Courtland M. Andrew

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Courtland M. Andrew SchenectadyCourtland M. Andrew, 79, of Schenectady, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, December 1, 2012 while out with friends. Born on October 21, 1933 in Schenectady, NY, he was a lifelong area resident and graduated from Nott Terrace High School in 1952 and the American Academy of Funeral Service in 1957. A third generation funeral service provider, he began his career as a funeral director with his father in the Courtland V. Andrew & Son Funeral Home. Court then joined Daly Funeral Home, while still keeping the family business going. In 1991 he joined the Griswold Funeral Home family and Baxter-Andrew Funeral Home. Court was devoted to helping the community and was involved in many groups throughout his lifetime, including the American Red Cross, Schenectady County Chamber of Commerce, Schenectady Jaycee's, and Schenectady East Rotary Club. Courtland Andrew was a member of the Masonic Fraternity for 50 years and was an active member in many of the various bodies with the organization. He joined Charles W. Mead Lodge No. 862 in May of 1962 and served as Master and Grand Representative. This Lodge later merged into Schenectady Lodge No. 1174. He also joined St. Georges Lodge No. 6 and Beukendaal Lodge No. 915, where he became a member of The Past Masters. Mr. Andrew was an active member of the Shrine belonging to Cyprus Temple No. 5 and he also was a Past President of the Schenectady Shrine Club. A member of the Sigma Bodies, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, he served as Thrice Potent Master of the Lodge of Perfection and later as the Commander-in-Chief of the Consistory in 1994 and 1995. Court was coroneted a 33rd Degree Mason in 1992. His memberships also included the Royal Arch Masons where he served as High Priest of St. George's Chapter No. 157, and Grand High Priest of the Grand Chapter of New York State in 1990. He belonged to the Albany Tabernacle Holy Royal Arch Knight Templar Priests and served as Preceptor. Court was a Past Master of St. George's Council No. 74 Cryptic Masons where he served as Grand Representative. He belonged to St. George's Commandery No. 37 Knight Templar where he received the Knight Templar Cross of Honor. Court also served as Governor of the Albany York Rite College No. 24, where he received The Order of The Purple Cross, and he was a Past Grand Governor of the York Rite Sovereign College of New York State. He belonged to the Albany Conclave Red Cross of Constantine and was a Past Sovereign. Court served as Excellent Chief of the Glen Cairn Council Knight Masons No. 14. He was Past Sovereign of Giles Fonda Yates Council No. 22 Allied Masonic Degrees and was Past Prior in the Trinity Priory Knight York Cross of Honor, and was also a member of the Knight Red Branch of Eri. Court also was a member of Beukendaal/ George Hope Chapter No. 271, Order of the Eastern Star, and was a Past Patron. He was a Past Monarch of Kaa Rheu Vahn Grotto No. 20, MOVPER. Court was also a member of The Royal Order of Scotland, The Old 17th Past Masters Association, and St. Andrews Chapter, Order of DeMolay. Court was very dedicated to his family, friends and community. He was blessed to have a wonderful group of friends and loved spending time with the group. He was always there with a smile to lend a hand to anyone that needed it. Court was a former member of Stanford United Methodist Church where he was very active and most recently was a member of Woodlawn Reformed Church. Court was a very proud grandfather to five very special grandchildren whom he loved very much. When interviewed by his granddaughter for a school project, he stated that he wanted to be remembered as a thoughtful man. Court was predeceased by his parents, Courtland V. Andrew and Thelma Pardi and stepparents, John Pardi and Henrietta Andrew; his beloved wife, Maria Gollner Andrew; his daughter, Tina Andrew; and a brother, David Andrew. Survivors include his two daughters, Janine Pustolka and Kimberly Doherty both of Rotterdam; his five grandchildren, Richard, Rebecca and Danielle Pustolka, and Scott and Mallory Risley; his five siblings, Patience (Lewis) Bach of Glenville, John (Debbie) Pardi of Ballston Spa, Bonnie (George) Ashton of Arizona, Marlene (Rod) Green of North Carolina, Peter (Diane) Pardi of Pennsylvania, Sally Pardi of Schenectady, and Robert (Geraldine) Belisario of Mechanicville; a sister-in-law, Dagmar (John) Rossi; an aunt, Louise Zilberman; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Baxter-Andrew Funeral Home, 1867 State St., Schenectady. The family will receive relatives and friends on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Court's memory to the Shriners Hospitals for Children, 516 Carew St., Springfield, MA 01104. To express condolences visit

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Published in The Daily Gazette Co. from Dec. 4 to Dec. 6, 2012
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