Adrian E. Van Dorpe

December 30, 1929February 22, 2021

VAN DORPE, Adrian E. At 91 years, of Marblehead, passed peacefully, Feb. 22nd, 2021. Born on Dec. 30, 1929 & raised in Marshall, MN by his parents, the late Prudent and Madelyn (Coequyt) Van Dorpe. Beloved & devoted husband of 31 years to Katherine "Katie" (Errera) VanDorpe.

Proud father of Shauna Pieniazek & her husband Matthew of Newburyport, Bryan & his wife Sue of South Boston, Mark & his wife Rosemary of Harvard, MA, Paul & his wife Jill of Fairfield, CT and Peter & his wife Lisa of Wakefield. His nine grandchildren always made him smile: Madelyn, Rory, Peyton, Jack, Megan, Ian, Nathan, Brendan, Morgan & his great granddaughter, Mya. Also lovingly survived by his devoted sister Nadine Taylor & her husband Greg of Marshall, MN. He was predeceased in 1985 by the mother of his children, Dorothea (McGrann) Van Dorpe.

After spending several years living in Seattle during World War II, the family returned to Marshall, MN. Adrian graduated from Marshall High School where he was editor of the school newspaper & an Eagle Scout. He received his Bachelor's degree in Journalism from St. Thomas University in St. Paul, MN, and his Master's degree from the University of Minnesota. He spent a year in Austria at the University of Vienna's journalism school & worked that summer on his relative's orchard in Meigem, Belgium. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. He started his career with General Electric in Schenectady, NY & then moved to its Lynn location, before working at Raytheon in Lexington. He next spent over 25 years at Polaroid Corporation in Cambridge, retiring in 1989 as the Director of International Industrial Marketing where he received numerous awards for his creative campaigns, including a Clio. He traveled the world for Polaroid and loved it. Adrian moved to Marblehead in 1961, where he raised his family and was an active member of many organizations, including Star of the Sea Parish Council in Marblehead. Adrian was President of the Rotary Club of Marblehead Harbor and was honored as a Paul Harris Fellow. He very much enjoyed being a coach for youth sports as he watched his children & their friends become young adults. Adrian also enjoyed spending holidays & vacations with family & friends at Eastman, the family's New Hampshire home.

Family & friends are invited to attend a Visitation on Thursday, Feb. 25th beginning at 9:00 a.m. in the Eustis & Cornell Funeral Home, 142 Elm St., MARBLEHEAD & followed with a Funeral Mass to be celebrated in Our Lady - Star of the Sea Church, 85 Atlantic Ave., Marblehead at 11:00 a.m. Interment at Waterside Cemetery, Marblehead will be held privately.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, masks must be worn at all times in the funeral & the church & social distancing maintained. Temperatures will be checked prior to entering the funeral home & church and contact information must be provided for contact tracing. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the New England Center and Home for Veterans, Advancement Office, P.O. Box 845257, Boston, MA 02284-5257 or via website below;


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Adrian E. Van Dorpe

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Bob Baker

March 5, 2021

I have wonderful memories of Adrian, going back to his Polaroid days, where he was a top marketing guy -- but down to earth and so very likable. His easy manner, generous ways and gentle sense of humor are characteristics of Adrian that assure him a place in fondest memory of myself and his many other friends.
My prayers of celebration for this wonderful man and the family he so loved.

Joanie Nelson

February 26, 2021

I have very pleasant memories of Adrian as the older brother of Nadine. As an adult when we would see him in Minnesota I remember the easy smile and sincere interest in what was happening in our lives. Joe always felt he was so easy to talk with and wanted to know how he came into the Coequyt Clan. Our last memory was the wonderful trip to Boston with Nadine five years ago. Joe and I stayed in a lovely house that Katie so kindly arranged for us. It was delightful and a short walk to Katie and Adrian's house. We spent a day in Boston with them and Adrian was so much fun. He insisted we go on the Boston Duckboat Tour and it was a great time with many laughs! We spent the day in Boston and we all had a wonderful time! The other fond memory of that trip was the way Adrian loved teasing Nadine and had the twinkle in his eye when he made us all laugh! The trip included a great lobster feast at Shauna's house where we had the chance to visit with all the family. The weather was perfect and Adrian enjoyed it all. I know how much he loved his family and having everyone all around him. The lobster feast was enjoyed by everyone in Shauna and Matt's beautiful garden. I look forward to coming to Boston to see everyone when the Pandemic and Covid are over! Love to all, Joanie and Joe Coequyt Nelson

Ulrike Cocquyt

February 26, 2021

Dear family

My hearts breaks... Adrian was such a great, sweet and loving person!

We cherish the beautiful moments together!

We wish you a lot of strenght!

Big Belgium hugs,
Ulrike and family