John Liberatore was larger than life in both personality and character and always believed in helping others. A quote from the movie Wizard of Oz that best describes him is, “A true measure of a person’s heart is not how much he loves, but how much he is loved by others.”
John was born on September 12, 1952 and grew up in Elmwood Park/Norridge area. He was raised by the late John Sr. & Helen Liberatore, and played big brother to his younger sister Linda. While growing up he was taught to have strong family values, a hard work ethic, to always treat people with respect and to be proud of his Italian/American Catholic Heritage. These were the pillars that John built his life upon.
He was married to his loving wife Debbie for 35 years and had a daughter, Erica, whom he adored. John was a 40 year union employee within the funeral industry and served as a dedicated member of the Teamsters Local 727 Union contract negotiation team. In his earlier years he also worked construction on the weekends as well as his vacation days he had off from the funeral home to provide a comfortable life for his family.
John was taken away from us very suddenly back in March 2014 and has left a great void since. He was known by his friends to be generous, kind, funny and always a phone call away when needed. Those who knew John know he took great pride in how he dressed, loved his scotch with a cigar in hand and made his presence felt when he walked into a room. He was a part of our lives, all in different ways. Whether he was family, a longtime friend or a co-worker – he held a special place in many hearts and left this world a much better place for having been in it. His love for the Palumbo Family Foundation was very strong and a cause he took quite seriously. As a dedicated Board Member he gave his input to help the foundation grow. He opened his heart to help others and gave his time generously in the selection process; helping choose deserving recipients to receive scholarships to further their college education.