Richard Andrews, 80

Flower shop owner

May 06, 2008|By Jacques Kelly

Richard N. Andrews, the retired owner of a Charles Village florist shop, died of heart disease April 27 at the Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. The longtime Perry Hall resident was 80.

Born in Watertown, Mass., he moved with his family to Baltimore in 1943 and attended Augusta Military Academy. He served in the Army and was stationed in Alaska.

Mr. Andrews attended a floral school and worked at the Bob Graham Florists, a business he later bought. His shop was located in the 3200 block of St. Paul St., where he made numerous arrangements and bouquets for the Johns Hopkins University and its students.

Family members said that many years ago he created a blanket of flowers for the Preakness winner. By tradition, it is made of mums with dyed centers to create the effect of black-eyed Susans. He sold the business in the early 1990s.

"He was very proud of the way he decorated his windows," said his son, Ted Andrews of San Diego.

Mr. Andrews also did floral work in New York, where he was part of a team whose members decorated the R.H. Macy Co. Herald Square department store for its spring flower show. He also worked the 1980 Olympics Games at Lake Placid, N.Y.

He served on the board of the Florist Transworld Delivery.

He also served on the board of the Maryland School for the Blind, where his father had been superintendent.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. May 24 at the Maryland School for the Blind's Russo Center, 3501 Taylor Ave., Baltimore.

In addition to his son, survivors include another son, Peter Andrews of San Diego; a sister, Nancy Ingle of Green Valley, Ariz.; and two granddaughters. His wife of more than 50 years, Hanne-Liese Dahl, died in 2005.

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