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Richard Ronald VanNess Jr.

Richard Ronald VanNess Jr. of Hawthorne passed away on January 10, 2021. Beloved husband of Ellen VanNess. Loving father of Justin, Nikki, and Natasha. Dear brother of Kathy, Robert, Teddy, and Jimmy. Memorial visiting at Riewerts Memorial Home, 187 So. Washington Ave., Bergenfield on January 30th 2-4 and 7-10 PM. Funeral service at the funeral home at 3:30 PM.

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He was a good brother, we learned a lot about life with him.

John H Feb 13 2021 12:00 AM

Rest In Peace my sober friend. Always enjoyed listening to you and appreciated the history lessons.
Nothing left to do but smile, smile, smile.

Robert J Feb 13 2021 12:00 AM

You taught us so much Rich and asked for little. You were known by our friends as Big Rich. Big in spirit and big in kindness. You will be missed but your lessons live on.

Paul Feb 13 2021 12:00 AM

RIP was a very big inspiration to many of us in the rooms of NA and was a very positive spirit
I will always keep him in my prayers and memories

Ron Snyder Jan 30 2021 12:00 AM

Took me to my first rock concert. I was 14. Just an awesome guy. He will be missed thats for sure

Sandra Raver Jan 27 2021 12:00 AM

I met rip years ago as a mall rat in east brunswick mall. We were young and dumb and into any trouble we could find. Flash forward to years of GSYP trips and singing beside him into the wee hours of the morning. Countless deep conversations during and after meetings. He was a great man. He had a great heart. He will be missed by everyone that crossed his path. Thank you sir for being so real. I am honered to say that we were friends. Until we meet again...... Little Karen

Karen Jan 14 2021 12:00 AM

First time I met him, playing his guitar. Gee, no surprise there. Gentle giant as so tall in comparison to me. What a man of honesty, loyalty, and love. May you all find comfort in the memories of RIP.

Bev s Jan 14 2021 12:00 AM