Statement from The Shriver Family
Bethesda, MD
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
5:30 PM ET

Our dad, Robert Sargent Shriver, Jr., lovingly known as “Sarge,” today went to heaven to join the love of his life, our mother, Eunice Kennedy Shriver. He was surrounded by his five children, five children in-law, and his 19 grandchildren.

He was a man of giant love, energy, enthusiasm, and commitment. He lived to make the world a more joyful, faithful, and compassionate place. He centered everything on his faith and his family. He worked on stages both large and small but in the end, he will be best known for his love of others. No one ever came into his presence without feeling his passion and his enthusiasm for them. He loved God, he loved Eunice, he loved us, he loved anyone who was a servant of peace, justice or joy. He loved life.

We pray that his spirit and example will guide us as we accept the challenge of living as he did. We will miss him forever. May the angels and saints and all his family receive him with a party beyond all imagining.

-The family of Robert Sargent Shriver, Jr.
For more information on his life visit www.sargentshriver.org

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8 thoughts on “Shriver family statement on passing of Sargent Shriver

  1. dearest maia,and family,
    i was so sadden to hear the death of your father.i know in your hearts he will always be with you and you mother, will alway be in our hearts, they were truely a big peice of all of us.and your mom in getting special olympics up and running, i am a swimmer,
    and was proud to meet your whole family in minnisota in 1991, and meeting you family again when i went to shanghai china in 2007.thanks to you mother, and dad,i would problay not beable to do what i can do now”thank you again for the peace,love,and kindness your family gave to us all’love,stacey price hershey pa.

  2. Dear Shriver family,
    I was a participant in The Experiment in International Living in 1972. I recall being told that Sarge developed the Peace Corps based on his experience with EIL. It was one of the life-changing events in my life. Several cousins joined the Peace Corps in the 1960s. I know it changed their lives forever. Thank you

  3. Dear Shriver family;
    feeling a void where his presence would have been will be in several moments of your lives…….. but then you can refill that void with your many, many memories, and the awe we all feel when looking at what this giant of a man achieved: your father !
    may his soul find the peace in the heaven he will undoubtedly be invited to
    if we keep on going in the way he and his wife Eunice have lead and pointed out to us so clearly, then both of them will be amongst us and shouting their support over and over again.

    thank you all for sharing your mother and your dad with us
    and you have our support on an amazing string of connections that winds the world many, many times over.

    Onno Rueck
    @ SOLCIOE-Europe-Eurasia
    met your father @ EESG 2000 Groningen

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