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Ralph A. Vanderlip
December 13, 1947 - March 12, 2019
He was born on Dec. 13, 1947, the son of the late Harry and Jeanette Cook Vanderlip.
Ralph married Martha Scott Vanderlip on June 24, 1972, in Unadilla.
Ralph grew up in Cannonsville, where his family owned and operated the General Store.
In 1962, his family moved to Unadilla where he attended Unatego Central School and graduated in 1966. Ralph received a degree from SUNY Delhi in Hotel Restaurant Management.
Upon graduation, he went on to manage at the Marriott Corporation in the Washington, D.C. area, operated a restaurant with his brother in Rochester, and then returned to Unadilla where he was the chef of the Unadilla House for 26 years. Ralph will be remembered by many for his excellent cuisine.
Ralph was a lifelong fan of the New York Giants, New York Yankees, Syracuse Orangemen and Unatego Spartans. He also liked watching and playing golf and visiting his parents' cottage in the Thousand Islands in his spare time. Ralph was an avid gardener and fisherman as well.
In addition to his wife, Martha; he is survived by his children, Aaron Vanderlip, Brad Vanderlip (Kaleigh Barber) and Katie (JR) James; sister, Anne (Jim) Pellicano and brother, Keith (Donalda) Vanderlip; grandchildren, Avery and Liam James, Reed and Griffen Vanderlip; and many nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Life will be held in his honor at 1 p.m., Saturday, March 30, at the Unadilla Rod and Gun Club.
For those who wish to donate in Ralph's honor, please consider contributing to the Unadilla Emergency Squad, 77 Clifton St., Unadilla, NY 13849, or Catskill Area Hospice, 297 River Street Service Road, Suite 1, Oneonta, NY 13820.
Share condolences for the family online by visiting www.wmaddenfh.com.
Arrangements by Westcott-Madden Funeral Home, 123 Main St., Unadilla.
in memory of Ralph
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Celebration of life
Saturday March 30, 2019
Unadilla Rod & Gun Club
Butternut Road, Unadilla, NY, USA
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WhenI think of him, it is in his backyard , bending over and tending his beautiful flowers , always with a smile. How he loved his garden.
Our deepest sympathy to Mar and all the family.