John Staunton, 75

Longtime musician with the Symphony of OP-RF

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John J.J. Staunton, 75, a longtime Oak Park resident, died on Nov. 25, 2017 in the Florida Everglades, doing what he enjoyed most — travelling around the world and taking videos and photographs wherever he went. 

Born on March 7, 1942, the oldest son of the late John J.J. and Eileen H. Staunton, he graduated from Oak Park and River Forest High School in 1959 and from DePaul University in 1964. For 32 years, he worked for Montgomery Ward as a computer programmer and analyst. 

He always loved classical music, playing tympani and percussion with the Symphony of Oak Park-River Forest for 59 years and retiring at the end of the 2016-17 season with one of the longest tenures of any member. He also sang in the St. Edmund Church choir from its inception. 

John Staunton is survived by his two sisters and three brothers. He was cremated and his ashes were scattered in the beautiful Oregon Cascade Mountains near where one of his sisters lives. 

A memorial service will be held at St. Edmund Church on Jan. 6, 2018 at 11 a.m.

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Daniel Cortez from Chicago   

Posted: December 21st, 2017 4:10 PM

I will miss my good friend of 40+ years. We co-workers for many years at Montgomery Ward. We both love music and attended many Classical Symphony Orchestra concerts together. I also attended many of OFRF Symphony Orchestra performances when he performed. When I involved in Boy Scouts of America in the 70's, John was one of my Scout leaders of my troop and would join me on camping trips. I will miss him dearly. R.I.P. John.

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