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Robert P. Mader

Mar 26, 1955 - Feb 22, 2021 (Age 65)

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My thoughts and prayers are with you Kev and the family, I didn't know Bob that well but he seemed to be a great fellow and guy, You will be in our prays in your time of need Love you guys

Kevyn, you made Bob's life good.

Bob and I worked together for just about three years, with our main contact being by phone and a few trade shows our gang worked together during that time. Bob knew his craft and the industry extremely well. He was never one to take anything too seriously, but he did everything right. I would have liked to have known him better. I offer my condolences to Kevyn and the families, and to all who knew him well.

Sending my love and condolences to the Mader family at this terrible time of loss!

My heart and prayers go out to you and the family today. May you find peace in the time shared and the memories.

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In Loving Memory of Bob, Celebrating a life well lived whose memories will be cherished forever.

As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.

Condolences to Bob's family from Sydney, Australia. His contribution to the industry is recognized internationally. When we're all allowed to travel overseas again, we'll be raising a glass together and lamenting his absence.

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Robert's Obituary

Robert P. "Bob" Mader, age 65, passed away unexpectedly on February 22, 2021. He was born on March 26, to Frank Mader and Helen West Mader. Bob was raised in Fairview Park, OH, graduating from St. Ignatius High School in 1973.  He was also a proud 1977 graduate of the University of Notre Dame, establishing himself in Chicago shortly thereafter.  Immersed in the industrial publishing trade, Bob's career highlights include working for Contractor magazine and other business magazines beginning in 1984, Penton Business Media from 2001 - 2018, and serving as the former Managing Editor at Refrigerator Service Engineers Society (2019 - 2020).  Since 2018, Bob had also been business principal at Visionary B2B LLC.

Click here to read a tribute article for Bob written by Mike Miazga in Plumbing & Mechanical Magazine.

Click here to read a tribute for Bob written by John Mesenbrink in the Mechanical Hub publication.

Click here to read a tribute from Contractor Magazine written by Matt Michel.

Bob is survived by his beloved wife of 23 years, Kevyn Mader; his sister Jocelyn Mader Martau (the late Neil) and his brother John T. Mader (Johanna); his children Patrick (Megan), Rob, Maggie (Seneca), Alonzo, and Jaxon; and his grandsons Ford Mader & soon to be born Gavin Mader. Bob was a dear uncle & great-uncle to many and a friend & coworker to many more. He was preceded in death by his parents. 

A visitation will be held Saturday, March 13, 2021, from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Hultgren Funeral Home, 304 North Main Street, Wheaton, IL 60187. His memorial will be held directly after the visitation at 3:00 p.m. Guests are asked to wear a face-covering and observe social distancing guidelines. For those unable to attend, a Livestream of his memorial will be available here: Funeral Service for Robert Mader

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