Robert J. PassaneauJuly 16, 1937 ~ December 15, 2017 (age 80)
Robert J. Passaneau. July 16, 1937 to December 15, 2017. Bob passed away peacefully in the comfort of his home surrounded by his family in Park Ridge, IL after a courageous two and a half year battle with cancer. Bob grew up in Park Ridge and attended St. Paul of the Cross Elementary School and St. George High School in Evanston. He graduated from the University of Illinois' College of Business at Urbana-Champaign where he was a member of the Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity. Bob met the love of his life, Carol Peterson, while at Illinois. After college, he and Carol married and settled back in Park Ridge to raise their family. Bob was an active member of Mary Seat of Wisdom Parish and Park Ridge Country Club. He served on the board of the Park Ridge Youth Campus for many years and also coached several youth sports teams for his sons, Michael and Stephen.
Bob enjoyed a successful career in the computer industry, beginning at IBM, where he worked for over 20 years. He left IBM in 1980 to join XL/Datacomp where he spent the rest of his career serving as President and later, CEO. He was highly respected among his peers for his leadership and work ethic. Bob's love for the Illini and the Chicago Cubs was second to none. He also enjoyed golf, traveling, reading and spending time with his family, many friends and grand-dogs. A devoted son, father, grandfather, uncle, and friend. Bob will always be remembered for his amazing sense of humor and practical jokes, loyalty, wisdom, philanthropic spirit and living each day to the fullest.
Bob is survived by his beloved Carol, nee Peterson; children: Michael (Kelly), Michele "Missy" (Mike) McBain, and Stephen; grandchildren: Allison, David, and Luke Passaneau, Matthew, and Kathryn "Katie" McBain; sister, Jean McGurk and many nieces and nephews. Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Kathryn. Visitation Monday, December 18, 3-9 p.m., at Ryan-Parke Funeral Home, 120 S. Northwest Hwy. (2 blks. S. of Touhy), Park Ridge. Funeral Tuesday, 9:15 a.m. from funeral home, to Mary Seat of Wisdom Church. Mass 10 a.m. Interment Town of Maine Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials to The Cara Program, www.carachicago.org or Have Dreams, Park Ridge, www.havedreams.org. are appreciated.