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May 10, 1948 - April 4, 2022
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James “Red” McAndrew, born and raised in Scranton’s Hill Section and a longtime resident of Dunmore, passed away on Monday afternoon at home following an illness. He was 73 years old. He is survived by his devoted wife of 44 years, Anne (Hazzouri) McAndrew. The couple was married on Sept. 9, 1977. Red was the son of the late Harold R. and Mary (O’Donnell) McAndrew.
Red was a 1966 graduate of Scranton Technical High School. He was a member of the Pipefitters Union #524. For more than 15 years, he served as the director of facilities management at Scranton’s Mercy Hospital before starting his own business, Quality Building Services, which he has run, successfully, since 1996.
A lifelong athlete, Red loved being involved with sports. He was a basketball standout at Scranton Tech. In his 20s, he spent summer weekends playing in fast pitch softball tournaments for the Farr Street Tavern. When he hung up his cleats, he turned to golf at Elmhurst Country Club where he enjoyed countless matches for the next 43 years. In the winter months, Red refereed basketball. For years he served as a PIAA official before ultimately refereeing in both the Ivy and Patriot leagues of Division 1 NCAA basketball. His proudest officiating moment came while refereeing his first game at the Cathedral of College Basketball, the Palestra, in 2007.
He was recognized for 20 years of outstanding service and loyalty to the game of basketball by the College Basketball Officials Association in May 2013. He was awarded the John P. Nucatola award in 2014 and was inducted in the 36th class of the the Northeastern Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame in 2019.
Red had true friends from across his lifetime. He was loyal, sincere, interested and interesting. He was a great guy and a better friend. He was fun to be with and had a great sense of humor.
A devout Catholic, he could be found at Mass and novenas regularly at St. Peter’s Cathedral, Saints Anthony and Rocco Parish, St. Ann’s Monastery and St. Ann’s Maronite Church.
He also survived by his two sons, Michael McAndrew, of Scranton; Matthew McAndrew and fiance Julia Harrison, of Philadelphia; many nieces and nephews, including his dearest nephew, Patrick Hazzouri, of Scranton. The youngest of three siblings, he was preceded in death by a brother, Richard McAndrew; and a sister, Kathryn “Kay” McGraw.
His family wishes to acknowledge and thank the entire staff of Allied Services for their collective care and compassion throughout Red’s illness.
A Mass of Christian Burial is scheduled for Friday at 10 a.m. at St. Peter’s Cathedral, 315 Wyoming Ave., Scranton, to be celebrated by Monsignor Thomas Muldowney. Entombment will follow at Cathedral Cemetery. Family and friends may pay their respects at the church on Friday from 9 a.m. until Mass time. Those wishing to attend the funeral are asked to go directly to church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Red’s name to either Keystone Mission, c/o 8 W. Olive St., Scranton, PA 18508; or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, c/o 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Arrangements are under the care of the Kevin K. Kearney Funeral Home Inc., 125 N. Main Ave., Scranton. Visit the funeral home’s website for directions or to leave a condolence.