Poughkeepsie area man remembers childhood buddy killed in train crash


TOWN OF POUGHKEEPSIE – Eric Vandercar grew up on Lori Street in the Town of Poughkeepsie, just a few doors down from his childhood buddy, Robert Gropper.
Vandercar was one of the six people killed in the Metro-North train crash in Valhalla.    
Gropper is in “absolute shock” over his lifelong pal’s death.
“Accidents like this are beyond explanation,” Gropper reflected.  “It’s just a terrible, terrible tragedy when another good person, who was extremely talented in his profession, very well respected as a professional in the financial world, and now he’s gone.”
Vandercar, who was 53, lived with his wife and two young children in Bedford Hills. 

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