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Howard Amdusky


1927 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
Howard Amdusky Obituary
Howard Amdusky

Virginia Beach - Howard "Moose" Amdusky, known as "The Moose" by many, died peacefully in his home on September 2nd. He was 86 years young. He died as he lived, fighting hard and smiling until the end. Staying positive, thinking only of others and constantly reminding those lives he touched how blessed we were to have known him. While his family and friends were far reaching, he never believed he had to leave Virginia Beach to live his dreams. He was a man devoted to his family, his friends, and always giving to others in so very many ways.

From the day he was born in Portsmouth, Va., to the late Abe and Blanch Amdusky, Oct. 14, 1927, up until his death, he was one of Virginia Beach's finest, most respected and versatile business men. Working at his family's store as a young boy, he learned early on that family can never be replaced by success. Upon completing his military service in the United States Army, Moose returned to the beach with business in mind. His passion for "everything" led him from owning a wig shop, to Moose's Barbeque Pit, to owning some of the hottest night spots on the east coast including The Mecca and Moose's Tropicana, where the motto was, "Pleasure is our most important product!", he provided an experience where everyone could relax, have a drink and enjoy life WITH him. As he continued his journey through life, he filled his days with family, friends, sports, card games and the sun. From Miami, to Vegas; Old Town to the Oceanfront, he never missed a moment of "sun or fun." His "rose-colored" glasses were not only fashionable, but a symbol of his outlook on life. Moose was pre-deceased by his brother, Martin "Marty" Amdusky, his brother's wife, Ruby, brother-in-law John Paul Jones and so many of his dearest family members and friends.

He is survived by his loving wife, Barbara; son Michael Amdusky and daughter-in-law, Laura; daughter Sabrina Babb; and his three special grandsons, Zackery Babb, Zachary Dent, and Adam Amdusky. Poppy Moose, the man with the moustache topped smile, taught them life's important lessons like Treat each day as a Holiday, surround yourself with the love of family and close friends and CuttySark in the same glass. He is also survived by his sister, Carol Faye Kahn, and her husband Saul of Boca Rotan, Florida and his two close nephews Robbie and Svi, and his sister-in-law Deloris Jones. Moose was lucky to be surrounded by numerous close cousins, too many to name, who could squeeze years of fun into a one weekend family reunion. His family large, his circle of friends was larger. Friends throughout his life were not only special to him, but were those patient souls who chose to return, again and again, to hitch a ride on the star with Moose's name on it. Services will be held on Thursday, September 4th at 11:00 a.m. at H.D. Oliver Funeral Apartments Laskin Road Chapel. Burial will follow at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Norfolk. Family and friends may join the family afterwards at the home to celebrate his life. Moose, you did it your way! You loved life and helped us to do the same! Your loss leaves a void in our lives that will never be filled, but memories that will never be forgotten.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Temple Emanuel, the or The American Kidney Fund or the . Online condolences can be made to the family at www.hdoliver.com.

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Published in The Virginian Pilot on Sept. 3, 2014
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