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James Edward Bergan

James Edward Bergan, age 60, died on Feb. 11, 2019 at home in Fisher, Ill.

berganVisitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019, at Heath and Vaughn Funeral Home, 201 N. Elm, Champaign.

A visitation will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, at Calvert and Martin Funeral Home, 206 W. Maple Cullom, Ill., followed by the funeral service at noon. Burial will be at Broughton Twp. Cemetery.

Jim was born Feb. 20, 1958, in Champaign, Ill., oldest son of James Bergan and Barbara (Bruner) Bergan Colson.

He attended University High School in Urbana and graduated from Urbana High School. He participated in cross-country and basketball sports at Uni High.

He married Patricia Connery in April 1984.  They had three children, who all survive, Ryan, of Champaign, Mathew, of Chicago, and Margaret Reyes (Fernando), of Urbana.

Jim joined Laborers’ Local 703 in July 1986, and worked out of the Hall for 33 years, retiring in 2013.  He worked on many large projects in Champaign and Urbana, including the Meijers parking lot, several Carle Hospital projects and numerous road construction projects mainly for Cross Construction Company. His laboring colleagues called him Cheese or Cheeseburger, as he was inordinately fond of this food item.
Jim loved to travel and had made major trips to London, England, Paris, France, Hawaii and Alaska.

In his fifties he had taken up music, acquiring a keyboard and teaching himself to play.  He also began composing his own songs, which he would play for family and friends. He was a devoted reader of the Sunday New York Times, which his mother would pass along to him.  He loved to play pool and participated in the Fisher Pool League for two years.  He also enjoyed bowling with his grown children.

He is survived by both parents; three siblings, Richard Bergan, of Lincoln City, Oregon, David Bergan, of Champaign, and JoAnn Bergan Felkner, of Foosland; 10  aunts and uncles, and numerous nieces and nephews and cousins.

Memorials may be made to Eastern Illinois Foodbank.

Condolences to the family may be offered online at www.HeathandVaughn.com.


Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. We pray you can find peace and time to remember the good times with James.

Sal and Sue (Hunter) Ferrantelli


When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure.

I am praying over the family during this time.

Anyeta Isom


May You Rest in Peace My Dear Brother 703. Love You Always!!!!

—Melvin Taylor


My deepest sympathies to your family. 

Jim and I were in the same class at Uni High, and were good friends all the way through. We played basketball, and ran track and cross country together. He was a very good athlete, probably the best in our class. His lean build and long legs were made for running, and he was a good shooter in basketball, often leading our team in scoring. 

We also had a lot of fun together: driving around in his VW bus, drinking beer, looking for girls and occasionally finding them. In the student lounge at Uni High there is a tradition of putting your painted handprint on the wall. He and I did it together. This was shortly after he got in trouble for setting off firecrackers at school and so he wrote his name as "the Firecracker Kid."

I saw him some after high school. One time I recall he was working as a pizza cook at the Illini Inn on Fourth Street. I came up to the kitchen while he was working and he game me as much pizza as I wanted. He was a generous, kind, fun guy.

Most of all I will remember his smile and laugh: shy and understated but genuine.

My heart is with you at this difficult time.

—James Bartle


To James' family & friends,

I am so very sorry to read about your loss. May you find comfort in knowing that our heavenly Father truly loves you and cares deeply about what you are going through. He will give you the strength to cope during this difficult time. 2 Corinthians 1:3,4

—M Powell