James Michael Hannan, 86, a longtime resident of Oak Park, died peacefully on Aug. 17, 2022. Born on Sept. 10, 1935, he was the second eldest child of the late Margaret and William Hannan.

After graduating second in his class from Loyola Law School, he practiced law for over 55 years, establishing the law firm James M. Hannan Ltd., later partnering with David G. Strom, Hannan and Strom. He was also chief financial officer of Trainco Truck Driving and Business School. He worked with Oak Park Senior Services to provide legal services to Oak Park residents and truly embodied what it means to be a “counselor,” not only in his profession, but through his character, consistently demonstrating the highest level of empathy, understanding and insight, ethics and honesty which will be sorely missed. An avid reader who loved spending time with family and friends, he also enjoyed traveling, music, good meals, and was a loyal Chicago sports fan.

James was the brother of the late William Hannan, Kathryn (late Barry) Rohan, and Mark Hannan (Barb Anderson). He married Loretta (nee Neimes) on Sept. 6, 1958 and was the father of three children, James J. Hannan, the late Brendan T. Hannan, and Cathleen R. Hannan; the grandfather of 11, Monica (Alex) Stolte, Chloe Hannan (Katie Bone), Renee Hannan, Shannon Kenny, Charlotte Kenny, Colin Kenny, Liam Kenny, Lauryn Kenny and Elizabeth Kenny, Aidan Hannan, Owen Hannan; and the uncle of many.

Services will be held on Sept. 10 at Peterson-Bassi Chapels, 6938 W. North Ave., Chicago, from 1 to 3 p.m. 

The family would like to thank the Chicago Bar Association Wolf Fund and the Illinois Bar Foundation for the continued financial support that provided for James to be cared for at home. 

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