Funeral Details


Funeral Details

Larry Merton Klairmont


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Larry M. Klairmont, 94, of Highland Park, IL and Ft. Lauderdale, FL. passed away peacefully on July 18th. Loving husband of fifty-seven years to Elaine Klairmont whose death preceded his and devoted partner of Joyce Oberlander for the past eleven years. Father of five adoring children: Alison, Lisa (Harold Kleiderman), Alfred (Yelena), Dorie Ann (Michael Gleber) and Robert (Julieann). Beloved grandfather to twelve: Kathleen, Benjamin, the late Jacob, Rebecca, Matthew, Laura, Julia, Margaux, Max, Hunter, William, Nathan and great grandfather to Balthazar and Marlo. Larry was born on December 17, 1926 and grew up in Chicago. Raised in poverty, he worked delivering Chinese food on his bicycle during his childhood. He always worked during his early teenage years and while in college and his two years of law school in order to support his mother and younger sister. His most lucrative job was selling women’s shoes on a commission basis. He became a decorated war hero after enlisting in World War II at the age of 16, serving as a combat Marine in battlefields across the Pacific Theater, including Saipan and Iwo Jima. After returning from war, Larry's relentless pursuit of the American Dream led him to successfully found two companies, Imperial Cleaners and Imperial Realty Company. A talented businessman and legendary deal-maker, Larry was honored in 2015 as an inductee into the exclusive Chicago Association of Realtors ® Hall of Fame. Outside of work, Larry was an accomplished competitive sailor and passionate life-long yachtsman and long-time member of the Chicago Yacht Club. In his later years he distinguished himself as a leading antique auto collector and founder of the Chicago based Klairmont Kollections Museum. Larry life was full, long, and larger-than-life. His tenacity, courage, inspiration and leadership will be missed greatly. An autumn celebration of life-memorial service is being planned. Arrangements by and to visit the guestbook, Chicago Jewish Funerals - Skokie Chapel, 847.229.8822, www.cjfinfo.com


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"He was a man, take him for all in all, I shall not look upon his like again."

John Rickert

July 19, 2021
I was a close friend of his son, Bob & Mr. Klaitmount was a good man who had a Pool that in the winter had a bubble for swimming in the winter and at the age of 14 my dad passed away and he allowed me to go one his sail boat and he yelled orders to me and made me feel welcome. At the end of our days, the only thing that goes in the box is our reputation and he was a true Mensch a person of integrity and honor. My deepest condolences to his family & if not for the pandemic I would have the jet fly us up to Chicago. I will call you Bob.

Philip Bell

July 19, 2021
I am very sorry for your loss. My condolences to the entire family. I always will remember him and his like for classic cars. The last time I saw him was at a British car show.

Frank Ochal

July 20, 2021
A good friend and customer, thoughts and prayers to the family, he will be missed.

Ed Triwush

July 20, 2021
I was fortunate to have known him. He was gentle and funny. He was good to my family n children. He was so funny .at times. I respected him n will always hold him dear to my heart. I miss you Larry..
.I m going to miss his smile n funny ways. I remember when I first started working for him n he met my son n daughter n looked at a cat n dog n said oh no! You can't have them. My daughter's eyes looked at him n said that's my kitty n my son cried. Oh that's my puppy. He looked at them n with a smile n said Ok you can keep them...what a wonderful n gentle man. I always had great respect for him n would do anything for him. I'm going to miss him..

Janet Spagnolai

July 20, 2021
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