Obituary of Andrew Carey
ANDREW J. CAREY
On May 4, 2017, age 92, went to be with his Lord and join his beloved wife, the late Dorothy Katchur Carey, to whom he was married for 63 years. Andy grew up in Duquesne, PA, and was raised by his loving mother, Katherine Gallagher Carey, in the home of his beloved grandfather, John Gallagher on Fourth Street in Duquesne, along with his four siblings. His father died when he was young and Andy was always grateful for the special relationship he had with his uncle, Matt Gallagher, who instilled the values of hard work and education on his nephew and also taught him a love of all sports. As a child of the Depression era, he was a serious young boy who held many jobs in an effort to help his mother. He was a newspaper boy, he worked at Kennywood, in the steel mills and on river boat barges. Andy graduated from Braddock High School and was fortunate that his teacher saw potential in him and encouraged him to go on to college. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in Electrical Engineering. After graduation he went to work at Union Switch & Signal (now Ansaldo) where he worked for more than 45 years, ultimately becoming a Vice President of Research & Development. He was involved in the development of numerous patents for railroad signaling devices and traveled around the United States and abroad for a variety of railroad projects. Andy loved his work but his family was always his first love. He began dating Dorothy Katchur in 1945 and she quickly became the love of his life. Andy and Dot had five children and shortly after the second child was born they moved to West Mifflin to raise their family. For more than 20 years, Andy and Dorothy spent time vacationing at their condominium in Hilton Head, SC. Later Hilton Head became the vacation spot for the entire family to enjoy from wave busting, to pappy pancakes, to family dinners, and walks on the beach. After moving to West Mifflin, Andy became an active member of Resurrection Parish. He worked on the committee to build the new church and the school and served on the Parish Counsel until he was 80 years old. He taught the 8th Grade Boys CCD Confirmation Class for more than 25 years. He was one of the founding members of the Knights of Columbus, Council #4210, and was on the committee to build their council hall and ultimately served as Grand Knight of the Council. Andy was preceded in death by his loving wife, as well as his mother, Katherine Carey; and his father, Andrew P. Carey; as well as his beloved older sister, "Kay" Carey; sister Mary Carey Anderson; brother, Matt Carey, as well as his beloved mother and father-in-law, George and Susan Katchur; and brothers and sisters-in-law, Florence and George Zuzo and George and Helen Katchur; and Mary Catherine Carey and William Sage. He is survived by his children, the Hon. Deborah Carey Stevens and husband, Hank (Knoxville, TN) and their daughter, Katie; Thomas Carey and wife, Joyce (Peters Twp.) and their children, Ryan, Janel (fiancé Nick Rielly) and Caitlin; Linda Carey (Mars) and her daughters, Amanda (Ryan) Copeland, Rachel, and Megan; David Carey and wife, Sue (Plum) and Chuck ; and Barbara Carey Henninger and husband, Harry (Pittsburgh). He is also survived by his baby sister, "Annie" Carey Sage (Philadelphia) as well as many loving nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 6-8 p.m. on Saturday and 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. on Sunday at the THOMAS L. NIED FUNERAL HOME INC., 7441 Washington Ave., Swissvale, PA. 412-271-0345. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday 10:00 a.m at Resurrection Catholic Church, West Mifflin. Interment will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Pittsburgh, PA.