Fred H. Andrus

  • Born: June 4, 1950
  • Died: November 15, 2019
  • Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Cavanagh Patterson Family Funeral Homes

43 E. Baltimore Ave
Media, PA 19063
Tel. (610) 566-3400

Tribute & Message From The Family

Fred H. Andrus of Philadelphia , PA passed away on November 15, 2019 at the age of 69. He was born June 4, 1950 in Akron, OH to the late Dr. Frederick H. & Ruth E. (Polk) Andrus.

Fred was predeceased by his father, his mother and his brother James Andrus. He is survived by his one true love Sally Bernhardt; sisters Jean Andrus; Betty Andrus; Kathy (Ronnie Lengel) Andrus; and nieces Mallory Lengel and Hunter Lengel.

Fred was a true renaissance man: a lifelong classical pianist and cellist, a talented painter, and a voracious reader. He was kind to everyone he met and will be missed greatly by all who knew him.
Fred moved to Philadelphia in his 20s and found a love for the city and Eastern Pennsylvania. He worked for Independence Blue Cross for over 20 years, where he met the love of his life, Sally. He spent the last 13 years sharing his life with Sally and her loving family in addition to his own.

Relatives and friends are invited to his visitation on Monday, December 16, 2019 from 10:00 to 11:00 AM at Cavanagh-Patterson Funeral home, 43 E Baltimore Pike, Media, PA 19063. Memorial Service will begin at 11:00 AM.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Like Lee and Mark, I went to school with Fred for 12 years back in Akron, OH. And yes he was smart and kind and musical and artistic way back then. We knew Fred was special on all sorts of levels. I remember in the 7th grade Fred was busy in homeroom writing in a very large notebook. When we headed off to first period class, I went over to see what he was doing. Well, he was writing a symphony, scoring parts for all the instruments. I don't know that I had ever heard a symphony, and he was writing one. One correction for Mark, Fred only(!) got a 1593 on his SAT's. He somehow managed to miss a question on the math side. I guess even he was fallible. I have thought of Fred often over the years, and his death brings sadness to my soul. I am glad that he was able to find love and happiness in his life, for isn't that all we need.

Posted by David Schankler - Skillman, NJ - Friend   January 25, 2020

So sorry for your loss. Fred and I were good friends at Firestone High School in Akron, OH. He was a brilliant and extraordinarily talented man. As a senior in high school, he was putting music into braille and was a fine pianist, as well as clarinet, and of course cello. His passing is truly a loss to humanity. May he rest in peace.

Posted by Lee Eisinger - Akron, OH - Classmate   January 24, 2020

I grew up with Fred in Akron, lived near him, and knew him well until graduation from Firestone High. Without question, he was the smartest guy I've ever run across -- not just in objective test scores (he scored two 800s in his SATs), but in his outlook in life. He was one of the first to question the war in Vietnam -- and one of the first to expose me to the Hindu gods. I've always thought about him and wondered where he went and what he did. I'm incredibly glad to read that his life was a success, that he was happy, that he left a good family. He had a great influence on me, even if it was often passive. I have many many memories of him throughout school in Akron.

Posted by Mark Moorstein - Manassas, VA - Friend   January 24, 2020

Sally I was taken back yesterday when we ran into each other and learning the loss of your Fred. So sorry to hear of this. What a great man and a joy to work with him at IBC. My condolence to you Sally and his family. May he rest in peace.

Posted by Barbara McCloskey - Springfield, PA - coworker   December 06, 2019

I have not seen Fred for 30 years. We met July 3,1976 on Penn's campus during the bicentenial. He truly was a unique individual....a talented pianist and cellist.....a great cook....a guy who loved the outdoors...brilliant, well read( read the World Book as a child). He was great at math, science, writing and photography. I recently visited a friend who has a beautiful photograph he took near the Art Museum about 35 years ago hanging on her wall. I am glad so many people appreciated him. I am glad he found success and happiness in life. May his memory bring smiles on the faces of all who knew him.

Posted by Susan Wolf - Cherry Hill, NJ   November 30, 2019

I worked across from Fred for about ten years. He was the smartest person I ever knew. He always amazed me with the depth of knowledge, yet never made me feel stupid. I always told him he should have been a college professor because of the patience he had when teaching me something. He truly was one of a kind.

Posted by Susan Burke - Coworker   November 26, 2019

So very sad to hear about Fred's passing. He was a great man. I had the pleasure of working with Sally for many years and remember when Fred started courting her. They truly were the best match and an example of true love. My thoughts and prayers are with Sally and all his friends and family.

Posted by Lindsey Spado-Worrix - Richmond, VA - Coworker   November 26, 2019

So very sorry to hear this news. Fred was one of a kind and one of the best. My prayers to you Sally and his extended family.

Posted by Chris Heller    November 25, 2019

I worked for many years with both Fred and Sally at IBC. Fred was a genius who could solve any problem. He made it all look so easy and was always eager to help. Fred's passing is a huge loss to anyone who had the privilege of knowing him. My heart breaks for Sally and Fred's family.

Posted by Betsy Hudson - Feasterville, PA - Coworker   November 25, 2019

I am so sorry to hear of Fred's passing. Sally my thoughts and prayers are with you and your families. He was such a kind soul. Karen Eskridge

Posted by Karen Eskridge - Philadelphia, PA - Coworker   November 25, 2019

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