Andrew Conrad Boush
Andrew (Andy) C. Boush, 87, died peacefully on a warm, sunny afternoon, having spent the last days and moments of his life with his loving partner, Joan; his four children; and other devoted family members.
Andy had a huge heart and an independent spirit. He often engaged others with his mischievous sense of humor, loving to use witty jokes, puns, and stories. He had a sharp intellect and excellent problem-solving skills that served him well in the business world. Not least, he was kind, honest, trustworthy, curious, and passionate, especially about the deeper questions of existence.
Andy was born in Toronto, Canada, to Charles and Elizabeth Boush. In 1948, at age 16, he moved with his parents and older sister, Barbara Boush Dade, to Santa Barbara, close to his maternal aunt, Ethel Allen, in Montecito. He graduated from Santa Barbara High School with the class of ’49 and earned a bachelor’s of science degree in geology from California Institute of Technology in 1953. Andy subsequently pursued graduate studies in geology at University of Southern California (USC) until 1955, when he accepted a job with Shell Oil Company in Los Angeles.
Andy’s career in the petrochemical industry included serving as Director of Strategic Planning and division VP of Sales and Marketing with Johns Manville in Denver; President and CEO of Nipak in Dallas; and business manager with ARCO Chemical in Philadelphia. In addition, Andy lived in Tokyo and traveled extensively throughout Asia as ARCO Chemical’s regional Director of Strategic Planning. He also completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School in 1975.
After retiring in 1987, Andy resided in Monarch Beach, Dana Point, where he served as President of the HOA. In 2004, Andy and Joan moved to San Luis Obispo wine country. During that period, Andy worked as a historical guide at Hearst Castle, San Simeon. In 2012, the couple moved to Santa Barbara, where Andy volunteered as a docent at the Santa Barbara Courthouse.
Andy is survived by Joan, his partner of 23 years, and his three daughters and son—Andrea Boush LeClaire, Karen Boush, Diane Boush, and David Boush—all of whom he had with his first wife, F. Joyce Boush. Andy also leaves behind his son-in-law, Michael LeClaire; two grandchildren, Amy and Ben LeClaire; two step-grandsons, Matthew and Jeffrey LeClaire; David’s partner, Katie Davidson; his nephew, Brian Dade, and niece, Susie Dade, and their families; Joan’s children and spouses, Steve and Heidi Palladino, Karen and Jim Ciccone, and Kendall and Marianne Palladino; and nine step-grandchildren—Sierra, Diego, Mary Rose, Brennan, Gavin, Aidan and John Palladino, and Juliana and Justin Ciccone.