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Park District Mourns Death of Terry Juliar

The manager of Centennial Ice Rinks and Family Aquatic Center worked for the Park District for 38 years.

Information provided by Wilmette Park District.

Terry M. Juliar, general manager for both the Wilmette Park District’s and , passed away Monday. Juliar, 64, also served as the Park District’s Risk Manager. He had worked for the Park District for 38 years.

Hired in 1974 to be the manager of the Ice Rinks, Juliar was the only manager of the rinks since that time. Just this last weekend, his dedication to the ice rinks, its patrons and his staff had been acknowledged at the 36th annual Spring Ice Show. 

“The Park District is deeply saddened by the death of Terry Juliar,” said Executive Director Steve Wilson. “Terry was a diligent and dedicated public servant whose oversight of the day to day operations of both Centennial Ice Rinks and the Family Aquatic Center helped insure that our residents and out of town visitors experienced excellent services at these widely used facilities,” Wilson added.

“Terry’s management expertise will be greatly missed by the Park District,” said Jim Brault, president of the Board of Park Commissioners. “He navigated a changing landscape of programming needs over the years while balancing increasing demands for a variety of facility rentals.”

During his tenure, thousands of children and adults took part in figure skating and hockey instruction, public skating and special events including hockey tournaments, competitive figure skating and the annual ice show.

Juliar played an important role with the staff and community in gaining approval of a referendum that allowed the Park District to reconstruct the Centennial pool facility in the early 2000s. Now known as the Centennial Family Aquatic Center, the pools were designed to accommodate the growing desires of the young families who now enjoy the many options offered at the outdoor facility.

Juliar is survived by his wife, Carla, also a park district employee, and their daughter, Jackie. Visitation will be held on Thursday, May 17, from 5 – 8 p.m. at Marsh Funeral Home, 305 N. Cemetery Rd., Gurnee. Visitation will also be held Friday, May 18, beginning at 10 a.m. until the funeral service which will begin at 11 a.m.

Larry Fies May 15, 2012 at 06:32 PM
Terry was a great asset to the ice skating community. I am saddened by his passing. We all have lost a friend. My deepest and sincere sympathy to his family.May your memories of the happy times you shared together be a comfort at this difficult time. Larry Fies
Chi-an Chang May 15, 2012 at 08:53 PM
Larry, thanks for sharing your memories.
Mark Schneiderman May 15, 2012 at 11:51 PM
Terry taught me how to drive the Zamboni back in 1974 or 75 at the Glenview Ice Center. He was one of the reasons I went into Ice Rink management. He enthusiastically encouraged me and built up the confidence of the inexperienced rink-rat that I was. I am saddened by this news. I know all the "old timers" will be reflecting about the many great collaborations we all had over the years with the Ice Skating Institute and with District 8. My best regards to Carla and the rest of Terry’s family. Mark Schneiderman
Paige Robinson May 16, 2012 at 02:26 AM
Terry always made sure to make everyone feel welcome and cared for, from his employees to his customers. He was just someone who was always building people up. Talking to him always brightened my day and I am greatly saddened by this news. I skated at this rink since I was 4 and I also got my first coaching job here and he was always supportive of whatever I was striving for. He will be sorely missed. My regards to his family. Paige Robinson
Joseph Patrick Prescott May 16, 2012 at 12:20 PM
Mark Schneiderman mentioned the "old timers", and as one of that group, I agree that there has been a great deal of "reflecting" along with shock and grief over the loss of Terry. I was just returning from the cemetery where we placed B.J. Stewart to rest beside her husband, Chet Stewart who was an International Leader in Our Game of hockey, when I received a call informing me of the passing of Terry. Since then I have spoken with many of the "old-time" hockey family and each of them are deeply saddened by this loss. Terry was such a decent human being. Tough, but fair, calm in his nature but, alert to just about everything. In 1972 I registered with the Amateur Hockey Association of the United States as an official. At that time Terry was regarded as one of the top officials, not only in Illinois, but across Our Country. He was one of the few who "walked the walk" instead of being all talk. Over the years, very few knew how good Terry was out on the ice, they just knew him as the big guy who was always around for the events held up in Wilmette. To say the least, Our Hockey Family has lost one it's nicest and most dedicated members. God Bless and comfort his friends and family, Joseph "Pops" Prescott
Chi-an Chang May 16, 2012 at 03:15 PM
Joseph, Paige and Mark, Thank you all for sharing your memories of Terry.
Joe Modrich May 17, 2012 at 02:59 PM
We will always remember Terry for his dedication and loyalty to Park Districts and Ice Arenas. He could be counted on to help and share knowledge in any situation. At the same time he was never concerned about who received credit. His leadership and contributions were many times behind the scenes. Terry was direct, honest, and above all caring. We will miss him. Our thoughts and prayers to Carla and Terry’s Family Joe Modrich
CJM May 18, 2012 at 03:33 PM
We are former Gurnee neighbors of Terry and Carla. Oh, the fun we used to have at our cul-de-sac parties, progressive dinners, and various outings to the city or other suburban explorations. They were textbook examples of good neighbors, and we are shocked and saddened at his passing. Sending all our love, support, and hope to Carla and Jackie. Chuck MacDonald Mike Walsh
Bob L May 20, 2012 at 06:13 PM
I grew up with Terry chasing me down on the rink to kick me off of the ice because my friends and I where skating too fast. Terry was a great guy, always said Hi to every kid and adult. My entire childhood was spent at that rink. I think I sent more time seeing Terry than I did my own parents. Thanks for always being cool Terry and not letting us kids drive you crazy.
Chris L. May 20, 2012 at 10:00 PM
Like Bob L who posted earlier and think is my brother...and Joe Prescott, who was the best hockey coach I have ever had while playing in Wilmette youth league or anywhere else...I have fond memories of Terry and the incredible Ice facility that he managed. Some of my most fond memories were of Friday and Saturday night Public Skating sessions...Not only did we learn to become better skaters, but we learned how to develop our social skills around other adults as well as our peers. Terry and his staff provided such a safe and welcoming environment...the thought of dropping my kids off at a public ice rink for 3 hours seems absolutely unheard of these days. Thank you for the awesome memories Terry and providing such a wonderful place for me to hang with some of my best friends; Jason H., Ross F, Jonathan C., Danny G., Peter B., Stevie A, Bobby H., Lang P, Jeff V., Steve B., Jamie Z, Willie Z. , Jimmy M.......

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