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March 18, 1942 - December 5, 2020
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Andrew John Patrick Innes, 78, passed away on December 5th, 2020 surrounded by his wife, Barbara Innes, his daughter, Lisa Christy-Drusts and his son in law, Alex Drusts. He was born March 18th, 1942 in Toronto Canada to Thomas Christie Innes, a presbyterian Minster, and Anna Grant Innes. He grew up in Toronto until he was 6 years old, and then moved to Terrytown, New York. He moved around during his early years with his family, and then attended high school at Howe Military School, graduating in June of 1960.
Andy then enlisted in the Air Force, and while serving he attended Syracuse University, and received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance. He then went onto Ball State University to get his Masters of Arts Degree in City Planning. Throughout his Military Career, he traveled extensively in the United States and Europe. During his time in the Air Force, he received many honors, such as the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal, the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, the Air Force Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and the Air Force Longevity Service Award. After serving 21 years as a Major in the military he retired in 1982.
Andy accepted a position at General Dynamics as a procurement director in Rochester, Michigan, and then moved to California to work at Lytton Data Systems as a procurement director. He then took a position at Hughes Aircraft Company as a Manager of Subcontracts where he retired in 2002.
Andy met the love of his life, Barbara, and were married in 1993. He gained and loved his stepdaughter Lisa, and they formed a close bond from the minute they met. While living in El Segundo and working at Hughes/Boeing, Andy and Barbara rebuilt their home, and upon retiring in 2002 built another home in Palm Desert. During retirement in Palm Desert, they spent most of their time traveling, playing golf, swimming and enjoying time with friends.
In 2012, Andy and Barbara moved to Irvine to get away from the heat, and be closer to Lisa, who met her now husband Alex. Andy loved Alex, and they were able to help plan their wedding, and Andy walked Lisa down the aisle which was one of his happiest memories. In Irvine, they loved going to baseball games, would sit by the pool to read, and attend symphonies and plays. Recently, Lisa and Alex moved to Irvine and every week would have dinner together and play cards, which was always a blast.
Andy loved cats, traveling anywhere (especially cruising), boating on Lake Tahoe, watching ANY sports, but mainly Syracuse and the Yankees! He loved to play cards, go to Vegas and play the slots, eat lots of different foods, particularly Haagen Daas Coffee Ice Cream, watch action movies and tv shows, watch the soaps, and surprisingly loved watching love stories on the Hallmark Channel. Reading a good mystery novel by the pool was a favorite pastime. He also loved to take long drives, and if it was in a Corvette it would be even better! His favorite meal was a hamburger and fries, with a chocolate shake. Going wine tasting in Napa was always a thrill for him, and he adored listening to bagpipe music. Anytime they were on a cruise, he would treat himself to some new artwork. He loved to celebrate any occasion with friends and family, with a Gin and Tonic in his hand.
If you are reading this please raise a glass and toast to a kind and loving man that will be deeply missed, as he made everyones life that he touched better.
In lieu of flowers, if you would like to donate to City of Hope in Andy’s memory it would appreciated.