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John Andy, Jr.

  • On September 3, 2019
  • 31 Comments

John Andy, Jr., 61 of Virginia Beach, VA, died September 2, 2019, after a brief illness.  He was surrounded by his family.  John was born on April 17, 1958 in Lanciano, Italy and came to this country in June 1959.

He was the son of the late John Andy, Sr., and Elizabeth (Betty) Andy of Houston, PA.  He is survived by his daughters, McCall Andy with whom he shared her home, Elizabeth Coyne (Lucas) of Pittsburgh, and Brooke Andy of Tampa, FL.  His life was not complete without the love and support of his former wife Karen Herdman (mother of his children), Kathy Retos (former partner) and her children Kassandra, Nick and Brandon Retos. Also surviving is his sister, Cheri Sells and two nephews Michael and Brian Sells.
John grew up in Houston, PA, graduating from Chartiers-Houston High School.  He continued on to graduate from DeVry University.  He worked for Sun Oil Company in Philadelphia, followed by Hunter Environmental in Los Angeles California.  In 1988 he accepted a position with Michael Baker International in Moon Township, where he traveled the globe for 31 years as Subcontracts Administrator until his death.
John was an avid golfer (with bragging rights of many hole-in-ones).  He also enjoyed his Thursday night pool league and riding his 95th anniversary edition Harley-Davidson.  He was a former member of the Washington Country Club, a member of the Houston Independent Club and the Muse Italian Club.  Though he resided in Virginia he remained true to his Pittsburgh sports teams.   In 2019 he proudly received his Italian passport confirming his dual citizenship.
John was described by friends as a gentleman, wonderful guy, kind-hearted and a best friend.  He will be missed dearly by everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him.
Family and friends are welcome on Saturday, September 7, 2019 from 3 PM – 8 PM at Pittsburgh Cremation and Funeral Care, 3287 Washington Road, McMurray, PA 15317, (724) 260-5546. Additional visitation will be held on Sunday, September 8, 2019 at 10 AM until the time of service at 11 AM at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in John’s name to the Washington County Humane Society.
Please view and sign the family’s online guestbook at pittsburghcremation.com.

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31 Comments

Crystal Meyers
  • Sep 3 2019
Brooke, My heart goes out to you and your family during this difficult time. Though I didn’t know your dad he seemed like a pretty awesome (and hilarious) guy and I know how special your bond was. I’m here for you, whatever you need! Love you. Crystal
Lorie Dulaney
  • Sep 3 2019
I am so sad to hear this news. I had the biggest "crush" on John when he was a lifeguard at the Washington Country Club pool. He will be missed. RIP John Andy. Lorie Paraska Dulaney Washington, Pennsylvania
Lisa
  • Sep 3 2019
Karen, McCall, Liza and Brooke, we are truly very sorry for your incredible loss. Heartfelt prayers and warm hugs for you all in your time of sorrow. ♥️ With love, Timmy and Lisa
Kelley/Dennis
  • Sep 3 2019
Our condolences to McCall, Liza, and Brooke on the passing of your father, John. We pray for your peace and comfort as you continue your life journey without his presence. Karen, my friend, my heart goes out to you as well. The loss of your children’s father and your friend is inconsolable. Sending hugs.
Joyce Andy
  • Sep 3 2019
My sincerest sympathies to John's family and friends. May you find comfort in knowing that others care. God bless. Joyce Andy and family
Maria Caputi
  • Sep 3 2019
I am so sad to hear that John has left us. He worked with my husband in VA Beach. John was a kind, thoughtful, and generous man. Always enjoyed his company. He will be missed. Keeping your family lifted in prayer
Robin
  • Sep 3 2019
Karen, McCall, Liza and Brooke, you will always have an angel looking over your shoulder. You always did...and you always will. John was a gentleman, a kind soul & a wonderful friend. He will truly be missed by all. For some reason, God always takes the "good ones" first. My heart & prayers are with all of you. Love...Aunt Robin.
Suzanne Dugan
  • Sep 3 2019
Rest in peace John . Suzanne Dugan
Lisa and Mark Brautigam
  • Sep 3 2019
So sorry for you loss John was a great guy may God be with you at such a sad time
Karen Vogliano
  • Sep 4 2019
I am so sad for your loss. Many great memories from our younger years. John was always kind, funny and filled with zest for life. God bless you all.
John Shaffer
  • Sep 4 2019
John was a coworker and a friend, I will miss him dearly. My thoughts and prayers are with you, God bless John's family and friends. John Shaffer
Kim Richards Brown
  • Sep 4 2019
To the Andy Family.....my deepest sympathies on John's passing. He was a classmate of mine and a great guy. May he rest in peace.
Alain Martine Jacqmin
  • Sep 4 2019
Mc Call,Martine and Alain gave all us sympathies for the lost from you father also to all you family. All the good memories stay for ever in you heart. Big Hugs
Barb Giaquinto
  • Sep 4 2019
To John's family/friends: Deepest sympathies to all of you- I have not seen John in many years--had many good memories of him when we were all at Washington Country Club - he was so kind, friendly, funny, and always had a smile on his face and was so easy going; he was a good person. Praying for strength, comfort and peace as you face this difficult time. Even though you have lost him here physically--the memories you have made over the years will be with you forever. May he rest in peace.
Rev. James A. Lee I
  • Sep 4 2019
"Well done thy good and faithful servant... Enter thou into the joy of the Lord" Matthew 25:21 Reverend James A. Lee I, Supply Pastor
John Mentz
  • Sep 4 2019
Deepest sympathy to John's family and friends. I had the privilege of working with John for my entire 29 years at Michael Baker, both in Pittsburgh and in Virginia Beach. He played a critical role in our success on many contracts/projects. He was a friend, a great story-teller, and had a way of lighting up a room when he walked in. We'll all miss him terribly here in Virginia Beach. I'm sure he's at peace...
Kathy (Karluk) Borrelli
  • Sep 4 2019
To John's Family, I remember John from our CHHS days. I've seen him from time to time in our area at different venues. May God's loving embrace hold you to comfort you in this time of grief. May it help you to know that he has gone home to our Heavenly Father and is at rest. Blessings to all.
Dan Lyle
  • Sep 4 2019
My sincerest sympathies to the Andy family.
Pino Soda
  • Sep 4 2019
Dear family I met John in Italy many years ago we worked together so many times we lived together so many beautiful moments, despite the distance we have always been close, to me has always been a brother I will miss him so much but his memory will always be strong in my heart with brotherhood great man , Pino and Maria teresa
Andy Michael
  • Sep 4 2019
My deepest sympathies to John’s family. My prayers are with you at this difficult time and may the Lord give you comfort and peace. It was my privilege to know and worked with John for 25 years. He was a kind and gentle soul. Eternal be his memory.
Mike Hostinsky
  • Sep 4 2019
Prayers and thoughts are with you and your family during this time of sorrow!🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻 Eternal rest grant unto him o Lord and let perpetual light shine upon him!!
Tom Dietrich
  • Sep 4 2019
On vacation when I got the news. May god rest your soul.
C.J. Schultz
  • Sep 5 2019
To Family and Friends, So sorry for your loss. John was a great person to work with and I hope that during this difficult time you know that he touched a lot of people. He was definitely proud of the Pittsburgh area and it was always a pleasure to meet in Virginia Beach and talk shop regarding the petroleum industry and of course the sports rivalry since I was from Cleveland originally. He will be missed and our prays are with the family. C.J.
john kaskie
  • Sep 5 2019
the world lost another fine honest moral man too young. when I heard of your passing, I dug out my old pictures of your visit to my college in iowa. wild and fun, those girls loved you. but every body who met you felt the same way. hadn't seen you in many years, but you didn't look any different now, except wiser and more weary. my sincere sympathies to all of your family. starting to cry now so I have to stop even though there are so many more positive things to say. gonna miss you Johnny!
Robert Moreland
  • Sep 5 2019
McCall, Thank you and your family for giving us the opportunity to come over Sunday and say goodbye. I'm not sure your dad could hear what was said, but I could. He was a good "dude", and a very trusted, close friend, which is not easy to come by. No doubt he knows even today that he was loved very much, especially by his children, whom he talked about all the time. Should you need help with anything, please let me know. Robert
Scott Howell
  • Sep 5 2019
I'm very sorry to hear about John, we worked together for about 5 years and became friends while playing many rounds of golf together. He was a great guy to be around, I know this must be a difficult time for his family. Rest in peace John.
Beth Drylie
  • Sep 6 2019
I had the privilege of working with John for more than 15 years. He always had an interesting story to share and kind words to offer. I especially liked to talk to him the morning after a Steelers game... he had very strong opinions. John was an amazing person and I feel very lucky that I got to know him. Our prayers are with you.
Shelly
  • Sep 6 2019
So sad to hear this news! I had the pleasure of assisting John at Baker. He was always upbeat, so friendly and easy to talk to. No doubt he will be missed by many! RIP!
Rick & Connie McMahon
  • Sep 6 2019
We are saddened to hear of your dad’s passing. We spent many good times shooting pool and enjoying happy hour at “The Reef”. He was kind and funny and truly a great guy who often spoke of his wonderful daughters. He will be truly missed. Love & Hugs, Rick & Connie McMahon
Jamie McNurlen
  • Sep 7 2019
The world lost such a good man. Full of fun and love. Always the best friend, so many great memories. You will forever be in my heart. Rest in peace. May you ride high in the sky dear friend. Deepest Sympathy to his three beautiful girls.
beckie porcaro
  • Sep 10 2019
RIP John. Prayers to your family at this time. Beckie Porcaro
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