On Friday June 28, Enos George “Van” Vanderpool lost his long, hard-fought battle with cancer. That day the world lost a truly good person; a kind, caring, and gentle man who would do anything for anyone.
Born on May 25, 1945, he was the seventh child of Dwight and Florence (McIntire) Vanderpool. His strong sense of family was developed during his childhood years as he would eventually have eleven siblings. He attended Rome Elementary, Northeast, and Sayre High Schools.
Van worked most of his life as an auto mechanic, which is where so many would get to know him. He was employed by Don Simmons (later Simmons-Rockwell) for 25 years where he was a technician but would eventually become the service manager. He left there to fulfill a life long dream to start his own garage, amply named “Van’s Automotive”, next to McDonalds on Keystone Ave in Sayre. He ran a strong and thriving business for the next 16 years until his retirement. Both places are where he was known for being one of the areas best auto technicians, but more importantly, for the genuine, honest, and giving man he was.
He was also very well-known from his time and success at the local race tracks. Not only did he win many races as a driver, a career that started in the mid ‘60s on the “dirt” at Chemung and ran into the ‘90s, but also for the help he gave so many over his years of being involved with racing. He helped his son Scott, grandson Chad, and special nephew Doug Stack, just to name a few. His passion for cars and racing, along with his kindness and willingness to help anyone, is the reason he was loved by so many.
A true family man, his life revolved around his children, grandchildren, and recently great-grandchildren. He and his wife of 52 years, Patty, started a family soon after they got married on November 5th, 1966. They worked hard and raised their children Amanda and Scott with the right values and priorities. They started camping when their kids were young and regularly went with Grandpa and Grandma Alexander, Janie and Joe Searfoss, Glenn and Linda Vanderpool, and their families. They also spent many fun times with Linda and Ray (Ellis) through the years. Enie was also a regular figure at so many Athens school and sporting events, following his children and grandchildren. He never missed anything they were doing.
In his later years Enie loved to fish with his brother Glenn and brother-in-law Ray. They spent many hours at several local ponds/lakes, enjoying it whether they caught anything or not. He was an avid wood worker making many things including heirloom dressers for his grandchildren. He also like to hunt, taking grandsons Chad and Mason when they were old enough to go.
Enie is predeceased by his parents Dwight and Florence; brothers Bill and Arba Vanderpool; sisters Bessie Porter and Viola Vanderpool; father-in-law Robert Alexander; brothers-in-law Joe Searfoss, Robert Alexander Jr. and Chet VanDuzer; sisters-in-law Linda Vanderpool, Dorothy King, and Deborah Wayman; and his beloved grandson Chad Sindoni, the one he took exceptionally hard. They are all finally reunited in Heaven.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years Patty (Alexander); daughter Amanda (Jon) Sindoni; son Scott and fiancé Trina Porter; granddaughters Alex (Jeremy) Baird, Abby Sindoni, and Makenzie Lantz; grandson Mason Vanderpool; great-grandchildren Ainsley and Maverick Baird; step-grandchildren Megan, Zach and Aidan Porter; sisters Leona VanDuzer, Verna Kinney, Rosemary and Richard Bartleson, and Kathy and Dale Stack; brothers James, Glenn, and Ernst; sisters-in-law Janie Searfoss, Linda and Ray Ellis, Genevieve Driesbaugh, and Gertude Wayman; and brothers-in-law- Michael Wayman and Willard Wayman Jr., along with numerous nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be Saturday July 6th 2019 at the Alteri-Bowen Funeral Home 314 Desmond St. in Sayre from 11am – 1pm. A funeral service will follow at 1 p.m. with Pastor Richard Vanderpool officiating. Interment will be in Tioga Point Cemetery, Athens where he will be laid to rest next to his beloved grandson Chad.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Athens Wrestling Chad Sindoni Scholarship Fund at: Athens Wrestling Club, 220 Washington St., Sayre, PA 18840 in memory of Enos.
Memories and condolences may be expressed by visiting www.bowenfuneralhomes.com.