Andrew Closs

Andrew John Closs

Wednesday, January 3rd, 1934 - Sunday, June 28th, 2020
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Closs, Andrew John Lewis (Hockey Andy)
It is with great sadness and broken hearts that we announce that Andy passed away suddenly at home, in the arms of his beloved wife Colleen Closs, on June 28, 2020, in his 87th year. Andy was predeceased by his wife of 62 years, Florence Closs. Beloved father of Fraser (Tracy) and Doug (Kate). Cherished “Pops” to Fraser, Emilie (Brandon Woods), Douglas, Ben (Shannon), Kendall, Brittany and great grandfather to Jaxon. Dear son of the late Andrew and Murvyn Closs. Predeceased by his sisters Elizabeth and Carol and his brother Murray Closs.
Andy was born and raised in Aurora. He played Junior and Senior Hockey, and was a hockey coach both locally and in Toronto. He was an OHA referee for over 25 years and enjoyed his time as a member of the XKL Old-timers hockey team. Andy was also an excellent ball player (pitcher) and tried out for the Cleveland Indians and was an umpire for many years. He was an avid golfer for most of his adult life and was proud to say he attended Arnold Palmer’s first professional tournament. Andy was a long time Mason and a Shriner. He was a 34yr employee at DeHavilland Aircraft where he was a Customs and Traffic Head. He loved the cottage experience and the time he spent on the water in his boat. We are grateful that he had one last visit to the lake with family the day before his passing.
Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions there will be limited opportunities for visitation on Monday July 6, 2020 from 10:00am-12:00pm. at the Roadhouse & Rose Funeral Home, 157 Main St. S., Newmarket. To avoid disappointment please contact Tracy Closs at and we will add you to the guest list as long as space is available.
A private visitation for family and close friends will take place at Roadhouse & Rose between 1:00pm and 3:00pm with a private service to follow at 3:00pm
**See Link at Top of Obituary for On Line Web Streaming - Andrew Closs Service - Monday, July 6, 2020 at 3 pm**
If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. On-line condolences at
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Monday, July 6th, 2020 |
    Monday, July 6th, 2020
    Roadhouse & Rose Funeral Home - Playter Chapel
    157 Main Street South
    Newmarket, Ontario L3Y 3Y9
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Second Visitation

    Monday, July 6th, 2020 |
    Monday, July 6th, 2020
    Roadhouse & Rose Funeral Home - Playter Chapel
    157 Main Street South
    Newmarket, Ontario L3Y 3Y9
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Monday, July 6th, 2020 | 3:00pm
    Monday, July 6th, 2020 3:00pm
    Roadhouse & Rose Funeral Home - Playter Chapel
    157 Main Street South
    Newmarket, Ontario L3Y 3Y9
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    ** Please Note - Due to COVID-19 restrictions this will be a private family visitation and service. Thank you for your understanding **
    Terry Mouland


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Chris Ludlow

Posted at 06:30am
Andy was a class guy for sure. I use to like at family functions when Andy and my dad would go on about guys they played sports with and the teams they played for. The stories would go on and on. Andy always had a new saying or joke. Andy had a way to make people comfortable as well. He certainly liked his road trips, he was always driving somewhere. Him and Florence were very nice to our family and especially our kids.

Thanks for the memories Andy.

Chris,Donna,Kelsie and Devon Ludlow

Chris Romanin

Posted at 06:15pm
A true gentleman. Always quick with a smile or joke .Having Florence and Andy in our lives was a true privilege and blessing . Our family will truly miss you , Brother ect ect

Paul H Nelson

Posted at 11:20am
We met Andy at a couple of Closs/Bayley events many years ago as Bayley family friends. The obituary reflects a life fully lived; many great memories for sure ! Our heartfelt condolences to son Doug and wife Kate; as well as the entire Closs/Bayley family. Andy now at peaceful, painless rest. May God watch over, comfort and bless him and his loved ones ! Paul & Janis Nelson, Beaverton

Ailene Mabee

Posted at 10:56am
Our sympathy and condolences to Colleen and family. I got to know Andy at High School. In later years we seen each other at the old time dances. Cherish your memories and all the good times.Ailene Mabee and Cyril Hamilton

Joan Wellar

Posted at 10:02am
I met Andy in 1958 at deHavilland with I started working in the same department. I was 16 at the time. Andy was friendly with my ex-husband Ken Wellar and that's how I met Ken. Andy and Florence came to Ken's funeral and that was the last time I saw them. Andy was definitely a character. He was so enthusiastic about everything and full of life. Ken and I took our boys John and Jim to Andy and Florence's cottage a few times. We visited back and forth over the years, eventually losing contact as Ken didn't like driving far and i didn't drive. I have fond memories of both Andy and Florence. Andy lived a long, productive life. I am sure he will be missed by his family and friends. My condolences to Fraser and Douglas and their families.

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