Andy Lotsis, 72, a true people person

Posted: January 29, 2013

THAT FRIENDLY GUY on the 55th Street beach in Ocean City, N.J., who liked to strike up conversations with anyone and everyone was Andy Lotsis.

He was the kind of person who never met a stranger. Friendly and outgoing, he liked to reach out to people he encountered on the beach and everywhere else.

"There wasn't a person that Andy met that he didn't engage in conversation and then become a friend," his family said.

Andrew Lotsis, longtime employee of Foamex Inc., of Eddystone, Delaware County, board member and past president of the Lansdowne Boys and Girls Club, volunteer at Bryn Mawr Hospital and Army veteran, died Thursday of complications of heart surgery. He was 72, lived in Wayne and formerly lived in Lansdowne.

"He would see somebody walking on the beach and he'd give them the 'Andy wave,' " said his son Andrew Z. Lotsis. "He would talk with them and in 15 minutes they would be best friends.

"He was like the mayor of the 55th Street beach. It was just unbelievable how he would give himself to others."

Andy worked for Foamex, formerly a division of the Scott Paper Co., for 38 years. He was a union shop steward and worked as a machine operator for the company that makes flexible polyurethane foam products.

After retiring, he worked for a few years for the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Co. in Prospect Park and Wayne. His job was to chauffeur customers to and from the offices.

"It was an ideal job for him," said his son. "He got to meet more people."

He also worked as a volunteer at Bryn Mawr Hospital, putting in two or three days a week.

"He was very loyal wherever he worked," his son said. "He was of the old school that believed in the work ethic. I don't think he had more than 10 days of sick leave in 38 years."

Andy was a pillar of the Lansdowne community for many years. He coached soccer for the Lansdowne Boys and Girls Club's Spartans and Rangers, and took them to several championships.

"He took great pride in working with the kids and their families," Andrew said. "The club is a staple of the Lansdowne community."

Andy was born and raised in Eddystone, and graduated from Eddystone High School in 1958. He entered the Army in 1962 and was stationed in Germany.

He married Julia "Judy" Pfautz in 1965.

Besides his wife and son, he is survived by another son, Kevin; a brother, Gus Lotsis; a sister, Cindi Dolente; and five grandchildren.

Services: Funeral Mass 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Philomena Church, 41 E. Baltimore Ave., Lansdowne. Friends may call at 6 p.m. Monday at the D'Anjolell Memorial Home, 2811 West Chester Pike, Broomall.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to OCNJ C.A.R.E. Project (Hurricane Sandy relief fund), 16 E. 9th St., Ocean City, N.J. 08226.

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