Robert E. Sargent
Donnellan Family Funeral Services
10045 Skokie Boulevard
Skokie, IL

Sargent, Robert E. age 76, long time resident of Northbrook, originally from Menominee, Michigan. Lifelong boating enthusiast with many Chicago-Mac Races to his credit. Bob was born in Green Bay, WI. on August 9, 1933, to John A. and Ruth Miller Sargent. Beloved husband of Cynthia Sargent nee Mead; loving father of George E. (Catherine) Sargent of Winnetka, Christina (Thomas) Donohue of Inverness; dear grandfather of Kelly Donohue, Margo Sargent, Shannon Donohue, Charlotte Sargent, Riley Donohue, Dylan Sargent; fond brother of James (Madeleine) Sargent of Fish Creek, WI, and John (Nancy) Sargent of Fish Creek, WI, cherished uncle of 16, and dear friend to many. Visitation Tuesday, February 16, 9:00 a.m. until time of funeral mass 10:30 a.m. at Old Saint Pat's Church, 711 West Monroe Street, Chicago, IL 60661. Interment Private, Blossomburg Cemetery, Fish Creek, WI. In lieu of flowers, memorials made to Chicago Maritime Society, 310 South Racine Avenue, Chicago, IL 60607. Info 847-675-1990 or

Published by Chicago Sun-Times from Feb. 12 to Feb. 14, 2010.
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My deepest condolences to you and your family, I'm terribly sorry that I could not make it to Chicago for the service.
I met Bob almost 50 years ago at the old Colombia yacht club bar after I transfered from New York - I was looking for a boat ride and he needed crew for a new Cal 40- essientially we were interviewing each other and decided to give it a shot- "The big wind from the east" as I was to be known as and the Sweetwater skipper -
This was the start of a great frienship, with some outstanding sailing accomplishments, mixed with a lot of fun - Racing, crusing over the years and doing race committee with the both of you are some of my fondest memories - All I can say is thanks for the ride! It was the best!!
George Christman Sr.
February 16, 2010
I met Bob in 1956 when we were at the Naval OCS in Newport, Rhode Island, we were both in the same barracks. When we graduated we were both assigned to Electronics Officer School in Great Lakes. There we became roommates for four months while living in the Bachelor Officer Quarters.

I was never a neat freak and I found a soul mate in Bob. We had two chairs in our room and Bob quickly appropriated both. On one he kept his clean laundry and on the other his dirty clothes. That didn’t bother me in the least.

The course wasn’t demanding and we had lots of free time during which we were pretty much inseparable. Bob bought a well broken in Studebaker that got about 50 miles to a quart of oil. On our trips to Chicago we used maybe a quart each way. Bob being Bob he drove it home one weekend and overhauled the engine, problem solved. He even took me out in a small sail boat we could check out and taught me the rudiments of sailing.

When we graduated we were both assigned to ships that were home ported in the Boston Naval Shipyard, I went to the USS Macon and Bob to the USS Albany. We got there by driving in the now reconditioned Studebaker, that was another memorable experience.

While in Boston we still hung together until sometime later when Bob’s ship was assigned a new home port. We exchanged letters for a while and then that stopped, I haven’t heard from him now in over 50 years.

I was greatly saddened to read that he had died. The year or so we were close friends were really a happy and memorable period in my life and I’m sure Bob’s too.

My deepest condolences to all his family members.

Rich Maier Park Ridge, Illinois
February 16, 2010
I was deeply saddended at the news of Bob's passing- I have fond memories of his Corinthian spirit, his "you know stories", huggiebears and razorblade soup
Our condolences and prayers are with you
George & Donna Christman
February 15, 2010

Dear Cindy: Our condolences. We will miss the twinkle in Bob's eyes and wry smile.
Herm & Barb Ebner
February 15, 2010
Bob was one of the true gentlemen in the Chicago sailing community. We will have only good memories of him and his contributions. Best wishes from my family and me.
Larry Rosenzweig
February 15, 2010

Ralph and Mary Ann Krueger, New Bern, NC
February 14, 2010
Dear Cindy,
Please accept my most sincere sympathy.
Larry Reiss
February 14, 2010
George, Christy, and Cindy,
I always enjoyed seeing Bob. He always started with a "how are you?" leading into a joke. I hope you can find some comfort in knowing he is watching over your kids and grandkids.
Margaret Fox
February 12, 2010
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Linda Minke
February 12, 2010
With deepest sympathy from the entire Peninsula Music Festival organization. We will all remember Bob's wonderful sense of humor and warm smile!
Peninsula Music Festival
February 12, 2010
Bob and I met in September,1938, in kindergarten and were together for the following 13 exciting school years. We met most recently last week for lunch with Cindy. What wonderful memories.
Jerry Madden
February 12, 2010
Bob was a neighbor of ours many, many years ago at Northwood Cove in Menominee. Our deepest condolances to all his family members.
Bruce Caley
February 12, 2010
Bob and I sailed quite a few Chicago Mackinac races together. He was a skilled and very technical captain, very much at home on the water. His wry sense of humor great wit will be sorely missed
Ellis Waller
February 12, 2010
Bob and I served together in various positions at ACM, Council (the board of directors), the Committee on Chapters, and Charter and Bylaws. Bob was a good person and a good friend.

When Kathleen got us to behave badly, Bob's synopsis of her plan was "There's going to be a jailbreak tonight -- you're leading it."

We had some fun anyway and got some good things accomplished.
Bryan Kocher
February 11, 2010
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