James A. Mahoney, age 71, of Chicago

Written by Brust Funeral Home on July 25th, 2020

James A. Mahoney, age 71, of Chicago, passed away on July 22 at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

Jim was the cherished husband of Elizabeth Chaban; a devoted brother; and caring “Uncle Bunny” to his many admiring nieces and nephews, their children; and many other relatives and friends.

Growing up in Brookfield, Jim attended Fenwick High School & Lyon’s Township High School. He studied Filmmaking at Columbia College in Chicago.

Jim was the founder and owner of Film and Tape Works at 237 E. Ontario, the premier production and post-production film/video house in Chicago, for over 30 years.  Early in his career Jim was a cameraman and had the pleasure of working on Chicago greats such as “The Blues Brothers” and “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”.  Throughout his career, he worked on many noteable and interesting projects.  He enjoyed hosting “Emeril Live” in Chicago by transforming his studio into a full kitchen set, complete with a live studio audience.  He particularly enjoyed filming many of Chicago’s finest sports teams. He edited the Chicago Bears Superbowl Shuffle video in 1985 when the Bears won the Superbowl.

Jim loved cooking, gardening, and could tie just about any kind of knot.  His greatest joy was helping others – and he never waited to be asked to do it.  Jim was exceptionally kind.

A Memorial Gathering will be held Friday, July 31, from 9:00 AM until the time of Prayers at 10:00 AM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main Street, Lombard followed by a Memorial Mass at 10:15 AM at Sacred Heart Church, 114 S. Elizabeth St., Lombard.

All visitors are asked to practice social distancing and wear a face mask.

We will appreciate sharing memories but let’s not share hugs at this time.  Thank you for your cooperation to keep yourselves and others safe.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 954 West Washington, Suite 305, Chicago, IL  60607 would be appreciated.

Visit www.brustfuneralhome.com or call 888-629-0904 for information.


4 Comments so far ↓

  1. Ava Odom Martin says:

    Jim was always a great guy. I was a client of Film and Tape Works. We produced the nationally syndicated program Ebony/Jet Showcase created by Johnson Publishing Company (Ebony and Jet Magazines) from the F&TW offices from 1987 to 1993 and he was always willing to move heaven and earth to make us comfortable and happy. Rest Well Jim. Our condolences from the Ebony/Jet Showcase family.

  2. Marguerite Pierce says:

    I was also was a member of the Ebony Jet Showcase family who was fortunate enough to have know Jim. He always took time to explain the workings of the editing equipment. It never felt like work and I looked forward to the editing days with him. Sincere condolences to his family and friends, may he rest in peace.

  3. Kevin Haskins says:

    Jim was my cousin via his dad and my mom. I didn’t get many chances to see him over the years but knew of his love of film and editing. It makes me sad for Jim’s family to hear of his passing. My condolences to Elizabeth, his siblings John, Pam and Pat and all of Jim’s extended family. May he rest in eternal peace.

  4. Bob Boldt says:

    I worked with Jim from his early film production days, well into his transition into a full service video facility. I cannot imagine the business he gave his life to vanishing without a trace. His legacy will live on in the memory of his clients and the many artists and technicians he worked with and promoted. I hope someone is planning a video tribute. His was a successful life well lived. I will miss you Jim.

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