James VanDerveer

James Andrew "Jamie" VanDerveer

Wednesday, September 17th, 1969 - Wednesday, November 13th, 2019
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James Andrew "Jamie" VanDerveer, a lifelong resident of Piscataway, N.J., passed away with his loving family by his side on Nov. 13, 2019 after a courageous battle with cancer. Jamie was born in New Brunswick, NJ on September 17, 1969, a son to the late Concetta (Wood) and Richard VanDerveer. He married Tonianne (Galdieri) VanDerveer; the love of his life, in 2011, who survives him. Jamie is also survived by daughters, Lily and Hanna.
Jamie enlisted in the United States Marine Corp after graduating from high school and proudly served his country with two tours of duty in Iraq and was stationed for four years in the Philippines. Jamie’s passion and dedication to his country was only matched by his love and devotion to his family. Jamie was known for his infectious smile, his kind and compassionate spirit, love of Ocean City with his family and racing his car.

Jamie was employed by Turner Construction Company for 22 years, his latest role was as a General Foreman for the State of New Jersey in Somerset, NJ. He served as President of Building and General Construction Laborers Local 77 and was a dedicated communicant at Church of Christ the King in New Vernon, NJ.

He is survived by his sisters, Patricia O'Brien and Jeana Rowles and her husband Raymond, his brother Richard VanDerveer, his sister-in-law’s, Mary Beth Daras, Lisa Kenny and her husband James and Melanie de Poortere and her husband Michael. He will be lovingly remembered by his numerous beloved nieces and nephews.

Jamie was pre deceased by his twin brother John VanDerveer and his brother-in-law Chris Daras.

He will be deeply missed by his friends, family, and all who knew him.

Visitation will be Sunday, November 17, 2019 from 2-6 PM at the Valley Memorial Funeral Home 1012 Valley Rd., Gillette, NJ. A celebration Mass of Jamie’s life will take place on Monday, November 18, 2019 Church of Christ the King, 16 Blue Mill Road, New Vernon, NJ. at 10:30 AM. Burial will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, Basking Ridge, NJ. If desired, memorial gifts may be made to the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation at chriskylefrogfoundation.org.For more information and online condolences visit valleymemorialfuneralhome.com

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  • Visitation

    Sunday, November 17th, 2019 | 2:00pm - 6:00pm
    Sunday, November 17th, 2019 2:00pm - 6:00pm
    Valley Memorial Funeral Home
    1012 Valley Rd
    GILLETTE, NJ 07933
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  • Service

    Monday, November 18th, 2019 | 10:30am
    Monday, November 18th, 2019 10:30am
    Church of Christ the King
    16 Blue Mill Rd.
    NEW VERNON, NJ 07976
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    Fr. Brian Sullivan
    Father Richard Carton
  • Interment

    Holy Cross Cemetery
    145 Mount Airy Rd
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Hope Massey Rosario & family, With deepest sympathy, Venticinque family., and other have sent flowers to the family of James Andrew "Jamie" VanDerveer.
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Scott White

Posted at 05:51pm
Our sincerest condolences and prayers for Jamie. Sincerely, Scott, Julia, and Thomas White

Hope Massey Rosario

Posted at 08:41pm
I wish there was a way to go back in time and replay all the conversations we had. You truly are my favorite cousin ❤️. So much time has passed since we last talked and I am so sorry that I wasn’t around more. Distance and time got between us, you in Jersey and me in Virginia. I know that’s no excuse and I pray that you know that I love you!! Semper Fi Jamie .
I will continue to pray for you to be at peace and for your family to find comfort in your memory

Hope Massey Rosario & family

Posted at 07:27pm
I am sorry that I can not be there to say good bye to my favorite cousin and to pray with you. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Semper Fi
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George Wislar

Posted at 05:38pm
I served with Jamie in Heavy Machine Guns Platoon, 2d Battalion 8th Marines. Jamie was a Marine’s Marine: he was gifted on the guns, he had a “sixth sense” when it came to working with his team in the field, and most importantly...Jamie was a warrior. I never saw him waiver; he was always cool under pressure and he’d look at me without saying a word, flash that grin at me, and then he’d make things happen. Jamie was loved by every single Marine in his platoon. He would never let any Marine down and he would do anything to take care of his brothers in arms. All of us who served with Jamie and knew him are better men because of him. He was the guy you wanted by your side if things were going to be difficult.

I’ve never been fortunate enough to meet Tonnianne or the girls, but I want them to know how special Jamie was to the Marines of Heavy Guns 2/8. He was loved by his brother Marines and he enriched all of our lives. As we sing in the Marine’s Hymn: “If the Army and the Navy ever look on Heaven’s scene, they will see the streets are guarded by The United States Marines!” We believe this, and the Heavy Guns Platoon knows that Jamie is there, grinning that grin that only he had, and he’s getting the gear ready for the rest of the platoon.

Semper Fidelis, Jamie. I will always remember you as a warrior!

George Wislar, Heavy Guns, 2/8

With deepest sympathy, Venticinque family.

Posted at 11:48am
We're so saddened Jamie has been called home. His kind heart and witty personality will forever remain in our hearts and memories.
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