Jimmy Allen Isaacs
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Isaacs, Jimmy Allen

Jimmy Allen Isaacs, 92, of Wilmette died Jan. 1 at Evanston Hospital after battling several serious conditions in recent years.

Mr. Isaacs was a long-time certified public accountant and a partner at Checkers, Simon and Rosner where he remained dedicated to multiple devoted clients even well past retirement age — and after the firm later became part of American Express Tax & Business Services. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather who was known by friends and family for his generosity, hard work, dedication and his commitment to doing the right thing. But he was also fun with a playful and infectious sense of humor. Mr. Isaacs never took himself too seriously and was fondly remembered as down to earth and genuine — traits that endeared him not only to friends and business clients and colleagues, but also to waitresses and mailmen and doormen. Mr. Isaacs was an everyday crossword puzzle player who loved golf — both playing and watching on television. He was an avid fan of musical theater — especially Andrew Lloyd Weber musicals. The first to admit that new technology baffled him, he remained charmingly content — and steadfast — about doing without it. He was one of the last accountants in his office to replace his adding machine with a calculator, and he never felt a need or a desire to own a computer. A portable AM/FM radio — and nothing more extravagant — was a decades-long companion for him and was regularly by his side. This past August, Mr. Isaacs and his wife, Roslyn, celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary. They were married Aug. 6, 1950 at the Orrington Hotel in Evanston. They spent most of their married life in the Chicago area — first in the city and then in Highland Park where they raised their two children. Once the children were grown and left the house, they moved to Wilmette where they lived for more than 30 years. In addition to his wife, Roslyn (nee Weiss), Mr. Isaacs is survived by his daughter, Carol Cowen (Jim) of Buffalo Grove; his son, Michael Isaacs (Pamela Hobbs) of Chicago; and his granddaughter, Kacey Cowen, of Wausau, Wis. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his name may be made to the Niles Township Food Pantry Foundation, 5255 N. Lincoln Ave., Skokie 60077 (www.nilestownshipgov.com). Due to COVID-19, information about a memorial service will be announced at a later time.

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Published in Chicago Sun-Times on Jan. 4, 2021.
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January 5, 2021
It was wonderful to be able to work with you, your positive and happy attitude and outlook.
G. Victor Johnson
January 5, 2021
The world has lost one of its sweetest people. There was not a mean bone in Jim's entire body. I, Jerry, had to good fortune to be one of Jim's partners at Checkers, Simon & Rosner for many years. Jim had one of the sharpest mathematical minds, as well as being a wonderful partner and friend. One thing I will always remember about Jim is that there was nothing Jim did that wasn't done quickly. It was many times difficult to keep up with him. There are not enough words to express the sadness we feel about Jim's passing. Neither Adrienne nor I have seen Jim or Roz in the past number of years, but I can still remember Jim's good humor and up demeanor. To Roz and family, we are truly sorry for your loss of this very special husband, father, grandfather, and friend.
Adrienne and Jerry Harris
January 5, 2021
Jimmy was someone who could be relied upon to inject some levity into any serious moment. I have Jimmy to thank for my crossword puzzle addiction that continues to this day. We would tease each other with the challenge to use some obscure crossword puzzle word in a sentence. Roz, Carol and Michael, my deepest sympathies for your loss.
Stephen Pawlow
January 5, 2021
Remembering Dad
January 4, 2021
Dear Roz,Carol and Michael; Vicki and I want to extend our sympathy to your loss. We will always treasure the friendly conversations. Jim had such a natural warmth and always asked how we were doing with great sincerity. May you all draw strength from each other while you mourn his loss and share in the many wonderful stories that I am sure each of you have to share. Our warmest regards - Vicki and Steve Ettelson
Stephen and Vicki Ettelson
January 3, 2021
I first met Jimmy over 50 years ago, when Carol and I became friends. He would often greet me as “the girl in short pants”, because I was a frequent presence at their house in the summers, wearing shorts and cutoffs each time. Outside of summer, he would then greet me with the question, “what, no short pants?!”...He was, without a doubt, the handsome-ist of my friends ‘ fathers, along with his great dry wit. With deepest sympathy to the Isaacs and Cowen families,
Margot Harris
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