Surrounded by loved ones in the comfort of his home, Andrew Mackie Jr., 79, began his journey on Sept. 30 to reunite with his late wife, Rita "Jeanne" Clinton Mackie, who was his very best friend and dance partner.
Born in Scranton, Pa., son of the late Alice Tigue Mackie Stephens and Andrew Mackie Sr., he is survived by his children, Brent Andrew Mackie (Darath), Michele Snyder (Mike), Drew S. Mackie (Christine), and Erin Van Belle; grandchildren, Brent Andrew Mackie Jr. (Julia), Erika Mackie and Caitlin Van Belle; great-grandchildren, Brent Andrew Mackie III, Ian Mackie and Gabriella Mackie; his sister, Bonnie Welsch (Daniel); brothers, James Mackie (Lynn), Malcom Mackie Sr., and John "Jack" Mackie (Jean), and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, brother Robert Mackie and grandson, Ross Ian Mackie.
Drew, a.k.a Andy, Big Mack, Pa and Pops, lived a full life admired by many. He graduated from Scranton Tech High School and served in the United States Navy on the carrier ship USS Saratoga during the Bay of Pigs conflict. He traveled worldwide serving his country and was a member of the local Teamsters 229, receiving many awards during his career as a professional truck driver.
As a man of service to others, he took on many roles from supporting the East Scranton Little League, East Scranton Apollos Football and volunteered as vice president and then president of The Hill Neighborhood Association. He worked with many non-profit organizations, helping people and animals in need.
He was an avid fan of Penn State football, Philadelphia Eagles and Nascar. He had an amazing sense of humor and a contagious smile. He was extremely proud of his family and took great pride in their accomplishments. He was always eager to help others and his legacy will live on for eternity.
Special thanks to family friend and caregiver Teresa Igoe, other friends, caregivers, family, and neighbors.
Friends and family may call Monday, Oct. 5 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Neil Regan Funeral Home, 1900 Pittston Ave., Scranton, PA 18505. Interment will be private at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Area Agency on Aging.
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