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James VanDyke

Westerlo-James VanDyke, 74, passed away on November 13, 2009 at his home after a brief illness, surrounded by his loved ones. Born in Catskill, NY, March 7, 1935, he was son of the late Marguerite (Van Dyke) Terrell and Jack Smith of Middleburgh, NY, and step-son of Harold Terrell of Summit, N.Y. Jim ran his own milk route business and he was also an Albany County Deputy Sheriff. Later he was a bus driver and head mechanic for Berne-Knox-Westerlo Central School for 27 years. Jim was an avid hunter and enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. James is survived by his loving wife and companion of 32 years Faye (Stahl) VanDyke. His children, Terry (Barry) Schinnerer of Knox, NY, James "Mike" VanDyke (Brenda) of Selkirk, NY. Cheryl "Sherry" VanDyke of Altamont, NY, William "Bill" ( Patty) VanDyke of Delanson, NY, step-son Stephen Townsend of Louisiana, 16 grandchildren and 7 great-grand children and his half-brother Harold ( Carrie) Terrell of Salem, NY, many sister-in-laws and brother-in-laws, nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by a half-sister Belle Terrell of Summit, NY and grandson Peter McIntyre. Family and friends are invited to a memorial service on Tuesday, November 17, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. at Thompson's Lake Reformed Church, East Berne, N.Y. A private interment will be at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his name may be made to Community Hospice of Albany County, NY or Thompson's Lake Reformed Church, East Berne, NY.


Guestbook

Jim, The first thing that came to mind when thinking about you was the image of your truck as it careered off the snow lined road whilst carrying most of our furniture on board. I thought there was something seriously wrong with either you or the truck, but in fact you had just seen a deer and thought that was more interesting to concentrate on than the road. Great stuff. It is such a shame I have only been able to know you for what is a relatively short period of time. I probably never did get the chance to say thank you to you and Faye for welcoming me to your family. We will miss you dearly but please know that we will always hold you in our thoughts, minds and stories. God bless.

Andrew Woods Nov 16 2009 12:00 AM

As long as you love me I will always be your great grand daughter forever and ever. Please help God out in Heaven. I love you and I miss you! Love Evan Lilly-Anne

Evan Woods Nov 16 2009 12:00 AM

I miss you! I will know you forever and ever. You were kind to me. You liked Garfield like me. I always will love you. In Heaven you will be safe. God will look after you. Faye was your wife and you loved her. Your Great Grandson Theron

Theron Woods Nov 16 2009 12:00 AM

My grandfather was the largest man I have ever known. He was not just big in stature but in life as well. Some childhood memories I will always hold dear are the smell of his pipe and his Boopa whiskery kisses from his beard. When I was old enough for people to ask me who I was and whom my family were I would always say my mom is Terry Schinnerer the bus driver her maiden name was Van Dyke. Then the look of recognition would enter their eyes and they usually would quickly reply, "Oh Jim Van Dyke is your grandfather." People would then tell me of some good deed he did for them or how wonderful he was. I was proud to be his granddaughter. I loved visiting him in the bus garage each morning and helping him clean and sweep the floors. He would always joke about how much energy I had. I am so pleased my own two children got to meet him. My son shares his love of Garfield and carries the middle name of James in his honour. I love you and will miss you Boopa! You were a kind and gentle giant!

Billie Jo Woods Nov 16 2009 12:00 AM

Jim, The first thing that came to mind when thinking about you was the image of your truck as it careered off the snow lined road whilst carrying most of our furniture on board. I thought there was something seriously wrong with either you or the truck, but in fact you had just seen a deer and thought that was more interesting to concentrate on than the road. Great stuff. It is such a shame I have only been able to know you for what is a relatively short period of time. I probably never did get the chance to say thank you to you and Faye for welcoming me to your family. We will miss you dearly but please know that we will always hold you in our thoughts, minds and stories. God bless.

Andrew Woods Nov 16 2009 12:00 AM

My grandfather was the largest man I have ever known. He was not just big in stature but in life as well. Some childhood memories I will always hold dear are the smell of his pipe and his Boopa whiskery kisses from his beard. When I was old enough for people to ask me who I was and whom my family were I would always say my mom is Terry Schinnerer the bus driver her maiden name was Van Dyke. Then the look of recognition would enter their eyes and they usually would quickly reply, "Oh Jim Van Dyke is your grandfather." People would then tell me of some good deed he did for them or how wonderful he was. I was proud to be his granddaughter. I loved visiting him in the bus garage each morning and helping him clean and sweep the floors. He would always joke about how much energy I had. I am so pleased my own two children got to meet him. My son shares his love of Garfield and carries the middle name of James in his honour. I love you and will miss you Boopa! You were a kind and gentle giant!

Billie Jo Woods Nov 16 2009 12:00 AM

Faye, Terry, Sherry & Berry Just heard Jim passed away - Got to find out what kind of person Jim really was at BKW- Great to work with - happy go lucky - caring - helpful - you name it that is what he was. Will keep you in our thoughts and prayers at this very difficult time - Sincerly, Marilyn

Marilyn Miller Nardolillo Nov 15 2009 12:00 AM

Faye, Terry, Sherry & Berry Just heard Jim passed away - Got to find out what kind of person Jim really was at BKW- Great to work with - happy go lucky - caring - helpful - you name it that is what he was. Will keep you in our thoughts and prayers at this very difficult time - Sincerly, Marilyn

Marilyn Miller Nardolillo Nov 15 2009 12:00 AM

A beloved father, a great friend and a wonderful teacher. We will all carry a part of you Dad in our hearts. You will live on in us and the generations that follow. Thank you for everything. Rest in peace and get ready for opening day of hunting season. This one you will not miss. I love you!

Terry Schinnerer Nov 13 2009 12:00 AM