Andrew, Edward John
77, died peacefully at home on March 8 in Naples, FL. Born on December 4, 1935 in Ft. Worth, TX, Ed was flown to Chicago at the then record-setting age of ten days to join his adoptive parents Victor John and Aileen Sharkey Andrew. Previously a resident of Orland Park, IL, for 43 years, Ed is survived by his beloved and devoted wife of nearly 56 years Edith Grant Andrew; his five children Edward, Jr. (Charlene), Richard (Diane Buchanan), William (Patricia), Laurel (Victor Onufrieff) and Kathryn Willett (James); thirteen grandchildren and a stepgrandson; his sister Juanita A. Hord; and eight nieces and nephews and their families. He was preceded in death by his parents, Victor J. and Aileen S. Andrew, his brother-in-law Robert E. Hord, and his sister-in-law Carolyn E. Grant. A graduate of The College of Wooster in Wooster, OH, Ed served in the U.S. Army
Signal Corps from 1956 to 1958. He was the former Chairman of Andrew Corporation, President and Director Emeritus of The Andrew Family Foundation, Trustee Emeritus of The College of Wooster, Director of the Dingman's Choice & Delaware Bridge Company and former Director of the Aileen S. Andrew Foundation and TEN-TEC. During his 30 year career with Andrew Corporation, an international manufacturer of telecommunications equipment, Ed also served as Vice President, International Sales. One of the highlights of Ed's life was meeting and working alongside the thousands of Andrew Corporation employees worldwide. Ed lived a very full life. An avid traveler personally and professionally, he visited all seven continents. He earned his pilot's license in his late teens and later became an amateur radio operator. He coached Little League teams and served as a Cub Scout Webelo den leader and assistant Boy Scout troop leader. He was a member of Kappa Theta Epsilon at Pomona College, where he met, courted and married Edith. Ed was devoted to his family, participating in and following their lives and activities with enthusiasm. He passed his many passions - travel, aviation, cars, baseball, bowling, golf and philanthropy - on to his children and grandchildren. Ed never met a stranger and loved to tell stories from his fascinating life to anyone who would listen. He leaves behind friends all over the world. Ham radio operator "KB9KV out". The family extends their deep appreciation and gratitude to the kind and compassionate caregivers from Family Private Care and Ambassador Family Services who ensured that Ed's final months at home in Naples were comfortable. Assistance was provided by Avow Hospice. Muller-Thompson Funeral Chapel handled arrangements. A celebration of Ed's life will be held on Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at Dinolfo's Banquets, 14447 W. 159th Street, Homer Glen, IL. Visitation with the family will follow immediately after until 3:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The College of Wooster, 1189 Beall Avenue, Wooster, OH, 44691.