Andrew L Seyfried, 74, passed away very unexpectedly on December 14, 2020, at his home in Freeville. Andy, or “Sonny,” as he was known to close friends and family, was born in 1946 in Cortland, NY. He graduated from Cortland High School (‘64), from Broome Tech (‘67) and from Syracuse University (‘69). He dedicated 33 years to the NYSDOT as a Civil Engineer. In 2010, he kicked off his second career—as Co-Owner of The Second Knob Gifts & Antiques, along with his daughter, Shana. His love of buying antiques and collectibles spanned over fifty years and during that time, his knowledge of both became so extensive that he was often consulted for informal appraisals and to run estate sales.
Andy leaves behind his loving wife, Joan Van Vranken, Freeville, NY, two devoted children, Matthew (Lisa) Seyfried, Cortland, NY and Shana (Dan) Karn, Dryden, NY; five beautiful grandchildren, Miranda (Michael) Van Donsel, Melanie Karn, Andrew, Kaylee and Leah Seyfried, one great grandchild, Cooper Van Donsel. He is survived by four loving siblings, Shirley Shackelton, Dryden, NY, Vera (James) Graves, Ontario,NY, Carol Taylor, Bonaparte, IA , Fred (Helen) Seyfried, Summerville, SC, a brother-in-law, Edward Chamberlain, Brownville, NY, and many nieces and nephews. Andy was predeceased by his parents, Andreas and Vera (Stone) Seyfried, a sister, Patricia Seyfried Chamberlain and two brothers in-law, Horace Shackelton and Larry Taylor.
Family was Andy’s first love and priority followed closely by friendship. He “never met a stranger” and would offer help whenever and wherever needed. He always gave far more than he took. He loved to talk and was an expert at giving advice. His hearty laugh, sense of humor and sharp wit were hallmarks of Andy’s personality. In a room full of people, he was often the center of attention.
Andy was loved beyond measure and will be missed by so many.
Perkins Funeral Home, Dryden, is handling all arrangements. A celebration of life is planned for a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are appreciated by The First Presbyterian Church of Dryden and the Dryden Kitchen Cupboard.
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