OBITUARY: Rob (Habib) Sadler

(null)-1            On May 8th, 2015 the life drum of Rob (Habib) Sadler played its final beat. He left this world the same way he spent so much of his time in it, surrounded by love and forever sharing his light.

            Rob was a man who touched the heart of everyone he met, whether he made you

smile one time in the grocery store or you spent hours discussing the wonders of life, chances are Rob left you with a fuller heart than you ever thought an old bearded hippy could.

            Rob was a man who always had time, even though he spent his almost 72 years on this earth being told that he wouldn’t live much longer, wouldn’t get to be much older, but through each health crisis he prevailed, he’d pull what has come to be called “A Rob” continually showing skeptical doctors that he was not just a statistic, he was a miracle.

            And he was a miracle. In his final weeks in this body he dined with good friends, got down on the floor and played with his great grandchildren, talked with loved ones and danced. He danced after years of living in a body that couldn’t quite move the way he wanted to, he found it in himself to dance, to party on and once again feel the music, the rhythm of the drum as it beat through his heart and moved his body.

            Rob leaves with us a wide array of family brought to him both by blood and by destiny, he will be remembered by many friends from both past and present each knowing their unique connection to him and carrying a piece of his light into the future. His loving Daughter Hannah Sheklow remains and his partner Noor Walsh as do three of his Granddaughters Mara Green, India Broadbent, and Abigail Sheklow and his two Grandsons Justin Green and Noah Sheklow, he is also survived by his Sisters Christie Radcliff and Patty DeRanzo as well as his Brothers Tom Sadler and David Sadler.

            A Memorial will be held for Rob on June 13th, 2015 at 4pm (prayer/drum circle will be at 6pm) at Beginnings in Briceland, CA.  The family encourages all who knew him to attend and bring a potluck dish, a musical instrument (if you’d like to play) and your best memories, it will be a night of remembrance and a celebration of a full and unique life.



  • Rob was kind, wise, supportive and funny, even when dealing with great frustrations and pain. Although I was only an occasional acquaintance, I’m glad to have met him. My sympathies and love to those who were closer to him, and whose loss must also be the greater. Thank you for sharing some of the joys of his last weeks with us.

  • Rob was a regular here at the Wildberries cafe in Arcata. We have his obituary hanging in our break room, and people are bummed. Really cool dude very down to earth. We’ll miss him here at the ‘berry!

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