George Andrew “Andy” Grahame
September 21, 1957- January 11, 2021
George Andrew “Andy” Grahame of Owings, MD passed away on January 11, 2021 at his home, lovingly cared for by his family. Andy was born on September 21, 1957 in St. Petersburg, FL to Malcolm Gordon Grahame, Jr. and Martha Williams Grahame. The family moved to the Grahame Farm in Owings in 1961. Andy graduated from Northern High School in 1976. He was a Master Plumber and owned Springfield Mechanical Services for many years. For the last five years, Andy was employed by the Calvert County Board of Education.
Andy is survived by his wife Mary Catherine “Cathy” Grahame, whom he married on May 5, 1990, and his children Malcolm Andrew “Drew”, Mason Alexander (Rachael Keeney, fiancé), and Jackson Stewart Grahame. He is also much loved by his son’s girlfriends, Rebecca Stanislav and Rachael Owens.
In addition, Andy is survived by his parents Gordon and Martha Grahame and his twin sister Martha Grahame Hyde (Tom). He is predeceased by his brother Malcolm Gordon “Gordy” Grahame, III. He is also survived by his in-laws, Bob and Barbara Stewart and his sisters-in-law, Jennifer Stewart Patterson (Mark), Janice Stewart Graner (Jim), and Valerie Stewart McLaughlin (Seth). Uncle Andy will be dearly missed by Emily Hyde Gilcrest (Matt) and Allison Hyde; Robert (Hannah), Erin, Timothy, and Anna Patterson; Bridget Graner McMillon (Joshua) and Daniel Graner; Vivian and Finn McLaughlin; and his great-niece and nephew Brooklyn and Ryan Gilcrest. Andy also leaves a tremendous group of friends, including several who especially aided and sustained him during the challenges of the last few years.
Andy loved everything about the family farm: planting and sharing his crops, hosting trap shooting events, ice skating, sleigh riding, hunting and fishing. He found comfort in his hobbies and the opportunity to share them with friends and family. Other passions involved hunting, fishing, crabbing, and boating with his boys and friends usually at his second home, “The River Shack.” He loved morning rides to Bowen’s for bacon and sausage (arguing it was closer than Dunkirk even though it’s not) to make a buffet spread for whoever was around. He loved goose hunts, goose blind breakfasts, a good dog and ABBA. He loved potatoes – mashed, baked, fried for breakfast, as long as they came from the farm. He always had water in the carburetor of whatever engine he was working on. He only ever fished two lures: a stingsilver or a plastic worm. If there was a toadfish anywhere near his bottom rig, he’d catch it. He treated the friends of his boys as his own and would do anything to help them.
Andy was always on the move. In his work, he was honest and dependable, including using his expertise to help friends and the community with projects. He also taught us to play hard, especially in his 25 years of coaching baseball when he often coached more than one team a year. He was the first one on the boogie board to ride waves, play wiffle ball with the kids, make sure the trot line was baited, and the crabs cooked perfectly. Andy was really a jack of all trades, a professional tinkerer. He taught by example, and his best Dad teaching moments were things he did, never things he said. He was the Grahame boys’ dad, but also best friend – built in buddies (BIBs) from the start. He surrounded himself with outstanding men that provided some of the best male role models a young boy could ask for (Uncle Mark, GrandBo, Pop, Alex, Ron, Mike C., Rick, Mike F. Hutch, and Big John).
Andy laughed at his own silly jokes and the pranks he loved to pull. He enjoyed dressing his scarecrow on the Grahame farm for different occasions and for the enjoyment of the Lower Marlboro area community. He was fun, agreeable (“yes, Sweetie”), and patient – unless he was sitting in a deer stand. A loving dad and husband, we hope a little of him rubbed off on everyone who knew him well. Our loss is great.
The service for Andy will be live streamed via Zoom on Monday, January 18 at 11:00 AM and can be accessed by using the following information:
Memorial Service – Andrew Grahame
Jan 18, 2021 11:00 AM Eastern Time
To join via laptop or other smart device, click on this link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88124686753 Passcode is 604679
To access over the Zoom app, click on ‘Join Meeting’ and enter the following information:
Meeting ID: 881 2468 6753
On your mobile phone, call 13017158592 and when prompted, enter the meeting ID 88124686753# and then when prompted, enter the pass code 604679# US
In lieu of flowers memorial donations in Andy’s name may be made to the American Red Cross, Blood Donation Services or Calvert Hospice at the addresses and links below.
Monday, January 18, 2021
The American Red Cross, Blood Donation Services
PO Box 37839
Boone, IA 50037