The late Andrej (Andy Gaydos) Gajdos has gone to be with his Lord & Saviour Jesus Christ. He was born near Prague, Czechoslovakia and immigrated to Canada in 1931 with his mother Anna (nee Hrustik, deceased 1980) and older brother Stefan (deceased 2006). Over time the family expanded to include two additional sons; Viliam (William) (deceased 1977) and Edvard (deceased 2022). The family settled in Sarnia, ON were their father, Andrej, operated First Class Shoe Repairing. The Great Depression was a difficult time but Andy learned quickly and was soon accomplished on various musical instruments, leather working and, although challenged with English, was adept at the art of fixing things that no longer worked! He finished high school in St. Thomas, ON, got his first job at age 16 replacing milk truck springs, became an accomplished auto mechanic (Snelgrove Motors) and musician (often playing in local venues like the Silver Dwarf Inn). In early 1951 after seeing an ad for teachers he decided to pursue teaching and headed for Toronto to enrol in teacher’s college. At the Univ. of Toronto, Faculty of Education he met his like-longer sweetheart and partner Pearl (deceased 2020), finished his education and eventually married her in 1955. He taugh in St. Thomas before returning to Toronto to teach at R.H. King, Scarborough. Two children followed; John and Sharon (deceased 2018). In 1967 he was offered a position at the Univ. of Toronto, Faculty of Education and was there until his retirement in 1993 as a Full Professor. Until his most recent health complications he loved to play his sax, study the Bible and fix anything that needed repair. He loved his home, neighbourhood, grand daughter Katelyn, numerous nieces & nephews and was ever ready to lend a hand to anyone that asked. He will be sadly missed by everyone that knew him.
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