Maria Shriver's Father, Sargent Shriver, Dead At 95
Posted on Wed Jan 19, 2011 10:07 AM PDT

robertkennedy200.jpgLOS ANGELES, California (X17online) - John F. Kennedy's brother-in-law, and father of Maria , Sargent Shriver died on January 18th in his homestate of Maryland at age 95.

His family released this statement shortly after Shrivers death:

    "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."

Married to J.F.K.'s sister Eunice, Shriver was perhaps best known for his ties to the Kennedy family and was chosen in 1972 as the Democratic Party's vice presidential candidate. He was also named “the maverick inlaw,” who was the driving force behind, and first director of, the Peace Corps and made an adamant attempt to keep America out of World War II.

President Obama said in a statement after his death Shriver was: “one of the brightest lights of the greatest generation."