MOUNT KISCO, N.Y. -- An overflow crowd turned up at Temple Shaaray Tefila in Bedford to say goodbye to Eric Vandercar.
Vandercar, a 53-year-old Bedford Hills resident, was one of six people killed in Tuesday's train crash in Valhalla. He was remembered Friday at the temple in a private service that drew hundreds of people and saw numerous cars parked along Route 172.
Assemblyman David Buchwald was one of the mourners. Four of the six victims were from his district, while a fifth worked in his district.
"Eric was a great family man who cared about his community," Buchwald said
Buchwald said Vandercar had contacted him to discuss some public policies. Inside the temple, Buchwald said even the overflow room was overflowing.
"That tells you about the kind of person he was," Buchwald said. "There is a deep hole in all of our hearts and the community is coming together.
Vandercar's favorite band, moe. paid tribute to him at a concert in Denver. The band dedicated its song "New York City" to Vandercar and placed 4EV on the venue's marquee.
The Capitol Theater in Port Chester honored Vandercar by writing "We Will Miss You Eric" on its marquee.
"The Capitol Theatre is saddened by the loss of Eric Vandercar, friend and family to so many in the music community," the theatre wrote on its Facebook page. "Eric, you will be always and forever in our thoughts and in our hearts. Fare you well, fare you well."
An avid concertgoer who had a vast collection of live collection, Vandercar is being remembered through tributes on Facebook.
"Eric was a true champion of the music scene, a kind soul, a brilliant mind and devoted family man," said Scott Kravetz on the JamBase Facebook page. "A huge loss. Stunned but mostly just sad."
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