Jim Barbagallo, staunch supporter of REALTOR® causes, dies at 65

The REALTOR® community lost a true friend Friday, July 11, 2014, with the death of Jim Barbagallo.

Jim Barbagallo

Barbagallo, a longtime REALTOR® who was very active with the Illinois Association of REALTORS® and the Rockford Area Association of REALTORS®, died in Presence St. Ann Center in Rockford. He was 65.

Barbagallo was in his second stint as president of the Rockford Association of REALTORS®, and worked for Joseph Behr & Sons. With IAR, Barbagallo was a fixture at association events. He was a member of the Major Investor Working Group and the Political Fundraising Working Group, the Public Policy & Government Affairs Member Involvement Group. Barbagallo was vice chair of the RPAC Trustees.

According to his obituary: A celebration of Jim’s life will be held on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at Giovanni’s Restaurant, 610 N. Bell School Road in Rockford from 5 to 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to OSF St. Anthony Hospice. You can leave tributes here.

Barbagallo is survived by his wife, Karen, who often accompanied him to IAR events, a son, daughter and step-sons.

IAR and its members extend condolences to Karen and the rest of the Barbagallo family.

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About Jon Broadbooks

Jon Broadbooks is Director of Communications for the Illinois Association of REALTORS®. He supervises and carries out the implementation of the communications programs for the Association. He directs and supervises the Communications staff. He is responsible for coordinating and implementing the public relations and media relations efforts for the Association and acts as spokesperson and liaison to the statewide news media. He serves as editor of online and print content for IAR communications including the Illinois REALTOR® magazine and e-newsletters. He conducts IAR spokesperson training seminars and oversees the operation of website development for the Association.

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