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William G. VanVliet Sr. Obituary
SLEIGHTSBURGH- William G. ‘Bill' Van Vliet Sr., 74, a lifelong resident of First Ave., Sleightsburgh, Town of Esopus, died suddenly Monday, April 22, 2013. Bill was born in Sleightsburgh on Dec. 16, 1938, a son of the late Harry and Eleanor (Krum) Van Vliet. At the age of 17 he began a 25 year career as a service technician with Kingston Oil Supply (KOSCO) located in Sleightsburgh, then joined IBM as a maintenance technician, beginning in Kingston, then IBM Poughkeespie, retiring July 1995. Bill loved Hudson River maritime history and was an avid collector of river artifacts including arrowheads, clay pipes, and antique bottles which he would uncover along the trails and shore of the Sleightsburgh Islands. He collected books, postcards and model boats, especially those related to the Skillypot Ferry and steamships of the Hudson. He was known as the Van Vliet family historian. Bill also loved to travel especially to the Thousand Islands and to local and Vegas casinos. He is survived by his loving wife, Joan (Cole) Van Vliet; three daughters, Terri Anne Drewes and her husband John of Saugerties, Linda Winnie and her husband Thomas of Kingston, and Sue Kelly and her husband Brian of High Falls; two sons, William G. Van Vliet Jr. and his partner Kim of Rosendale, and Shawn Kelly and his wife Barbara of Kingston; three sisters, Barbara Morris and her husband William of Fla., Coreen Phillips and her husband Ron of Port Ewen, and Nora Haight and her husband Jon of Port Ewen; and two brothers, Harry Van Vliet III and his wife Janet of Sleightsburgh, and Lawrence Van Vliet and his wife Gloria of Port Ewen. Grandchildren, Tara Brandt, Michael, and Samantha Kelly, Ashley and Deidre Drewes, and Jennifer Young; six great-grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins, also survive. He is predeceased by one sister, Margaret Breithaupt. Arrangements are under the care of the Gilpatric-VanVliet Funeral Home, 339 Broadway, Ulster Park. The funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Montrepose Cemetery. The Van Vliet family will receive friends at the funeral home Thursday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Expressions of condolence may be made in the form of a contribution to either: , 121 Executive Dr, Suite 200, New Windsor, N.Y., 12533, or The ALS Association, 890 Seventh North Street, Ste. 108, Liverpool, N.Y., 13088. To send the family a personal expression of condolence, visit Shirley's Book of Memories: www.GVVFH.com
Published in Daily Freeman on Apr. 24, 2013
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