CAMPUS – Robert Cavanagh, 83, of Campus passed away September 3, 2019. Beloved husband of 44 years to Agnes (nee Hydo). Loving father to Mary (Tim) Arnold, Scott Sendra, and Richard (Jani) Sendra. Cherished grandfather to Kerry (Jessica) Schott, Ashley and Amber Arnold. Great-grandfather to Klayton, Lillian, and Kayla Schott. Dear cousin to Lynne Lacey, Nancy Petre, and Joan Pawlowski.
Visitation will be held at Blake-Lamb Funeral Home, 4727 W. 103rd St., Oak Lawn, Friday, September 13, from 3 until 9 p.m.
Chapel services will be held at the Funeral Home Saturday, September 14, at 10 a.m.
Interment will follow.
Robert was born in Chicago to Orville and Alberta Cavanagh. While in grammar school, Robert was always very proud that he worked in the local butcher shop and Victory Gardens during WWII.
After graduating from CVS High School in Chicago, as a teenager Robert sparked an interest in building, then racing motorcycles (winning many championships), which evolved to his love for building and racing Indianapolis style race cars. He worked as a Chief Mechanic on Indy Cars (Silver Crown Champ Dirt Cars).
He had the opportunity to work with famous drivers such as Mario Andretti, A.J. Foyt, Al and Bobby Unser. Robert went on to work for a car dealership in Roseland and spending many years as an employee for Clark Lift Truck Company. While working for Cadillac Motors, Robert was the head of Customer Service, with high profile clients such as the Chicago Bears and Muhammad Ali, who he later became close friends with. Robert, who was always saying “he was steering his own ship,” went on to start his own business, Southwest Lift Truck in Chicago and then moving it to Campus until his retirement. He will be remembered for his great love of animals especially his dog, King, gardening, being a member of the American Legion and NRA and always eating his ice cream first to make sure he had room.