Robert Edward VanDis "Butch"

October 3, 1950December 16, 2018

Butch passed away peacefully on December 16, 2018 surrounded by family and close friends. He leaves behind his wife of 46 years, Patricia Bisazza VanDis, and his children, Monica (Christopher Ray) and Stephen (Alison) along with his adored grandchildren, Olivia, Addison, Reese and Giacomo. He was brother-in-law to Maureen (d.), Kathleen Regan (Patrick), Evelyn Harley (Richard d.), Suzanne Koonce (Les), Antoinette Bisazza Rousseau (Don) and Bob Solon. Adored uncle to Brian and Kevin Solon, Michelle McCully, Michael Regan, Eric, Mark and Andrew Harley and their families. He was adored by his Aunt Cecelia Roselli (Bob d.) and first cousins Karen, Cathy, Rob and Elaine. He will miss his best buddy and granddog Oly. He attended Glen Park Grammar School, Balboa High School and SF State University. Butch played organized baseball through High School and earned All City honors his Junior and Senior years as catcher. In 1964 he was honored to be the Police Athletic League Boy of the Year. He served in the SFPD for five and a half years before transferring to the SFFD until his retirement in 2004. In his retirement he enjoyed cooking, watching his beloved Giants and having his grandkids overnight. He also enjoyed reading the daily newspapers, watching the news, and family get togethers which were numerous.

A Funeral Mass will be held at 11AM on Friday, December 21, 2018 at St Vincents Catholic Church, 1 St Vincents Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903. Donations to the San Francisco Firefighters Cancer Prevention Foundation or your favorite charity.


  • Andy Harley
  • Mark Harley
  • Eric Harley
  • Brian Solon
  • Kevin Solon
  • Scott M. Taylor
  • Scott T. Taylor
  • Tom Taylor


  • Funeral Mass Friday, December 21, 2018
  • Reception Friday, December 21, 2018

Robert Edward VanDis "Butch"

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Tom Ronco

April 5, 2019

I was shocked when I read in the March 2019 edition of the Gang Plank from the Balboa Alumni Assoc that Butch had passed away. I met Butch playing baseball when he was in junior high and we were teammates at Bal. I 'staged' a picture for the '67 Galleon (yearbook) when I was editor for a section highlighting the "Super Soph's" because we all knew Butch was going to be a great player. Just such a great, humble guy and a super teammate and friend. When to San Diego to college and lived for 40 years in Southern Cal and I lost track of way to many friends but it appears that Butch had a great life and family and I'm sure that God continued to look over him as he had when we were young. Condolences to his family. Tom Ronco

Susan Nakagawa

December 19, 2018

I remember Butch's intense pride at Steve and Ali's wedding. At the engagement party he and I were talking about Steve's childhood, career, and the upcoming wedding and Butch got a rather shy smile and started with "Yeah, he's not a bad kid," and then progressed to "he's a pretty good boy" and then "He's a great kid!" He didn't brag, but was so incredibly proud of his kids .

Evelyn Harley

December 19, 2018

I will always remember Butch’s generosity and his intense love of all sports and baseball. I know he has a great seat right behind home plate right now.
Love from the Harley Family