L. Andrew MacRae | Obituaries

February 4, 1947
November 18, 2021

L. Andrew (Andy) MacRae, of Plattsburgh, NY, 74, passed away suddenly Thursday, November 18, 2021 at Albany Medical Center. The family is deeply saddened by his sudden death. He was born during a snowstorm in Montreal, Canada, attended Bedford High School in the Eastern Townships of Quebec, and has lived in Plattsburgh since 1965 in pursuit of the American dream and the escape of Quebecers.
Andy was well known in the area, owning his own business, Image Audio Video, for over two decades. Prior to opening Image, he sold the first portable color television in Plattsburgh at the former Grandway department store in Plattsburgh Plaza, was sales manager for Scott’s Discount & Appliance Center, and ended his career in sales at Ashley Furniture in Plattsburgh.
He loved nothing more than spending time at home with his family and cats, watching the news, detailing his favorite cars, and enjoying a good steak (because he hated seafood and poultry).
Although he always thought he would die of renal cell carcinoma (RCC), he managed to beat this dragon into remission thanks to the talented medical team at New York Oncology and Hematology in Albany, under the direction of the Dr David Shaffer and Research Assistant Dr Farqan Ilyas and Primary Care Physician the late Dr Stephen Hausrath of North Wind Primary Care in Plattsburgh. In the end, it was a tired aortic valve (no RCC) that won (maybe he should have eaten the chicken).
Everyone who knew Andy was touched by his sharp wit, thirst for knowledge, and love of American politics and (good) rock and blues music. He did not apologize for his strong Conservative beliefs and was very proud to have been thrown into “Facebook jail” 16 times for expressing his First Amendment right to free speech.
Andy is survived by his wife, Barbara (Mickalonis) MacRae, whom he fell in love with at first sight, and drove from Plattsburgh through nearly four feet of snow to be married on December 27, 1969, in Mechanicville, NY; daughters, Rana (and Joseph) Huber from Colony; Rory (and Craig) LaPage of Plattsburgh, and Lucas LaPage, the brightest 9-year-old grandson a man could wish for; younger sister, Arlene (and Larry) Bragg of Kansas; half-sister, Barbara Nichols of Ontario; half-brother Glenn of Quebec; as well as his favorite nieces, extended family and many friends. They will all miss him more than words can tell.
He is predeceased by his beloved mother: Elsie MacRae; his older sister, Carole MacRae; and his maternal grandmother, Hazel (Hyde) Stephens. In addition, he is predeceased by his father (not worth mentioning); his paternal grandmother, Clyda MacRae, of Seattle, Washington; half-siblings, Craig and Norma from Canada; in-laws, George and Theresa Mickalonis of Mechanicville; and his partner in crime and Arnie’s honorary mate, Mike Silver of Plattsburgh.
Call hours and a celebration of the life of this proud Scotsman and patriot will take place from 10 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, November 24, 2021 at the Heald Funeral Home, 48 Court Street, Plattsburgh. Interment will follow immediately at St. Mary’s of the Lake Cemetery in Cumberland Head. If you can’t join the family in person, listen to Amazing Grace and bow your head in honor of a great man.
Contributions in Andy’s memory can be made to the NYOH Community Cancer Foundation, a non-profit foundation that helps provide emergency financial support to people undergoing cancer treatment.
To light a memorial candle or leave condolences online, please visit www.healdfuneralhomeinc.com

Published on November 19, 2021

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