Robert Padgett

PADGETT, Robert Paul, 68, of Wheeling, passed away after a courageous battle against cancer, Thursday, October 10, 2013, at Liza’s Place.

He was born April 17, 1945, in Chicago, son of the late Ralph and Agnes Loeb Padgett.

Paul was a dedicated and loving father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend. His children and grandchildren were so important to him and he cherished visiting and traveling the country with them.

Paul began teaching graphic design at West Liberty State University in 1972, retiring this year, only when his illness required him to do so. Paul was a favorite professor of many adoring students and contributed greatly both personally and professional to the art department family at West Liberty.

Paul was an avid guitar player, singer, and song writer, sharing his gift of music to those who were closest.

Paul was also a champion of humans right and equality and generously gave his time and money to support causes such as Occupy Wall Street, Amnesty International and many others throughout the years. Social activism was an important value that he encouraged us to participate in, even at the end of his life.

Paul was a lover of life and fought long and hard to continue to be here with us. Paul did not lose to cancer, he conquered over fear. He showed us strength and courage and the ultimate selflessness. These and many other gifts will never be forgotten.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Douglas Padgett.

He is survived by three children, Robert Padgett of Los Angeles, Amanda Padgett of Spokane, and Michael Padgett of Wheeling; four grandchildren, Lily Evans, Asher Stewart, Sorrel Stewart, and Dylan Padgett; two sisters, Jeanette Farhangui of Tampa, and Katherine Padgett of Dahlonega; nephews, Bijan Farhangui and Matthew Jones; nieces, Shirine Fawaz, Christina Blymiller, Giselle Padgett, and Claire Rodriguez; and great-nieces and nephews, Alexander, Christopher, Megan, Alexandra.

A memorial service will be held at West Liberty University at a later date.

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