“J” William Halfpenny, 85

“J” William Halfpenny of Villa Park died June 15 at age 85. A veteran of the Korean Conflict, he lived most of his life in Hyde Park, where as a locksmith, hardware specialist and foreign-car mechanic, he acquired many friends. Additionally, “J” was a passionate numismatist and sportscar racing fan.

He was the fond father of Jay William Halfpenny and loving grandfather of Katherine Margaret. A private ceremony will take place at a later date. Memorials may be given in support of his constant companion:  WBEZ 91.5 FM, 848 E. Grand Ave., Chicago, IL 60611 or visit wbez.org.