Robert J. Walsh (aka Bob, Grumpy, Boppa), 92, of Oak Park, died peacefully at home on July 28, surrounded by his family. Born on March 3, 1929 to Luke and Eleanor (nee Sharkey) on Chicago’s West Side, he attended Resurrection Grammar School, St. Ignatius High School, and DePaul University. After a quarter-century as an investment analyst, he and Marietta started their second chapter by opening Logos Bookstore of Oak Park. The Christian bookstore flourished for the next quarter century and became a hub for family, friends, and community members to shop, work, and — most importantly — connect.
An active man of many tastes and talents, he loved golf, tennis, racquetball, “quiet time” in the morning, playing the piano and singing, butter pecan ice cream, apples and peanut butter, workouts at the Y, his Catholic faith, crossword puzzles, CNN, fixing anything (especially with duct tape), riding his John Deere mower at his treasured Apple Canyon Lake house (“Nothing runs like a Deere”), soaking in the sun anywhere but especially floating on a raft at Apple, building huge bonfires, playing pool, going to the movies, and wintering in Naples, Florida. He was a longtime friend of Bill W.
In 1976, Bob and Marietta helped found the St. Giles Family Mass Community. The Family Mass was a huge part of his life until the very end. He was also a proud Rotarian, mentored inner-city students, and advocated for an incarcerated man who became a friend. He was a welcome face at any occasion and will be sincerely missed by many.
Bob is survived by Marietta (nee Battaglia), his wife of 63 years. He was the father of the late Robert (James Jajkowski), Julie (Charles) Fabrizius, Marie (Kevin) White, Therese Cormack, and Elizabeth (Kirk Sweeney); grandfather of Luke (fiancee Kristen Contos) and Brian Fabrizius, Aidan and Hannah Walsh, Rebecca and Melissa Cormack, and Sean White; step-grandfather of Anna Sweeney; brother of the late Mary Jean (late Robert) Connelly; brother-in-law of the late Vincent (Maureen) Battaglia; and uncle to many nieces and nephews.
A visitation and funeral Mass were held on July 31 at St. Giles Church.
Arrangements were handled by Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home.