James L. Andre, Sr.

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 9 September 2022 at 9:10 pm

KENDALL – James L. Andre, Sr., 86, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday September 7, 2022.  Jim was born June 30, 1936 in Irondequoit, a son of the late Charles and Olive (Bartlett) Andre and had lived in this area most of his life.

Jim served in the US Navy from 1956-1960 on the Battleship Steinaker “Tin Can” DD863.  He was an active member of the Orleans County Veterans Joint Council and was instrumental in the development of WNY National Cemetery in Pembroke and starting the transportation service, taking veterans to and from their doctor appointments. He was one of the main volunteers and drove for over 25 years. He was an avid sports enthusiast and enjoyed watching hockey, baseball, especially the Toronto Blue Jays and football, especially the Buffalo Bills. Jim was a very caring man who was always willing to help anyone.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his son Matthew; brothers Richard, Bob, Francis “Buzz”; sisters Rose Patterson, Leona Perry and Arlean Snyder.

He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Ann; his children Sherry West, Margie Steffen, James Andre II; grandchildren James Andre III, Ashleigh Andre, Matthew Andre, Jr., Michael Andre, Marissa Andre and Mitchel Andre; several great-grandchildren; sister Anna (Ed) Nichols; brother-in-law Edward Snyder as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family will receive friends at the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc. 16650 State Rte. 31 Holley on Wednesday, Sept. 14, from 4 to 7 p.m. His burial with Military Honors will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at WNY National Cemetery, 1254 Indian Falls Rd., Corfu NY 14036.  Memorials may be made to the Orleans County Veterans Joint Council, 13996 State Route 31, Albion NY 14411.

To share a special memory of Jim, please visit www.mitchellfamilyfuneralhomes.com.