Essex, MA — Walter W. Andrew, 86, longtime resident of Story Street, Essex, and husband of Effie M. (Story) Andrews, died Monday, July 16, 2012 in the Beverly Hospital following his sudden illness.
Born in Essex February 2, 1926 he was raised in Essex a 1943 graduate of Gloucester High School. Enlisting in the Army Air Corps he served in Europe during WWII as a ball turret gunner in a B-24. Following his honorable discharge and return to Essex he went on to attend Wentworth Institute training as a carpenter. Mr. Andrews was employed by several area contractors until his employment with Gibbs Oil Company of Revere. He was employed for the next twenty-two years in their maintenance department installing and servicing service station fuel plumbing, retiring in 1989.
Walter enjoyed boating the local waters, sea clamming and as a younger man dirt biking with his friends. He was a member of the former Essex Amvets, a member of the Manchester Masonic Lodge AF&AM and a longtime member of the Essex United Methodist Church, actively volunteering his time during the church fairs and bean suppers.
In addition to his wife of sixty one years he is survived by a son, Peter W. Andrews and his wife Nancy of Ipswich; a daughter, Paula F. Blunda and her husband Stephen of Rowley; granddaughter Michelle Blunda of Rowley; a sister, Virginia Mulcahy of Ipswich; a nephew Blake Story and a niece Brenda Watson. He was the also the grandfather of the late Michael Blunda formerly of Rowley and bother of the late Helen Story formerly of Essex.
ARRANGEMENTS: A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, of Ipswich. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in his name may be made to a charity of one’s choice. To leave a condolence please visit www.whittier-porter.com