Robert S. Wadsworth III passed away very suddenly, while at work, likely from a pulmonary embolism on August 6th, 2020 at age 51. He is survived by his loving family: wife: Ingrid; children:Victoria (Blake), Spencer, and Olivia; parents: Jeanne and Robert (Bob); sister: Victoria; nephews: Marquis, Skylar, and Jack; and cats: Han, Chewie, and Cassidy.
Robert was an incredibly selfless, generous person, who always put others first. He was a nurturer through and through. He loved caring for his wife, family, and extended family, which even included animals like his cats, goats, turkeys, ducks, geese, and guinea hens. He also loved gaming with friends and family, both online and in-person, and his gaming groups will surely miss him secretly hiding stuffed animals in their houses.
There truly are not words to capture the depth of the loss felt by his passing. Everyone who knew him could tell stories of his wit, his kindness, and the joy he brought with him everywhere he went. Although he was introverted and private in nature, he willingly shared his time, passion, and assistance to anyone who needed it.
For Rob and Ingrid, it was love at first sight when Ingrid went to Gander Mountain on a whim and met Robert while he was working there part-time. Since then, their story has been a whirlwind romance starting with a road trip to Florida with the kids to ask Ingrid’s parents’ permission for marriage, a wedding at Olbrich Gardens, and adventures living in Poynette, Baraboo and recently Middleton. They recently celebrated their 5th wedding anniversary on July 31st.
Robert so often went above and beyond to help others, or even to just share a passion with people he cared about. One of his favorite hobbies was to pick up the same video games as his children, lately Animal Crossing, purely for the opportunity to play along with them and enjoy something together. His love languages were so clearly “acts of service” and “quality time,” which makes every instance of his generosity feel that much more heartfelt and meaningful. He touched and improved so many lives, simply by being in them.
Some examples of Rob’s good-natured altruism include his recent mini-road trip with his daughter, Olivia, in order for her to pick up her first car. It came about after hours of research together and a drive to a middle-of-nowhere-town in Illinois. There was never a doubt Rob loved showing fatherly support and being part of her life. He also routinely made trips to visit and care for his parents in Poynette and southwards to his mother-in-law, Joanne, to make sure that they had moral support, food, and other support during COVID, helping with any odd-jobs when needed. Rob showed his deep love and affection for everyone around him by devoting his time to making their lives better.
Rob was also a bit of a jester and could easily lift a sour mood or spur laughter. We’ve truly been robbed (a pun we’re sure he would appreciate) of one of our favorite people. If the smiles and laughter he gave us were currency, we’d all be billionaires.
Robert’s family has decided to cremate him, per his wishes, and bury part of the ashes under a new tree. They have also decided not to hold a memorial service due to COVID-19 concerns and knowing that because he was a private person, he wouldn’t want a large group gathered in honor of him, nor would he be able to “ninja disappear” from the event when his introversion kicked in. Friends and loved ones are encouraged to host their own small ceremonies to remember his life and light, in lieu of a larger funeral.