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Wanamaker & Carlough Funeral Home

177 Route 59, Suffern, NY

OBITUARY

Andrew John Columbia

December 26, 1961January 12, 2020
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The Columbia Family is deeply saddened by the death of their beloved brother and uncle, Andrew John Columbia, resulting from a tragic accident on his ATV in Harriman State Park over the weekend. Andrew was pre-deceased by our parents Peter Leroy & Patricia Anne (née Leary) Columbia, as well as brothers Edward [1986], David [2017], and Donald [2019].

Andrew was born in the Bronx, NY on 26 December 1961. He was an adoring and dedicated son & grandson, often caring for and “landscaping” our Mom’s and Grandmother, Beatrice Britt’s, grave at Ascension Cemetery, where he will be interred with them. One of ten children, Andrew loved his siblings, to include the above and Stephen (Sarah), Alyce (Doug), Patti Columbia-Walsh (Meg), Brian (Wen), Peter (Monique), and Regine Sivan (Avi). He adored his many nieces and nephews, doing his best to spoil them whenever the opportunity arose.

Andrew thrived at Family gatherings, always leaving us in stiches with his extraordinary dance moves, his impressions – especially of the “Looney Tunes” ! – and his contagious sense of humor and zest for fun. To be with Andrew in these moments was to be along for one joyous “ride.” Andrew was a sensitive man who felt love, joy, and pain deeply. Be it times of joy or sadness, he wore his whole heart on his sleeve.

Andrew loved helping people and despite occasion of disappointment, was forever offering a helping hand or receptive shoulder even when he was most in need.

Andrew was a gifted carpentry and landscaping contractor. His work on behalf of a brother, converting a large storage unit into an elaborate office/library in Cambridge, MA was highlighted by The Boston Globe. His local clients were ever-confident in his skills, reliability, forthright effort, and honesty.

Andrew had his struggles. However, over the last six years his successful efforts at turning his life around produced a bounty of opportunities to start a business, own a home, and plan for a bright future. He loved nature and surrounded himself with its beauty at this time of his life. Trail riding was, ironically, a passion he now had a chance to enjoy.

We will miss his infectious smile, his caring heart, and the joy he brought to us all.

Please join us to share stories and recollections of Andrew’s life at the Wanamaker & Carlough Funeral Home, 177 Route 59, Suffern, NY for Visitation on Thursday, 16 January, between 2:00 – 4:00pm and 7:00 – 9:00pm. A Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00am on Friday, 17 January at Sacred Heart Church, Suffern, NY.

In lieu of donations make someone you do not know happy and never hesitate to do so for those you do !

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Visitation Thursday, January 16, 2020
  • Mass of Christian Burial Friday, January 17, 2020

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Private Cremation

Memories

Andrew John Columbia

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Luwaine DeFreese

January 18, 2020

I was another fortunate one to have met Andy in high school. After we graduated, no matter where he saw me, he would stop to chat. I was fortunate enough to have Andy come to my house many times with my husband over the past few years. He talked about his new house and truck proudly, and invited us for a BBQ this coming summer. He came in one day with my husband over the summer, with a gift for me. He said he saw it and thought I would like it. He was always welcome here; his smile and comedy were a welcoming upbeat to the day.
Our hearts are broken and we already miss him dearly. Rest peacefully in the arms of the lord, my friend! Your smile and laughter is forever planted in our hearts.

Rodney Van dunk

January 17, 2020

As long friend of Andrew he was such a great person he always had a smile on his face and always brought a smile to your face. We spoke maybe a month ago he was so happy with life he just bought a house in suffern and he had gotten a GMC truck in which was different it had a lift and big tires on it. Most important is he new God and love him with his heart and was just so happy where he was in life . I am so sad that i lost a good friend but i know i will see him again in heaven in fact he is up there right know with his brothers bulding the biggest deck ever lol prayers sent to his family RIP Columbia !!!

Tony Kulbaba

January 17, 2020

Andrew, I’m happy you and I were able to chew the fat at Home Depot this past September. We were able to laugh and compare notes of years past. I was happy for you buying your home, you had a glimmer in your eye and that beaming smile on your face when you told me. You will always be a special person to me as well as others. You will be missed and I pray that our lord Jesus Christ will cradle you in his arms.

Suzette Loverchio

January 17, 2020

Always remember Andrew hanging out @ 7 eleven , Riverside drive , Fly high Andrew tell my brother Rocco and Richie hi . My deepest condolences to your family it’s never easy losing someone suddenly .

Nancy Nowak Stevens

January 16, 2020

I will always remember how kind, caring and funny you were! God speed Andrew. ❤️

Traci Peck

January 14, 2020

I have many memories with Andrew. Many will never be forgotten . And our high school years would never of been as they were without him. But my most cherished memory will always be Andrew flying to Florida to help my children and I after the death of steve. Hadn't seen or heard from andrew in years. And there he was large as life and made me laugh.I will never forget how he helped us through it and you will never be forgotten. Forever grateful
Always family to me
RIP dear Andrew

Jeff DeLaney

January 14, 2020

Very sorry for your loss, RIP Andrew.

Sheri Steckler

January 14, 2020

When I was 14 years old, Andrew was also 14, and quite handsome. He had a quaff of fantastic wavy John Trovolta type hair from back in the day. He was running by me in my front yard. He stopped in his tracks in front of me and planted a most memorable kiss on me. It was unexpected and, at the time, very exciting. It was a kiss that most definitely weakened my knobby knees for a brief moment. That was Andrew. Spontaneous, Fun, Exciting and most Unforgettable. Andrew John Columbia, you will sorely be missed.
RIP my friend.

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