In Memoriam : James Dakuras, Jr
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James Paul Dakuras, Jr - age: 68
(January 31, 1950 to April 05, 2018 )
Resident of Chicago, Illinois
Funeral mass will be held Saturday, April 28th 2018, 10 a.m. at Our Lady of the Woods, 10731 W. 131st St, Orland Park Illinois.
James “Butchie” Dakuras Jr., age 68, at rest April 5th, 2018. Beloved son of Loretta Smiley and late James Dakuras Sr; loving brother of Donna (Ken) and Loretta (Lloyd); dear uncle of Lori, Ricky (Dawn), Brian (Michelle), Jenny (Jerry); and uncle to several great nieces and nephews.
Butch was born in Chicago, was briefly in the military and was a professional stuntman at a young age. He found a unique beauty in art. He had a passionate love of poetry and music, especially jazz. He had a zest for life and genuine love for people. Butch was the proud owner of the Get Me High Lounge on Chicago’s north side in Bucktown, where anybody who became anyone started out playing in his jazz club. He was the creator of the term “brat bop”. He had Jimmy Carter, as well as many other actors, actresses and famous people hitting up his club. He proudly offered his club to do a scene from the movie “Light of Day”, starring Joan Jett and Michael J. Fox.
Butchie was a great conversationalist and always had a story to tell. Rest assured, as we speak Butchie is bebopping to the tunes of John Coltrane and having a beer with his friend Chiz. His quirky, generous and innovative nature will be dearly missed by his family and many dear friends.
Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free.
I'm following the path God laid for me.
I took his hand when I heard him call.
I turned my back and left it all.
I could not stay another day.
To laugh, to love, to work or play.
Tasks left undone must stay that way.
I found that peace at close of day.
If my parting has left a void,
then fill it with remembered joy.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss,
ah yes these things I too will miss.
Be not burdened with times of sorrow.
I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life's been full, I've savored much.
Good friends, good time, a loved one's touch.
Perhaps my time seemed all too brief ~
don't lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your hearts and share with me.
God wanted me now; He set me free.
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