James “Jim” Wilmot Glackin, 71, of East Moline, died Sunday January 29, 2017, at his home surrounded by his family. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Moline. Burial is at St. Mary’s Cemetery, East Moline. Visitation is 4-7 p.m. Friday at Van Hoe Funeral Home, East Moline, where a rosary will be recited at 3:30 p.m.
Jim was born on Sept. 6, 1945, in Chicago Il to Michael Glackin and Marion Clement. He was a graduate of Brother Rice High School. He graduated from Iona College with a B.S. in business administration. He received his M.B.A. from St. Ambrose University. As a part of the Irish Christian Brothers, Jim began his joy of teaching and coaching that proved to be the center of his life for years to come. Jim met Linda while attending graduate classes at the University of Notre Dame, and they were married on July 22, 1972. After a few years of teaching and coaching he began working in the steel service industry. He started working for Chicago Tube and Iron from that point forward. Together, they were transferred to the Milan branch of CTI in 1979 with their two sons, where he was the General Manager for the next 35 years. At the end of his career at Chicago Tube, he contributed in expansion and management of other locations. Jim enjoyed many things in life including fireworks, riverboat gaming, sports, especially Ted Williams, books, a cup of tea, his friends and his golden retrievers. Jim was heavily involved in local organizations such as the Jaycees, EMSSC, Junior Panther Basketball and East Moline Youth Baseball. Decades after designing plays for the Mt. Greenwood Colts, “Coach Jim” proved that he had an intrinsic ability to coach. No words could describe his enthusiastic, yet personal, style of coaching. It did not matter if it was football, baseball, soccer or basketball. Every player, on every team, had a responsibility in his eyes. They were responsible for doing their best. He looked at every player with the same passion and potential of the next. He had an enormous amount of pride for East Moline Silvis Soccer. Working along with Linda and countless others to help build the foundation that would one day lead to a State Soccer title for U.T.H.S. He was involved in all aspects of the league from painting the fields, coaching, refereeing, concessions, running tryouts, recruiting and paperwork. Jim, along with many other dedicated families, put in tireless hours to help create a culture of soccer in East Moline that flourishes to this day. “Coach Grandpa Jim”, as he was known later in life, was thrilled and clearly excited throughout his life to show children a way to recognize their own potential and was proud when they did. In his final years, nothing gave Jim greater joy than witnessing his six grand-daughters grow and flourish. He was blessed to have the great fortune of being surrounded by the girls daily. He would never miss a U-8 soccer game or a tea party if one of his girls were having one. He had a special bond with his Golden retriever, “Junior”, up until the very end.
Survivors include his sons (and spouses), Patrick (Edith) Glackin, Moline, Kevin (Jennifer) Glackin, East Moline; granddaughters, Samantha, Lillian, Veronica, Abigail, Hahnah, and Margot; sister, Judith (Bill) McGreevy, Midlothian,; brothers, Terry (Kelly) Glackin, Palos Park, Tim Glackin, Oak Park, Brian Glackin, Blue Island ; sisters-in-law, Lilia Glackin, Tinley Park, Leah Kinnear, Monroe Township, NJ, Jane Anne (Louie) Munch, Port Townsend, WA; and many beloved nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Linda; parents, Michael and Marion; parents-in-law, Norman and Agnes Layland; brothers, Michael and Dennis.
A special thank you to his Chicago Tube and Iron family and Genesis Hospice.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to the Irish Christian Brothers Edmundian Society. 260 Wilmot Rd., New Rochelle, New York, 10804.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.vanhoe.com