Robert Spencer Gadbois

American FlagRobert Spencer Gadbois, age 75, of Chicago, Navy Veteran. Beloved husband of Claire Agnes Gadbois, nee Butkovich; fond brother of the late James (Margaret) Gadbois and the late Barbara Gadbois; uncle of many nieces and nephews. Visitation Thursday, May 24, 2018 from 3 P.M. to 8 P.M. and Friday, May 25, 2018 10 A.M. to time of Service 11 A.M at Hitzeman Funeral Home, Ltd., 9445 W. 31st Street, Brookfield, IL 60513. Interment private. Memorials appreciated to your favorite charity. Information at 708-485-2000 or

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  1. Tzuiker condolence:

    We are really going to miss him. We had such a great visit with Bob and Claire as they passed through Wyoming on their way to the total eclispe. He charmed the restaurant staff with his knowledge of the sun and moon and all things lunar.
    His bright light in this universe will be truly missed

  2. John Gerty & Marcy Maller condolence:

    Oh Claire,
    We are so very sad to hear about your loss of Bob. At least you were able to collect one more eclipse last summer. It was always special to encounter you two in the phone booth room at the CSO. I am sure you find support and comfort from your fellow UASC members.

    John Gerty

  3. Hale Landes condolence:

    Angie and I are so very sorry for your loss. Our times at Scharenberg’s And our trip to Cabo will always be remembered.

  4. Ann shorey condolence:

    I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. Please know I’m thinking of you and sending all my condolences.

  5. Joseph P. Mayer condolence:

    CLAIRE !!
    I’ll remember the adventure stories Bob told about your travels and he listened to some of mine. I’ll miss him greatly; so very sorry.

  6. The Connolly's condolence:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you Claire.

  7. Diane Gulczynski condolence:

    Claire- I hope our memories from UASC will help you thru this week. Remember the food fight- Bob was so mad, so was I. The best I remember was the time at 12th Street Beach the water and sky color and the water spouts that seemed mysteriously close to the sailboats! Taking picture of you all in the water and hoping the weather would hold! And the Tymm Barge… What a full life! Thanks for sharing your best friend!! Diane

  8. linda e kalinowski condolence:

    We are so blessed to have had the opportunity to share our time together last summer with Bob and Claire. Bob was such an incredibly knowledgeable man and his eclipse information that he shared with us gave our experience a whole new meaning. Thank you Bob for all those moments over the years.

  9. Audrey condolence:

    You have been a stellar friend of the stars, oceans, nature and the CAS. We have been enriched because of you, and will be forever grateful. It is so hard to say Goodbye.

    Claire, Our hearts go out to you.


  10. Patrick Hammer condolence:

    Bob was a great guy, very caring and always there to help. He will be missed by all of us, RIP.

  11. Joe Oliver condolence:

    Hard to think of our underwater community without Bob. He was everywhere, really went all the way to contribute images and services to so many organizations. I can’t think of anyone so generous, talented, capable, and with so many interests. In my years with LOUP and the UASC, really don’t think we could have pulled off such great work and presentations without him.

  12. Kris condolence:

    What Audrey said. Peace to family and friends.

  13. Carroll Iorg condolence:

    Claire, Betty and I extend our condolences. Bob was so helpful on so many levels at the last several ALCONs.

    May you find comfort in this most trying time. Carroll & Betty Iorg

  14. Susan and Bob Rheinheimet condolence:

    What a wonderful son, brother, husband, uncle, friend and cousin Bob has been to so many! I was blessed to know Bob as his cousin! He was such a gentle, kind and generous person! Our world needs more good men like Bob! He will be missed! Claire, I know Bob’s spirit is still with you and your wonderful family will be by your side during the difficult days ahead! Peace to you!

  15. Jayne Morrison condolence:

    Dear Claire,
    My thoughts are with you. I hope to see you soon when you feel up to getting out with friends.
    With love,
    Jayne Morrison
    (knitting member at High Ridge)

  16. Larry Zuiker condolence:


    Nancy and I are sad for your loss. Bob and you made such a great couple. We could see the love you had for each other when we were with you. We hope your memories of your time with Bob help you in these difficult times.

  17. John & Linda Harris condolence:

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Bob was always friendly to all. He had a great many contacts and interests, he had a great understanding of the importance of our waterways and how we impacted them. Bob was proud of his photo/film work and frequently was the go to person for answers on how to shoot underwater. Everytime we watch a documentary we will think of him.

  18. John (and Genevieve) Goss, President (and First Lady) Astronomical League condolence:

    On behalf of the 18000 members of the Astronomical, please allow me to express our condolences. Bob was a good friend to amateur astronomy and to the Astronomical League. His star will always shine.

  19. Robert P. Berkowicz -- '' Diver 3 '' condolence:

    Dear Claire , I will miss Bob and all the Great Dives we had over the years . He was a Great buddy and a Good friend. He will be missed by all.

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