James "Bud" Vanderhoff
(1922 - 2003)
JAMES J. "BUD" VANDERHOFF
HORNELL - James J. "Bud" Vanderhoff, 80, of 2999 Satin Leaf Court, Port St. Lucie, FL, died Saturday morning (July 26, 2003) at Noyes Memorial Hospital in Dansville, following a brief illness.
Born in Patterson, NJ on August 15, 1922, he was the son of Harry & Helen (Kelly) Vanderhoff. Bud was a graduate of Hornell High School (class of 1941) where he excelled in baseball and basketball. He was a 4 year letterman in baseball and was selected as a member of the All-County Baseball Team in 1940 & 1941. He was a 3 year letterman in basketball and was captain of the 1941 team which won the County title. He was also selected as a member of the All-County Second Basketball Team in 1941. He played semi-pro basketball and also played in the Evening Tribune's Baseball League and eventually had several tryouts with pro baseball teams.
Bud was involved in athletics at many other levels during his lifetime. He was instrumental in promoting the Catholic Youth Organization for Baseball & basketball, and was instrumental in the formation of the Hornell Little League. He worked on various projects for the Hornell YMCA and had been involved with the Town, County & City of Hornell Sportsman's League. He was a charter member of the Basketball Officials of Steuben County. In 1998 he was honored by being inducted into the Hornell High School Hall of Fame.
Bud served his country during World War Two as a member of the US Coast Guard. He had been employed at the former Erie Lackawanna Railroad and the New York State Department of Transportation until his retirement in 1990.
He was an active member of the, VFW, American Legion, Knights of Columbus, Moose Lodge and the Hornell Association. Bud was an avid Dodger fan who enjoyed traveling to different cities to see Major League games.
Bud was preceded in death by his first wife, Edith (Hoffman) Vanderhoff and his brother, Harry J. Vanderhoff, Jr., and his step-daughter, Mary White.
He was married on September 30, 1978 to the former Dorothy Schumacher-White who survives. Also surviving are 3 sons, Richard (Joan) Vanderhoff of Pasadena, CA, James J. Vanderhoff of Los Angeles, CA and John R. Vanderhoff of Turlock, CA; his step children, Lynn (John) Gruszka of Port St. Lucie, FL, Kristin (Steven) Hoefling of Cardiff, CA, Kate (Kevin) Fontenot of Parkland, FL, and Ralph White of West Palm Beach, FL; 2 step-grandchildren, Corey & Waylon Gruszka of Port St. Lucie, FL.
Internment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery.
Bud's family request that memorial contributions in his name be made to the Hornell Alumni Association, PO Box 135, Hornell, NY 14843.