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James R. Hancock

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James R. Hancock Obituary
James R. Hancock

Born: March 13, 1940

Died: October 23, 2017

James R. Hancock, 77, of Sarasota, FL, returned to his heavenly home on Monday, October 23, 2017 after a valiant battle with cancer. His devotion to his family and his firm belief in God supported him in his struggle and ultimately gave him peace.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, John and Frances (Vodicka) Hancock; and his daughter, Christine.

Jim is survived by his loving wife of 27 years, Debbie; daughter, Kim (Tom) Dahlberg; Grandsons, Ryan and Adam; brother, Bob (Julie) Hancock, Cumming, GA; and sisters, Patsy Casey, Jupiter, FL, Ginny Duffy, Geneva, IL; Joanne (Tom) Connolly, Wheaton, IL, Carolyn (Tim) Murray, Montgomery, IL; and many nieces and nephews.

Jim was born on March 13, 1940 and grew up in Glen Ellyn, IL. He graduated from Glenbard High School in 1958. He attended the University of St. Thomas and graduated from Bradley University in 1963. Jim spent his professional life in sales/management for numerous companies, traveling extensively in the U.S. and Europe.

After along and successful career he retired to Minocqua, Wisconsin and later to Sarasota, Florida. Jim loved sports, participating in speed skating with the Glen Ellyn Speed Skating Club. He played football for Glenbard High School. He enjoyed softball, tennis, skiing, sailing and golf. His legacy is the love and caring he had for his family, friends and community. He was continuously looking for ways to help and care for others. He founded the Lakeland Sharing Foundation in Minocqua, WI and was a member of the Lake Tomahawk Lions Club.

After moving to Sarasota he became involved with his church, Our Lady of Mount Carmel and was a member of their chapter of the Knights of Columbus.

Jim will be missed immensely by his family and friends. May the winds of Heaven blow softly and whisper in your ear how much we love and miss you and wish you were still here.

A Memorial Mass will take place on November 7, 2017 at 9:00A.M. at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Osprey, FL.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice House, Sarasota, FL or the Lakeland Sharing Foundation, Woodruff, WI.
Published in Suburban Life Publications on Nov. 2, 2017
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