October 29, 1934 – May 27, 2014
ANDOR JANOS ELBERT
Andy died peacefully on May 27th, 2014 at his home. He leaves behind his wife of 42 years, Ursula, his two adult daughters, Marisa Elbert and Kristina Buer and his three little grandchildren Shayna Ann, Harlen Andor and Kenzie Allora.
Andy was born in Budapest, Hungary, on October 29th, 1934. He was a freedom fighter during the Hungarian Revolution against the Communist Regime in 1956. After the collapse of the brave Hungarian uprising against the Soviet Union, Andy and many other Hungarians had to escape Hungary to avoid imprisonment or death.
He immigrated to Canada in 1957, and pursued his dream to become an Olympian Canoeist. In 1964 Andy represented Canada in the Tokyo Olympics in the canoe C2.
In 1965 Andy immigrated to the United States and settled in San Francisco persuaded by Tony Bennetts' famous song "I left my heart in San Francisco." He met his wife Ursula in 1972 on a skiing trip and married her 6 weeks later. They lived an exciting and full life together and travelled all over the world. Andy loved his family above anything and continued his passion for sports.
In 1972 Andy started his first business "Olympian Graphics", a printing company, which became very successful during the next 25 years.
He was a man with a tremendous integrity, a great sense of humor and a zest for life. Andy will be greatly missed by his family and many friends which he considered his extended family.
- Memorial Service Sunday, June 8, 2014
- Outdoor Reception following Service
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June 9, 2014
My name is Rosalie Zobrak and I worked for Andy for 13 Years, and in those years I learned so much from him. Andy had a big heart, very compassionate, very caring of all the people around him. We all loved to hear Andy talk of his adventures, he is a great story teller. I for one will miss him, and I will never forget him. He was a great boss and we all loved him.
Carole Sanchez-Williams (Espinoza)
June 9, 2014
I worked for Andy at Olympian Graphics. He was a great boss with a big heart. He will not be forgotten.
June 5, 2014
I'm Larry Poni I work with Andy for 24.5 years. Just a few thought's about Andy . We started in S.F. In a basement with no windows in an ally. We moved to Oakland 2nd floor with windows. Andy was a good boss. More than that he was a good man. I remember when one of the girls would have a baby he would bye them a crib . He was a man with a big heart. I also remember we enjoyed working at Olympian so much that we " all" had shirts made up saying "Hell Yes We're The Best" .Andy was happy and so surprised . He will be missed.