Andrew J. Liddle
November 6, 1940 – November 14, 2018
Andrew J. Liddle, 78 of Oneonta, passed away on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at Chestnut Park Rehab & Nursing in Oneonta.
Andy was born on November 6, 1940 in Margaretville Hospital, the son of Thomas and Mary (Haynes) Liddle. He was raised on the Tremperskill road in Andes and graduated from Andes Central School.
After high school, Andy went on to attend and graduate from Syracuse University’s NYS College of Forestry and Ranger School in 1960. Holding the position of Chief Forester for the H.B. Webb Lumber Company for 2 years, he then enrolled in the NYS Police Academy where he was a member of their first Aviation Unit, flying fixed wing and helicopter aircraft. He remained with the NYS Police as a Technical Sergeant until 1969 when he was hired by Combustion Engineering as an Executive Pilot, flying corporate executives nationally and internationally. In 1971, calling on his experience with the State Police, Andy became involved in investigating the Attica Prison Riots where he was appointed as an Inspector by NY State, supervising 60 investigators charged with investigating the riot and presenting the findings to the Governor’s Office. He later co-authored a book on the Attica Prison Riots. In the mid-seventies he was tasked with investigating and restructuring the Oneonta City Police Department as a Private Investigator, also working with the Public Safety Department in Endicott at that time through a similar referral from the NYS Organized Crime Task Force. Similarly, through his ties with attorneys and municipalities in NY he worked as a paralegal for the Konstanty Law Firm in the late seventies through the early nineties. In 1978 he accepted the position of Director of Purchasing, Personnel, Security and Safety at Hartwick College. The position encompassed a wide range of duties on campus, managing budgets and preparing reports. Andy remained at Hartwick until 1989 when he returned to his aircraft roots in a management position for Flight Services Group in Norwich as Vice President and Director of Operations. Retiring 10 years later in 1989, Andy found himself leaving the Norwich Airport in 1993, moving to the State of NY Office of the Inspector General as a Deputy Inspector, becoming Assistant Commissioner for Public Protection in 1996 for the Department of Environmental Conservation, and finally as Special Assistant for State Senator James L. Seward. After retirement, he was very active as a Lt. Col in the Civil Air Patrol.
Andy lived a very full life, achieving many accomplishments. He loved his family, his dog and cat companions, and his many friends. When he wasn’t active in work duties, he enjoyed hunting, boating, and participating in many fraternal organizations such as the American Legion, the NRA, the Oneonta Elks Lodge, NYS Rifle and Pistol Association, Oneonta Sportsmen’s Club and the Oneonta Masons. He lived several lifetimes in one. He had a prodigious memory, a lively sense of humor, and a big personality.
He is survived by his wife of 20 years Hon. Karen M. Liddle of Oneonta; his son, Thomas Liddle of Otego; his daughter, Brenda Scofield of Ft. Collins, CO; his grandchildren, Wyatt, Georgia, and Adelle; and his sister, Shirley Liddle of Willow Grove, PA.
Friends are invited to greet the family on Tuesday, November 27, 2018 from 11 am to 1 pm at the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, 14 Grand St, Oneonta, NY 13820.
Burial will take place at the convenience of the family in the spring at Andes Cemetery, Andes.
The family would like to thank Andy’s many friends for their understanding of his difficulties after his brain tumor surgery and his many complicated health issues. He fought a long 20-year battle few would survive. We pray he is at peace and in a better place.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Andy’s memory may be made to the Susquehanna Animal Shelter, 4841 NY-28, Cooperstown, NY 13326.
Condolences to the family may be made online at www.grummonsfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements are by the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home of Oneonta.
- Calling Hours Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Andrew J. Liddle
November 24, 2018
I met Andy on the first day of first grade at the Andes Central School. Because our class was small, 17 of us graduated, we were more like brothers and sisters. I have such great memories of Andy and his brand new blue car. Even though our adult lives took us on separate paths those memories will always be. Andy certainly lived life to the fullest and will be missed by many.
Helen Babel Vroman
November 22, 2018
Aunt Karen, we are very sorry for your loss. Uncle Andy was an awesome person - I'll never forget at Kelly's wedding, in 2004, we sat together in Saratoga with my parents and Timmy and Jeremy. Uncle Andy and my dad were probably the quietest of the group, and Uncle Andy got us all laughing so hard we couldn't breathe. Out of nowhere he says, "Hey, Tim..." and went on to tell some seriously hilarious jokes, and between him and my Dad, the laughter was contagious. We must have sounded like a table of rabid hyenas! I also used to like to go hide out in Gran's back living room with him and watch football to avoid socializing. As much as I love our family, I'm incurably introverted. It was kind of nice to go hang out with him and Jeremy and step away for a moment. I love you and I love Uncle Andy. Call me if you need anything, ever. You have been in our prayers. Love Sarah