Sunday, April 8, 2012

Jack McAndrew: 1939-2012

We lost one of our parishioners, John J. "Jack" McAndrew - a founder of "Irish Night" at Guinan's - after his fight with lymphoma. He was 72.

Jack is featured in the chapter "The Rising of the Moon" in Little Chapel on the River and at other points in the book. He was a friend to many in Guinan's green walls, and a teacher to those new to Irish music. Without fail, he'd play your favorite song without being asked. For me, that was The Wild Rover. With a nod, and wink, he would always launch in just as my hands were wrapping around the first cold Coors Light. I'll remember his smile and generosity as it swelled out from the dark room, dancing on the music that carried his spirit throughout the bar and beyond.

You can read Jack's "My Reflections as Session Leader" essay about his time at Guinan's.

Memorial donations may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society www.lls.org

Photo courtesy Christine Ashburn.

1 comment:

Jack Murhy said...

Peekskill St. Patrick's Committee will present a memorial and appreciation seisiun for Jack McAndrew on Monday, May 21, from 6-9 p.m. at The Quiet Man Public House at 15 N. Division St. in Peekskill.

All veterans of the "Rising of the Moon" are cordially invited. Cash bar and appetizers will be available.

A $10 charge will be donated in Jack's memory to the 2013 St. Patrick's Parade in Peekskill. Reservations: 914-930-8230.