February 16, 1957 ~ July 21, 2021

Born in: Holland,
Resided in: Fremont, California

Gerard Adriaan Van Vliet, born in Hilversum Holland on February 16, 1957 Died in Fremont, California July 21, 2021. At the age of 64, Adrian passed away from complications due to covid in the I.C.U of Washington Hospital. A true fighter until the very end, Adrian fought covid-19 for the last month of his life but ultimately passed from lung failure. This legend leaves behind Son Tyler Adrian, Grandson Tobias Adrian, Brother George, Sister Myrna, and hundreds more friends, family and loved ones. Born fourth of five children to World War II Veteran, Willem Orpheus Van Vliet of North Borneo Indonesia, and Johanna Elizabeth Berend also of Indonesia, Adrian was born in Hilversum Holland. At the age of 4 years old, he and his family shipped across the Atlantic Ocean to Ellis Island arriving in 1961. After the voyage, the six flew to California and settled in Redwood City becoming  the original Redwood “Village People”. Adrian grew up in the 60’s & 70’s forging strong bonds of friendship with many neighborhood familys & eventually graduating Sequia High School in 1975. Growing up, Adrian’s Father worked on fixing & building communication & electronic devices, so naturally Adrian also followed a career path in machines. Entering Machinist Trade School after High School, he eventually rose to become a Master Machinist. With more then 40 years of experience in all fields old & new, he was intrusted to check and finalize parts for NASA & the Military before sending out orders due to his rank as Cheif Inspector. My Father used to always say, “Measure Twice, Cut Once Son, Do it Once, Do it Right.” Thats the type of man he was. Some one who always kept his word. Some one who always took Pride in his work. And some one who added to the betterment of mankind. A Memorial will be held at Chapel of the Angels in Fremont, Ca. On 08/03/21 at 2PM. Masks provided/required for the service with food & beverages immediately following.

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Memorial Service: August 3, 2021 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Berge Papas Smith Chapel of the Angels
40842 Fremont Blvd.
Fremont, CA 94538

510-656-1226
https://www.bergepappassmith.com

Room: Garden Chapel

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  1. CandleAdrian words can not express the loss, but your memory will live on, ride that Roadking on up to Heaven and please tell Jeff Maberry we all miss and love him too, but we will see you both again. Rest In Peace Brother…

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  2. CandleAdrian – Words will never express how much I’ve loved you for 27 years. You will be so missed. There is a hole in my heart that went with you. You were a kind, silly, loving, one of a kind man. RIP my sweetie.

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    • Just have to add that not many, if any, knew the extent of our relationship and how much we loved each other. I was married to him for 11 years but never stopped loving him or seeing him through trials and tribulations. To me, that is love. He was that kind of person. No matter what, we forgave each other. I last saw him the weekend before he went to the hospital. I’m so glad I got that time, even though I also came down with COVID. We laughed together, watched movies and loved on our little dog Cooper. There is nothing that will replaced that memory and nothing that can tarnish it. RIP my sweet Adrian. I am so glad I met you so long ago. I regret nothing. You have a beautiful new step grandson named Grant David Benjamin, born the same day as Toby, how oddly interesting is that? He’s beautiful and I wish you could have met him. Love you forever.

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  3. CandleAdrian was a great friend ,brother and a buddy I”ll miss the rest off my life. He was like my partner dude we love to explore and everyone who new him ,He was happy if we were on our bikes used to tell you go 1st ill fallow soon behind TIME TO FLY WITH WINGS BLESS YOU BROTHER SEE YOU SOON I can’t I never new someone like mime he was a man of his word he could fix anything You will be with me see you in the clouds love you bro HE WAS A TRUE TRUE SOUL KIND MAN AT HEART AND HE HAD HART WEEL LOOKS LIKE MY BOYS ARE LEADING WAS MY PLEASURE i445 GET UP THANK YOU BRO IN THE WIND THX FOR ALL YOU TOUGHT ME LOVE YA

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