Francis V. “Angie” McAndrew, 71, of Raven Run, Lost Creek, a retired Pennsylvania State Police Investigator and a former Schuylkill County sheriff and commissioner passed away Sunday at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest, Allentown.
Born in Shenandoah, Dec. 29, 1944, he was a son of the late Patrick and Rose Lorady McAndrew.
Angie was a 1962 graduate of the former J.W. Cooper High School, Shenandoah, and a 1977 graduate of Penn State University, Schuylkill Campus, majoring in criminal justice.
He was a decorated Army veteran having served during the Vietnam era. Upon his honorable discharge from the Army, his service continued upon his graduation from the Pennsylvania State Police Academy, Hershey.
On Oct. 14, 1972, in the former St. Mary Magdalene Church, Lost Creek, he married the former Margaret R. “Sissie” Munley who survives.
Trooper McAndrew first was assigned as a patrol officer in Lancaster for one year, and then was selected to serve as a Statewide Vice & Narcotics Investigator, where he was part of a 21-man team working on a six-month investigation of organized gambling operations. Upon completion, he was assigned to the Avondale Barracks for short period as a state patrol officer. He then was promoted to a Corruption Probe Investigator in the city of Philadelphia which was attached to Pennsylvania Crime Commission. He was part of a special group of state police investigators selected throughout the state for investigation of corruption within the city of Philadelphia. He continued with assignments in Harrisburg as a criminal investigator, then as a patrol officer in Frackville and finally his longest assignment was in Frackville as a criminal investigator from 1980 until 1992 culminating 25 years of dedicated service to the state. Throughout his tenure with the state police, Angie completed many courses and seminars that educated and helped him advance to criminal investigator. He also received many accolades and commendations for his expert work and skills in helping to solve and prosecute numerous criminal cases in the commonwealth, even having received a special citation in True Detective Magazine.
Upon his retirement from the state police, Angie worked as a detective in homicide investigation and other major crimes for the Schuylkill County District Attorney’s Office.
In 1993, Angie was elected Schuylkill County sheriff and assumed his office in January 1994. He successfully ran for that office for the following three elections until 2008 when he was elected as a Schuylkill County commissioner.
As sheriff, he was instrumental in establishing a Central Booking office to quickly and efficiently provide fingerprinting and record keeping for suspects. He improved and expedited procedures for attaining a hunting license in the county. He implemented security at the courthouse and also established a prison inmate work detail.
Upon fulfilling his term as commissioner, Angie served the state and county for almost 45 years. He also served as a commissioner for the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency.
Professionally, he was a former delegate to the Pennsylvania State Troopers Association, a former Station Representative for PSTA, International Association of Homicide Investigation, Fraternal Order of Police Pennsylvania State Lodge and was on the Board of Directors for PA State Police Camp Cadet Program. He was a lifetime member and former vice president of the Trooper Philip Melley Memorial NTC-PSTA-FOP Lodge 65. He was also a member of the National Sheriffs’ Association, the Pennsylvania Sheriff’s Association, former President of the Schuylkill County Chiefs’ of Police Association and the International Association of Court Officers and Services. He was also a director of Barefield Development, Pottsville.
Angie was a member of Divine Mercy Parish, Shenandoah, the AP Damato Medal of Honor Post 792, the AMVETS Post No. 7 and the East End Field & Stream, all of Shenandoah, Saint Clair Fish & Game, Veterans of the Vietnam War Post 29, Port Carbon, the BPO ELKS Lodge 1533, Frackville, and the Ancient Order of Hibernians, JFK Division. He was a lifelong member of the former West End Fire Company, Lost Creek.
Angie was known as the most ardent “Fighting Irish” Notre Dame fan. He enjoyed the many the trips he made to his second home in The Villages, Florida, golfing, physical fitness, and being active in civic groups and the community in general.
Surviving, in addition to his wife of 44 years, are a brother, James McAndrew (Ann Marie); a sister, Patricia Gangemi (late Frank); two brothers-in-law, Edward Munley (Cora Lee) and Sean Munley (Dan); a sister-in-law, Mary Ann Munley Micko (Mike); nephews, Frank Gangemi (Bonnie), Jim McAndrew (Jen), Michael McAndrew (Joanie Trotta), Jonathan Munley (Mary Jo), Ryan Munley (Pam), Timothy Munley (Danielle) and Keith Munley (Colleen); nieces, Cheryl Ann McAndrew Novak (Dave), Patrice Gangemi and Amy Micko Rice (Todd); great-nieces and -nephews, cousins and friends.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be con celebrated at 7 p.m. Wednesday at St. Casimir Church, sacred worship site of Divine Mercy Parish, 229 N. Jardin St., Shenandoah. Monsignor Edward Coyle and Monsignor Ronald C. Bocian will officiate. Interment withmilitary honors will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville. A viewing will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at St. Casimir Church, Shenandoah.
Expressions of sympathy can be made to the Francis V. McAndrew Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 31, Lost Creek, PA 17946.
Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, 132 S. Jardin St., Shenandoah, is in charge of the arrangements.