Morreale Family of Companies announces passing of Founder and Chairman, John F. Morreale
(Glen Ellyn, Ill., March 2, 2021) – The Glen Ellyn-based Morreale Family of Companies announced today that its Founder and Chairman, John F. Morreale, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Friday, February 26 after a battle with cancer. He was 82.
John launched his career as a solo practitioner in 1971, focusing on relocation real estate and corporate law, as well as estate planning services. Since then, John’s vision to create a firm offering best in class services for its clients has blossomed into a family of three companies: Morreale Real Estate Services, Inc. (MRES), Morreale, Brady, Malone & Cwik, P.C. (MBMC), and Global American Title Agency, Inc. The companies currently have offices in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, and in San Antonio and Dallas, Texas and provide relocation services throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.
At his core, John loved his career, and was happiest when connecting with and helping others. “He was a mentor to millions—not only to me, but to countless others across the legal and relocation industries,” said his son, John C. Morreale, President of Morreale Real Estate Services, Inc. “He absolutely loved his work and made it so everyone else enjoyed being at work, too. He was loved by all.”
“One of the best things about working with John was that he made everyone feel welcome and accepted them for who they were,” said Joan M. Brady, Managing Partner of MBMC. “People come here [to work] and they stay because of John and the atmosphere he created.”
In addition to mentoring, John was passionate about giving back and was known for his big heart—giving freely and generously to anyone in need, at times not even billing people for his legal services—instead, simply wanting to use his skills and career for a good cause.
Proud to be a first-generation college graduate of Loyola University (1961) and Northwestern University Law School (1965), John was also a passionate lifelong learner. He was licensed to practice law in Illinois, Texas and Michigan, and in 2002 was admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court Bar.
Throughout his 50-year career, John received various honors and awards from local, national, and global organizations, including two from Worldwide ERC®, the relocation industry’s trade association, for his many contributions to the relocation industry. He was also a longtime member of the association’s Public Policy Management Committee.
In addition to deeply loving his work, John also deeply loved his family, including his wife of 47 years, Mary Ann, and was a proud, loving father to his four children (John C., Madlyn, Lena and Herb) and his four stepchildren (Tim, Stephanie, Melissa and Brian).
He also cherished time with his closest friends, from having lunch with a colleague every weekday, to enjoying brunch on weekends and frequent fishing trips with friends to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and to Naples, Florida.
A brief outdoor interment ceremony will be held Saturday, April 17 at 12pm CT at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside, Illinois. Those wishing to drive by the ceremony are welcomed to do so.
Additionally, all are invited to visit the MRES website to view photos and leave a comment for the Morreale family in the virtual memorial guest book.
In lieu of charitable donations, the Morreale Family asks that you simply share stories and good memories of John F. with your loved ones so that his legacy may live on.
About Morreale Real Estate Services, Inc.
Morreale Real Estate Services, Inc. (MRES) is an independent, family-owned company providing a holistic suite of services to the corporate relocation industries including title, closing and accounting services, and acquisition and inventory management. For 50 years, MRES has led the industry in departure and destination home finding and vendor management programs, and continues to pride itself on providing innovative, custom solutions to meet clients’ needs. Morreale Real Estate Services, Inc. is part of the Morreale Family of Companies.
About Morreale, Brady, Malone & Cwik, P.C.
The attorneys and staff at Morreale Brady Malone & Cwik, P.C. (MBMC) have deep expertise in relocation services and general practice law, including residential and commercial real estate, estate and financial planning, and corporate and small business law. Additionally, MBMC attorneys and staff have earned Certified Relocation Professional (CRP) and Global Mobility Specialist (GMS) designations from industry association Worldwide ERC®. Morreale Brady Malone & Cwik, P.C. is part of the Morreale Family of Companies.