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William A. Van Kluyve

7/31/2017


William A. Van Kluyve, age 73, of Wyckoff, passed away peacefully on Monday, July 31, 2017.

Born in Passaic Bill grew up in Clifton. He attended Eastern Christian High School and it was there that he met his love for all time. Her name was Linda Struck and Bill rode right into her life with his red and white 57 Chevy. Their love for each other was surely mutual and wedding bells rang on March 12, 1962. The newlyweds initially settled in Paterson, moved later to Prospect Park and had most recently lived in Wyckoff since 1990.

Soon after marriage Bill and Linda welcomed their firstborn, a baby girl which they named Sandra Lee. This was followed soon after by the arrival of their son Ronald. Blessed with endless energy and an iron will to do all he could to provide for his family, those early days saw Bill working literally day and night at three jobs at one time. He held a full-time job with Givaudan Fragrances with the added perk of regularly coming home with the latest perfumes for his bride. In between Bill loaded milk trucks in the middle of the night for Stokes Dairy in Franklin Lakes and drove a dump truck mainly for construction on the NJ Turnpike near the Meadowlands.

In search of a steadier career, Bill decided to take the test to become a police officer. He easily passed and, on August 1, 1969, he began a career in law enforcement with the City of Paterson. Just 25 years old when this new career started, Bill was wiry but strong and extremely fast, soon earning him the nickname “The Dart” because no suspect was a match for him in foot pursuits. Over the course of his career, he saw duty as a patrol officer, work in the detective bureau and he also accepted his share of plain-clothes assignments. Bill was always one of the first to accept extra night duty working security. This led to the inspiration for a side-business selling police equipment. He and a partner established the business on Union Ave. in Paterson and called it Silk City Shields. To make himself a better cop, he also attended classes at William Paterson College and, in 1977, received his B.S. degree in Criminal Justice. Attaining the title of Lieutenant, Bill served for numerous years on the executive board of the PBA where he proved to be quite effective in contract negotiations, and he also served as an active member of the police pistol team earning high scores for regularly shooting perfect bulls eyes.

With his career as a police officer well established Bill found himself at a good point in life. A motorcycle enthusiast since the late 1970’s he only owned Harley’s and he always had multiple bikes. The kids were becoming more independent so he and Linda started taking motorcycle trips with friends. They also like stealing away for trips alone. One of their favorite places to go was Aruba so they typically went two to three times a year. Then in the early 1990’s, with the advent of the internet, Bill started exploring his Dutch ancestry. This led to trips to Europe and connections with long lost relatives in Holland. Those relatives showed he and Linda all that was worth seeing in Europe and they reciprocated by hosting those same European relatives here in the United States. What a way to see the world!

Retirement from the police force took place in 1994 and Bill quickly realized that putzing around in his workshop every day was not going to sufficiently burn up his boundless get-up-and-go. He found himself wondering “what should I do now?” Interestingly enough, he started playing around with slot machines – not the sophisticated electronic machines of today. Instead, he found amusement with the pre-1940’s mechanical type. Bill would buy an old machine in a condition which he described as “a rat”, then pour endless hours into taking it apart, refurbing, cleaning, polishing, and painting it to its original authentic beauty and charm. Over a period of years, he had slot machines all over his house which he had restored, and when friends came over for weekly pool parties, they often exclaimed that his house was like a casino. Billy’s grandchildren, who were quite young at the time, would also play with “Opa’s” vintage slot machines, needing to stand on milk crates (which he probably “acquired” from Stokes Dairy) to reach the coin slot and the lever. Over the ensuing years, Bill attended many auctions and trade shows where he met other vintage slot machine enthusiasts. Consequently he earned quite a reputation as a respected authority and he regularly received inquiries from literally all over the world for advice. In the last ten years, Bill joined the Blue Knights and, together with his son Ron, enjoyed the adventure and camaraderie of riding motorcycles with his brother police officers.

Above all else, Bill loved and was deeply devoted to his family. From the time he was a very young man, he always demonstrated a consistent drive and determination to do whatever it would take to provide for them. He always remained deeply in love with Linda and together they made a great team. You could say that Bill made the bacon and Linda cooked it up. When Linda passed away, all too soon, in 2015, he missed her so much and never felt complete again without her. He displayed that same love and enthusiasm for his kids and grandkids, and was delighted with the arrival of his great-grandson Mason who squirmed for everyone but always sat contented on Opa’s lap.

Everyone will remember Bill in their own unique way, and he’ll always be admired by all (even his much loved cat Sonny) for his warm heart, engaging personality and highly commendable character.

In addition to his beloved wife of 53 years - Linda, Bill was predeceased by his dear daughter Sandra Lee Van Kluyve just six days before him, and his brother Robert. He is survived by his dear son Ronald of Wayne; four much-loved grandchildren: Matthew and wife Stephanie La Sala of Wayne, and Nicole, Danielle, and James Van Kluyve, all of Wayne; one cherished great-grandson: Mason; three dear siblings: John and wife Lori Van Kluyve of Woodland Park, Edward and wife Peggy Van Kluyve of Haverstraw, NY, and Marjorie Lucas of Atlanta, GA; and his sister-in-law Virginia Van Kluyve of Virginia.

Friends may visit with the family at the Vander May Wayne Colonial Funeral Home, 567 Ratzer Road, Wayne, on Thursday, August 3, 2017 from 4-8 PM.

A Funeral Service will be held on Friday, August 4, 2017 beginning 10:30 AM, at the funeral home. Interment/Entombment will follow at East Ridgelawn Cemetery, Clifton.

Guest Book

7/31/2017

You are with your beloved Linda , beautiful daughter Sandy, and your Mom .... what a beautiful reunion you are having in Heaven.. and, what sadness we are feeling. Praying for strength for Uncle Johnny , Ronnie, Nikki , Dani , Jimmy , Matthew,Steph and Mason. Blowing kisses to Heaven.

Carole Warren-Beck

7/31/2017

Bill what a great guy! Will always remember you as the to go slot man.Help me many times and will never forget your wisdom.You will be missed by all of us. Rest in Peace.

Richard Bednarcik

7/31/2017

The kunzig family give our deepest sympathies to the Vankluyve family. What a terrible and rough time for you all. We are so very sorry Billy was a great guy, great boss, fun to be around. He will be missed. I wish you all peace and comfort during these painful days. Mike,linda,Kevin & Erica Kunzig

Mike kunzig

8/1/2017

Billy we will always remember diners with you and Linda. What wonderful people. Rest in peace my friend. John and I will miss you.

Nancy Greene/John Dickinson

8/1/2017

To the Vankluyve family. I remember well when Bill and I rode together early on in our careers on the Police department. Bill was a stand up guy a real cops cop, will miss him but will always remember our times together as patrolmen. Rest in peace Bill

Bill Perry Sr.

8/1/2017

Billy, One of my best friends that I will miss spending time together with. Going to Arthur's Steakhouse, working on slot machines, Harley's & shooting the breeze with.He cherished his wife Linda & family like no other. Heaven gained another angel.You were like a brother to me, I will miss you always. RIP Beezer

Beezer Richard Vander meulen

8/1/2017

To the Van Kluyve family: My deepest sympathies at this time of most grievous loss of a loved one when words fail. Bill was a fine officer and fine man Someone who you'd always like to have in the work group. A good friend and an ever ready smile. May he rest in peace.

Ed Solesky

8/1/2017

RIP Billy I worked with your brother John We met a few times and you were a cops cop

Howard shaw

8/2/2017

I first met Bill and his brother John at Wyckoff Ford in the early 90's. I think it is fair to say we 'hit it off'from the start. I respected Bill and John's straight forward honest approach. Quick story about what a great guy Bill was...my sister needed some replacement parts for a piece of outdoor furniture which could only be found at a store in Paterson. Since we knew how well Bill knew Paterson she asked him if he knew where this store was. Bill responded that she shouldn't go there and with that he ended up going there by himself and picking up the parts for her. He refused any gas money etc.. A fine gentleman indeed! God Bless Bill and family. Joe Carley

Joe Carley

8/3/2017

I'm so sorry to hear this. Bill was a fantastic guy, and stand-up cop; always willing to help a friend or stranger. He and his brother John were very good to me when I joined Paterson PD again. Rest in peace, Brother Billy. Jerry Cifaldi Rockledge, Fl

Jerry Cifaldi

8/3/2017

Bill was my class leader when I joined the P.P.D. back in 1980. He taught us everything you needed to know about being a police officer. From how you wore your uniform to how you handled the public. Even down to the gray leather gloves that the N.Y.P.D. officers wore. A cops cop, great friend and a great leader.He will be missed !

JACK BAKER

8/3/2017

Lieutenant, you were my Sergeant not too long after I came on the job and you were a great, great boss, a great cop and you always had our back...no matter what. Rest easy now, your son Ronnie will carry on your legacy. Don

Don Giaquinto

8/3/2017

I met Billy at a Hackensack coin-op show many moons ago where we discovered that we both loved antique slot machines. That led to a long friendship in which we both knew our roles. I could find them, and Billy could fix them. Along with Alan Kisza and the late Bob Levy we would criss-cross the country attending shows and auctions looking, buying, and trading old slots, but mostly talking, laughing and eating at a few of our favorite spots. Kudos to Billy for introducing us to Patsy's in Paterson. I will miss Billy's unquestioned honesty and friendship. You always knew where you stood with Billy. He was as fine a man as I have ever met, a man's man. His devotion to his family was clear. He spoke proudly of them all the time. My deepest sympathies to his son, grandchildren and the rest of his family. I know you will miss him. I hope your grief is short, as I know your memories of Billy will be long and sweet.

Rich Wolfin

8/3/2017

Dear VanKluve Family: I was truly sorry to hear the passing of Billy and then heard of the passing of Sandra Lee...I cannot begin to know what these losses mean and in addition to Linda, your Mom. Billy and she made a beautiful couple and now they are together once again. Billy was a dedicated police officer and had compassion when it was called for and when he encountered crime victims. He could be very serious as well as very comical...great sense of humor. He was intelligent, keen and dedicated to his job and family. May he rest in eternal peace. I pray for those of you he left behind. Sincerest condolences, James Buckley

James Buckley

8/3/2017

A true role model of a police officer. Bill was fair and just in his encounters with the public and a strong leader among officers. Only God knows how many lives he touched in his career but it is certain that the Paterson Police Department and the citizens of Paterson lost one of its best when Bill retired. My heartfelt sympathy and prayers go out to the VanKluyve family in this time of sorrow.

Gene Schnaidt

8/4/2017

Billy, your friendship over the last 25 years has meant the world to me. My wife, Patty and I met Linda and your family early on, and we have always considered them as family to us. You introduced me to the collecting of slot machines and you were always there for me. I have the fondest of memories of our trips to the Chicagoland trade show twice a year. I also look back with joy at our 2009 Harley rally trip to Sturgis. I will always have many memories that will sustain me for the friendship that I shared with you. Patty and I extend our heartfelt sympathies to the Van Kluyve family at this time of sorrow for the loss of Billy and daughter Sandy. You both will be missed!

Alan & Pat Kisza

8/7/2017

Sincere thanks to Billy's friends, and coworkers for the kindness shown to the family, and myself. It was an honor to have known each person's sincerity. Grateful thanks to members of the Paterson Police Department for Billy's Last Patrol. With deepest thanks and appreciation to all. John Van Kluyve

John Van Kluyve


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