Adrian (Andy) Irish Sr.
On Saturday, November 30, 2019 Adrian C. Irish Sr. loving husband, father and papa left earth for his reward in heaven.
Andy was born on August 29th 1938 in St. Albans, Vermont to Robert and Bessie (Ryan) Irish. He was the first of four children. Brothers, Michael (Deceased), Brian, Dwight and sister Cindy. He grew up on a small farm in Fletcher, VT where he spent many an hour in a field watching the cows and reading, this is where Andy acquired much of his intelligence. He graduated BFA Fairfax and was the salutatorian in his senior class. He attended UVM College upon entering the Navy, which he served for 6 years and was a very proud veteran. Andy worked for the telephone company for many years, and then started a career with IBM in Essex, VT. He retired from there after 25 years.
In 1987 he married the love of his life and his best friend Karen. He raised their five children, the oldest Robert Todd Wood, Melody Lois (Wood) Roell, Brett Scott Wood, Jason Clifford Wood, and Jarred Allen Wood. He loved and enjoyed their 14 grandchildren, and 4 great grandchildren. The grandchildren are Madison and Mason Wood, Kaleb Shepard, Saddie Roy, Kennady Roy and Bella Roell, Corey and Zachary Wood, Keana, Shayna and Matthew Wood, Xavier, Aiden and Connor Wood. His great grandchildren are Kylee and Sophee Shepard, Blake Nadeau and Charley Mouton.
Andy was the most faithful fan for baseball games, basketball games, soccer games, and car racing. He followed rain or shine. He loved reading, gardening, fishing, and crazy adventures like spur of the moment tattoos in South Carolina with his wife Karen. They enjoyed life to the fullest, and they loved their hearts out. He loved and enjoyed his dog, Dash.
He will be greatly missed by all who knew him, he was tired and ready. He had battled Parkinson’s disease for 4 years, ending in uncontrollable seizures which eventually took him. Andy is survived by his wife, Karen Belle Irish, his 5 children, 14 grandchildren, and 4 great grandchildren.
Visiting hours will be held on Tuesday, December 3rd from 4 to 7 p.m. at Brown-McClay Funeral Home in Bristol. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. on Wednesday, December 4th at Bristol Baptist Church, with a reception following at American Legion in Bristol. Burial will be at Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Randolph. To send online condolences to his family please visit www.brownmcclayfuneralhomes.com