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McEwen Funeral Service-Pineville Chapel

10500 Park Road, Charlotte, NC

OBITUARY

John "Big John" Joseph Andrejko

August 24, 1942September 10, 2019

“Thank you, Lord, for this day. Give me an unfearful hope and trust in you. All you give is a gift of love, although at times not clearly perceived by human eyes.”

John, 77, of Fort Mill, South Carolina passed away Tuesday, September 10, 2019.

Born August 24, 1942 in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, John was a son of the late Andy and Helen Dudich Andrejko. He is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Paula Bell Andrejko; his daughter, Allison; and his son John (Emily), all of Charlotte; and three adoring grandsons, Reed, Evan and Maxwell. John was preceded in death by his two brothers, George and Andy.

Following graduation from McKeesport High School, John furthered his education at West Virginia University where he earned a Master’s Degree in Secondary Education. His career with Bethel Park School District began in 1970, where he served primarily as an assistant principal of Bethel Park Senior High School until 1998. His students at Bethel Park, who lovingly referred to him as “Mr. A” and “Jumpin’ John”, credit him and his towering presence as being a stern, yet fair, father figure. He and Paula relocated to South Carolina in 2009, to be near their family and grandsons.

John has been a lifelong member of the Catholic church, as well as a volunteer with numerous community service organizations, which include Lions Club, Kiwanis, Serra Club, St. Gregory Men’s Club, and the Bethel Park Public Library Board. He was a founding member of St. Gregory Byzantine Catholic Church in Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania. He also attended St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Charlotte, North Carolina and was most recently a member of St. Phillip Neri Catholic Church in Fort Mill, South Carolina. His passions included loyalty to WVU and Pittsburgh sports teams, expertise in unique craftsmanship, and the companionship of his four-legged friends, Fletcher, Foster, Jack and Cody.

A service to celebrate John’s life will be held at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, September 21st, 2019 at McEwen Funeral Service – Pineville Chapel, 10500 Park Road, Charlotte, North Carolina. The family will receive friends following the service.

To honor John’s Western Pennsylvania roots, a Memorial Divine Liturgy will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, October 12th, 2019 at St. Gregory Byzantine Catholic Church, 2005 Mohawk Road, Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania.

For those wishing to send memorial gifts, please consider Riverview Hospice & Palliative Care of Rock Hill South Carolina (www.riverviewhospice.com) or St. Gregory Byzantine Catholic Church, 2005 Mohawk Road, Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania 15241.

Condolences may be offered at www.mcewenpinevillechapel.com.

Services

21 September

Celebration of Life

3:00 pm

McEwen Funeral Service - Pineville Chapel

10500 Park Road
Charlotte, NC 28210

12 October

Memorial Divine Liturgy

10:00 am

St. Gregory Byzantine Catholic Church

2005 Mohawk Road
Upper St. Clair, PA 15241

Memories

John "Big John" Joseph Andrejko

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Mattie Johnson

September 18, 2019

We are very sorry for the loss of your loved one.

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Helen Williams

September 16, 2019

Dear Paula and Family, remembering a friendly face, a warm smile. Missing a special person. May he rest in peace. So sorry for your loss.
Love,
Helen

Sheila Unico

September 15, 2019

Dear Paula and family,

I am so sorry to hear about John’s passing. Although I did not know him well, he was a gentleman...classy and professional.
Please accept Ken and my deepest sympathies. Unfortunately we will not be able to attend the Memorial Liturgy as we we be out of town for a wedding.

Love,

Sheila Unico

Debbie Shaw

September 14, 2019

I was one of the lucky ones to have Mr. Andrejko for Algebra II in 1970, before he became Assistant Principal. I respected him so much for his kindness, great smile, fairness to students, and sense of humor. I never called him Big John or Mr. A, always Mr. Andrejko. Maybe out of respect, and maybe because he was so tall to my 4'11'' self! I still cherish what he wrote in my Beacon '70 yearbook: "Best Wishes to the best Algebra II student I've ever had. Good luck. John J. Andrejko." He may have just been being kind, and I will never forget him. May all of his family find peace among your sorrow, knowing he impacted so many of our lives and was greatly admired.

Rosalind Crisson

September 14, 2019

I remember this wonderful man calling my house at 6:30 in the morning to make sure I was able to get my son out of the house and to school. He was determined to make sure he graduated. Thank you for all you did for all of our kids.

Beth Ayres

September 13, 2019

Sending my deepest condolences to Paula and family. So sorry for your loss.

Dave Richie

September 13, 2019

John was one of the most caring person I ever new we worked together on many projects especially selling Xmas trees for the Kiwanis club one great man will surely be missed

Susan Fautz

September 13, 2019

How well I remember Big John, such a kind, fair, funny gentleman. I knew him from working in the BPHS building #4 in the early 90s. Each Christmas when I put out the stained glass Christmas ornaments he made for us, I smile and remember him...I will continue to do so. Condolences to Paula and the family

Jill Simpson

September 13, 2019

John was a great principal at Bethel Park High School. He was assistant principal when I started my teaching career. He was wonderful with the students and always helped the teachers. We both went to WVU and were both Mountaineer fans. My sympathies to his family and friends.

Calvin Robol

September 12, 2019

Very sorry to hear of Mr. Andrejko's passing. I did not have a lot of interaction with Mr. Andrejko, but he always earned the respect of every student, through his honesty and integrity. My most fond memory of Mr. Andrejko was when i was was in the office requesting a student parking pass, and part of the requirement was that you had an after school job. While waiting for the approval, Mr. Andrejko came into the lobby and yelled ... "Who's the one that works at this Bethel Auto Wreckers place ?". I stood up and said - "thats me, its a junkyard for lack of a better term, but my father owns it so i help him out after school". He said "well thats the most interesting after school job i have ever hear of ". Something Ill never forget.

FROM THE FAMILY