Morreale Family of Companies announces passing of Founder and Chairman, John F. Morreale

(Glen Ellyn, Ill., March 2, 2021) – The Glen Ellyn-based Morreale Family of Companies announced today that its Founder and Chairman, John F. Morreale, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Friday, February 26 after a battle with cancer. He was 82.

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Jay Stark from Naples, FL wrote on April 16, 2021:
John was and always will be one of my life’s biggest influencers. Honored to have had his guidance through the years and to guide him home towards the very end. Carry on Morreale family and team you have large pants to fill regardless if they fit. Of course there is always suspenders.❤️
John was and always will be one of my life’s biggest influencers. Honored to have had his guidance through the years and to guide him home towards the very end. Carry on Morreale family and team you have large pants to fill regardless if they fit. Of course there is always suspenders.❤️
john lucaccioni from rancho santa fe cal wrote on April 2, 2021:
Rest in Peace my good friend. In the trials of running everyday business we would come across problems that we could not solve. Time to call uncle John. You always had the right answer! You will be greatly missed.
Rest in Peace my good friend. In the trials of running everyday business we would come across problems that we could not solve. Time to call uncle John. You always had the right answer! You will be greatly missed.
Robert V. Borla from Downers Grove wrote on March 23, 2021:
It was with great sadness to learn of John’s passing. He and I had many transactions that we successfully closed. John was the model for attorneys. He was knowledgeable, courteous, respectful and above all else--you could take his word without hesitancy. I have always believed a man is not gone so long as a memory of him survives. John will not be gone for a very long, long time. Please accept my condolences.
It was with great sadness to learn of John’s passing. He and I had many transactions that we successfully closed. John was the model for attorneys. He was knowledgeable, courteous, respectful and above all else--you could take his word without hesitancy. I have always believed a man is not gone so long as a memory of him survives. John will not be gone for a very long, long time. Please accept my condolences.
Jeff Walker from Carrollton wrote on March 17, 2021:
Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Morreale family and organization. I know from talking to several people, that John had a significant impact on the lives of many people. He made a difference and was a great example to those around him. I know he will be missed, but he will also be honored in the memories of many people.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Morreale family and organization. I know from talking to several people, that John had a significant impact on the lives of many people. He made a difference and was a great example to those around him. I know he will be missed, but he will also be honored in the memories of many people.
Lawrence Riefberg from Danbury wrote on March 17, 2021:
John was a giant in our relocation industry and his presence will be sadly missed. He was so very well respected, a man of thoughtful insight and always carried a smile. Rest In Peace. JC - and your entire family - we are thinking of you at this time. Larry and Meg Riefberg
John was a giant in our relocation industry and his presence will be sadly missed. He was so very well respected, a man of thoughtful insight and always carried a smile. Rest In Peace. JC - and your entire family - we are thinking of you at this time. Larry and Meg Riefberg
Cary Russell from Houston wrote on March 16, 2021:
My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Morreale family. John F is gone but will never be forgotten.
My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Morreale family. John F is gone but will never be forgotten.
Mary Legate from Flower Mound wrote on March 11, 2021:
My condolence to the entire Morreale family. I was always so impressed by John's humor and love for his family - both family by blood and those he treated as family. I know he will be greatly missed and will be remembered for the legacy he has left.
My condolence to the entire Morreale family. I was always so impressed by John's humor and love for his family - both family by blood and those he treated as family. I know he will be greatly missed and will be remembered for the legacy he has left.
Jean Cella Pereda from Harlingen, TX wrote on March 10, 2021:
To the Morreale family, my heartfelt condolences. Your father and grandfather was an amazing man. John taught me about loyalty, keeping my word, being compassionate and generous. Most of all he taught me that despite fear, to keep a sense of humor and live life!!! My parents were blessed to have John as a friend since childhood and I, among other family members was blessed to have him as an employer and mentor. Thank you John for the memories and compassion you gave to everyone that crossed your path. May your Spirit shine down upon us all.
To the Morreale family, my heartfelt condolences. Your father and grandfather was an amazing man. John taught me about loyalty, keeping my word, being compassionate and generous. Most of all he taught me that despite fear, to keep a sense of humor and live life!!! My parents were blessed to have John as a friend since childhood and I, among other family members was blessed to have him as an employer and mentor. Thank you John for the memories and compassion you gave to everyone that crossed your path. May your Spirit shine down upon us all.
John D'Ambrogio from Chicago wrote on March 9, 2021:
A truly wonderful man who made lives better for so many people - by his wit, charm and kindness.
A truly wonderful man who made lives better for so many people - by his wit, charm and kindness.
Nan and Jerry Westwood from Naples, Florida wrote on March 8, 2021:
Our heartfelt condolences to the Morreale family at this time. We believe John is in a better place without pain or discomfort. His passing however leaves a hugh void in our lives, yet we are left with many wonderful memories. Nan and I first met John in the early 70's and enjoyed many wonderful times with he and MaryAnn. Among those were enjoyable evenings at our homes, dinners in Wheaton, Arlington Hts., Chicago and Naples, and of course making sausage in John's basement, where I never advanced beyond the mixing table! We attended Bears and Cubs games, went boating, and so much more., including being together with friends at the annual January dinner at the Yacht Club. We treasure all of those memories and many more. John was a special person and will be missed. RIP John.
Our heartfelt condolences to the Morreale family at this time. We believe John is in a better place without pain or discomfort. His passing however leaves a hugh void in our lives, yet we are left with many wonderful memories. Nan and I first met John in the early 70's and enjoyed many wonderful times with he and MaryAnn. Among those were enjoyable evenings at our homes, dinners in Wheaton, Arlington Hts., Chicago and Naples, and of course making sausage in John's basement, where I never advanced beyond the mixing table! We attended Bears and Cubs games, went boating, and so much more., including being together with friends at the annual January dinner at the Yacht Club. We treasure all of those memories and many more. John was a special person and will be missed. RIP John.
Jerry and Gail Johnson from Naples, Fl and Minnesota wrote on March 6, 2021:
Johnny Johnny....he certainly made the world a fun and crazy place to live as next door neighbors in Florida. How he loved my chocolate chip cookies🥰. The 3:00 hot tub gathering....the trips to get new clothes that fit...and how can we forget the hard boiled eggs that went dry and found their way to the ceiling, cupboards etc! His stories of reminiscing making sausage..how he loved his family! His generosity was foremost his joy. May your family be blessed with all the wonderful memories of this great guy! Jerry and Gail Johnson
Johnny Johnny....he certainly made the world a fun and crazy place to live as next door neighbors in Florida. How he loved my chocolate chip cookies🥰. The 3:00 hot tub gathering....the trips to get new clothes that fit...and how can we forget the hard boiled eggs that went dry and found their way to the ceiling, cupboards etc! His stories of reminiscing making sausage..how he loved his family! His generosity was foremost his joy. May your family be blessed with all the wonderful memories of this great guy! Jerry and Gail Johnson
Mallory Mojarro from Hanover Park wrote on March 5, 2021:
No words are adequate right now. I'm sure John would have a joke ready about me finally being speechless. There will never again be someone as special as John. I will forever miss his kindness, generosity, humor, and intelligence. He was just always there.. It is hard to now imagine a world without him. I have to keep reminding myself he is no longer a phone call away in Florida, or Michigan, or at home in Wheaton. Professionally and personally he supported me and helped me grow into the person I am today. My thoughts are with all who mourn this loss, especially the Morreale clan whose pain I can only imagine. We will never stop missing you, John.
No words are adequate right now. I'm sure John would have a joke ready about me finally being speechless. There will never again be someone as special as John. I will forever miss his kindness, generosity, humor, and intelligence. He was just always there.. It is hard to now imagine a world without him. I have to keep reminding myself he is no longer a phone call away in Florida, or Michigan, or at home in Wheaton. Professionally and personally he supported me and helped me grow into the person I am today. My thoughts are with all who mourn this loss, especially the Morreale clan whose pain I can only imagine. We will never stop missing you, John.
Mary Zimny from Glen Ellyn, IL wrote on March 4, 2021:
His stories, His laugh, His kindness, His presence, His teaching, His generosity, His huge family, His heart! We are all so blessed to have shared some part of our life with John F. Morreale. Tender thoughts & prayers to his immediate family along with his past and current Morreale family staff.
His stories, His laugh, His kindness, His presence, His teaching, His generosity, His huge family, His heart! We are all so blessed to have shared some part of our life with John F. Morreale. Tender thoughts & prayers to his immediate family along with his past and current Morreale family staff.
Jen Mendigutia from Oceanside wrote on March 4, 2021:
The world lost a true light 💔 Someone who I learned so much from, respected greatly, and truly loved. They broke the mold when they made John! One of the biggest hearts I have ever met. A mentor, a father figure, a boss, a samaritan, and a cherished friend. FAMILY ❤️ He took a chance on me, and I wont ever forget him! He always put PEOPLE first. He will continue to be my example of how to run a company and how to treat the people who actually make it run. The world wont ever be quite the same. May he RIP
The world lost a true light 💔 Someone who I learned so much from, respected greatly, and truly loved. They broke the mold when they made John! One of the biggest hearts I have ever met. A mentor, a father figure, a boss, a samaritan, and a cherished friend. FAMILY ❤️ He took a chance on me, and I wont ever forget him! He always put PEOPLE first. He will continue to be my example of how to run a company and how to treat the people who actually make it run. The world wont ever be quite the same. May he RIP
Greg Kosin from Wheaton - Chicago wrote on March 4, 2021:
I had the pleasure of working with John on occasion over the course of many years with some closings at GIT. He was a true professional in the real estate industry. My sincere condolences to the family.
I had the pleasure of working with John on occasion over the course of many years with some closings at GIT. He was a true professional in the real estate industry. My sincere condolences to the family.
Steve Townsend from Austin wrote on March 4, 2021:
Unfortunately, I never had the opportunity to meet John. However, I'm fortunate to know John C, and a lot of the amazing people who comprise the remarkable Morreale Family of Companies. Those two factors alone are certainly a testament to a life well lived and an enduring legacy. We share your sorrow, and celebrate the ongoing impact John's life continues to have on people like me who didn't have the chance to know him.
Unfortunately, I never had the opportunity to meet John. However, I'm fortunate to know John C, and a lot of the amazing people who comprise the remarkable Morreale Family of Companies. Those two factors alone are certainly a testament to a life well lived and an enduring legacy. We share your sorrow, and celebrate the ongoing impact John's life continues to have on people like me who didn't have the chance to know him.
Krista Myers from South Bend wrote on March 4, 2021:
While I didn’t have the pleasure of knowing John, I’ve known John C for many years and can only imagine that many of the things that I admire about him were things that he learned from his dad – genuinely caring about people, loving his work, and fostering an atmosphere in his businesses that encouraged those values to name a few. I am sorry for your family’s loss, and my thoughts are with you all.
While I didn’t have the pleasure of knowing John, I’ve known John C for many years and can only imagine that many of the things that I admire about him were things that he learned from his dad – genuinely caring about people, loving his work, and fostering an atmosphere in his businesses that encouraged those values to name a few. I am sorry for your family’s loss, and my thoughts are with you all.
Richelle Miller from Bartlett wrote on March 3, 2021:
I can’t even begin to express my love and admiration for John. I came to work at the law firm fresh out of school and ready to learn. John has taught me so much over the years. He has been part of pretty much every one of my major life events. The fact that I have worked for him for 29 years should show what kind of man he was. We were all part of his family and he will be greatly missed
I can’t even begin to express my love and admiration for John. I came to work at the law firm fresh out of school and ready to learn. John has taught me so much over the years. He has been part of pretty much every one of my major life events. The fact that I have worked for him for 29 years should show what kind of man he was. We were all part of his family and he will be greatly missed
Carrie Anders from Fishers, IN wrote on March 3, 2021:
The family of companies that John built truly inspires employees who care. The concept of enjoying being at work is truly a gift that he spread to everyone that worked for and with him. That concept and those core values remain with his companies. I am so sad for your family's loss.
The family of companies that John built truly inspires employees who care. The concept of enjoying being at work is truly a gift that he spread to everyone that worked for and with him. That concept and those core values remain with his companies. I am so sad for your family's loss.
Scott Gustlin from Boulder wrote on March 3, 2021:
While I didn't know John F well, he was a larger-than-life personality. I thoroughly enjoyed the meals I had the pleasure of attending with him and wish I'd had more opportunities to get to know him. I will keep John's family in my thoughts.
While I didn't know John F well, he was a larger-than-life personality. I thoroughly enjoyed the meals I had the pleasure of attending with him and wish I'd had more opportunities to get to know him. I will keep John's family in my thoughts.