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Obituary for James Formby

May 19, 1940 - April 17, 2021
McHenry, Illinois | Age 80

Loving Husband, Father, Grandfather and Great-Grandfather


James Formby, age 80, of McHenry passed away peacefully on April 17, 2021 at his home with his loving family by his side.
He was born in Chicago, Illinois on May 19, 1940, the son of Charles and Josephine Formby. He married his beloved wife Mary P. Mulgrew on May 4, 1963 at Sacred Heart Church in Lombard, Illinois.

James enjoyed fishing with his best friend Dave and was very proud of his large vegetable garden. He cherished his time spent with his family, especially with his grandkids and great grandkids. He was loved by many and will be sorely missed by all who knew him.

He is survived by his wife of nearly 58 years: Mary; his three children: James (Jean) Formby, Jacqueline (Robert) Peebles and Julie (Bill) Sargent; his grandchildren; Kerri (Lee) Melchiorre, Kenny Formby (Christi), Sarah (Rick) Williams, Sam Sargent (Darin), Josh (Leighton) Peebles and Shawn (Veronica) Peebles as well as 11 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents: Charles and Josephine Formby and his brother Charles Formby.

Memorial Visitation will take place on May 1, 2021 from 2pm to 5pm at Colonial Funeral Home, 591 Ridgeview Dr. McHenry, Illinois. Memorial Service will begin at 5pm at the funeral home chapel followed by military honors. Interment will be private.

Due to current CDC Covid 19 mandates only 50 people will be allowed within the funeral home facilities at a single time and all attendees must wear a mask while on funeral home premises. We welcome everyone who would like to attend but ask that you make your visit brief in order to allow for everyone in attendance to be able to have an opportunity to show their support for the family.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be directed to St. Jude Research Hospital, Shriners Hospital for Children in Chicago, Tunnel of Towers or charity of choice.

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591 Ridgeview Drive
McHenry, IL 60050
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