Jeffrey J. Vandewater


Jeffrey J. Vandewater died Friday, February 26, 2021 unexpectedly from complications after heroically battling and beating a rare cancer. A graduate of Hopewell Valley Central High School, he lived the majority of his life in Hopewell Valley before moving to Valley Forge, PA, in 2018. He is predeceased by his father and mother Leonard W. and Beatrice (Suydam) Vandewater, and brothers Peter and Edward. He is survived by his wife Deborah (Williamson); three daughters whom he adored, Jackie, Lauren, and Olivia; brother William; sisters Victoria and Lisa; in-laws Catherine (Corcoran) and Joseph S. Williamson III; and brother-in-law Joseph J. Williamson, as well as many lifelong friends.

Jeff committed his life to serving his country as a U.S. Navy Veteran and Navy Reservist, military police officer, firefighter and Life Member of the Hopewell Fire Department, EMT, Sons of the American Legion Commander, member of the American Legion Post 339 in Hopewell, and member of the Lower Providence Fire Department in PA.

A proud American who always flew the flag, Jeff was an avid outdoorsman who loved nature. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, jogging, and watching his favorite team, the Green Bay Packers. He loved his new home in PA, and spent his time watching the deer and animals in the backyard, walking around the neighborhood, and enjoying the company of his wonderful neighbors. The family cats, Apollo and Flint, were always on the couch snuggled up next to him, and the family dog, Sasha, loved playing with Jeff in the yard. He thoroughly enjoyed life and found beauty in each day.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Hospital of The University of Pennsylvania. For ways of giving, please see the link below and direct donations to the Health System.

Visitation hours will be held Friday, March 5, from 10-11 a.m at Wilson Apple Funeral Home 2560 Pennington Road Pennington, NJ 08534. Graveside services will follow at the Highland Cemetery in Hopewell.  Condolences are welcome at