In Memory

James Deerfield

James Deerfield

The following information was furnished by our classmate, Marty Schwartz:

Deceased Classmate: Jim Deerfield
Date Of Birth: April-15-1946
Date Deceased: March -13-2021
Age at Death: 74
Cause of Death: Complications from diabetes
Classmate City: Chicago and Chicago suburbs
Classmate State: IL
Classmate Country: USA
Was a Veteran: No
Survived By: Daughters Donna Deerfield and Cindy Murrun, brother Rick Deerfield, parents Eddie Deerfield and Sylvia Schwartz, ex-wife Geri, several grandchildren and the children of his late wife Gerri (Bach) Deerfield (also Class of '64)

It is with a heavy heart that I deliver the news that Jim Deerfield passed away early on the morning of March 13, 2021. Over the past several years he has been suffering complications from diabetes. Jim and I met freshman year at ETHS and became best friends, the closest thing I had to a brother. We were best man at each other's wedding and shared a love of Chicago sports teams. We had Bears season tickets together for 30 years, attended seven Super Bowls, went to probably a hundred Cubs games including the infamous Steve Bartman game with Wally Schnell and saw the first Bulls home game the team ever played in 1966. My great memories of Jim are too numerous to count.

A few years ago, Jim was visiting in Florida.  Bob Reeder and I were able to spend an evening with Jim and Bill Bunce, who we pirated out of the assisted living facility where he was living in St. Petersburg.  We had a most memorable night at a local sports bar that Bob and I will never forget.  And now, Bill and Jim have passed away exactly one month apart.   I will miss Jim greatly but I'm glad he is now at peace.  I will pass along an obituary when it is available.




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03/14/21 02:49 PM #8    

Alison Van Swearingen (Brown)

Jim was such a kind individual with a good heart and I am honored to call him, simply, friend.  I will always remember him and smile thinking about the first time he met my late husband, "one of those NT football boys" making him an honorary member of our class.  Peace be with you Jim.

03/14/21 03:29 PM #9    

Mary-Nona Saccoman (Hudson)


I am so sorry to hear about Jim's passing.  He was always kind, generous, nonjudgmental, ready to lend a helping hand.

In answer to Marty Campbell's question, the people in Marty Schwartz's photo are: top left, Bill Reeder; bottom left, Marty Schwartz; top right, Jim Deerfield; bottom right, Bill Bunce.  All were part of a group my high school boyfriend (Tom Kelsay) hung out with.

it is so sad to lose so many friends.


03/14/21 03:46 PM #10    

Robert Reeder

I remember Deerfield from all four years of HS we met our freshman year in football thru our varsity years. Jim always gave 100 percent all the time and was a great teammate and friend. He was not Sheraton athlete 

03/14/21 03:59 PM #11    

Robert Reeder

I met Deerfield in football our Freshman year in football. Jim was arrest teammate and friend.He never was a great athlete but always gave a 100 percent. I always admired guys like him who gave it all and never played that much. I remember the student body yelling give me a hammer give me a wrench we want Deerfield off the bench. The New Trier game our senior year when he got his picture on the Sun Times sport section. Also his three holdinding penalties in that game. I will miss him and remember all the times I had with him and our friends. I am glad Jim is at peace and is suffering is over Reeder 

03/14/21 06:50 PM #12    

Roger Dorio

So sorry to hear that Jim Deerfield has passed- Marty that was an outstanding obit and Bob's comments brought back a lot of memories especially the 3 holding game that Jim said that 2 of them were terrible calls. Jim was one of the nicest guys in our class - always a smile, positive and fun to be around. Enough is enough - let's hope we can go quite awhile without this kind of news.

03/16/21 10:57 AM #13    

Don Hall

Thanks to Marty, we've experienced the special friendship that existed a lifetime between Jim and his circle of friends.  Jim was a happy person and it was enjoyable to be in his company.  I recall at one time, either during our H.S. years or later, Jim living on Ridge Ave. just across from Hospital Supply Co. which was not far from my family's home.  Of special significance to me was that Geri (ne: Bach) and he were a couple as Geri worked with my Mother at Washington National Ins.  Mom thought Geri was a "sweetheart".  Well, mister "happy" and miss "sweetheart" are together again and Mom can watch this dynamic duo party on! 

03/17/21 10:24 AM #14    

Jacqueline Clare (Louis)

So sorry to hear of his passing. He was a nice guy. Always had a big smile on his face. It's hard to see our numbers getting smaller but I guess it's what happens when you get into your seventies. Rest in peace

03/17/21 01:38 PM #15    

Pauline Noznick (Gerstein)

Jim and I were friends at ETHS and afterwords I worked with him on several reunion steering committees.  He was so upbeat and friendly.  He had a warm greeting and a smile for everyone.  At the 50th Reunion, he was  at the door, saying hello  as everybody came in.  That was the last time I saw him, since I moved to Arkansas and missed the 55th Reunion. He was a good and kind person, the sort of person that everybody remembers.  Rest in Peace Jim, I'll miss you.

03/17/21 04:28 PM #16    

Fred Brostoff

Posted on behalf of Tad Leach:

Godspeed, Jim!

03/24/21 09:52 PM #17    

Fred Brostoff

Posted on behalf of Dan Lorden:

I wish to express my heartfelt sadness in hearing of the passing of former classmate Jim Deerfield, a kind and considerate man. He will be missed.

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