May 9, 2011 was the third anniversary of Pop’s death. It may seem morbid, but I thought I would re-publish his obituary to mark the occasion. Pop wrote his own obit many years before his death and handed it to me for editing. I updated it a bit, but left the “bones” of the document intact. It clearly shows his sense of humor and his many accomplishments. The mention of the Little Orphan Annie Flying Club was my addition.
Robert Frederick Savadge
SAVANNAH – Mr. Savadge, who was younger than he looked, left us to be with the Lord on May 9, 2008 after a lengthy illness. At the time of his death, Mr. Savadge was under the kind and capable care of Hospice Savannah. A son, Robert, two grandsons, Brian and Patrick, two step-grandsons, Michael McGuire and Mark Rich, step great-grandson Harrison Buchanan, a daughter-in-law and caregiver, Janet, niece and godchild, Joann, and two brothers, Edgar and Jes, survive him. Mr. Savadge’s wife, Theresa, predeceased him in 2001. A resident of Savannah, Mr. Savadge had been a government planning-analysis specialist and former executive director of the Metropolitan Planning Commission. After operating his own consulting business for several years, he spent ten years with the Arabian American Oil Company (ARAMCO), in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. After retiring from ARAMCO in 1985, Mr. Savadge became a planning and operations consultant for private and government clients in the US, Europe, Middle East, and Far East. While performing his overseas work assignments, Mr. Savadge occasionally acted as a consultant for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). His family enjoyed hearing colorful stories of his travels and the people and cultures he encountered along the way. Details of his exploits with the CIA remain sketchy, however. Educated in government and city planning at the University of South Florida and the Graduate School at Georgia Tech, he received supplementary training in petroleum and civil engineering, material logistics, architecture and the fine art of humbuggery. Mr. Savadge was a charter member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, the American Planning Association, and a life-long member of the Little Orphan Annie Flying Club, the author of several copyrighted works on planning and land use regulation, and a self-proclaimed master in procrastination. At his specific and adamant request, Mr. Savadge will be cremated. Since his greatest fear in life was not death, but ending up interred in a bowling trophy on someone’s mantel, his cremains will be scattered over several of his favorite places. These include a family burial plot in New Jersey, the beach on St. Simons Island and across Lake Zurich, Switzerland. A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 13, 2008 at Fox and Weeks Funeral Directors Hodgson Chapel. In lieu of flowers, Mr. Savadge suggests one or more of the following: buy a good book (and share it), treat a homeless person to a good meal, donate generously to Hospice Savannah, and finally, spend time with someone you love. The latter is especially important because when all is said and done, your time is the most precious gift you can give. In closing, Mr. Savadge asks that if you can say something nice about the man, please do so as it will be greatly appreciated