November 4, 1945 - September 7, 2021
September 20, 2021 | 4:00 to 8:00 P.M.
Yurs Funeral Home
405 E. Main Street
St. Charles, Illinois 60174
- Private Service
Larry Maholland, former City Administrator of St. Charles, died peacefully on Tuesday, September 7, following a brief period in hospice care at Delnor Hospital, during which he was surrounded by family and friends.
The son of Bill and Betty Maholland, Larry was born on November 4, 1945 in Peoria, IL. He married Sharon Altman on September 4, 1971 in Manteno, IL.
Larry began his career in the public sector in 1971 as the Accountant at Tinley Park Mental Health Center. He and Sharon lived first in Tinley Park, then Manteno before moving to the northwest suburbs. Larry managed the Arlington Heights Park District’s Forest View Racquet Club before his promotion to Business and Revenue Facilities Manager. He transitioned to municipal government as Finance Director in Streamwood. Larry finally settled in St. Charles, where he spent 15 years as Finance Director, prior to his appointment in 1997 as the City’s first Administrator.
Larry’s focus was always on excellence. As Finance Director, his award-winning budgets served as a model for other municipalities. Not only that, he used his artistic talent to create “budget-humor” cartoons for the covers of each year’s budget instructions. His financial expertise led to teaching budgeting and finance courses at Northern Illinois University in later years.
As City Administrator, Larry weighed each decision against the mission statement he helped create: Stewardship, Engagement, Collaboration. As a steward of the community, he oversaw the East Gateway development, the downtown façade improvement and revitalization project, the creation of a municipal campus, and the reopening of the Hotel Baker. These efforts resulted in a Great American Main Street Award in 2000.
Larry was most proud of the First Street redevelopment. He had not only the vision for that project, but the ability to lay the foundation for its completion by acquiring the property through lengthy negotiations. This enabled the City to develop the lively, inviting environment that residents and visitors enjoy today. Although he retired before its completion, Larry loved driving down First Street and seeing it just as he had imagined.
Larry engaged with the community in numerous ways as well. He supported the City’s Downtown Partnership and the Chamber of Commerce. He arranged for facilitators to gather resident feedback through focus groups and created City Hall Comes to You. He engaged with all City employees by meeting with them personally and by connecting them with employees from other departments. Larry served through Rotary, where he served as the Youth Exchange Officer for many years. He also served on the Library Foundation and the River Corridor Foundation as a founding member of each.
Finally, Larry encouraged collaboration by participating in the creation of the intergovernmental group that exists today. Leaders of the City, the School District, the Park District and the Library District meet to discuss individual concerns and work together to resolve issues. He also collaborated with surrounding communities on developing leadership training.
Larry was himself a life-long learner, and he encouraged that in others. He thoroughly enjoyed mentoring his interns. A number of them are now successful administrators.
After his retirement from St. Charles in 2005, Larry worked for several years at Sikich, as a consultant working with government entities. He assisted primarily with strategic planning and process improvement, always focusing on the final action plan.
He was able to combine this part-time work, however, with plenty of time traveling and spending time with family and friends in Wisconsin. He also was able to spend time pursuing drawing and produced a number of highly detailed colored-pencil works.
As committed as Larry Maholland was to his work, nothing was more important to him than his family and friends. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, and uncle. He and Sharon recently celebrated 50 beautiful years together. Spending time with his family brought him joy, and he loved them unconditionally. He was never happier than making his grandkids smile – telling silly jokes, engaging in dance contests, giving horseyback rides, shooting baskets, taking them to the park, offering them ice cream so he could have some, too. Larry had a dry wit that often caught people off guard until they knew him better. He was a devoted friend who, in turn, inspired love and devotion in others. His humor and unflappable positivity will be missed by all those who knew him.
Larry was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife Sharon, his son Michael (Rebecca), his grandchildren Isaac, Ada and Emilia, and his sister Judy Terando.
Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday, September 20 at Yurs Funeral Home, 405 East Main Street, St. Charles, IL 60174. A private celebration of Larry’s life will be held at a later date, to be determined. Donations in Larry’s memory may be made to the St. Charles Public Library Foundation, 1 South 6th Avenue, St. Charles, IL 60174. Donations will be directed toward special needs programming and facilities.