Robert Prescott Van Zandt Jr.

January 12, 1945 - May 5, 2014
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Robert P. Van Zandt, Jr., 69, a long time resident of Galveston, Texas, passed away on Monday, May 5, 2014, in Sweeny, Texas from complications of pneumonia, after a long battle with Pick’s disease (a rare form of Dementia).

Robert grew up in Galveston and attended St. Patrick’s Catholic School, Ball High and Kirwin High Schools, where he was a stand-out athlete in football, baseball, golf and track. After high school, Robert moved to Port Bolivar to live and raise a family. He touched many lives through the years while coaching little league and pony league baseball, and leading the Catholic Youth Organization group at Our Mother of Mercy Catholic Church.

Robert was a devoted, confirmed member of the Catholic Church. He loved the outdoors and was an avid golfer and hunter. Above all, he was a great “Daddy” who dearly loved his children and grandchildren.

Robert was preceded in death by his father, Robert P. Van Zandt, Sr. of Dial, Georgia, and mother, Ella Mae Van Zandt of Galveston, Texas.

He is survived by his sisters and brothers-in-law, Virginia and David Roberts of Galveston, Texas and Barbara and Eddie Mallia of Youngsville, Louisiana; daughter and son-in-law, Andrea and Corey Smith of Montgomery, Texas and their children Kendal Carnley, Cameron Carnley, Zachary Smith and Jonah Smith; son, Robert S. Van Zandt of Montgomery, Texas and his daughter Kelsey Van Zandt; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Robert’s family will receive visitors beginning at 5:00 pm, Thursday, May 8th, at Malloy & Son Funeral Home in Galveston with a rosary beginning at 6:30 pm. Funeral Mass will be 10:00 am, Friday, May 9th, at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Galveston. Graveside services will follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Galveston.

Robert’s family will deeply miss his “full-of-life” presence and great love for his children and grandchildren.

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Born: January 12, 1945
Died: May 5, 2014

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Ronnie Kahla posted on 11/30/-1

I remember the time our family's went to chain o lakes and him scaring all of us with ghost stories then me and Robbie had to walk the girls back to there camp after we dropped them off we ran all the way back .and him coaching us in baseball ,him getting me to catch with a regular glove because Donald broke is thumb catching for Robbie the next year he got the sports club to buy a left handed mitt .he will never be forgotten .luv y'all cousin's.

 

Ronnie Kahla and family posted on 11/30/-1

I remember the time our family's went to chain o lakes and him scaring all of us with ghost stories then me and Robbie had to walk the girls back to there camp after we dropped them off we ran all the way back .and him coaching us in baseball ,him getting me to catch with a regular glove because Donald broke is thumb catching for Robbie the next year he got the sports club to buy a left handed mitt .he will never be forgotten .luv y'all cousin's.

 

Jeff Byrns posted on 11/30/-1

Praying for you all. What a great man. I learned a lot from him. Sorry for your loss, but he is a lucky man. Holding hands with our Saviour in Heaven in a new younger and pain free body. Love you guys.

 

Gloria Crawford Thorkveen posted on 11/30/-1

I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of the family.

 

Gloria Crawford Thorkveen posted on 11/30/-1

I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of the family.

 

Paul Slatter and family posted on 11/30/-1

There is alot to remember about Mr. VanZandt, All the times we had a pool party at the vanzandt home in Port Boliavar, I was always the little guy of the group, but with good friends I was always looked after, Baseball, hunting and fishing was all good memories with this great man, He will always be in my heart and memories. This is not GOOD BYE, This is See ya later.

 

Angela VanZandt and Louise VanZandt posted on 11/30/-1

My dear cousin Robert is now in Heaven with his loved ones so long gone from our lives. I am imagining the happy reunion with Grandmother, Grandy, Jack, Bob, Wayne (my daddy), Mary, Martha, Cindy, and others. I will always remember the happy days at grandmothers, playing with Robert in the house and yard and in the clinic. Robert was always sweet to us, although we were "girls" and a bit younger. He was very funny and always laughing. Love to all the family. I am glad Robert is whole now, and enjoyed his Heavenly home.

 

Andrea Smith posted on 11/30/-1

RIP my sweet and loving Daddy until meet again. I love you xoxoxo, Sissy

 

Carol and Mike Berger posted on 11/30/-1

We are keeping you and your family in our prayers.

 

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