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“I had Mr. Vanderloo in 7 grade. He was a nice man and a good teacher. R.I.P. God Bless You! ”
1 of 14 | Posted by: Deena Berry McCarthy - Chino, CA

“Our prayers are with the Vanderloo Family. ”
2 of 14 | Posted by: Steve Schaeffer - Duxbury, MA

“My sincere condolences to the Vanderloo Family. I remember Dick as a devote and faithful Adorer for 20 years at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church. He...Read More »
3 of 14 | Posted by: Linda Prince - Wilmington, DE

“You are in our thoughts and prayers for God's comfort and Peace. The Boulden Family ”
4 of 14 | Posted by: Maria Boulden - Landenberg, PA

“May Peace be with the Vanderloo Family upon the passing of your Beloved Dick.... I just met met the Family.... Robert , Evelyn, Jeanne and Tracey .....Read More »
5 of 14 | Posted by: Ed Pankowski Jr. - DE - Friend

“I met Richard Vanderloo in 1973 when I first began teaching, and then met him numerous times at the Friendly Gift Shop. What a kind and gentle soul....Read More »
6 of 14 | Posted by: Karen Jessee - Wilmington, DE

“My condolences to the family. I am a former student from Oak Grove. ”
7 of 14 | Posted by: Gary Gagnon - student

“Mr. Vanderloo was my teacher back in 1966-1967. He as a very kind and compassionate man. I will never forget his smile. My deepest condolences to...Read More »
8 of 14 | Posted by: Janet Denney Edwards - Bear, DE

“Remembered Mr Vanderloo the very 1st time I walked into Friendly's Gift Shop. He had not changed in all that time about 18 yrs after i had him for...Read More »
9 of 14 | Posted by: Gale Duncan - Wilmington, DE

“Sorry to hear of his passing - he was a kind and patient teacher (6th grade social studies at Stanton). ”
10 of 14 | Posted by: Nick Cohen - Bear, DE - Student

“Mr. Vanderloo was my teacher in Oak Grove Junior High School. I loved his class he was a wonderful man and teacher. My sympathy's for their...Read More »
11 of 14 | Posted by: Connie Allen - Elsmere, DE

“Also glad to have seen Dick at the reunion. My mom thought him to be so special because he would remember each Easter & Christmas with a loving card...Read More »
12 of 14 | Posted by: Barbara (Lavin) Towner - Dover, DE

“So sorry for your loss.Glad I got to see him at our reunion. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.R,I,P, Dick. ”
13 of 14 | Posted by: Joyce Kelly - Philadelphia, SC

“My heartfelt sympathy to Jeanne, Bob and the rest of Dick's family. I am so glad we got together a few years ago at our cousin reunion. May you...Read More »
14 of 14 | Posted by: Patricia Repash - Bensalem, PA


Richard Leon (Dick) Vanderloo passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 12, at home, surrounded by family.

Born in Trenton, NJ, in 1936, and raised in Wilmington, DE, Dick was a graduate of Archmere Academy and LaSalle College.

For 30 years, Dick taught social studies for the Red Clay Consolidated School District, at Oak Grove Junior High and Stanton Middle School. Additionally, he worked for the past 41 years at the Friendly Gift Shop in Branmar Plaza.

Dick was a devout Catholic and longtime active parishioner of Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, where he was a founding participant in IHM's Perpetual Adoration, where the Lord was in good company every Friday night 11 p.m.-midnight.

His greatest joys included spending time with his family, particularly his five grandchildren. He also enjoyed vacationing with his family each year in Ocean City, NJ, where he summered as a youth. He never missed a chance to enjoy a few of Sweeney's donuts and the chocolate triangle cake! But, perhaps his favorite activity was working side-by-side with four generations of his family at the Friendly Gift Shop. His fellow employees were his extended family. His time spent with both his co-workers and the customers brought him great joy. He was an avid sports fan, following Philadelphia's Phillies, Eagles, and Sixers, and college basketball.

Dick was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather, and was predeceased by his wife, Kathleen, and daughter, Susan. He is survived by his brother Robert and wife Evelyn of Rehoboth, DE; his sister Jeanne and husband Louis Olivere of Rehoboth, DE; his son Christopher and wife Lydia of New York, NY; his son Jon and wife Tracey, of Wilmington, DE; and grandchildren Julia, Abigail, Niels, Caroline, and Iris. A beloved patriarch, Dick was renown for his keen interest in the details of his loved ones' lives and his loving support of their many endeavors.

Viewing and Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Wednesday, April 19, at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church (4701 Weldin Road, Wilmington, DE). Viewing will begin at 10 a.m., followed by Mass at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Stockley Center (26351 Patriots Way, Georgetown, DE 19947), in honor of the loving care given to his daughter Susan.