Sunday, December 14, 2014

Good bye Pa!

Roy with Isaac and Pa in September 2014

Isaac's birth great grandfather went home to see his wife and his Lord this morning. I am so blessed that Isaac was able to meet Pa last summer and see him again this past summer. I also have fond memories of playing bottle pool with Pa in his basement when I was a teenager. How many 94 year old men do you know that have a Facebook account!? This guy was with it! But he knew it was time to go and that he was ready to leave this Earth. 

My prayers go to Roy and all his family. 

***We just received a link to Pa's obituary. What a precious gift to our family that Isaac was listed amongst his great-grandchildren in those words. It may have seemed liked a small thing to them to include him, but to us, it meant the world. The fact that Isaac has two incredible families makes my heart smile.

Cornelius Van Wyck (Addison) went to be with his Lord on Saturday, December 13, 2014, at his daughter Marilyn & Dick Evans’ home in Addison, surrounded by his loving family. He was born on August 4, 1920, in Paterson, New Jersey, to Louis and Tilly (Faasse). He married Gertrude Van Buiten on November 24, 1949 in Haledon, New Jersey. They were married 52 years before she passed away in June of 2002. 

Following high school, he worked in the defense industry developing early radar systems and then served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the European Theater as part of the Signal Corps. He had a career as a quality control specialist for the U.S. Department of Defense. He served as a Little League baseball coach for the Boys’ Club of Prospect Park.

After over a decade of vacationing in Groton, Vermont, he moved with his family to Ferrisburgh, VT, in 1973, looking to enjoy the scenic beauty and a slower pace of life. He was an avid fisherman, enjoyed wintering in Florida, and spending time with his children and grandchildren. He was a lifelong member of the Christian Reformed Church.

He is survived by his four children and seventeen grandchildren, Roy and Joan Van Wyck (Brianna & Robert Gendron) of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Warren and Jeanette Van Wyck (Joel & Criss, Isaac, Aaron, Eric, Kathleen & Brian, and Stephen) of Ferrisburgh, VT, Marilyn and Dick Evans (Jason, Kevin, Travis & Kara, and Sherilyn Van De Weert, Kelli & Josh Dubois, Edye & Rick Kuyper, and Marti Evans) of Addison, VT, and Neal and Alice Van Wyck (Alex, Olivia, and Marcus) of Jericho, VT, and eight great-grandchildren, Ryley, Zeke, & Quin Dubois, Gauge Van De Weert, Braxton Van De Weert, Isaac Kitsteiner, and Ellyn & Eddie Kuyper.  He is also survived by his brother Jacob Van Wyck of Pompton Plains, NJ, brother-in-law John Van Buiten of North Haledon, NJ and special fishing friend Ray Daniels of New Haven.  He was also predeceased by a son-in-law, Ken Van De Weert, and a grandson, Brant Van Wyck.

The family would like to thank the staff at Joy Drive Dialysis for their dedicated care over the past seven years.

Calling hours will be on Monday, December 15, from 5-8 p.m. at Brown-McClay Funeral Home, 48  Maple St., Vergennes, VT. The funeral will be held on Tuesday, December 16, at 1:30 p.m. at the Champlain Valley Christian Reformed Church, 73  Church St., Vergennes. VT. Memorial contributions may be made to Champlain Valley Christian School, 2 Church St., Vergennes, VT, 05491.

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