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Herbert B. Van Sciver, 91, Lifelong Darien Resident

Herbert B. Van Sciver
Herbert B. Van Sciver Photo Credit: The Daily Voice/Contributed

DARIEN, Conn. - Herbert B. Van Sciver, a lifelong resident of Darien, died Tuesday, Dec. 10. He was 91.

Sciver was born Feb. 11, 1922, in Springdale, son of Herbert W. Van Sciver and Clara L. Tompkins. He graduated from Darien High School in 1940 and enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1942. He fought with the 852nd Engineer Aviation Battalion in Central Europe, Normandy, Northern France and Rhineland, where he was awarded the Purple Heart.

He began his career by working with his father building homes throughout Darien and New Canaan.

Together with his wife, he opened The Bait Shop Inc. in the early 1960s on the Boston Post Road in Darien and ran a business there until the location suffered a devastating fire. They soon relocated The Bait Shop to Rowayton.

He was a member of the Miramichi Salmon Association and a longtime member of The South Norwalk Boat Club, as well as many environmental and nature organizations.

Sciver is survived by his daughters Nancie Van Sciver, Evoniuk (Tom) of Woodland Hills, Calif., and Diane Van Sciver of Pawling, N.Y.; sisters-in-law, Marilyn Van Sciver of Darien and Candice Van Sciver of South Yarmouth, Mass.; nephews and nieces; and many grandnieces and grandnephews. He was predeceased by his parents; wife, June Alexander Van Sciver; and brothers Arthur E. Van Sciver, William R. Van Sciver and Frederick L. Voelker.

A Memorial service and celebration of Sciver’s life will be announced at a later date.

Donations in his memory may be made to the Nature Conservancy or Ducks Unlimited.

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