Andrew Charles Catron, 54, Sorrento, FL, passed away at home on October 19, 2012. Andy was born on December 12, 1957, in Winter Park, FL, and raised on Bear Lake by his loving parents, Cat and Donnie Catron. He graduated from Lake Brantley High School in 1975.
In 1978, Andy went on to serve in the United States Coast Guard aboard the USCGC Steadfast. The Steadfast was named "El Tiburon Blanco" (Spanish for "The White Shark") by Colombian drug smugglers in the 1970's for being such a nemesis to their illegal drug operations.
When Andy returned to civilian life, he worked as an electrician for Harrison Steel and Winn-Dixie. In 1984, he married Penny Shaw, and had two children, Katie, 1984, and Andy II, 1987. After their marriage ended, Andy was very close to his kids, spoiling them every chance he had. Andy and Penny stayed great friends until his passing.
Andy had a talent for cooking. He worked at numerous restaurants in the Bear Lake area. He really shined at family gatherings with his barbecue, chili, boiled peanuts, hot wings, macaroni salad, guacamole, and many other dishes.
After Andy's mother, Donnie, passed away in 1995, he lived with his father, Cat. They were very close. Andy became a grandfather in 2002 with the birth of his grandaughter, Paris, the light of his life. Andy stayed by Cat's side until Cat passed away in 2004. Andy had his first grandson, Christian, in 2005, and his second, Timmy, in 2006. Andy cherished his grandchildren.
Andy was a caring man. You couldn't get off the phone without exchanging “I love yous”, and you couldn't leave with getting a big warm hug.
He lived to see his daughter have a husband and family, his son graduate college, and his niece's and nephews grow into vibrant young adults.
He will live forever in the hearts of his children, Katie Catron-Key and Andrew Catron II, his grandchildren, Paris, Christian, and Timothy, his brother, Curt Catron, his sister, Mary Stepanek, and his many nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles, and friends.
A memorial service will be held at his home on Sunday, October 28, 2012, at 1pm.