ROBERT (BOB) SLOAN Sept. 11, 1948 – Dec. 29, 2021

Bob was a self-proclaimed hippie who wore his hair long, loved fishing and sci-fi, supported live music and the arts, and told you exactly what he thought about politics, human rights and marijuana legalization. He was a gifted computer programmer and musician who mentored a blended family and many friends freely and willingly.

Music defined Bob’s soul. He played in The Signets and The Far Cryse in his younger years. He was a founding member of the Illinois Central Blues Club (1986) and remained a member until he passed. Bob hosted numerous jam sessions open to all musicians and friends. In the last decade of his life, he operated Cat Herders Music, a home recording studio offering free services to local singer-songwriters performing original music.

Following his cancer diagnosis in May 2021, Bob spent his remaining time focused on what mattered to him – music, family and friends. Bob’s final desire was for others to celebrate his life through the music he loved. A large celebration was held in his honor on Sept. 11, 2022, where musicians jammed, poets spoke and others listened. You could feel the love and peace, which is exactly what Bob left behind. Keep the music alive.

Cecelia Sloan, his wife and companion of 42 years

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