Van De Wal, David L.
Schodack Landing-David L. Van De Wal, 75, passed away peacefully Sunday September 1, 2019 at Evergreen Commons, East Greenbush. David was a 60 year resident of Schodack Landing, serving 50 years as a Schodack Landing Fireman, and the last 25 years as a Fire Commissioner. He was retired from GAF-BASF, Rensselaer where he had been employed for 40 plus years. A simple country boy who loved trout fishing, he rebelled against his Yankees fan dad and become a big Boston Red sox fan. Another life long hobby he had was collecting and selling antiques. David was quite proud of himself for entering college at age 58 and earning his Associates Degree.
He married the love of his life, Joyce “Trixie” Van De Wal (née Gootz) in 1964, a marriage that lasted 48 years until Joyce’s passing in 2012. He is survived by his children, Brian J. Van De Wal (Danielle Hilt) and Melissa Ann Van De Wal (Charles Buckley); a grandson, Brian J. Van De Wal, Jr.; and several nieces and nephews.
His funeral service will be Saturday September 7, 2019 at 11 am in Ray Funeral Home 59 Seaman Ave., Castleton, NY. Calling hours will be Friday from 5-8 in the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Schodack Landing Fire Company 1 Firehouse Lane, Schodack Landing, NY 12156.
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