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Robert I Sherman

Born: Thu., Apr. 2, 1953
Died: Sat., Dec. 10, 2016

Funeral Service


3:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Thu., Dec. 22, 2016
Location: Schaumburg Regional Airport

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Robert I. Sherman, age 63, passed away on Saturday, December 10, 2016.

He was born on April 2, 1953 to Arthur and Shirley (Biller) Sherman.  He married Celeste Bugay on November 26, 1978 in Northbrook.

Robert loved flying and was working on obtaining his private pilot license.  He was proud of building aircrafts and the parts he made for them.  When he liked something he was passionate about it.  He was very passionate about separation of church and state issues.  But, most of all, he loved his family.

He is survived by his wife, Celeste Sherman; his children, Richard (Shaun Lang) Sherman, and Dawn Sherman; his brother, Jonathan (Fran) Sherman; his sister-in-law, Shelley Sherman; as well as several nieces, nephews, and very close friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and his brother, Jeremy Sherman.

A memorial gathering will be held on Thursday, December 22, 2016 from 3-9pm at the Schaumburg Regional Airport, 905 W. Irving Park Rd., Schaumburg, IL 60193.

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Carl Silverman
   Posted Sat December 17, 2016
Rob was one of a kind. He was a role model for me (although he was a bit more diplomatic!) as an atheist/church-state activist. I'll never forget the time I first contacted him, just for some advice as to how to I should handle a troubling religious civil rights issue. Not long after our phone call, he called me back to say that he had called the responsible party, and convinced them to eliminate the religiously discriminatory problem. Solved, without publicity or controversy. I'm not often that successful. And I'll always appreciate the time he drove his truck out to Pennsylvania just to give a talk at our atheist organization. He clearly LOVED to help solve problems---to right wrongs. But he wasn't afraid of controversy or hate directed at him. He will be sorely missed and deserves formal recognition from atheist and church-state organizations nationwide. As someone with an education and background in aviation, I know all too well how unforgiving it can be. But it clearly gave him great joy, and I can relate to that. How wonderful--and fitting to his character--to have the memorial service at an airport! Yet, my heart goes out to the family.

Kathy Cummings
   Posted Sun December 18, 2016
A few years ago, I was looking for the Green Party contingency to join them marching in the Chicago Gay Parade and saw Rob driving his big, wide, white travel trailer. You couldn't miss it. It was huge!

Rob invited me to get in and we rode through the rest of the parade waving, honking, sharing the peace signs and shouting to the crowd, "Go Green!" Celeste was cheering to the crowd, too, and Rob suddenly stopped the vehicle to jump out and give his son a big kiss and hug.
That's the kind of man he was, generous, kind-hearted, a loving husband and father with a big not-to-miss voice!

Clint Harris
   Posted Wed December 21, 2016
The R.S. I remembered never soared above reason, the scientific method or courage to face facts. He will be missed greatly by his immediate family, first and foremost. But his many dear friends who shared his excitement for aviation, education, safety, accountability, patriotism, ethics, politics, materialism, etc. will persevere with a new outlook. We now have his sound shoulders to stand on.

Thank you Celeste and the entire Sherman Family for sharing Rob with me and the world.

   Posted Thu December 22, 2016
Bye, bye asshole.

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