December 8, 2013; Times of Northwest Indiana

Those who took heart in the Good Neighbor Christmas Cheer Fund of Hammond, Indiana, may find their holiday a touch more somber this season, as one of their most colorful and generous donors, the mysterious “Grandpa Claus,” passed away earlier this year.

In his obituary of February 27th, James P. Vacendak, who died at the age of 72, was identified as the “Grandpa Claus” who would deliver four-figure sums pseudonymously to the Hammond National