Michael Jay Andrews
Michael Jay Andrews

February 10, 1959 - August 31, 2018
Born in Philadelphia, PA
Resided in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Obituary

believed in “letting your actions speak for yourself.”
Mike enjoyed spending time with his family and creating memories that they will treasure for a lifetime. He dedicated his life to helping family and friends in need and was a strong supporter of the American Red Cross.
He leaves to cherish his love and memories: Children - Sharana Worsley, Latisha Worsley; Granddaughter - Jalyn Clark; Siblings - Gwendolyn, Patrina, Zachary, Keith, Prudence, Elizabeth, Lee and Dwayne; Best Friend - John; Devoted Friend - Suzette; Goddaughter - Jentia; nieces, nephews, band members, neighbors and a host of friends and family.
Michael’s presence was strong and, with his passing, we, the family, will celebrate the strength, love, and passion for music that he demonstrated throughout his life.
MICHAEL JAY ANDREWS was born on February 10, 1959 in Philadelphia, PA to the late Marie Florence Andrews & James Andrews, Jr. He accepted Christ at an early age and was a member of Mt. Airy Baptist Church for over 10 years where he played the guitar. He answered God’s call on Friday, August 31, 2018. He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Betty Gaskins, grandfather, Garland Ruffin, two siblings, Anthony Andrews and Evelyn Hollis, and his love, Armentha Worsley.
Michael was educated in the Philadelphia Public School System and attended Murrell Dobbins Career and Technical Education High School. While at Dobbins, he ran track & field and broke several records in the triple long jump. Following in his father’s footsteps, he excelled academically and continued his training at Lyons Institute, where he completed a program in Digital Computer Electronics with a 95-grade average. Michael went on to study electronics engineering at Drexel University’s College of Engineering.
His aptitude and perseverance led to a 38-year career at SPS Technologies - a leading developer, manufacturer, and global supplier in the aerospace industry. Michael began working in August 1978 as a Research & Development Technician in the Electronics Product Development Department and received several promotions over the years based on his distinguished and commendable performance. Because of his commitment to give back, Michael was chosen to be a member of the United Way Steering Committee at SPS. Upon his retirement, Michael was an Electrical Engineer III.
With all that Mike did in his day-to-day life, he still found the time to dedicate countless hours to his love for music. Mike’s mother, Marie, played the piano/organ and instilled in him a passion and fervor for all genres of music. He was a skilled and avid bass guitar player, who could read music and play by ear. He was the founder, manager, and bass guitar player of several bands for over 25 years - his most recent bands were Tough Act and Philly Soul Band. His bands often played at local restaurants, clubs, lounges, reunions, and several public/private functions.
Michael, or “Cowboy Mike” as he was affectionately called, loved sports and was a diehard Raiders fan - he represented his team proudly in a city full of Eagles fans! He was a motivator of his peers and a leader by both word and deed - he strongly

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Visitation
Mt. Airy Baptist Church
2012 69th Avenue
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19138
Friday, September 7, 2018
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Service
Mt. Airy Baptist Church
2012 69th Avenue
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19138
Friday, September 7, 2018
10:00 AM
Burial
Northwood Cemetery
15th & Haines Street
Philadelphia, PA US 19126
Friday, September 7, 2018