Robert Ahart Saturday, February 4, 1928 - Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Investment executive, avid bridge player, fly fisherman, hiker, consummate sports statistician, U.S. highway expert, amateur philatelist, leg man, beloved husband, father, brother, grandfather and great-grandfather, Bob Ahart will be remembered for his humor, his loyalty, his amazing memory, and the unconditional love he gave his family and friends. A resident of Walnut Creek for 43 years, Bob was born in Oakland and attended Washington Elementary, Claremont Junior High and University High Schools. He studied engineering at U.C. Berkeley and Chico State after serving in the U.S. Army for 18 months during the German Occupation following World War II. He was married for nearly 62 years to the girl of his dreams, Sandra, with whom he shared a passion for road trips throughout the U.S. and Fenton's milkshakes. They reared two children, Cynthia and Kurt, in Oakland and Walnut Creek. His investment career started at Walston & Co., where he rose to EVP of the Margins Dept., an assignment that required assimilating spreadsheets and corporate records before there were rating services and graphing calculators. When Walston, one of Wall Street's biggest brokerages in its time, folded in the mid-1970s, Bob went to work for Birr, Wilson. He also worked briefly for Charles Schwab & Co. Bob was a third-generation California native who loved annual sojourns in the Sierra, keeping a family tradition dating to the 1850s when his great grandfather summered sheep in the high country. He combed the rivers and their tributaries for Rainbow Trout and Eastern Brookies and memorized the network of mountain traces above the Middle Fork of the American River with his father, his brothers, his wife and his kids. He will be returning to the edge of the Granite Chief Wilderness when the waters run high this spring. Bob is survived by his wife and children; his grandchildren Alexandra, Joseph, Manon, and François; a great-granddaughter Hailey; and two of his siblings, Alan and Susan. A celebration of his life will be announced later this year. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you call a friend and share a joke.