Raymond Harland Vanderhoof, 74, from Roxbury Twp. NJ passed away on January 27, 2016 while in Compassionate Care at Dover surrounded by his loving family.
He was born in Dover, moved to Mine Hill then relocated to the Landing section of Roxbury where he resided for over 50 years.
Married to his best friend Diane Marie Rossi, the two have been lovingly married for over 54 years.
Ray, a Graphic Artist/Designer by profession for over 60 years worked as an Exhibitions Branch Specialist at Picatinny Arsenal for 30 years before moving on to finish his Government service at Fort Monmouth. Once retired, he, along with his family opened a graphic design studio in Roxbury, Ad-Venture Graphics, which is still operating on Main St. in Succasunna.
Ray was extremely active in the Roxbury Community and the type of man that would do anything for anyone. Besides early on being involved with Little League and president for several years and coached the Sr. Babe Ruth team he was also very active in the Rotary and Chamber of Commerce.
Being the giver that he was he took on the endeavor of the Tuesday Cruise for Kids in Roxbury for over 11 years. A car cruise in at the Ledgewood McDonalds that was created to raise money to help aid sick children and their families through difficult times. Along with the Tuesday Cruise he also organized a car show in the Ledgewood Mall every fall, again as a fund raiser, which is when he would present the proceeds to the Two Kids Foundation for the families that needed assistance.
Besides his interest in classic cars Ray was an avid boater and motorcyclist. Early on for several years he was a very active member of the Lake Hopatcong Yacht Club and a very competitive sailor in the “E” scow class of sailboats. He was also very involved in the survival of Lake Hopatcong and an instructor in the Hopatcong Power Squadron. More recently he is an instructor at the district level of the Gold Wing Road Riders Association (GWRRA). His passion for motorcycles and the group of people he was involved with was unparalled and he took great pride in and loved being part of the organization.
Ray is survived by his beloved wife Diane, two sons and two grandsons. Raymond Jr. of Long Valley and Margaret, Todd of Roxbury and Cathy and his two very special grandsons Kyle and Brandon who he Loved and Lived for. Also, he leaves his sisters; Lynn (and Paul) Swidersky of MD and Elisa (and Art) Heinricher, nephews Scott and Christopher, brother-in-law Robert and Margaret Rossi of Landing, nephew Jeffrey and nieces Pam and Kelli.
Ray “The Guy you Always could count on to help”, He not only leaves behind a family that loves him dearly but many friends he has made over the years………We Love and will Miss you Husband, Dad & Grandpa!!
Friends may visit at the Davis & Hepplewhite Funeral Home, 96 Main Street, Succasunna, (973-584-7264) (www.davishepplewhitefh.com) on Friday, January 29, from 2 – 5 & 7 – 9 pm. The Funeral Liturgy will be held on Saturday, 10 am at Our Lady of the Lake Church, Mt. Arlington with the interment to follow at the Locust Hill Cemetery in Dover.