Proviso Mourns Beloved Social Media Influencer

Saturday, February 9, 2019 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews

Featured image: Jesse Lyles-Roach, the founder of “I Love Maywood!!!” | Facebook

Residents of Proviso Township, and many Facebook users, are mourning the sudden death of a beloved digital and real-world neighbor.

Jesse A. Lyles-Roach, 52, died at his home in Broadview on Feb. 5. According to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office, Lyles-Roach died of hypertensive cardiovascular disease.

A proud graduate of Proviso East High School and a Maywood native, Lyles-Roach started the popular Facebook group “I Love Maywood!!!,” which has more than 2,000 members.

The group is a digital gathering space for Maywoodians, past and present; Proviso Township residents; and people who live in other areas. Lyles-Roach was known for his frequent Facebook activity, often posting humorous, upbeat memes and messages; recipes and photos of meals (he was an avid foodie); and local news.

Since his death, the digital tributes have flooded his personal page and the timeline of the Facebook group he founded. They show a person whose reached extended beyond the virtual world of social media and into the hearts of countless people.

“He always sent me post, text or inbox messages like this,” wrote one user. “I am truly going to miss his words of encouragement. Somehow he always knew when I was feeling down and would call me in the middle of the night just to check up on me.”

Another Facebook user described Lyles-Roach as a “humble” and “outgoing spirit” who “unselfishly made himself available to everyone” and who “had an answer for everything.” If he didn’t know, he would go find out.

Lyles-Roach apparently even had an impact on relative strangers, such as one fellow Facebook foodie, who said he did not know Lyles-Roach outside of food pages like Food, Lab and Cooking Tools; but that he was nonetheless touched by his caring presence. One of Lyles-Roach’s last Facebook posts was a video of him providing tips for staying warm during the recent bitter cold front.

“My heart is broken,” the Facebook user wrote. “You can learn to love someone [from] afar and [who you] only met on [Facebook].”

A viewing for Lyles-Roach will be held on Feb. 14, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Wallace Funeral Home, 2020 W. Roosevelt Rd. in Broadview.

A memorial service will take place on Feb. 15, 4:30 pm. to 6 p.m., at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witness, 4745 Butterfield Rd. in Bellwood.

The family asks that, in lieu of flowers, please make donations to either of the following organizations: the American Diabetes Association (ADA), the American Obesity Treatment Association (AOTA) and American Heart Association (AHA). VFP

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