Michael G. Andrews, age 97, passed away peacefully on Monday, Feb. 1, 2021 at his home, surrounded by his loving family.
Born in Baltimore, he was the son of the late John S. Andrews and Anna Goffus Andrews.
He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Mary V. Andrews; daughter, Patricia A. Andrews; and granddaughter, Stephanie C. Andrews.
He was preceded in death by three brothers, Joe, Ed and John, and sister, Agnes.
Mike was a proud World War II veteran, serving as a Navy flight engineer and pilot. He was a member of Combat Air Crew 159 stationed at Whidbe, Washington from 1943-1946.
As a self-taught engineer, Michael worked in aviation for Martin-Marietta, Lockheed Martin, and Westinghouse Aerospace.
As a senior technical writer at Westinghouse, Mike helped to write the manual that created the camera for the famous Moon Landing of 1969.
Michael married Mary Velma Massie on Nov. 11, 1950, a mercurial day of rain, thunder, snow and sunshine – a cosmic declaration of a marriage that was as tempestuous as it was devoted.
Michael and Mary had one daughter, Patricia, who still believes the moon rises and sets in her father’s beautiful smile.
Patricia remembers how proud she was to walk into school with her dad, always the most handsome man in the room. Blessed to have a dad who was always kind and loving, Patricia has never known a greater man than her father.
Michael also had a granddaughter, Stephanie, who is and will always be a professed “Pop pop’s girl.”
Stephanie attributes her ability to craft the world’s greatest paper airplanes and her eternal love for travel and adventure to the man that inspired her each and every day.
She will continue to live by his motto, “Always do the right thing” and hopes that she will always make him proud.
Mike loved flying, boating and fishing, and taking care of ‘his girls,” Mary, Patty, Stephanie and Callie, the family dog.
He always had a soft spot for dogs, and all the family pets – Jesse, Jessa, Shorty and Callie – loved their Alpha Dad.
Michael will always be remembered as a friend to all, with his charming smile and helpful hand, readily extended to help anyone in need.
Witty, intelligent, charismatic and kind, Michael was a blessing to family and friends, and his strong and gentle spirit will never be forgotten.
A mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Luke’s Catholic Church in Ocean City on Wednesday, Feb. 10. Rev Paul Jennings officiated. Interment followed at the Delaware Veteran’s Cemetery in Millsboro, Delaware.
Letters of condolence may be sent via: www.burbagefuneralhome.com.