Gilbert Charles Vander Bush

February 27, 1951November 21, 2021

Gilbert "Gil" Charles Vander Bush, beloved husband, father, and G-Man, passed away peacefully in his home in Montpelier, Virginia, on Sunday, November 21, 2021.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Barbara Vander Bush. He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Susie Vander Bush; children, Kyle Vander Bush (Becca), and Megan Thomas (Huston); grandson and apple-of-his-eye, Brooks Vander Bush; and brothers, Ed Vander Bush (Kathy) and Scott Vander Bush (Diane).

Gil grew up in Glen Rock, New Jersey, and graduated from Glen Rock High School in 1969. He attended Hope College in Michigan. In his early career, he met Susie while traveling for work. A job offer brought him to Richmond where they were married and planted roots. In his golden years of retirement, he began every morning with a 6 a.m. walk at The Montpelier Center for Arts and Education, followed by his personally crafted cup of coffee. He was a self-taught mechanic and woodworker; there was nothing he couldn't make or fix himself. Most recently, he became enamored with creating wooden bowls. He took great pride in his workshop and sharing his handcrafted keepsakes with those he loved.

In addition to his many hobbies, he enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, and above all else, he loved spending time with his family. He was a man of few words but once you got to know him, his humorous wit became evident.

A celebration of life will be held at 10a.m. on Thursday, December 9, 2021 at The Montpelier Center, 17205 Mountain Rd. Montpelier, VA 23192.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Gil VanderBush Memorial Fund, to help preserve Gil's beloved walking trail at Montpelier Park. Donations can be sent to Gil VanderBush Memorial Fund, c/o TowneBank, 800 East Canal Street, Richmond, VA, 23219.

Expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Vander Bush family.


9 December

Celebration of Life

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Montpelier Center for Arts and Education

17205 Mountain Rd
Montpelier, VA 23192


Gilbert Charles Vander Bush

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November 30, 2021

Gil would always talk to me about walking and making his bowls. He brought me one and it is beautiful! We talked about strange things lol. Cutting grass! But also he was so proud of his family, his grandkids. He Loved his life! Loved where he lived! We talked about his knee surgery's. There wasn't much we didn't talk about. He followed me in all my biker things I did and my hiking excursions and adventures of my life. We always took the 30 minutes to talk when it took me 10 to cut his hair. I am his favorite hair stylist, who is going to miss him so much! We were friends. Very good friends. And I know he is with the Lord. My Prayers go out to his family. I won't forget his smile and laughter. Always in my heart. Until we meet again.
Cynda Rash
Your friend and stylist.

Shelley Graham

November 26, 2021

Our mothers were sisters and the great love they shared for each other spilled over to all of the cousins. Gil had an abundance of that love, and he generously shared it with me over the years. He so patiently taught me how to ride a bicycle and helped me overcome my fear of jumping into the deep end of the pool. In recent years Gil and I shared long conversations on the phone and FaceTime talking about our families and our latest projects. I am so fortunate that he wrote me the warmest letter sent with one of his bowls. Thank you for loving me Gil, as we used to say, our mothers would be proud. My deepest love to Susie and all the VanderBush family, Shelley