The Sanfilippo family of Barrington Hills, Illinois announces the passing of their father, Jasper B. Sanfilippo, who died peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Tuesday, January 28, 2020.

Jasper Sanfilippo

Former CEO and Chairman of John B. Sanfilippo & Son, Inc., Jasper was also known World- wide for his Collection of Automatic Music Instruments, the World's largest restored Theater Pipe Organ, the restoration of the most complete European Salon Carousel in existence - the 1890 Eden Palais Carousel - and the sharing of all through charity fund raising events and tours.

The Sanfilippo family is humbled by the immense impact Jasper has had on the business world, the collector world, the nonprofit charity world, and the many friends made over his 88 years.

Written condolences may be sent to this address:
Sanfilippo Family, P.O. Box 367 Barrington, IL 60011.

The Sanfilippo family has already planned for the continuation of the Collection and the tours and charity events through the Sanfilippo Foundation, with Jeffrey Sanfilippo having assumed the responsibility of carrying on the Foundation's work, along with Mrs. Marian Sanfilippo, his four siblings, John, James, Lisa, and Jasper Jr., and Jasper and Marian's 14 grandchildren, and one great grandchild.

A celebration of Jasper's life will be held later this year with a concert and tribute to him with the music he loved from the organ and collection that brought him so much joy during his lifetime.

We thank you kindly for your concern, condolences, and prayers for the family. More information will be forthcoming shortly.

Gregory Leifel
Executive Director, The Sanfilippo Foundation

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The Sanfilippo "Place de la Musique" is known worldwide for its magnificent collections of beautifully restored antique music machines, phonographs, arcade and gambling machines, chandeliers, art glass, the world's largest restored theatre pipe organ, the most spectacular European salon carousel in existence, street and tower clocks, steam engines and other functional mechanical antiques, displayed within a breathtaking French Second Empire setting.

The primary motive behind this collection is the preservation and sharing of the experience of these marvelous inventions of the Western World.

The Place de la Musique contains the largest collection of restored automatic musical instruments in the world, including:

  • Music Boxes and Phonographs
  • Coin-operated Pianos
  • Violin Machines
  • Photoplayers
  • American and European Orchestrions
  • Dance Organs
  • Fairground and Band Organs and Calliopes
  • The World's Largest Indoor Theatre Pipe Organ

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