Andrew Pillot

Andrew M. "Andy" Pillot

Sunday, September 15th, 1957 - Tuesday, February 16th, 2021
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Andrew “Andy” M. Pillot, 63, of Howard, Pennsylvania, passed away at Mount Nittany Medical Center on Tuesday, February 16, 2021. Named for uncles on each side of the family, he was the middle of five children of Joseph and Constance Pillot. Andy grew up in Milesburg and enjoyed all the activities of small town living like bike riding, floating in an innertube down the Bald Eagle Creek and sleeping out under the stars in the summer with friends. He was a 1975 graduate of Bald Eagle Area High School. Having the initials A.M.P. and the advertising campaign of A & P grocery stores at the time, his high school buddies dubbed him WEO.
Andy’s first job was as a clerk at Levine’s men’s store in Bellefonte. He enjoyed working there and was fond of the Levine brothers and their families. Later he worked for Hoy Transfer, Swatsworth Appliances, Royer Amusements and then Penn State University where he held several positions working his way up to IT support in Outreach and Distance Learning, the position from which he retired. In retirement he was working part-time at Ace Hardware in State College where he found many friends among his co-workers and customers.
Andy was fun-loving, congenial and quick-witted. He usually had a story that took way too long to tell and he often was the butt of his own jokes. He was generous to a fault and didn’t have a mean bone in his body. He was musically gifted and played guitar, banjo, piano, violin and harmonica, but his passion was drums. He was an excellent drummer having played in school bands from elementary through high school and then with several local bands including Hitchcock Railway and Silver Creek. He enjoyed jamming with other local musicians. Andy was a dedicated father, loyal brother and fun uncle and grandfather. He loved chocolate chip cookies. Above all else, he loved his son and loved tinkering with projects and teaching his son how to repair and build. Some of their favorite times were Saturday morning trips to the hardware store when Drew was small.
He is survived by his son Andrew “Drew” Pillot (Morgan) of Lewistown and three grandchildren, Keyda, Kayanna and Kaden. Andy is also survived by his siblings Margaret Richner, Joseph Pillot (Jayne), Lisa Talarigo and Susan Knisely (Allan), many nieces and nephews, lots of cousins and Axel, his cat. He was predeceased by his parents, grandparents, two brothers-in-law Ralph “Butch” Richner and Charles Talarigo and his canine buddies Hershey and Jackson.
Due to the pandemic, services will be private with the Rev. Carl E. Hill officiating.
Memorial gifts may be made to Beech Creek/Blanchard Fire Company Ambulance Association, PO Box 225, Beech Creek, PA 16822 or Mount Nittany Medical Center, PO Box 1259, State College, PA 16804-1259.
Arrangements are entrusted to Dean K. Wetzler Funeral Home and Cremation Service., Inc., Milesburg, Pennsylvania. Online condolences may be made at
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Bill Corkill

Posted at 07:18pm
I always enjoyed talking to Andy. I would bump into him at the store and he would always have a dry humorous comment or story for me. He was just a fine person. I will miss Andy.

Sue Gummo

Posted at 01:36pm
Pillot family ..... My deepest condolences. Basically growing up in your household with Lisa, Andy was like another brother. He always made you laugh no matter how you were feeling. I will sadly miss him and so glad I got to know him. My deepest sympathies to all...he will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

Sue Gummo

Ed McMullin

Posted at 07:46pm
I am sad to hear of the passing of Andy and offer my condolences to the Family. I will always have great memories of spending time with Andy. It was a special time and Andy was a special and unique individual. I can remember the many stories he told, his humor and laughter. This time of year, I can remember sledding on Old Lymie with him and our usual crew of guys. When it got cold, we would warm up at his home in the basement in front of the Franklin stove and usually fell asleep. My story is not as good as his but being around Andy was always comforting. He will be missed physically, but memories of him will last forever. WEO!

Ruth Lee

Posted at 07:20pm
What a fabulous guy ! Fun loving and always had. Smile on his face . All the memories we made at Black Moshannon state park at the Hall family reunion & at the Pillots party house in the summers too . You will be missed - RIP - much love ❤️, Ruth Lee & family

Thomas Stover

Posted at 04:57pm
I only knew Andy for a relatively short time, but the quality of it made up for the short length. Andy was always there offering a joke or word of encouragement appropriate or the situation, oftentimes they were one and the same. His presence will be missed.

Thomas Stover Posted at 05:14pm

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