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“I am truly sorry for your loss. ”
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“May I offer my condolences to the family. I know that Richard will be missed by many, however, I know that the fond memories of him will be...Read More »
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“To Nancy & Family: We extend our sincere sympathy to you during your time of loss and are remembering you in our prayers. May you find comfort in...Read More »
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Richard Van Hook was born on May 18, 1933, in Person County, North Carolina to Sylvia Bumpass and John Van Hook, Sr. Known as "Pam" when he was growing up in Burlington, North Carolina. "Pam" was also known for his good looks, charm, dapper sense of style, clever wit, outgoing personality, keen observance of life and most of all his generosity. Richard worked for many years as a stockman for JcPenney in North Carolina, then he transferred to JcPenney in New York City. From there he met and married the love of his life Nancy C. Foust. Nancy has been his wife for 50 years. In 1965, Richard left JcPenney for bigger and better things at the prestigious New York Times, where he retired in 1999, after 34 years of employment. Richard was a resident of Newark, New Jersey for over 30 years and in 1993 moved with his family to Plainfield, New Jersey. Richard is preceded in death by his father John Van Hook, Sr, his sister Darlene Rollins of Newark, New Jersey, his mother Sylvia Van Hook-Murdock of Newark, New Jersey, his brother John William Van Hook of North Carolina. Richard's wonderful memories will be cherish by his wife Nancy Van Hook of Plainfield, New Jersey, his sisters Catherine "Sis" Baker of Burlington, North Carolina, Sagirah Ali of Newark, New Jersey, Wanda Oakley of Burlington, North Carolina. His brother-in-laws Edward Louis Foust of New York City, NY and Kelvin Russell Conerly of Washington, DC. His sons Richard "Tyne" Bernard Haith of North Carolina, Richard Van Hook of New Brunswick, New Jersey and his daughter Anita Van Hook of Plainfield, New Jersey. His daughter-in-law Ava Haith of Burlington, North Carolina. His grandson Kali Haith and granddaughter Iman Johnson , both of North Carolina. His 4 great-grandchildren, his 14 nephews and 11 nieces, and a host of relatives and family friends .

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