William Joseph Andrick
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1915-2012 HOOSICK FALLS, NY William Joseph Andrick, well-known photographer in the Hoosick Falls-Bennington area for over half a century, died on Friday September 7, at the Center for Living and Rehabilitation in Hoosick Falls after a brief illness.
Born February 10, 1915, in Hoosick Falls, N.Y., he attended St. Mary's Academy for ten years, graduating from Hoosick Falls High School as salutatorian of the Class of 1933. He then joined the Civilian Conservation Corps in Tennessee. Later, he worked part time at Thorpe's Pharmacy.
In 1935, he was employed as a Hoosick Falls correspondent for the Albany Evening News. At the same time, he became interested in photography. Through book learning, he became proficient in taking pictures and developing them.
After the Evening News ceased production, he worked for the Albany Knickerbocker News doing feature photography, covering most of eastern New York, except for Troy and Albany, until 1941. In the meantime, he opened a photography studio on the second floor of the Thorpe building in 1940, overlapping his newspaper work. There he did portrait school and commercial photography.
Mr. Andrick married Grace Wagner of Averill Park in 1946 at the Immaculate Conception shrine in New Lebanon, N.Y. They raised four children; James, Jean and Edward all of Hoosick Falls, and David of Staatsburg, N.Y. He is also survived by four grandchildren, Jason, Ellen and Jared Ray, Lyla Andrick and two great grandchildren; Carson and Cooper.
His brother Joe, and sisters Anne, Connie and Valerie, predeceased him.
After his marriage, Mr. Andrick and his wife, who worked part time at the studio, began attending National, New York State, and Vermont photography conventions. This enabled him to improve his skills. As a result, many of his photos won blue ribbons at the conventions and could often been seen in the window of their John Street studio. Mr. and Mrs. Andrick also got involved in real estate as a sideline. They bought old buildings, renovated, rented and sold them.
Mr. Andrick operated a studio in the Putnam Block and 311 South Street in Bennington, Vt., from 1971 to 1975. Mr. Andrick closed his last studio at 53 Church Street in 1985 but continued his photography on a part time basis. His hobbies were gardening, taking walks, and most of all, dancing. He spent winters in Florida with his wife over the past 30 years.
Mr. Andrick was a Legion of Honor member with the Hoosick Falls Kiwanis, the Elks, and a communicant of the Immaculate Conception church.
FUNERAL NOTICE: A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Tuesday September 11 at 12 noon from the Immaculate Conception Church on Main Street in Hoosick Falls. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. Relatives and friends may call at the Mahar Funeral Home, 43 Main Street in Hoosick Falls on Tuesday morning from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Mary's Academy.
Published in Bennington Banner from Sept. 8 to Sept. 10, 2012