Jay B. Andrews

May 24, 1944November 30, 2012
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Jay B. Andrews – whose generous spirit, gregarious personality, and vivacious laugh made him the life of many parties as well as a very cherished friend – passed away on November 30, 2012.

A Louisville native, Jay was born May 24, 1944. He was the first born child of J.B. and Dorothy Rice Andrews. Jay was a 1962 graduate of Atherton High School in Louisville. He attended East Carolina University earning a complete football scholarship. As part of the ECU Pirates Football Team Jay participated in many victorius Bowl Games. He was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity; graduating from the School of Business in 1966. It was at East Carolina where Jay met his future bride Patricia Ann Hunley.

Family, friends, and golf, were Jay’s passions. A devoted father, grandfather, and uncle. Jay loved nothing more than to be surrounded by family and close friends whether on the beach or around his dinner table. He was gifted storyteller, enjoyed many colorful jokes, dancing, Motown, Jazz and the Blues.

Cultivating more than 35 years in the children’s clothing manufacturing industry. His career began in Kentucky and quickly moved him to New York, NY. Jay became President and member of the Board of Directors of both Health-Tex, Inc. and Kleinerts, Inc.

He served as President of the Children’s Wear Manufacturing Association and KIDS. A board Member of both Audubon and Burning Tree Country Clubs. Jay was an avid and competitive golfer who loved time on the golf course.

He and his family lived in Stamford, CT for more than 28 years enjoying many special friendships. They are members of St. Matthews Episcopal Church, Bedford, NY. Upon retirement, Jay and Pat returned Louisville, KY. Where they have enjoyed lots of old and many new friends, as well as their close knit family.

Jay is survived by Pat, his loving wife of nearly 46 years; daughters Amy Andrews of Old Greenwich, CT, and Polly Andrews Hill (Greg) of Louisville; grandchildren Chase Andrews Hill, Riley Elizabeth Hill, and Brooke Andrews-Peden; sister Marsha Andrews Lloyd (Gary) of Louisvilles; brothers David Andrews of Chicago, Steve Andrews (Anne) of Indianapolis; and his many beloved nieces and nephews.

A Blessing and Celebration of Jay’s life will be planned for the Spring time at St. Mattews of Bedford, NY.

Friends may pay their respects on Friday December 7, 4-7 pm at Arch L. Heady & Son at Westport Village , 7410 Westport Road. Please visit us at to leave a condolence for the family.

In lieu of flowers,

Memorial contributions in Jay’s memory may go to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation of Louisville, Kentucky. JDRF 153 Theirman Lane Louisville, KY 40207 Attn: Meredith Gault


  • Visitation Friday, December 7, 2012

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July 21, 2013

Dear Pat, Amy and Polly,
Marty and I have thought of you many times and last night we promised to look up your address And this came up.
So sorry. We will keep trying to get in touch. We are still in Becket.
Paulette and Marty

Mike Roan

July 18, 2013

Dear Pat,
Just learned of Jay's passing. Jay was a friend on the road in the 70's and a leader and a mentor in the 80's and 90's. I'll always cherish our times together in the industry. Not only did we do lots of business but we had lots of fun doing it.
Our thoughts are with you and your family.

Mike and Debby Roan,

Nicole Rogers Longo

May 9, 2013

Pat, Amy and Polly - I was attempting to search for Amy in hopes of reconnecting when I came upon Jay's obit today. I am so sorry for your loss. As children we all loved and revered him and he made us feel so special by letting us call him by his first name. Love to all of you from Tampa

December 18, 2012

Ursula emailed us the sad news about J(Big time).so many great memories(some we don't remember so well!)we will toast to him tonite and think of the BTCC days.keep strong, sam and bob

Fred Brown

December 15, 2012

Dear Pat,
Nancy and I were so sorry to hear of Jay's passing.
I always enjoyed working with Jay and the good times we had at Health Tex. He will be missed.
Sincerely, Nancy and Fred Brown

Harvey Mller

December 14, 2012

Dearest Pat, Amy and Polly,
My deepest sympathies are with you all. I will always cherish the memories of the good times spent with Jay both professionally and personally. Mint Juleps and Derby Days will always be Jay Days.
Sincerely, Harvey Miller

Andy Weissman

December 13, 2012

Dear Pat
I am so very sorry to hear of the passing of your beloved husband and my friend. My prayers go out to you and the girls and the your extended families. I considered myself extremely privileged to be part of the original eight of Jay's boys group at health tex and later at kleinertsI I learned a lot of lessons from Jay and glad I was able to reconnect and speak to him again last year .

Charles & Rita Magyar

December 11, 2012

Dear Pat and Family:
Rita and I were saddened to hear of Jay's passing. It seems like only yesterday we were all at the Carlucci's and Jay was his usual self, laughing and joking around. You both looked great and it was nice hearing about your retirement in Louisville. But, now he's in God's loving hands and we'll be remembering you both in our prayers. Fondly, the Magyars

December 10, 2012

Dear Pat, Amy and Polly,
I was saddened to hear about Jay. I think about you guys a lot, Chris saw the obituary in the Greenwich Time last week. Our condolences to your family, he will be sadly missed.
Chris ran into Howard Sodokoff the other day and happened to bring up Burning Tree and Jay and Amy and Larry, his son.
Marie Bates

dean coleman

December 10, 2012