Few people loved playing softball as much as our dad, Jimmy Haddon, who spent decades on the fields of Morton Grove and Skokie playing in his Sunday morning doubleheaders with the guys. During piping hot and humid summer days, as kids we’d go watch dad and his band of softball brothers play. We’d cheer him on when he was up to bat – and then we’d sneak away to the playground at the park for some more fun. Occasionally, we’d get a few swings at the plate in-between innings. When our line drive hits cleared the shortstop’s head into left center field, he’d beam with pride.
Thank you, dad for always teaching us to swing big. May your legacy live on for many more generations to come inspiring others to play what they love.
Julie and Todd Haddon
James T. Haddon, age 79, beloved husband of Carol Haddon (nee Stern), happily married for 57 years; loving father of Julie (Edurne) and Todd (Jackie) Haddon; cherished “Grandpa Putch” to Jakob, Olivia, Gabriel, Weston and Logan; much loved brother of Rabbi Jon (Jean) Haddon, and the late Harvey Haddon. He passed away from COVID-19 complications. Outside of his family and vast circle of friends, Jimmy’s two greatest loves were watching and playing all sports. He especially loved his Sunday 16-inch softball doubleheaders, and practicing family law for over 50 years. He was an avid poker player, enjoying every game he could find. He was a gifted and generous “people person” and was dedicated to helping others while advocating for civility and improving human rights. He will be greatly missed. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Morton Grove Park District Jimmy Haddon Fund at: Morton Grove Park District, 6834 W Dempster, Morton Grove, IL 60053. To leave condolences and for information, including a link to view the service: Shalom Memorial Funeral Home (847) 255-3520.