Holy Cross Mourns the Loss of Andy Laska
WORCESTER - Andrew Laska, 93, of Worcester, MA passed away on February 2, 2019.
Andrew was born in Worcester to Michael and Efterpi (Kotnani) Laska. He is predeceased by his wife Ruth (Willoughby) and his three brothers, Paul, Peter and George. He leaves five children, Michael and his wife Darlene of Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, Donna and husband Robert Ingraham of Howey-in-the-Hills, FL, Diane and husband Paul Nixon of Jefferson, MA, Kim and husband David Vitols of Trumbull, CT, and Andrew and wife Megeen of Basking Ridge, NJ. He leaves eight grandchildren, Allison Ingraham Lawrence, Travis Ingraham, Jessie Nixon Weiss, Addison and Anna Vitols, Andrew, Madeline and Sean Laska; and three great-children, Jaden, Lainey and Grace. He leaves his sister-in-law Violet Laska.
Andrew graduated from North High School and attended the College of the Holy Cross and Worcester State University. He was a member of the 1947 Holy Cross NCAA basketball championship team and later served as the long-time men's basketball and golf coach and athletic director at Assumption College. He was the first mayor of the Lincoln Square Boys Club and maintained life-long friendships with all his friends from his early years for his entire life. He was a member of Pleasant Valley Country Club, a high school All-New England player; served three years in the U.S. Army Air Forces; is a member of the Assumption College and Holy Cross Athletic Halls of Fame; honored twice as N.E. Coach of the Year; inducted into the NE-10 Hall of Fame; and in 1975 the Laska Gymnasium at Assumption College was named in his honor. Andrew was passionate about family, sports and friendships.
His legacy and loyalties are immense and he will be greatly missed.
The family wishes to sincerely thank Donald Lemenager, Donald Rowe, Robert Cousy, the Warner, Frankian, Army, Boule, O'Brien, Alexsiewicz, Paulauskas and Mingolla families, the staff at Life Care Center of Auburn, and Assumption College. And to his many friends, coaches, and former teammates and players…from his days at the Worcester Boys Club, Worcester Academy, Camp Graylag, U.S. Army Air Forces, North High School, College of the Holy Cross and Assumption College…all of whom deeply touched his life.
Calling hours are Friday, February 8 from 4:00 to 8:00 PM at Athy Memorial Home, 111 Lancaster Street in Worcester, MA and a Saturday calling hour from 10-11 AM at St. Mary's Albanian Church, 535 Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA. Funeral Mass will be at 11 AM at St. Mary's followed by burial at Hope Cemetery, 119 Webster Street, Worcester, MA 01603. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Assumption College Athletics, 500 Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA 01609 or Holy Cross Athletics, 1 College Street, Worcester, MA 01610