Harold McPheron, 37, Oak Park Public Library assistant

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Harold D. McPheron, a resident of Elmwood Park and a 14-year staff member at the main library, died on July 23, 2012. Born in Northlake to Donald and Patricia McPheron, who preceded him in death, he was a graduate of Leyden Township High School and attended Triton College.

A beloved nephew, uncle, cousin and friend, he loved his job, bowling, movies, music, collecting comics, church on Sundays and his cat Ginger. He enjoyed traveling every year to Maryland to be with family during the holidays. Harold was regarded as an inspiration to his many friends and acquaintances as he was never known to complain about his declining physical condition due to Cerebral Palsy. He did, in fact, possess a very positive and humorous disposition.

Harold McPheron worked in the library's Customer Services office, often on the phone and sometimes at the Welcome Desk. He took his work very seriously and was a firm yet caring enforcer of library policy.

Survivors include his many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held on Aug. 16 at New Life Church in Melrose Park. Memorial contributions may be made to the church at 2001 Division St., Melrose Park, IL 60160.

—Karen Stoner

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Brian Tideman  

Posted: September 7th, 2013 8:55 PM

While I don't remember Harold, from time to time he must have worked with my mother, an OPPL librarian. Harold, thank you for your service to help the Oak Park community. My deepest condolences to family and friends.

Jim Coughlin  

Posted: September 9th, 2012 11:31 PM

Very sad news. He always greeted library patrons with a welcoming smile.

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