Chip Vandenberg Obituary, Death Cause – My father, Chip Vandenberg, passed away yesterday after a courageous fight against cancer that lasted for four months. It is with a heavy heart that I share this news with everyone. He was wise, considerate, modest, and generous, and he was constantly helping others around him.
He started working two jobs when he was only 13 years old in order to support his grandmother, mother, and sisters, and he maintained the same work ethic and drive right up until the day he retired. He was certainly a man who could serve as a model for others. Over the course of more than 55 years, he was a devoted husband to Pat Vandenberg as well as a faithful and devoted closest friend.
He was a very proud father and father in law. He was a very hard worker. He was crazy about both of our children. He devoted his spare time to contributing to the improvement of the South Florida and Special Operations community by serving in a number of roles on the boards of directors of various charity organizations.
His favorite activity was to go on adventures with my mother all around the world. He enjoyed traveling the world, going on excursions and tours, reading about different cultures, trying new foods, and becoming well-versed in their histories. I have two favorite activities that I enjoy doing with him: Singing and Listening to Music: When we were kids, my family and I would sing and listen to music while riding in the car.
He had a genuine enthusiasm for it (Go Hawthorne Muchachos Drum and Bugle Corps), and his legacy can be heard in each and every song by Billy Joel, Tower of Power, Stevie Wonder, and Queen. We spent a significant amount of time talking about a variety of musical genres, rhythms, styles, and instrument sounds. People can be brought closer to one another through the power of music in a meaningful way.
Going fishing. Ever since I can remember, the two of us have gone fishing together. When we were in Guatemala one year, my father and I sneaked into a fishing event for fathers and sons. I caught a monster dorado, and holy crap was he proud. He was the life of the party (it’s hard not to be when you’re 6’7″) and he always made sure that everyone felt welcome.
I am certain that he will be missed very deeply by everyone who knew him. We would be thrilled if anyone would share their wonderful anecdotes, cherished photographs, and memorable experiences with us. According to his instructions, we will not be performing any official services; rather, a celebration of his life will take place in the near future, and I will provide further details about it at the appropriate time.