, didn't he? Always with a smile and ready to laugh, even when he was doing his 1011 gig. I'm sorry his life ended so young and sorry for your loss. All I can offer you is a remembrance in my prayers from WI, and may Jimmy know God's peace and everlasting presence now.
Fr Thomas Nangle, CPD ret
December 7, 2016
Kathy, my heart felt condolences and sympathy to you in this time of your great grief. Jimmy was, no, Jimmy is truly a wonderful, beautiful person, and one outstanding and dedicated police officer. He will be missed by many, and will be missed by me. A kind and good friend. A kind and good person, who is now patrolling the bricks of gold above and standing watch at those pearly gates. I will remember his laugh and smile, and that wry sense of humor that always found light even in the darkest of time. Jimmy you will always be remembered!! Jimmy you will forever be a founding spirit of the CPD class of 82-4A (Animals) -- Kelvin Blanks
December 7, 2016
Never met Jim in person, but he was always pleasant to talk with on ham radio. He will now be a silent key, but we know he will be listening. God bless his family and farewell to N9HSH from K9NJM.
Norm Malina
December 7, 2016
The FTD Eternal Friendship Remembrance Bouquet
Send Flowers and Gifts
Sympathy Gift courtesy of
a loved one
December 6, 2016
Godspeed brother, remember you from 010, you were the best beat 1011 always fair always had a smile on your face. May God bless you and your family you will not be forgotten!
Tom Lally
December 6, 2016
Dear Jimmy God will protect you now like you did for others my old friend. It was much to early and it makes me wonder if there is a beat 1011 in heaven. but take a little rest before you put on the new uniform you have plenty of time now. God bless you and your whole family.
Tod Pierce
December 6, 2016
Marikay and I were deeply saddened to hear of Jimmy's passing. So many laughs and memories. Sending our thoughts and prayers from afar. RIP Sonny.
Edward Perez
December 6, 2016
Jimmy was a great personality who made the job fun. I loved working with him and it was a privilege to have him on our watch. He was such an asset to the 010th District. You will be missed my friend, God Speed
Paul Jankowski
December 6, 2016
Jimmy was loved by everyone at the 5-11 Club of Chicago and was a great friend to all who knew him. He will be missed dearly! My deepest condolences to all of his family and friends. My thoughts and prayers are with you all!
Susanne Peters
December 5, 2016
Kathy, our deepest sympathy on your tragic loss. Our girls have never forgotten your time and commitment to them on HF's Field Hockey teams. Nikki, Marny and Maura count those years as some of the most memorable of their early years. We thank you for the example you set as a young professional woman excelling in life.
Bill/Barb Murphy
December 5, 2016
Jimmy was a good friend of mine at St Rene grammar school and through high school. I will always remember his laughter and wit and his good heartedness. His friendship meant so much to me. Thank you, Jimmy. God bless your familyou during this difficult time.
Laura (Riski) Poole
December 5, 2016
I was sorry to hear that Jimmy had passed on! I will remember him and his family in my prayers.
Tom Toolis
December 5, 2016
Hamfesters Radio Club will never be the same without you. Your bigger than life presence will be missed. 73, de Jim Riley W9JPR
December 5, 2016
William Kazupski
December 5, 2016
God Bless! Godspeed my friend.

Detective William F. Kazupski
Chicago Police
William Kazupski
December 5, 2016
Jimmy you will deeply missed RIP 1011
December 5, 2016
Rest in peace Jim and may God's grace be with you
Tim Marden
December 5, 2016
Cronkhite - I never met your husband but know he made you happy and that's the key! You're a trooper so you had to marry a policeman - hugs to you, and keep up the strength and courage.

Liz Klos
Liz Klos
December 5, 2016
Kathy, Kevin and I are so sorry for your loss. We are thinking about you in CO.
Sheena Rosenquist
December 5, 2016
We knew Jimmy N9HSH from CARMA & Hamfesters radio clubs and enjoyed talking to him about his CPD & radio histories, going to Dayton and other events. We are proud to have picked Jimmy as Hamfester of the year for all the things he did for our club. Now that he is a SK we hope he gets his well deserved rest Condolences to all his family members personal , radio and CPD & CFD
N9KWG & KC9NRH 73's to you we will all miss you
Bob & Cathy Fleischmann
December 5, 2016
Heartfelt and prayerful condolences from the Chicago Police Chaplains. Jim will be remembered at the Police Mass on Sunday, 11 DEC, 11:00 a.m. at Mercy Home - 1140 W. Jackson Blvd. In the meantime, may family and friends know the healing touch of our all-loving, all-merciful God! [www.ChicagoPCM.org or 312/738-7588]
~ ~ Fr. Dan Brandt, CPD Chaplain
December 5, 2016
Thinking of you Kathy and all Jimmy's family at this sad time. Both yourself and Jimmy were very good to us when we visited Chicago. Take care from all in Kingscourt . John, Trish, Katelyn & Alannah McDaniel , Kingscourt, Co.Cavan, Ireland.
December 5, 2016
Kathy, I am so very sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Maureen Murphy
December 5, 2016
We are praying for you from Arizona. Sympathy for you and your family, pets and friends. At this hard time put your faith in God and his plan. Your forever MSU Spartan friend. Amy Hughes
Amy Hughes
December 5, 2016
Jimmy was a unique man and friend. He will be greatly missed,"from the tables down at Morrie's to the place where Louie dwells"Prayers for you and your family Kathy. God Bless !!
Wes Janowski
December 5, 2016
I remember Jim fondly from DePaul University in the mid-seventies. I remember him as a happy, upbeat guy. My condolences to the entire family.
David Oulvey
December 5, 2016

I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your husband. May you have peace and comfort. Know that you are in my prayers.

Much love,

Holly Donaghy, H-F, Class of 1984
Holly Donaghy
Invite others to add memories
Share to let others add their own memories and condolences