Remembering Jim Maloof one year later

By Katherine Tellez

January 19, 2014 Updated Jan 20, 2014 at 11:50 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- One year ago Peoria lost a leader.

Former mayor Jim Maloof is best known for his work with St. Jude -- and was one of the city's biggest cheerleaders.

Many say he was one of the greatest leaders the city of Peoria has ever seen.

"We think about him everyday. He meant so much to everybody in this room. It's only been a year and we still miss him," said Peoria County Sheriff, Mike McCoy.

The community may have said good-bye to Jim Maloof one year ago Sunday -- but they continue to celebrate his life and his legacy lives on.

"The momentum that he built up... 60 years of service is still going strong. That's what's amazing to all of us," said Maloof's son, Michael.

Maloof was best known for his instrumental role in bringing the St. Jude Midwest affiliate to Peoria.

"I think his spirit...not only his community spirit, but his spirit about St. Jude. He instilled that in thousands and thousands of people," McCoy said. "Now if we all take that spirit he gave us, the city is going to be a better place, St. Jude is going to be a better place, the community is going to be a better place and that's what we all need to take away."

But his work isn't done yet.

"He wanted nothing more than for us to find the cures for childhood cancer. And Peoria leads the way," Michael said.

And even if he's gone, Jim Maloof''s legacy continues to fight for that cause.