Andrew B. Barkocy of Washington Crossing died peacefully on March 23, 2021 at his home. He was 89.
Andrew, known to family and friends as Andy, was the loving and devoted husband of Frances R. Zaremba Barkocy and together they shared 65 years of marriage.
Born in McAdoo, PA he was a son of the late John and Margaret Kuchera Barkocy.
Andy entered the United States Navy at age 17 and served proudly during the Korean War. After being honorably discharged he and Frances (Fran) married and moved to Lower Makefield where they lived for many years and were actively engaged in the community. At this same time Andy began his career as a bookkeeper while attending Rider University at night. He worked this vigorous schedule for 7 years until he attained his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration.
Andrew rose to various roles during his career as an accountant, eventually serving as Controller for S&P Global. Following his stint in corporate America Andy was bit by the entrepreneurial spirit and purchased a Snelling & Snelling franchise. The culmination of years of hard work came when he founded Princeton Executive Search, a pioneering company in the Executive Recruitment industry, where he remained until retirement. Throughout his career Andy prepared taxes for family and friends and continued to do so even through retirement.
Andy and Fran moved to Upper Makefield later in life where they delighted in the view of the Delaware Canal which remained a source of joy for Andy until the end. He enjoyed catching up with his Navy buddies and was actively involved in the development and eventual opening of the Washington Crossing National Cemetery. He volunteered countless hours of his time to the National Cemetery and the Guardians of the National Cemetery, affectionately becoming known to many as “The Mayor” of Washington Crossing. Additionally, he was a faithful communicant of St. Ignatius and St. Bede Parishes and was a third-degree Knight of Columbus. He was an avid fan of all Philadelphia sports and spent time enjoying games with his sons and friends.
Of the many hats Andrew wore throughout his life, perhaps most important was that of a devoted family man who beamed with pride as his family grew, generation by generation. His simple kindness will be missed by all who knew him.
In addition to his wife, Andrew leaves behind his children, Andrea DiGregorio and her husband, Albert M. Jr. of Yardley, PA, Allen B. Barkocy and his former wife, Josie Parent, of Austin, TX , Dr. Gary A. Barkocy (late Janise) of Nacogdoches, TX ; his siblings, Robert Barkocy and his wife, Joan, of Paletine, IL , Bernadine Pavel of Reading, PA , Agnes "Dolly" Kondash of Somerville, NJ; his grandchildren, Dr. Alexander M. DiGregorio, Capt. USAF, and his wife, Tara, Dr. Nicholas A. DiGregorio, Danae Barkocy, and Isabelle Barkocy, and his great-grandson, Dominic DiGregorio. Andy was eagerly anticipating the arrival of his great-granddaughter, due in August.
Andy was predeceased by his brother John Barkocy and sister Cecelia Miskiewicz.
Services will be private, and Andy will be laid to rest in the place he loved, Washington Crossing National Cemetery, with military honors rendered by the United States Navy and his beloved Guardians.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to The Guardians of Washington Crossing National Cemetery, P.O. Box 233, Newtown, PA 18940 or to St. Bede the Venerable Parish, 1071 Holland Rd., Holland, PA 18966.