Vincent Pandorf was the kind of man who could strike up a conversation with anybody, said Alice Pandorf, his wife of 38 years.
“He never met a person he didn’t like,” she said. “He was friendly and honest and would strike up a conversation with anyone.”
Vincent Pandorf, 70, of Hobart, died Sept. 15. He worked many years for Burrell Colour. He had worked for Cinemagic Magazine and was a member of the American Film Institute. He was a member of St. Bridget Catholic Church and numerous community groups.
He was a US Navy Vietnam War veteran, serving as a petty officer first class Navy SEAL.
“He was proud of his service in the Navy, at a time when people weren’t happy about us being in Vietnam at all,” his wife said. “But he would reminisce about the things he got to do and the people he got to meet because of his service.”
He enjoyed taking pictures, especially with film. He also enjoyed collecting antique cameras.
“He loved the summer, especially the Hobart Fourth of July parade,” she said. “He loved taking pictures of the parade.”
He enjoyed building models, and would take different models and combine them to create new, more unique ones, his wife said.
Family was always important to him, and he especially looked forward to the Christmas holidays, she said.
“We always used to decorate the house for Christmas, and do it up big,” she said.
He worked hard when his children were growing up, but did his best to be there for his family and provide for them, she said.
“He was a good dad. He tried to do whatever he could to help the kids with whatever they needed.”