Robert Martin ‘Bob’ Cradock
of St. Louis, MO, died October 17, 2020, beloved husband of 57 years of Michaeleen (nee O’Hara), and loving father to Robert Michael Cradock, Mary Michaeleen Cradock (Stuart Yancey), Elizabeth Patrice (Mathew) Dixon, and Christine Anne (Joe) Allhoff. He delighted in his role as Granddad to Andrew Joshua and Megan Michaeleen Dixon, and to Violet Margot Peters Cradock. He was a loving big brother to his siblings Ann Patrice Cradock and Dr. Thomas Vincent (Carol) Cradock, Uncle Bob to 13 nieces and nephews, and dear cousin to many.
Bob was born July 24, 1938 to Robert Charles and Mary Bridget (McDonough) Cradock. They raised him with a love of music and family. Bob attended St. Luke’s School in Richmond Heights, St. Louis University High, Cardinal Glennon (Kenrick) Seminary, and Washington University.
Bob was a lifelong resident of St. Louis – deeply connected to his extended family, his “stone” heritage, his friendships, and his faith.
He was active in national associations including the Building Stone Institute, Ancient Order of Hibernians, Allied Stone Industries, the Marble Institute of America, International Cut Stone Contractors and Quarrymen’s Association, and the Masonry Institute. He was loyal to his St. Louis University High Alumni, the ’64 group, and St. Luke’s Alumni. He loved and supported the mission of the Sisters of Loretto and Nerinx Hall, the alma mater of his wife, daughters, and the O’Hara women.
He traveled extensively to promote the use of natural stone from quarries throughout the US, Canada, Europe, and Asia. His favorite travel destination was Vicenza in northern Italy.
Following in his father’s footsteps, Bob relished connecting with these diverse cultures and craftsmen. His favorite work was in the preservation and restoration of religious sites and artifacts, and he was proud of his many Church and temple affiliations. His architectural tour of St. Louis was legendary.
From a young age, he enjoyed a fascination with a wide range of vehicles. Over the years he drove everything from a self-assembled motor scooter to an antique fire truck, even a Jeep pulling a sleigh through his neighborhood one snowy day.
His Irish soul found connections everywhere he went. He loved gathering old friends and making new ones. Bob was known for his welcoming spirit and remarkable generosity. He was always ready with a warm smile, a story or two, and optimism and joy to spare.
A prolific letter writer, brief notes were his signature style. Friends and family loved receiving notes of congratulations, a quick “thinking of you,” or a random photo from a past adventure.
He carried on his father’s tradition of keeping a Santa Claus suit on hand and wore it often – a role that fit him both in looks and personality.
Bob met Michaeleen on the steps of the Webster Groves swimming pool in the summer of 1954. They fell in love quickly. As their love grew over the years, they created traditions that centered around family, friends, and celebration.
In their unique home they hosted many wonderful parties through the years. Bob would frequently brighten occasions big and small with songs both remembered and invented. He lived with a song in his heart.
Services: When it is safe to be together again, a magnificent gathering will be held honoring Bob and all those he loved. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Caritas Connections, Inc.