Neil Vandercook, 93, a past editor of the American Aeronaut, an in-house paper of the International Association of Machinists, died Nov. 27, 2008, in the Pagosa Mountain Hospital, of internal complications.
Vandercook, lovingly known as “Papa,” and his wife, Jean, moved to Pagosa from West Hills, Calif., in the San Fernando Valley, Nov. 3 of 2003, to be near their only child, Jan Vandercook Love. Jean, his wife of 64 years, passed away not long after the move in June of 2004.
Neil, although confined to a wheelchair, loved his view of the mountains and delighted in watching the geese and ducks as the wind rippled across the lake near their home. He was no longer able to play golf or ride his bicycle, but his view of the greens and the bike path gave him great pleasure.
Neil was a devoted member of the Pagosa Unitarian Universalist Fellowship where he often shared his poetry. He will be remembered for his kindness and his gentle ways. Gertrude Pinsky, devoted friend and longtime associate, and his caregivers, Connie, Vikki, Melanie and Anna, will miss him greatly.
He is survived by his daughter, Jan, and her husband, George V. Love, and a grandson, Wesley Ryan Royston, all of Pagosa Springs.
A memorial service will be held at the UU Fellowship, D15 Greenbriar Plaza, North Pagosa and Park, Dec. 20, 2008, at 11 a.m. with a potluck afterward.