Joseph F. McDermott, age 64, of Elgin, IL, passed away on February 8, 2022. He was born October 7, 1957 in Chicago, IL to his loving parents, James and Ruth (née Chaney) McDermott.

Joe worked as a carpet installer. He had a tough journey, but he was a fighter and a survivor. He enjoyed spending time out in nature. He especially loved birds, and had several cockatoos and macaws during his lifetime.

Loved ones will remember Joe as very outgoing. He made friends easily wherever he went. He was always ready for an adventure. He will be greatly missed.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Margaret Fisher; brother, Jimmy McDermott; and sister-in-law, Pam McDermott. He is survived by his girlfriend and soulmate, Trela Hollis; children, Bryan McDermott, Kristy (Mitchell) Siergiej, Johnelle McDermott, Jacquelyn McDermott, and Joseph McDermott; siblings, Ray (Vicky) McDermott, Billy McDermott, Mike (Bea) McDermott, and Ruthie (Mal) Rafter; grandchildren, Katrina (Riley) Jennings, Sarah Siergiej, and Elijah Siergiej; his Aunt Marie; and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be 1:00pm until funeral service at 4:00pm, Saturday, February 12, 2022 at Symonds-Madison Funeral Home, 305 Park Street, Elgin, IL 60120. Michael Murschel will be officiating.

Mourners are encouraged to review the funeral home COVID-19 public health policies ahead of time.

Interment will be private.

Final arrangements entrusted to Symonds-Madison Funeral Home. For more information, call 847-741-1128 or visit

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