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Andrew Scarupa, age 96, of Springville, NY, formerly of Bergholz, was called to his heavenly home after a ten year battle with Alzheimer's. Andy was a 'lover of the sky' and spent his childhood chasing the dream of soaring, flying, was infatuated with airplanes, the stars and planets.
He left school after the eighth grade and spent time out west in the "sea, sea, sea's." Andy joined the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II. After the war, he went to TV repair school and became a television repairman. His employment included helping to build the NYS Power Vista, worked at Bell AeroSpace building the Agena and Apollo rocket engines, and after the closing of Bell, worked with robotics at Keller Technologies, Town of Tonawanda, until his retirement. Andy loved to build and fly radio controlled airplanes, and was a member of the Black Knights Model Airplane Club. He shared a great love and spent many hours with his daughter, Gloria, caring for her horse, Tabu.
Andy was predeceased by his parents, Peter and Anne (Hollick) Scarupa; his wife, Clara (Helwig) Scarupa on April 3, 2015; and all his brothers and sisters. Survivors include his twin daughters, Gloria (James) Ford of Niagara Falls, and Andrea Zysk of Lewiston; two grandsons, Neil (Jennifer) Zysk, and Andrew (David) Shapiro-Zysk; great-granddaughter, Hailie Paige Zysk; and many nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at the DUBOIS FUNERAL HOME, 2436 Niagara Road, (Bergholz) in Wheatfield, on Sunday from 6-8 PM. Services will be conducted by the Rev. Michael A. Keicher, on Monday at 11:00 AM in the funeral home, along with military honors. Interment will follow in Niagara Falls Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Guiding Eyes for the Blind.
Published on February 22, 2017
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