RALPH VENDERLIP’S LIVES ON
By LIBBY CUDMORE • Hometown Oneonta & The Freeman’s Journal
UNADILLA – For six years, Chris Hendrickson worked alongside his friend Ralph Vanderlip in the kitchen of the First Presbyterian Church here, making the same haddock dinner Vanderlip made famous at the Unadilla House.
“The church told Ralph they wanted him to help with their Lent fundraiser dinner,” said Hendrickson. “He said he would, but only if I helped him.”
But this year, the annual dinner Friday, April 5, served as a memorial to Vanderlip; he had died Tuesday, March 12, at age 72. “We did it together every year,” Hendrickson said. “There was a camaraderie there. Not many people can say they have a good time cooking in a kitchen under pressure.”
Vanderlip was born Dec., 13, 1947 Cannonsville, where his family ran the general store until 1962, when the creation of the Cannonsville Reservoir to provide drinking water for New York City forced them to relocate.
“Someone made a documentary about Cannonsville and they interviewed him,” said Martha. “He used to tell people he was a movie star!”