Retired Orland Park Village Clerk David Maher Passes Away at 71

Retired Orland Park Village Clerk David Maher Passes Away at 71
Posted on 03/25/2015

Retired Orland Park Village Clerk David Maher, 71, passed away on March 19, 2015 at his Orland Park home.

In 1996, Mayor Dan McLaughlin asked Maher to serve as village clerk with the mayor having named then Village Clerk Jim Dodge to serve the remainder of the late Trustee Bill Vogel’s term. Maher would go on to be elected and re-elected village clerk for the next 17 years, retiring from the Orland Park Board of Trustees in 2013.

“Dave Maher and I were friends, supporters and political allies since about 1980,” McLaughlin said, adding, “Dave was very dedicated to Orland Park and was passionate about making it better.”

“After decades of helping Mayor Fred Owens and I, along with some others, Dave finally jumped at the chance to serve as village clerk in 1996,” the mayor said. “He did a great job and introduced many new programs and initiatives that make Orland Park a better place today,” McLaughlin said.

When he retired from the Village Board in 2013, Maher noted the number of services not usually found in a municipal clerk’s office including passport services. “As far as we know, we’re the only village that does that,” said Maher who first moved to Orland Park with his family in 1977.

Maher was also very proud of Orland Park being the first municipality in the state to meet 100 percent of the Illinois Policy Institute’s transparency checklist.

"We feel that we are a village government that opens up its doors to all the people in the village and try to address whatever situations come into daily lives," he said in 2013. Maher was also proud of the Clerk’s Office changing from paper to electronic agendas and minutes and worked to preserve some of the village’s oldest meeting minutes dating back to 1901.

“I will miss Dave Maher as a friend and I will miss his solicited and unsolicited advice,” McLaughlin said smiling. “He was as quick to tell me when we were doing something positive and even quicker to tell me when he thought that I or we were thinking about something the wrong way,” the mayor recalled.

McLaughlin added, “Dave Maher was a great husband and father for his family, a great leader for Orland Park and a great friend for me.”

Maher is survived by his wife, Patricia; his five children, Katie Liszka, Colleen (John) Brannigan, Maureen (Kevin) Aikens, Dave (Julie) and Pat (Karalee) Maher; three stepchildren, Kevin (Candace) Taylor, Michael Taylor and Kathryn (Jim) Guelcher and 20 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Charleen (Rooney) Maher who passed away in 1993.

Visitation will be Sunday, March 22 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Robert J. Sheehy & Sons Funeral Home, 9000 W. 151st Street, Orland Park, IL. The funeral will be Monday, March 23 beginning at 10 a.m. at the funeral home to Orland Park’s St. Michael Church for a 10:45 a.m. Funeral Mass.