Theodore “Ted” Vanderwerf, 79 years old, died after a short illness at Newton Medical Center on Friday, May 17, 2019. Born to Theodore and Elizabeth Vanderwerf in Franklin, N.J., he has been a lifelong resident of Hamburg, N.J.Ted served with the United States Air Force then worked as a foreman for the Sussex County Road Department from the Vernon Twp., NJ garage for many years before retiring. Ted was a 50-plus year and Exempt Member as well as a former Chief of the Hamburg Fire Department. He was a member of the Sgt. Francis M. Glynn American Legion Post #132 of Franklin, N.J., and took great joy in golf and fishing. Ted was an avid New York Yankee and New York Jet fan.Ted is the devoted father of Mark Vanderwerf of Sussex, N.J, Michelle Carroll of Bettendorf, Iowa and Matthew White and his wife, Jennifer of Bettendorf, Iowa. Loving grandfather of Emily, Jacqueline, Madeline, Cooper and Chelsea. Great-grandfather of Parker. Dear brother of Rita Hendershot of Blairstown, N.J., and Kenneth George Fuller of Hamburg, N.J.The family will receive their friends at F. John Ramsey Funeral Home, One Main Street, Franklin, NJ on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 from 10 to 12 Noon. Funeral service to commence at 12 noon. Interment to follow at Northern New Jersey Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Sparta, NJ. Memorial gifts to the Hamburg Fire Department or the Sgt. Francis M Glynn American Legion Post # 132 would be appreciated. Information and condolences can be found at www.fjohnramseyfuneralhome.com.