On May 21st, 2022, Robert Hagner Christmas of Oak Park, Illinois left this world for the next at the age of 72 after bravely battling Parkinson’s disease for over a decade. His last days were met with unseasonably warm weather for Chicago in May. His last moments were spent in comfort at home with his children by his side. He took his final breath peacefully on a Saturday night.
Born September 26th 1949 in Washington, DC to Anne Hagner Christmas and Frank Deval Christmas, known as “Bob” to his friends and family. He is remembered lovingly by his younger brother John Christmas, his children Elaina De Coeur, Erin Christmas, Whitney Christmas and Taylor Christmas, his nephews Bryan Christmas and Justin Christmas, his son-in-laws Dylan Weschler and Benjamin Wolf, and his grandson, Quincy Lewis Weschler. As well as his close friend and caregiver, Rochelle Ragin.
Bob Christmas tended to race-horses as a boy in Montgomery County. He starred on the wrestling mat and football field as a varsity athlete at Winston-Churchill High School. He served his country in the Naval Reserves. He touched the sky as a pilot. He built enduring structures as a brick layer. He helped the world stay connected through his telecommunications business, Wancom. He inspired others with his joy of physical fitness at the Oak Park Tennis and Fitness Center and later in the Parkinson’s boxing program at the Loyola Center for Fitness. He built a family with his wife, Brenda Denise Adkins Christmas, who he now joins in the afterlife.
Bob Christmas was a force of relentless positivity. Through his fun-loving nature, forgiving heart, tireless work ethic and undeniable charm, he touched the lives of many. Making friends wherever he would go.
He became ambidextrous by necessity after an unfortunate thumb injury as a child. When life didn’t go right, he learned how to use his left hand. And he had beautiful handwriting. In a life filled with challenges, Bob Christmas always rose to the occasion. Now, he rests in peace.
He was one-of-a-kind. He was so very loved and admired. He will never be forgotten.
Arrangements entrusted to Chicagoland Cremation Options of Schiller Park, IIL