Sunday morning, I think even before 7 John called me with the news. It was a call that I knew would be coming but not any less sad to get. My heart, thoughts, prayers, and most sincere condolences went out to the entire VandeVelde family. I was asked to drop a note to CN, VN, and the Versus crew so I did without delay. Then I dropped C a note telling him win or lose it didn't matter, just ride with his heart. And he did, finishing his Pink Jersey Giro with a 5th place in the days TT. A beautiful high note to end a hard race and heavy hearted day on. It was sweet that Phil Liggett announced his condolences during Versus coverage in the afternoon. I hope the family realizes how much we all had them on our hearts. Phil emailed me back yesterday and again had touching words for the family.
Albert C. VandeVelde
Albert C. VandeVelde - Born: March 7, 1921 in Chicago. Passed Away June 1, 2008 at his Glen Ellyn home (50 year resident). Retired after 35 years of service as a pilot for TWA. WWII Navy Pilot. Beloved husband of 64 years to Mary L. Loving father of Thomas (Sandy) VandeVelde, John VandeVelde and Janet (Jim) Gillespie. Proud grandfather of Annette (Bob), Michael, David, Julie, Melissa (Tom), Christian (Leah), Marisa, Ian (Jocelyn), Nicholas, Conor, Dirk and the late Stacey. Great grandfather of 10. Dear brother of Valere (Harriet) VanDeVelde. Fond uncle of many nieces and nephews. Family and friends to gather Friday, June 6th for 11AM memorial mass at St. Petronille Church, 420 Glenwood Avenue, Glen Ellyn. In lieu of flowers donations to Loyola Hospice at 2160 South First Ave. Maywood 60153. Arrangements by DuPage Cremations, Ltd. and Memorial Chapel 800-588-1132 (Courtesy of: Central DuPage News)
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