Robert W. Annett
Robert W. Annett
  • June 23, 1925 - August 8, 2017
  • Arlington Height, Illinois

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Robert W. Annett, 92, of Luther Village in Arlington Heights, passed away peacefully and quietly at sunrise on August 8, 2017, at the Lutheran Home in Arlington Heights following a short stay. Bob was the beloved husband of the late Margaret Q. (nee Quedens) Annett; loving father of four children: Robert D. (Renate Savich) Annett, Margaret E. (Stephen Poma) Annett, John P. Annett, and Thomas A. Annett; and cherished grandfather of five grandchildren: Ian Annett, Graham Annett, Richard Poma, David Annett, and Andrew Annett.
Bob was born June 23, 1925, in New York, NY and raised by his parents Edward and Mary Jane (nee Dann) where they lived in the Fordham neighborhood in the Bronx. Edward Annett and Mary Jane Dann immigrated separately to the United States through Ellis Island from Kilkeel, County Down, Northern Ireland and Roscrea, County Tipperary, Ireland, respectively. As a young boy growing up, Bob sang in the church choir at St. James Episcopal Church with an early love of music. Bob attended New York City public schools and graduated from DeWitt Clinton High School in the Bronx. After high school graduation, Bob enlisted in the United States Navy and served in the American Theater of Operations during World War II from 1943-1946, receiving two medals for his service, and attaining the rank of Seaman First Class.
Following his service in the Navy, Bob enrolled at New York University School of Commerce, Accounts, and Finance on the GI Bill, attending classes at the Washington Square campus in Manhattan. He graduated in 1950 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. Bob married the love of his life, Peggy, on September 8, 1951, at St. James Episcopal Church and they lived as newlyweds in Stuyvesant Town in lower Manhattan. Bob and Peggy celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 2001, one year before Peggy passed away in 2002.
Bob spent an exciting and rewarding thirty-five-year career in banking, commerce, finance, investing, data processing, and accounting. His career included travels and transfers between New York and Chicago. After settling in the Chicago area permanently, Bob attended Loyola University of Chicago where he completed an MBA degree in 1978. Bob was also a Certified Financial Planner and happily ran his own successful financial planning practice Robert W. Annett & Associates for twenty-eight years from 1984-2012. Bob took great pleasure in helping others with their personal financial planning. Bob served as Board Member from 1987-1995 and Treasurer from 1988-1990 for the Greater Chicago CFP Society. Bob was also a member of the National Association of Accountants and a life member of the American Association of Individual Investors.
Bob's appetite for knowledge was apparent throughout his life. He attended both the 1939 and 1964 New York World's Fairs. Bob was witness to the entire history and development of televisions, computers, cell phones, and the internet and was always an early adopter of technology. Bob studied and learned his family history and genealogy and in 2007 Bob and family traveled to his father's birthplace and boyhood home, which Bob considered as one of the highlights of his life.
Bob always led a very active life, which included his love for baseball, bridge, travel, the Episcopal church, big band music, music of the great American songbook, musicals, theater, classic movies, meals, desserts, current events, history, genealogy, vacations, Ravinia Festival, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. His fondness for the arts was perhaps best apparent as a sustaining fellow at the Art Institute of Chicago along with Peggy.
Memorial visitation will be Saturday, September 9, 2017, from 9:00 am until the time of the Memorial Service at 10:30 am, at St. Simon's Episcopal Church, 717 W. Kirchhoff Road, Arlington Heights, IL 60005. Reception in the Parish Hall to follow. Interment will be in the church columbarium. Flowers or donations to the St. Simon's Episcopal Church Memorial Fund are welcome and greatly appreciated.
Church information through St. Simon's Episcopal Church (847)259-2930 or