Andrew Ivanyi of Norwalk died peacefully last week, just days after celebrating his 90th birthday. He was born in Gyor Hungary on June 18, 1930. Andrew was well known in Fairfield County for his devotion to Hungarian culture and his incredible love of family and friends.
As an entrepreneur, Andrew and his brother Miklos began their American dream creating Ivanyi Brothers Office Machines. Andrew then went on to become CEO of Haase Equipment Company, leading Connecticut in computer sales throughout the 1980s. Both companies had started as typewriter providers and Andrew had the vision to transition to computers in a way that few others did. He remained devoted to his more mechanical roots, and in retirement, focused on the restoration and repair of typewriters. He did it out of a love for tradition and allowed folks as famous as Andy Rooney to keep pecking away on their old Smith Coronas.
Andrew was deeply proud of his Hungarian heritage, having emigrated after the revolution of 1956 . He was a staunch advocate for all things Hungarian and all things American. He couldn’t get through a meal without expressing gratitude for his home country AND for America, reminding the rest of us to do the same.
He was married for 54 years to the love of his life, the late Magda Ivanyi. Together they raised three daughters in one of Norwalk‘s oldest historic homes. With six grandchildren, Andrew was happiest when he had everyone together at the family home or on the beaches of Block Island and Cape Cod. He is joining his wife Magda, his grandson Jake and his brothers Miki and Ocsi.
Andrew was affectionately known as “Daddy-O” and was a staple at the Norwalk, Westport and New Canaan YMCA’s. An avid golfer, there was an annual tournament in his name, “The Daddy-O Open,” which ran for 20 years because everyone wanted to return to his loving personality and his ability to generate big laughs doing the simplest things. He also loved to swim, walk and talk politics. He was an intimate man who pulled you close, pushed you hard, made everyone laugh and had enormous love in his heart for all people.
Survivors include three loving daughters, Magda Bennett, Andrea Brennan (and husband Bob), Niki Beddoe (and husband Wally), and grandchildren, Bobby and Andrew Brennan, Carly, Kirk and Amy Beddoe. Andrew is also survived by his sister-in-law Jolie Ivanyi, nieces and nephews Erika Ivanyi and Bea Schaeffer in the US and Andras, Janos and Bernadett in Hungary, his cousin Charles and wife Zdenka Krasznai of CT.
Services and internment will be private. Donations in Andrew’s name may be made to the Lewy Body Dementia Association www.LBDA.org or to the Hungarian American Coalition www.HACUSA.org. To leave his family an online condolence, please go to www.magnerfuneralhome.com
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