1941 - 2023
VisitationJune 5, 2023
The Dolan Funeral Home
FuneralJune 6, 2023
The Dolan Funeral Home
John “Jack” Aubrey Andrews, AKA “Papa Jack,” passed away peacefully at his home in Middleburg, Virginia, surrounded by loved ones, on the morning of May 12, 2023.
He was born in Lowell, Mass, Jan. 11, 1941, to Albert F. Andrews and Evelyn P. Aubrey.
Jack overcame adversity early in life. At the age of 17 he fractured 3 spinal disks in his neck from a swimming accident and became the first patient to ever fully recover from Cervical Spinal Fusion. He spent 7 months in traction, surrounded by sandbags to restrict his movements. Jack signed up to serve in the military, though while in boot camp, his neck injury caused him to be honorably discharged.
Jack was the first of seven children and was married to his first wife, Helen Monahan Andrews, when he was 19. His first job supporting his young family was working in a dry-cleaning factory. He then worked for San-Vel, a precast concrete company in Littleton, Mass, as a laborer and moved up to be a manager at age 24. He was recruited to work in Worcester, Mass. His creativity and mechanical skills were noticed and in 1968 he was offered a job as sales manager with WR Grace. He moved his young family to Reston, VA, and for the remaining years of his life, he lived in Reston and then in Middleburg. After leaving WR Grace, he worked at a precast company in Herndon for Hans Shultz. He worked on many of the new projects in the early years of growth in Reston.
Jack started his real estate career in the early 1970s rezoning industrial properties in Herndon. Around this same time, he started CDC Concrete, a ready-mix concrete company in Herndon, with his wife Helen and his friend Scott Meese. CDC Concrete grew to become Herndon Concrete with plants in downtown Herndon, Centreville, and Newington. The main plant relocated to Rt. 606 next to Dulles Airport in the early 1980’s and became AMAX Concrete. A small five-truck operation had become the largest non-union ready mix concrete company in Northern Virginia and was sold to Titan America in 1989.
In the early 1980s, Jack returned to the real estate business starting the Intergate Company with Jerry O’Connell and Steve Hubert. The Intergate Company influenced the creation of Ashburn Farms, Villages at Round Hill, Beaumeade, Loudoun Gateway, Dulles 28 Auto Mall, and other ventures. Jack continued to work in the real estate business in Loudoun over the next 30 years. As he laid waiting to move on to his last deal, he was still talking about new real estate ideas and advising his sons on what they should do next.
Jack was very involved in the business community in Loudoun County over the years in a variety of roles. He was one of the cofounders of the Rt 28 Tax District. One of his biggest contributions in that effort was the naming of Atlantic and Pacific Blvd. He was heavily involved in the Loudoun County citizens committee Comprehensive Plan rewrite called “Choices and Changes.“ Jack also placed over 1,000 acres into open space easements in Loudoun County.
His business philosophy was: “#1 – Do something you enjoy; #2- Do something that contributes to society; and #3 – Make a profit so you can continue doing 1 and 2.”
His other advice to overcome adversity: “It’s all in how you phrase the question.”
Jack’s passion was real estate. A vacation in St. John USVI led to the prestigious community of Peter Bay. His friends and family knew him as a consummate Deal Junky.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his sisters Lyn Bell-Andrews, Kathleen Byrt and his brother Dana Andrews.
He is survived by his brother and life-long friend Albert “Bud” Andrews of Hampton, New Hampshire, and sisters Sarah Andrews and Susan Cline of Chelmsford, Mass.; his children, with Helen Monahan Andrews: John A. Andrews II of St Augustine, FL, Mark E. Andrews of Middleburg, VA, and Christine E. Andrews of Del Ray, FL; his children, with Wendy Lind of Middleburg, VA: Alexander Andrews and Sophia Andrews both of Middleburg, VA; six grandchildren: Jessica Andrews of Phuket, Thailand, John A. Andrews III of Pinellas Park, FL, Laura Andrews of Sterling, VA, Annamarie Andrews of Reston, VA, Mark Andrews II of Ashburn, VA, and Amanda Burke of Orem, Utah; three great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
Jack is fondly remembered by all his family for his many stories and for his generosity.
John “Jack” Andrews died May 12, 2023. Visiting hours Monday June 5, 2023 from 6:00PM to 8:00PM at DOLAN FUNERAL HOME, 106 MIDDLESEX STREET, N. CHELMSFORD, MA. Funeral Tuesday June 6, 2023 at 11AM. Burial in St. Patrick Cemetery, Lowell, MA. ARRANGEMENTS BY DOLAN FUNERAL HOME 978-251-4041. Guestbook at www.dolanfuneralhome.com