Andrew Svatey Jr., 77, owned car dealership

April 04, 2003

Andrew Svatey Jr., former owner of a Towson used-car lot, died of leukemia Monday at St. Joseph Medical Center. The longtime Timonium resident was 77.

Mr. Svatey was born and raised in Baltimore and attended public schools. At 17, he enlisted in the Navy and served in the Pacific during World War II.

In the late 1940s, he worked as a herring fisherman in Alaska, and later as a lumberjack in the states of Washington and Oregon, before returning to Baltimore.

He was a salesman for A. D. Anderson Chevrolet in downtown Baltimore before opening his first used-car dealership on West Franklin Street in 1962. In 1972, he moved to Towson and operated Andy Svatey's Auto Fair at York Road and Bosley Avenue until retiring in 1977.

He was a member of the Towson Elks Club, was an avid golfer, and enjoyed playing poker and pinochle.

Mr. Svatey was a communicant of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, 103 Church Lane in Texas, Baltimore County, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, the former Rose Faraone; a son, Andrew Svatey III of Glen Rock, Pa.; a daughter, Patricia M. Frost of Cockeysville; a sister, Eva Bryant of Joppatowne; and eight grandchildren.

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