Andrew H. Allen, affectionately known as ”Chick” at the age of 90, peacefully departed this life after a brief illness at the Chesapeake Woods Nursing Center on May 4, 2017.
Andrew was born January 10, 1927 in Wayne, Pennsylvania. He was the son of the late Andrew Herman and Ada Byrd Allen Sr. He was raised in Cambridge by his grandparents, Irene and Lewis Cornish.
Andrew was educated in the Dorchester County Public School System and graduated from F.D. St. Clair High School in 1944. He served in the United States Army as a Military Police and was honorably discharged.
He married his sweetheart, Elva Jackson on November 24, 1965. A very blessed union for over 52 years, traveling all over the United States and annual trips with family.
He was employed at American National Can Company and retired after over 40 years of dedicated service.
At an early age he joined Bethel AME Church where he dedicated his time and service for an abundance of years as a member, Usher, Trustee and Chairman of the Cemetery Committee. In his last days one of his main concerns was staying in touch with his church family and paying his dues. He was also a member of the Cambridge Police Department Board, The Improved Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the World, Dorchester Lodge #223, serving as Exalted Ruler for two terms, Chairman of Trustees for over 20 years and several other positions over all of his years in Dorchester Lodge #223, Past Exalted Rulers Council #76, serving as Bursar for over 30 years, Past State President’s Council, Tri State Association of MD., DE., and D.C., Tri State Association, I.B.P.O.E. of W. of MD, DE and D.C.,National Past Grand Exalted Rulers Council, Charles Caroll Past Exalted Rulers Council of MD., DE., and D.C. and Cavaliers of MD, DE and D.C.
Andrew was Past Master of Pride of Cambridge Lodge #50, PHA, Past Commander & Chief, King David Consistory #284, Past Chief Raban, Abulahab Temple #206 and Grand Inspector General, United Supreme Council 33 Mason.
He leaves to cherish his memory, his devoted wife, Elva; one brother, William Allen (Philadelphia, PA); two daughters, Francine E. Anthony and Florine E. Finch; one son in-law, Arnold Anthony (Baltimore, MD); three grandchildren, Vernon Finch, Carolyn Finch and Darlene Allen; five great grandchildren, Brittany Finch, De’Quan Finch, Tamara Finch, Malik Finch, Dejah Finch and a host of other relatives and friends.