John A. Van Proeyen

John A. Van Proeyen Obit

Tribute to a great fan and friend

Although he only started attending Unlimiteds Detroit meetings a couple of years ago, John A. Van Proeyen was a life-long hydro fan. His keen photographic work appeared in the annual UD calendar and frequently in Thunderboat.

John passed away May 11. The cause was believed to be heart failure. He was 67 years old.

He loved photography. Besides the Unlimiteds, John especially liked shooting pictures of his grandchildrens’ sporting events, and also lighthouses.

He is survived by his wife, Joan, three children, four grandchildren, and his brother, Ron, who is also a boat racing enthusiast from way back.

The condolence of the entire membership of UD goes out to the Van Proeyen family. He will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by all of us.

[Reprinted from Thunderboat, July 2011]