Isaac “Tinker” Van Vliet Jr., a retired truck driver and all-around handyman, has passed away on July 16, 2021 from a 4-year battle with renal cell carcinoma. He passed away at his home in Spring Hill, Florida, surrounded by family.
Isaac is survived by his wife Margaret “Peggy” Van Vliet; his children, Todd Van Vliet and wife Ana, Terri Starr and husband Steve, Peggy Hewitt and husband Mark, Liane Reynolds, Robert Van Vliet, Maureen Reynolds, Daniel Reynolds and wife Alicia, and Nova Van Vliet. He has fourteen grandchildren and four great grandchildren. His brother-in-law, Donald M. Carroll, was his closest friend.
Isaac was born on November 30, 1950 to Isaac and Beatrice Van Vliet in Ellenville, NY. He was raised in New York and earned the nickname “Tinker” from two years of age and was known as such to everyone who knows him intimately. He was always busy and always “tinkering” with some task or another. There was always enough time and energy for a prank and a joke. He spent his younger years traveling, landing in California, Louisiana, and Florida. He worked in construction and was an expert concrete layer and later drove cement mixers for various companies. Isaac was married four times and loved wholly and fully. He was a lover and provider for his children. Isaac met Peggy through his daughter, Terri, and they were married on a dinner cruise on July 17, 1999. Their children were their bridesmaids and groomsmen. The theme of their love has been, “Today, I married my best friend.” Tinker never hesitated in loving and caring for their blended family and loved his inherited children as his own. Isaac and Peggy had the opportunity to adopt their youngest daughter, Nova, on January 28, 2016, a gift that was 9 years in the making. Isaac lived and loved passionately, taking on the role of Mr. Mom upon his retirement. He and Peggy would have celebrated twenty-two years of marriage on July 17, 2021, one day after his passing. Isaac was a man of faith and is resting peacefully with the Lord, meeting his loved ones who passed before him and awaiting the return of his surviving loved ones to his side in the future.
A viewing is scheduled for July 22, 2021 from 6pm to 8pm at Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Home located at 9944 Hudson Ave, Hudson, FL 34667. Service will begin at 7:30pm. Pastor Daniel Day from First Assembly of God in New Port Richey will officiate.