Alden Lewis ‘Skip’ Van Sickle Jr’s journey through life ended Saturday May 6th at 1:25 pm in his home surrounded by family. He was 73 years old. He was born on June 1st, 1943 in Summit, NJ and the only child to his mother Jane Condit MacDonald & father Alden Lewis Sr. He (just barely) graduated Madison High School in 1963 despite being absent 46 times his senior year, because he “had more important things to do” and where he was known to “paint his car rather than washing it”.
He worked his whole life from age 11 as a paperboy, to eventually owning his own businesses. Van’s Paint & Hardware in Chatham, NJ and then Riveredge Marina in Ashland, NH where his employees were like an extension of his family, that he moved to Holderness in 1980.
He was a member of the Holderness Fire Dept for 35 years, involved with the Plymouth Rotary Club for 33 years & multi-term president of it for several of them, a member & one time president of the NH Marine Dealer’s Association, a Town Selectman, and on the Town of Holderness Budget Committee, just to name some of the organizations he was a part of.
He measured how hard he work, by how many times he had to change his shirt in a day because of sweat. He’d rather build it than buy it, and repair it instead of replacing it. He coined many phrases including: “Experience gained by equipment broken”. And he always carried $2 bills will him that he’s often use with his tips, so he could ‘make someone’s day’ and be membered the next time in.
He enjoyed riding his motorcycle, snowmobile, going out in the boat, driving his antique cars, operating his tractor, wood working, donating his time countless charities, and putting a smile on someone’s face. He loved his family, community, and especially his dogs. He truly was one of a kind and he will be sorely missed.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years Barbara, his three adult children, Donna, Andrew and Douglas, five grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and his loving puppy Katy.
A memorial/celebration of life will be held Thursday May 11th between 4 & 7 pm at Walter’s Basin in Holderness.
In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer you make a donation to either The Circle Program, or Pemi-Baker Community Health. For more info go to Dupuisfuneralhome.com