Obituary of Daniel de Roo Van Alderwerelt
A private Celebration of Life will be held at a later date for Daniel de Roo Van Alderwerelt. Mr. Van Alderwerelt passed away unexpectedly on September 9, 2016 in Grass Valley. He was 86 years old. Mr. Van Alderwerelt was born Daniel
Mari Ocher de Roo Van Alderwerelt in Ede, The Netherlands on October 16, 1929 to Joan Karel Hendirk and Henriette Cornelia (baroness Van Till) de Roo Van Alderwerelt. He grew up in The Hague and Wassenaar, The Netherlands. In 1947 he graduated from Rignlands Lyceum He experienced World War II in the form of the German occupation of The Netherlands from 1940 to 1945. In 1948 he moved with his parents to London, England where he received more than three years of intensive training at Helbert Wagg & Co., Limited, an investment bank in the City of London. This led to his desire to come to the United States which he accomplished in 1952 when he arrived in New York. There he began employment for Rubber Corporation of America, an importer of rubber and liquid latex from the Far East. Later that same year, he met his future wife Beverly Grace Dobbyn, a San Francisco native, in New York. They were married in Greenwich, Conn. on Nov. 21, 1953, and in 1957 and ’59 had two children. In 1959 the family moved to San Francisco Bay Area where they lived in San Carlos until 1997, then in Roseville until 2004, and finally settled in Grass Valley. The family also for many years enjoyed a summer home in the Lake Almanor Country Club in Plumas County. His wife Beverly passed away in 2007. While in Grass Valley, Mr. Van Alderwerelt enjoyed his wide social circle of new friends, and attended many of the music and cultural events and live theater productions in the area. He served briefly on the Historical Society Board and the Miners Foundry BOD. To keep his native Dutch language sharp, he provided written Dutch to English translation services. Deeply interested in the historical significance of his family genealogy, he spent many hours researching distant relatives and ancestors across the US, Canada and Europe. He created, wrote and maintained a family genealogy and historical accounting website. He was proud of the de Roo Van Alderwerelt heritage and the far-reaching roots of his ancestral line. During his younger years, Mr. Van Alderwerelt was Manager of the Trading Division, a Vice President and a member of the Board of Directors of Balfour, Guthrie & Co., in San Francisco, a firm of importers, exporters, steamship agents, etc which was established in San Francisco in 1864. Ownership of the firm subsequently changed to Dalgety Inc where his function was Vice President, Financial Services until his retirement in 1991. While Manager of Balfour’s Trading Division, he traveled extensively to Central America, the Far East and Europe. Mr. Van Alderwerelt was an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association . During time away from work, he enjoyed fly fishing in the streams and rivers of Northern California, spending time at Lake Almanor, and being among the big
trees of the mountains. Mr. Van Alderwerelt is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Peter and Eleanor de Roo Van Alderwerelt of West Linn, Oregon; daughter and son-in-law, Jan and John Pellizzer of Grass Valley; grandchildren, Karsten and wife Jessica, Brennan, and Marleigh de Roo Van Alderwerelt and Schuylar Pellizzer; sister-inlaw Barbara (Dobbyn) Loomis and her husband Melvin Loomis of Everett, Wash.; loving friend Nancy Butler Palmer of Grass Valley; and cousins, nephews and nieces residing in Europe. Mr. Van Alderwerelt was a charming, intelligent and honest man with a wry sense of humor; who always did the very best he could for his family and friends. He often used the phrase “Keep it Simple,” but he was hardly a simple man. A worldly and kind gentleman, he will be greatly missed. Arrangements are under the direction of Neptune Society and Hooper and Weaver of Nevada City. Friends may wish to consider a donation in Mr. Van Alderwerelt’s name to Hospice of the Foothills in Grass Valley (www.hospiceofthefoothills. com).
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