Douglas S. Van Dyke

Douglas S. Van Dyke, a lifetime resident of Norwood, unexpectedly passed away on Tuesday, January 17, 2023 at 70 years old.  Doug was born on November 4, 1952 in New York City, the youngest child of Frances (née Gambelunghe) and Martin. He is the proud father of Vanessa and her partner Juan Rodriguez; Jennifer Jubelt and her husband Lance; Christine DeSousa and her husband Bryan, and loving grandfather of Zoe Grace.  Doug is also survived by his dear siblings Greg and Nora; Fred; Gail and Robert McKay.  He is also survived by his loving nieces, nephews, cousins and many life-long friends.

Doug was a police officer with the Norwood Police Department for many years. He was honored to serve the town that he lived in his entire life. 

He was always quick with a smile and a laugh, and well known around town for his genuine concern for others.   He will be missed by all who knew him.

Doug loved nothing more than a crisp autumn Sunday that included a ride on his Harley, cooking in abundance for family and friends, followed by a NY Giants win.

Visiting hours are Sunday, January 22, 2023 from 3-6 PM at Pizzi Funeral Home, 120 Paris Ave, Northvale.  A Funeral Mass will be Monday, January 23, 2023 at 11 AM at Immaculate Conception Church in Norwood.

In lieu of flowers, family and friends are encouraged to donate to a charity of their choosing in remembrance of Doug.


  1. Alexis Sciortino

    My sincerest condolences to you and your family, Vanessa. You and your family are in my prayers during this difficult time.

  2. A true lifetime friend. Caring loving always smiling. Loved by all . So sad He will be truly missed
    May he rest in peace ❤️

  3. My old friend Dougie why did you leave us so soon you were such a happy person you cared about others you loved others you did for people what you could you’ve been a great friend all these years you’re going to be missed, missed a lot by all who knew you rest in peace dougie you will forever be in our hearts

  4. Great guy, honored to know and work with him. Would do anything for you. Rest in peace buddy.

  5. A man I admired growing up.

  6. I will miss Doug for eternity., i will miss our chats, his unexpected visits, his smile, his kindness, but mostly i will miss his unconditional friendship for over 50 years. RIP MY FRIEND. Always in my heart , Donna

  7. My condolences to Doug’s Family and friends in Norwood.RIP Doug

  8. We would like to send our condolences. We knew Doug before he was an officer. What a sense of humor. He was a very kind man. We are so sorry to hear of his passing. Charlie and Debbie Lasher.

  9. Donna Becker Skorka

    Doug. I am so sad by your passing. We go back to grammar school. I still tell the story of how you drove me to the hospital when I was in labor with my daughter. We thought we were gonna have her in the Police car lol. That kid wanted out. True Doug got us to the hospital in no time. You hold a special place in my heart. You were always the gentleman. Love you Doug so many people are going to miss you Fly high with the Angels you earned it.

  10. Dougie , You left us too soon. A great friend and we will meet again.. God Bless

  11. Mary Louise Cerbasi

    R.I.P. Doug. Prayers for your Family at this difficult time. May your memory be a blessing.
    Deepest Condolences,

  12. My deepest condolences to his family…A longtime friend and a birthday buddy..May he Rest in Eternal Peace

  13. Lifelong Friend, Many Good Memories.
    Thoughts and Prayers for the Family

  14. The world just lost one special guy. He always had a smile and a hug. You truly will be missed by all who knew you. Love you Dougie!

  15. My deepest condolences to the entire Van Dyke Family. I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  16. omg a wonderful person rest in peace.

  17. Mark F Carpanini

    So sorry to hear about this from my brother. I went to Immaculate Conception with Doug and Gary Gambelunghe. I also remember his mom teaching there. Some classmates who have probably long left Norwood were Michael Sprague, Elizabeth Pinto, Beth Fellmer, Diane Cazzaniga, Celeste Leeuw, Andrea Bianco, Valerie Atanasio, Lenny Carducci, Cliff Grabowski, Nicholas Cranco, Ed Cory, Iggy McPartland. I’m sure I’m forgetting a few. Those were fun times!Mark Carpanini

  18. A true gentleman that will be missed

  19. RIP Good Friend, We will meet again….

  20. My condolences to his family. We grew up and played together in childhood then we moved an contact was lost until my return to NJ. RIP dear old friend

  21. You will be missed Doug…Rest easy my friend

  22. Dear Doug
    I can’t believe your gone.Having grown up in Norwood with you I have a lot of memories.
    I was looking forward to a hug and you saying “I love you guys” in referring to all of us Ellings. For me you are a part of Norwood’s greatness. So long buddy.

  23. Vanessa. I am so sorry to hear about dad. My heart mourns for you as I know what it feels like to lose your dad. Please know you and your family are all in my prayers and if u need to talk I am just a door away.

  24. Janet Carnicelli

    Rest in peace my dear friend Doug. You were one of a kind that had a light within you that can brighten anyones day. You will be missed greatly by many. Sincere condolences to the Van Dyke family.

  25. Proud to call him my friend.RIP!!

  26. Mary Louise Cerbasi

    Doug, you were a dear friend. You always had a smile. Loved catching up with you on Facebook. Always time to chat & keep me updated on home. Prayers for your Family and many beloved friends. R.I.P.

  27. R.I.P. Doug … we had good times together Laughing, joking, that’s what we did!! We just spoke last week of our past friend John Difabio, now you will be with him and we’ll all be together one day … Hey Doug, you got one up !!!!!

  28. To Gail and extended Van Dyke /Gambelunghe families – my condolences on Dougie’s passing.
    Sincerely, Nancy McKenna

  29. I would like to express my condolences to the entire Van Dyke family. Doug and I were teammates on the Harrington Park Lions football team and the Old Tappan Golden Knights football team. Doug was the most talented football player I ever played with. Put him at any position and he would excel. I was fortunate to reconnect with Doug a few years ago and our conversations were both fun and interesting. A piece of my life is missing now, but I will reclaim it one day . I take solace in knowing that Doug is among our many mutual friends in heaven. Rest in Peace my friend.

  30. I am so sorry to hear about Doug. He was such a grey guy and a huge part of my teenage years. I will always think of him when I hear The Sultans of Swing ❤️❤️

  31. Vaya con Dios my old friend, you will be missed

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