Mr. Wellington J. "Vandy" VandeWalker, 93, of Caroga Lake, passed away December 2 at his residence. Born August 22, 1919, in Gloversville, he was educated in Gloversville schools and graduated from Seminary in Long Island. He also graduated from St. Michael's College prior to serving in the Navy from 1943 to 1946 where he was a Pharmacist's Mate 1st class. Mr. VandeWalker continued his education at Albany State University earning a Master's Degree. He subsequently taught in the Gloversville school system for many years. He also coached wrestling and JV football.
A man of many talents and interests, "Vandy" was well known for skydiving. He is credited with 652 parachuting missions, professionally and for pleasure. He also trained and taught skydiving. An avid outdoorsman all his life, he enjoyed long winter walks in the woods, camping and hunting for rabbits and deer. A Boy Scout leader for many years, he also played trumpet in the local Drum & Bugle Corps.
For several years he conducted Adirondack Canoe Tours through the Fulton Chain of the Adirondacks and loved the many summers at the former Sherman's Amusement Park in Caroga Lake where he had a candy apple and cotton candy pavilion. He was also the former owner of the Canada Lake store and various carnival concessions, touring the northeast during summer fairs.
He is survived by his wife, Helen Kohler VandeWalker of Caroga Lake, whom he married June 21, 1968, his children; Cynthia Edwards (Shaun) of Baltimore, MD., Theresa Fickett and her companion Kevin of Gloversville, Bernadette Hall (David) of Syracuse, and Michael VandeWalker (Damarah) of Johnstown. He is also survived his grandchildren: Veronica Fickett, Joseph Fickett, Abbygail VandeWalker, Johnathon VandeWalker and Bethany Hall. He was pre-deceased by a son, David A. VandeWalker, a sister Florence Kobuskie, and a brother Howard VandeWalker.
A Funeral Mass was celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday, December 5, 2012, at The Church of The Holy Spirit, 149 S. Main St. Gloversville, with The Very Reverend Donald Czelusniak, Pastor, as celebrant. Burial with Military Honors will be private and at the convenience of his family. Expressions of sympathy in his memory may be made to Mountain Valley Hospice, 108 Steele Ave. Gloversville, or to the church. Please visit the family online guestbook at www.brbsfuneral.com.