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James R. Orlando

LANSING, IL - James R. Orlando age 87 of Lansing, IL, former Chicagoan from the East Side, passed away on March 22, 2020 after being hospitalized with pneumonia. Beloved husband of the late Laura (nee DiFrancesco) Loving father of Jimmy (Barbara), John (Diana), and Cassie Harris (Bud). Dear grandfather of Trina Orlando, and Sheri Wiser (nee Orlando). Great grandfather of seven and Great great grandfather of one.

Jim was a former Local 150 Operating Engineer, City of Chicago Crane Inspector, and original proprietor of Small World Inn on the East Side. Jim was always quick with a joke and fun to be around. He also was one of the pioneers in popularizing Bocci Ball in the Southland.

Private Funeral Services.

Visitation would have been one heck of a party but due to the COVID-19 Virus, State Mandated restrictions has kept us from celebrating our dad's life for the moment, but as soon as this passes, we will honor dad's memory properly in the future! The Orlando Family.

In lieu of flowers, pick out a good joke and tell it to someone.

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Published in The Times on Mar. 26, 2020.
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April 9, 2020
This indeed is sad news. I loved Jim and Laura. I consider it an honor to have such fond memories of time spent with them. Jim was a fine man. A conversation always included updates on the family and clearly he was proud of and loved them. May your memories bring some comfort.
With sincere sympathy,
Trudy Wtkus
April 2, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
March 30, 2020
I will always have great memories of Uncle Jim and Aunt Laura. They were a frequent part of our lives growing up. They always attended our birthday parties, Christmas time, Graduations and many other occasions. They even took me with them on a family trip to South Dakota, Wyoming, Yellowstone and more. It was this trip that gave me an experience of a lifetime at such a young age and to learn that there was more outside of Chicago. As an adult, I continued to search for this kind of beauty.

We were very fortunate to have the both of them in our lives. Thank you Uncle Jim with all my heart!
Love, Marina
Marina Orlando
March 29, 2020
Fond memories working with Jim in the construction industry. Great guy with a great sense of humor. My deepest sympathies.
Martin Considine
March 27, 2020
Sounds like a life to be celebrated- best wishes to his family
John Blazekovich
March 27, 2020
Gonna miss your laugh and smile. If anyone need anything you were one to help. Happy to see you enjoyed retirement. Give Aunt Laura a hug from me when you guys get back together. Love Your Godson Al Orlando
Al Orlando
March 27, 2020
Sorry we can't be with you and your family. My family had great times with Jimmy and Laura playing Bocce ball, always had fun. Wonderful times, great memories, Our condolences, The Fryza Family.
March 27, 2020
To the family and friends of Jimmy, so sorry for your loss. So many good times at Small World. Rest Easy Jimmy
Randy Gumkowski
March 26, 2020
Loved this man. Had so much fun working and playing at Small World. He'll bbe greatly missed! He was a special person.
Debbie Pulido-Sullivan
March 26, 2020
March 26, 2020
Only 1 thing I can say about Jimmy. "Great Guy"
Neal Ciciora
March 26, 2020
Jim was a good hearted funny man that loved the people in his life and would do anything he could to help them. He was a great mentor and a hard worker. He was a great man that will be missed by all that knew him. Rest In Peace and God bless.
Keith Kalafut
March 26, 2020
I remember Jim as being one of the best Operator in local 150. I was one of his oilers back in the early 1960;s when we worked at the U.S,Steel Works on Chicago's S.E,side, and at that time he was also our union steward and he was always willing to listen anyone with a grievance. I have thought of him over the years often and tried to emulate him in my dealings with every one I come in contact with.God bless this man.R.I.P.
March 26, 2020
Jim was always quick to say hello and welcoming to Small World. My husband Tom and I spent many summer evenings playing bocce in his well kept courts. Sincere sympathies to his family. RIP Jim.
Carol Bender
March 26, 2020
Great person and friend of our family. Lots of awesome memories from when I was younger growing up as a kid. Rest In Peace uncle Jimmy.
Steve Radakovich
March 26, 2020
Thinking of the family and wishing them comfort
March 25, 2020
I will always remember Jimmy with a smile .kind fun guy .. rest in peace Jim .. say hello to Virgil for me ... My sincere condolences to his family .. God has taken a great man .. Local 150 won't be the same . Great Union man .. kindest regards..wife of the late Virgil Jean..
Denise Jean
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