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H. Robert "Bob" Van Wie, Sr.

September 9, 2015

H. Robert Van WieH. Robert "Bob" Van Wie, Sr., 77, Deferno Rd., Clayton passed away at his home on September 9, 2015.

A celebration of his life will be Saturday, September 26, at the Clayton Volunteer Fire Dept., Graves St. from 1 - 4PM. Arrangements are entrusted with Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Clayton.

Bob was born in Troy on March 25, 1938, son of Henry E. and Rita T. Scully Van Wie. He graduated from Watervliet High School and attended Hudson Valley Community College. On November 10, 1957 he married Darlene J. Clickner at Sacred Heart Church, Cohoes. In 1977 the couple moved to northern New York. He worked for the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation and retired in 1996 after 38 years of service. Bob also was a National Guardsman for eight years and from 1996 - 2010 worked for Green Thumb.

He was a member of both St. Mary's Church, Clayton and Immaculate Conception Church, Brownville. Bob loved his horses, Angel and Sara, raised sheep for 30 years, and enjoyed hobby farming. He was extremely proud of his family and their accomplishments. He also enjoyed fishing, hunting, meeting people, and storytelling.

Along with his wife, Darlene J., Bob is survived by his four children and their spouses, Cynthia and Jim Picunas, Clayton, H. Robert and Darlene S. Van Wie, Jr., Clayton, Mark and Tina Van Wie, Brockport, and Kathleen and Kevin Dibble, Sr., Clayton; eleven grandchildren, Brian and Lara Boyle, Megan and Ryan Kendall, Kevin Dibble, Jason Van Wie, Josh Dibble, Amber Dibble, Nikole Van Wie, Nicolas Van Wie, Amy Picunas, Kelly and Adam Harrington, and Paul and Angela Picunas; four great grandchildren, Charlee and Iris Boyle and Grace and Ella Harrington; brother and his wife, Jack and Anna Van Wie, Latham; sister-in-law, Sheila Fanniff, Cohoes; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Donations in Bob's name may be made to either www.friendsofottercreekhorsetrails.com and click on Support our Trails: the proceeds funnel through the NYS Horse Council, are tax deductible, and go toward maintaining and improving the trail system or the Clayton Volunteer Fire Dept., 855 Graves St., Clayton, NY 13624.


#18 Sharon Crescenzi 2015-09-26 08:00
I worked with Bob many years at DEC and he was one of the greatest guys with a great smile. Bob had great wit, spoke of his family daily with great pride and was proud of his Dutch heritage. After I left DEC I had the privilege to occasionally see Bob through Green Thumb Program with my husband, Rocco. Bob was was one of the good guys. We are so sorry for your loss.
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#17 renee Heath 2015-09-18 07:29
So sorry to hear of your loss you all our in our thoughts and prayers Sincerely Renee "Hudon" Heath & Family
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#16 Milt and Pat DeLair 2015-09-15 15:27
Darlene and Family,
Pat and I are so very sorry to hear of Bob's passing. He was a very special person. He was an inspiration and a profound thinker. He and I had many interesting conversations. Although, we did not get to know Bob until later on in life, he was a good friend. I'll never forget our discussions on Texas while in Cape Cod. Bob looked good in his Texas A&M hat. Our thoughts and Prayers are with you all.
Rock Hill, SC
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#15 Rick & Karen Rickard 2015-09-13 23:01
To the Van Wie and Dibble Family, we send our deepest sympathies and condolences to your families. He was truly a very dedicated family man. We will keep you in our prayers.
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#14 Irene & Gerry Orvis 2015-09-13 19:11
To all of the Van Wie family, our deepest condolences.
Every time we saw Bob and spoke to him it was a
treat. He was truly a good & loving family man and we
know he will be sorely missed.
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#13 Penny Sands 2015-09-13 10:33
I was deeply saddened to hear of Bob's passing. He was truly one of the kindest and truest men I have ever met. To his family, the stories about all of you that he shared with me were told with so much love and pride. You are all blessed to have had such an amazing person share in and guide you in your lives. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
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#12 Terry Newvine 2015-09-13 07:04
Our condolences to the Van Wie family over your recent loss.
Bob was a good man and it was a pleasure to have worked with him over the years within Operations.
He was a family man and was well liked by all who knew him.
He will be missed.
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#11 LouAnn & Rita Clark 2015-09-12 20:36
To the VanWie Family - we are deeply sadden to hear of the untimely passing of such a wonderful man. The lovely smell of his pipe and his distinctive cowboy hat will always be etched in our minds. Our prayers are with you all.
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#10 Angie and Tim 2015-09-12 13:23
We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and all of the family. He was a great person, and could always bring a smile to your face.
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#9 Patricia Leviker 2015-09-12 10:12
My deepest sympathy to the family. I worked with Bob at DEC and will always remember the stories he would tell with a Dutch accent. He was one of the good guys who always had a smile on his face and a warm handshake.
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