Andy was born in New York City, his family then moved to Atlanta and finally to Orlando where he attended high school excelling in academics while starring in sports although as the best player he was kicked off the golf team for his unwillingness to cut his long hair! He graduated from the University of Florida in 1974 with a major in philosophy and minors in mathematics and religion. Upon graduation, he packed up his car and drove north to Route 40 and made a left to begin the journey to fulfill his dream of leaving the heat and humidity of Florida for the sunny shores of California. Shortly after arriving in San Francisco, he attended his first SF Giants game still dressed in Florida attire - a T-shirt, shorts and flip flops and soon realized that the weather in the summer in the Bay area was a little cooler than Orlando. Friends loaned Andy a Giants jacket and he immediately became a life long Giants fan with season tickets for many years. He started his entrepreneurial career as a professional poker player, traveling to the Tahoe area to ply his craft. Subsequently, he spent six months on a commercial salmon fishing boat in Coos Bay, Oregon. Later he and a Swedish friend started selling Persian rugs imported from Afghanistan. In the early 1980's, he got a real job with Illman Jones. a Nordberg Engines distributor, and soon realized that this was a business that he could do on his own. In 1985, he partnered with Norm Nelson to form NAK Engineering, Inc. headquartered in Santa Rosa. NAK acquired the OEM rights for Nordberg Engine diesel parts worldwide and subsequently became nuclear qualified. The partners drew straws to see who would be the President and Andy drew the short straw and served in that capacity for the new Company which prospered and was subsequently sold in 2010. Andy took to retirement like a duck to water. A single handicapper at golf all his life, he focused on continuing to improve his game as a member of Santa Rosa Country Club, Fountaingrove Golf Club and Mayacama Golf Club. He played several times a week at Mayacama as well as other great courses in the area. One of his favorite golf days was the weekly skins game at Mayacama where he served as the "AssistaMish". To further fine tune his golf game, he had a five hole putting/chipping course constructed in his back yard in Fountaingrove where he enjoyed hosting his friends for an afternoon of friendly competition. His friends came to refer to the facility as "Andy's Profit Center". Andy was also very adept at bocce. He played in a regular weekly game in Fountaingrove with his friends and was one of the better players among his fellow competitors. Another of Andy's loves and talents was music. His audio/visual equipment was state-of-the-art and the envy of his friends. A self taught guitar player, he was a member of a rock band in college and his group played backup for the Allman Brothers. Later he enjoyed playing for his own enjoyment as well as sitting in with his son Matt's band. A devoted family man, Andy always found time to be with them. He met and married his wife of 26 years, Kelly Ann in 1986. He loved to walk the streets of San Francisco with Kelly stopping at one of his favorite restaurants and then walking home. Together they raised Kelly's two children Shauna and Brian and their own two sons Matt and Kyle. Many considered Andy to be their best friend. If you weren't Andy's friend then it was your fault - not his! His generosity was huge, not only financially, but more importantly personally. He was a man of great principle, always fighting to do the right thing. His generosity was immeasurable, whether it was quietly donating to his favorite charities or organizing a golf and Giants game outing for his friends. His famous Super Bowl and surprise parties will be missed. He is survived by his brother Michael of Atlanta, his loving wife Kelly and children Shauna, Brian, Matt and Kyle and grandson Evan. Cremation rites were accorded after his organs were donated. A private celebration of Andy's life will be scheduled by the family for close friends in the near future. As an expression of sympathy, the family suggests memorial contributions be made in Andy's name to the Redwood Empire Food Bank in Santa Rosa. Arrangements by Fred Young F. H. Cloverdale, CA. 707-894-2540
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Published Online in the Press Democrat from June 23 to June 24, 2013