Christopher "Buddy" McAndrews
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Christopher "Buddy" McAndrews

AGE: 86 • Lauderhill, FL

Christopher "Buddy" McAndrews 86, of Lauderhill, FL, formerly of Manchester died Sunday, July 3, 2016, at the Alexander Nininger State Veterans Nursing Home, Pembroke Pines, FL. He was employed for 29 years as a Firefighter for the Town of Kearny before retiring in 1985. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was captured in 1950 and held as a POW until his release in 1953. He was a survivor of the infamous Tiger Death March. He was awarded the Purple Heart and was a Life Member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Chapter #36, as well as the Korean War Veterans of Ocean County and the American Ex- POW Association. Born and raised in Kearny, he lived there until relocating to Brick in 1973 until 1989, in Jackson from 1989-1999, in Manchester from 1999-2015 before permanently residing in Lauderhill, FL. He is predeceased by his first loving wife of 32 years, Mary Ann (Malizia) McAndrews, who died in 1987. Surviving is his loving wife of 26 years, Denise (Libretti) McAndrews of Lauderhill, FL, a daughter, Karen McAndrews of Manchester, a son, Chris F. McAndrews and his wife, Daryl of Toms River, 2 step-sons and their wives, Michael and Michele Gray of Easton, PA, Christopher and Ann Marie Gray of Edgewater, NJ, 6 grandchildren, Matthew, Colleen, Megan, Juliane, Stephanie, and Kyle, and 2 great-grandchildren, Grace and Calen. Visitation is Sunday from 1-5 pm at the Oliverie Funeral Home, 2925 Ridgeway Road, Manchester. Funeral Service and interment is Monday at 11:00 am in the Chapel at the Brigadier Gen. William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Arneytown. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Alzheimer's Association of N.J. 400 Morris Avenue, Suite 251, Denville, NJ 07834 or to Disabled American Veterans; For directions, or to send online condolences, please visit our website at

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Published in Asbury Park Press on Jul. 8, 2016.
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July 10, 2016
Aunt Denise and kids and Buddy's family, our deepest condolences from the Clark family. Uncle Buddy was a very special man I have very fond memories of him. Always smiling, always happy in every aspect of his life. He will truly be missed. We are blessed to have him in our lives.

Anna and Craig Clark
Anna Clark
July 8, 2016
To all the McAndrews:
I'm so sorry for your loss, but remember how he was, for most of his life, his indomitable spirit. I was lucky enough to sit down with him in 2003 and film his veteran oral history. In fact, just recently I'd discovered the Library of Congress has digitized a portion of their collections of veterans, and your Dad was one of them. I'd been watching his interview just last week - what a coincidence, after 13 years.
Carol Fowler
July 8, 2016
Sincere condolences goes out to the Mc Andrews family for your sad loss. May GOD be a source of comfort and strength as you mourn the loss of Christopher.
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