Andrew “Ackie” Michael Okpych passed peacefully at home with the assistance of Four Seasons Hospice on November 30, 2020, at the age of 79 only eleven days after his wife of 57 years, JoAnne Okpych passed away. He could not imagine living without her.
Ackie was born in New York City to the late Mary Sandorf on September 8, 1941. He was raised by Mary and Harry Sandorf, who he considered to be his father. He was preceded in death by his brother, Jimmy Sandorf. He is survived by his children Michael (Tina) of Hendersonville, NC; Amy (Wade) of Fletcher, NC; Jimmy (Michelle) of Rutherfordton, NC; and his seven grandchildren Kaitlyn (Devin), Tanner, Andrew, Nicolas, Powell, Marilla, and Aubrie. He is also survived by his brothers Robert and Greg, extended family and friends who he considered family.
Ackie and JoAnne moved to Marietta, Georgia in 1971 and raised their children. They moved to Asheville, NC in 1985. Their final move was in 1990 when they bought the Esmeralda Inn in Chimney Rock, NC. Owning and operating a bed and breakfast was a lifetime dream of theirs. Chimney Rock Village became their new home filled with so many friends who all became family. Ackie was a regular at Medina’s Restaurant where everyone knew his name.
Ackie was a man of faith. With his belief in God, he chose a life of simple means and quality of life. He was happiest sharing time with his family and friends. His humor and good nature set him apart from many. We all enjoyed his wit and friendly personality. He was a man of strength and honor. You could depend on him to be there when you needed him. He was the type of man we should all aspire to be, to rise to the level of someone who gave more to others than he expected from them. He was a gentle soul put on earth to help us cope with life’s many challenges. His actions and compassion for others was worthy of admiration. Ackie will be missed, as he was loved by many and will forever be in our hearts.
Due to COVID, the immediate family will have a small private service. We will have a celebration of life at a later time for both Ackie and JoAnne. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration, PO Box 130 Bat Cave, NC 28710 or Chimney Rock Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 1465 Chimney Rock, NC 28720.