Obituary of Andrew John Valko
Andrew John Valko, 66, of Bridgeville PA, passed away in his home on Sunday evening. Andy leaves his wife, Tracey (Vitelli) Valko, his two sons, Cole and Mitch, his sisters Kathy (Alex Cook) Valko and Chris Smith, his nieces and many other extended family members. He was predeceased by his brother Rick and sister Elaine.
Andy was best known for his artistry and talent as a hair stylist, training and honing his skills around the world in New York, London and Paris. Owner of “Andrew John Salon” in Mt. Lebanon, he worked by his wife’s side for 40 years. Andy first opened the salon in 1984 with a dream for success. He dedicated himself to his work and built a successful business with incredibly loyal clients, many of whom went on to become lifelong friends. Andy saw his craft as a way to express his artistry, with each new client being a blank canvas. He truly loved what he did, and would often preach to his children, “If you love what you do, you will never work a day in your life.”
Andy was an outdoorsman through and through. He enjoyed walking in the woods and hunting and fishing with his best and closest friends throughout the years. He was also an avid skier, a hobby he loved sharing with his wife and children through countless family ski trips. Some of his most cherished memories were of family summers spent at the beach in Stone Harbor, NJ. Andy was a fixture in his sons’ lives, ever present and always supportive through each and every stage of their lives, enabling them to grow into the young men they are today. Anyone who knew Andy would tell you that he was an incredibly proud father, always excited to share his boys’ accomplishments with family, friends, and clients. Above all, Andy will always be remembered for his charismatic personality, compassion, generosity, and one-of-a-kind style. He always found a way to bring joy to those around him, spreading smiles and laughter in any setting.
At the request of the family, services will be private.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations in his name to the charity of your choice.