OBITUARY

Andrew Pflaum

January 18, 1964November 14, 2021

Andrew “Andy” Pflaum passed away peacefully on November 14, 2021 at the age of 57 after a valiant battle against glioblastoma the past year. Andy is survived by his wife, Sarah Clarkson, beloved children William and Madeline, his mother, Sherryl Benton, sister, Lorelle (Guy) Meadows, and many loving family members and friends. Andy was preceded in death by his father, Thomas Pflaum, stepfather, Walter Benton, and his cherished grandparents, Marvin and Madeline Walters.

Andy was a friend, confidante and mentor to so many and proud father to Will and Maddie. He was a funny, generous and loving man who enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, cooking, eating good food, quaffing a martini and glass of wine (or two), boating, classic cars, traveling, fixing pretty much anything that needed fixing and almost all aspects of life.

Andy graduated from Grosse Pointe North High School where he was co-captain of the varsity basketball team, earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Wayne State University and later obtained licensure as a general contractor both in Michigan and Florida.

Andy was a successful and well-respected commercial builder, having founded his own construction company, Apcor Construction and Development (Apcor), in 2013 which provides construction services to clients in Michigan and Florida, after serving in various superintendent and management roles for other construction companies throughout his adult life. Examples of his construction work include the Lavins Activity Center at Windmill Pointe Park, MJR Southgate Theater, the Hilltop Lodge at the Otsego Club, numerous National Coney Island and Bigalora Wood Fired Cucina restaurants in the greater metro-Detroit area, Ford Motor Company’s repurposing of the Lord and Taylor wing of Fairlane Town Center to office space, Apcor’s Michigan headquarters in St. Clair Shores and most recently Ethel’s Baking Co.’s new facility in Shelby Township.

Andy was involved in various charitable and community organizations and activities through the years, including serving on the Board of Directors and as an officer of Kids Without Cancer (formerly Leukemia, Research, Life, Inc.) and serving for many years as the Chair of the annual Bishop’s Dinner fundraiser in support of The Guest House in Lake Orion. Andy through his company Apcor spearheaded and funded the restoration of the platform tennis courts at the Grosse Pointe Woods Lakefront Park which had sat dormant for many years for lack of funding and contributed his services to reconstruct the concession building at Ghesquiere Park in Grosse Pointe Woods where Andy had played on many Little League teams in his youth and where his son Will (GPWSLL Baseball) and daughter Maddie (GPLL Softball) followed in his footsteps.

A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, November 26 at 11:00 a.m. at the Sanctuary Church (formerly The First Baptist Church of Birmingham), 300 Willits St., Birmingham, Michigan, and visitation at the Sanctuary will precede the Memorial Service the same day starting at 9:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Capuchin Soup Kitchen or Kids Without Cancer are appreciated.

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Nick Consiglio

November 26, 2021

Dear Sarah,

On behalf of my family and Kids Without Cancer we cannot express the words to describe the sense of loss for you, your family, and for us. Andy was near and dear to our hearts as he was family to us at Kids Without Cancer.

Andy served as Vice-President of Kids Without Cancer for several years and always supported our mission to eradicate pediatric cancer research at Children's Hospital of Michigan. Andy ALWAYS had a smile on his face and treated everyone with the utmost respect.

EVERYONE loved Andy and always will. He will live on in our hearts forever!!

Regards,
Nick & Susanne Consiglio
President
Kids Without Cancer

Cathy Goodell

November 26, 2021

Our deepest condolences to Sara and the Pflaum family. Andy was the Chair of the Detroit Bishop's Dinner in support of Guest House for 5 years and I had the wonderful opportunity to work with this generous man who contributed so much to the dinner's success. He will be sadly missed and know that Andy will be in the thoughts and prayers of the Catholic clergy and religious whose lives have been saved; and the staff of Guest House. May he rest in the arms of our loving Lord.

Vincent Herrera

November 25, 2021

Andy was the only contractor that had a hand shake worth more than any signed contract. He was a man of his word. I only had the pleasure of knowing Andy for a lil over 3 years, but will never be forgotten. He will be truly missed!!. My deepest condolences to the Pflaum family

Scott Hechlik

November 25, 2021

Dear Sarah and Family: It is with heartfelt sorrow that I write this. It is rare to meet someone who forever changes your own life trajectory. Andy was the type of person who always had that influence and positivity on others. His swagger, kindness, entrepreneurialism, laugh, and antics always made a day more enjoyable and life more grand! I am blessed to have counted him among my confidents and friends. You were granted the exclusive privilege of having him as husband, dad, son and family. We experienced one of god’s greatest gifts and someone who will forever hold a place in our collective hearts. Love Scott Hechlik

Mike Borowski

November 25, 2021

Andy and Sarah made a beautiful family. He is a loving husband, son, and an awesome dad. He loved watching his son and daughter excel in sports. It was always so fun to hang with Andy during a game. He never talked bad about anyone. He would of course joke about all his faults which would make you love him more. His enjoyment for life was magnetic. His Cadillac was the perfect car for him. Bigger than life, pure class, and laid back all in one. We will always remember his loving smile and caring attitude when we get a snack at Ghesquire or play some platform tennis at the park. We are so sorry for the Pflaum family and you will be in our prayers today and always.
Love, the Borowski's

Jim Schoeck

November 21, 2021

One of the finest people to walk this earth, Andy Pflaum taught me about living life the way it deserves to be lived. A great husband, father, son, brother and friend. I was blessed Andy added me to his vast collection of friends, and touched that he allowed my family to become part of his larger family. We love Andy and the Pflaum family. They are our family! God Bless Andy and a life well lived!

Br Nick Blattner Capuchin

November 19, 2021

On behalf of the Capuchin brothers I offer my deepest sympathies on the passing of Andrew. It is truly humbling to receive memorial donations in honor of his life. Please be assured of the brother's prayers for the entire Pflaum family during this great time of grief. May perpetual light shine upon Andrew.

Cindy Miller

November 18, 2021

Dear Sarah, there are no words. It has been years since we saw you two on the pool deck at Grosse Pointe Farms for a swim meet! I didn't know Andy real well in high school even though we ran in the same circle, but I will always remember his infectious smile and affable spirit. Was he ever in a bad mood???? I thought his Mom was the coolest back in high school too -- young, hip, and with a good sense of humor! You two made a wonderful life together and a beautiful family. I pray the memories are enough to comfort you through the loss. Peace. (Insert multiple heart emojis here!)

Rosemary Wlosinski

November 18, 2021

Dear Sarah and family, We are so sorry for your loss. Andy was a great guy, loving husband and father. When Tricia C told us about Andy's illness, we couldn't believe it. We will remember Andy and your family in our prayers. Much love, Tricia's Aunt Rose and Uncle Ron

Jim and Joanne Cross

November 17, 2021

Sheryl and family…..We wish that we would have known Andy. He certainly accomplished a great deal during his shortened life…..your pride in him obviously propelled him to succeed. Your support for his wife and children will now be your endeavor since he has left a gaping hole in their lives. We’ll keep each of you in our prayers as these difficult days pass for you. Jim and Joanne Cross

FROM THE FAMILY