Life is lived in stages and Bob Van Sciver wanted to start a new stage in his life. He wanted to learn to fly fish. He came to a TU meeting at the urging of his wife, Peggy, whom he always called "Peggiline".

Bob had already passed through several stages in his life having been a successful Dentist, Orthodontist and President of the New Jersey Orthodontists Society. He was first and foremost a family man. He enjoyed the outdoors life with a long history in hunting. Now he felt it was time to begin fly fishing.

So it was that I had a new fishing buddy and a new friend. I recall standing behind him on Spring Creek as he used a fly rod for the first time. In no time at all he was able to handle a fly rod as if he had been doing it through all those previous stages in his life. He became sufficiently accomplished at nymphing and regularly outfished me. I called him the big fish specialist (I was the small fish specialist).

The enthusiasm Bob brought to fly fishing is seen in the photos. It was on the Upper Delaware where he caught his first big fish. He turned to me with a wide grin, arms outstretched, fists clenched and let out a loud shriek of joy. It was a very large trout. I don't remember whether it was a brownie or a rainbow, but I shall never forget the look on his face flushed with excitement usually reserved for adolescence but long since lost.

Perhaps even better than the memories of fishing the Upper Delaware and the Rapid River are the memories of the rides to and from Maine. The rides home were better because they were a celebration of the wonderful trip with terrific fishing. We talked about life, family and politics. We laughed, argued, reminisced and even slept some.

The memories remain with me as I begin a new stage in my life. The future trips will be without Bob's physical presence, however his spirit will always be there urging me to catch another big one for my friend, Bob.

Rest in peace, Friend



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Dr. George Robert Van Sciver of Moorestown died peacefully Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011, at Samaritan Hospice Inpatient Unit in Mt. Holly with his devoted wife of 53 years and his children by his side. He was 80.

Born in Beverly in 1931, he was the second to last of five children of J. Gilbert and Florence Van Sciver.

He was proud of his family, his brothers: the late Hon. J. Gilbert Van Sciver and the late Dr. Richard Van Sciver, and his sisters: Marjorie (Moore,) and M. Eloise Van Sciver of Moorestown.

He attended Temple University where he received his DDS before entering the U.S. Air Force.

While on active duty in Germany, he met and married he said, 'The crown jewel of my life,' Margarete I. (Freericks,) in 1958.

Upon completing his tour of duty in Long Island, Dr. Van Sciver returned to Mt. Holly, to open his dental practice, and he returned to Temple for his degree in Orthodontics.

Dr. Van Sciver practiced orthodontics for more than 30 years at his office on Madison Avenue in Mt. Holly and from his home office at Fairview Avenue in Moorestown.

When he retired, he pursued some of his favorite passions, namely, sailing, hunting, gardening, and fly-fishing taking numerous voyages with Peggy on the Chesapeake Bay, and making many trips into the woods of Pennsylvania, New York, and Maine.

He returned to his profession as an educator and taught at Temple's Kornberg School of Dentistry until 2010.

With the help of his wife, family and the determined Dr. Michael J. Nissenblatt of Robert Wood Johnson Hospital, Dr. Van Sciver battled cancer of the esophagus and it's multiple metastases.

He is preceded in death by his son, Robert Gerd, and his daughter, Amy.

He will be missed by his wife, Peggy, his daughter, Karin, son-in-law, Chris, his son, Christopher, daughter-in-law, Julie (McDermott), and his granddaughters: Jessica, Heather, and Clare.

He was beloved by his sisters-in law and their families in Germany and Italy and by a large multitude, also, of nieces, nephews, and their children here in the states.

Relatives and friends of the family are kindly invited to attend his visitation from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, and Wednesday from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the Funeral Home of Inglesby & Sons, 2426 Cove Road, Pennsauken, N.J.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Peter Church, Merchantville, N.J. Interment will be in Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Moorestown.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Peter's School Scholarship Fund, 43 West Maple Ave., Merchantville NJ 08109.

Obituary - Burlington County Times