Howard “Moose” Amdusky

by | Sep 5, 2014 | Obituaries

Virginia Beach —Howard “Moose” Amdusky, known as “The Moose” by many, died peacefully in his home on Sept. 2. He was 86 years young. He died as he lived, fighting hard and smiling until the end. Staying positive, thinking only of others and constantly reminding those lives he touched how blessed we were to have known him. While his family and friends were far reaching, he never believed he had to leave Virginia Beach to live his dreams. He was a man devoted to his family, his friends, and always giving to others in so very many ways.

From the day he was born in Portsmouth, Va., to the late Abe and Blanch Amdusky, Oct. 14, 1927, up until his death, he was one of Virginia Beach’s finest, most respected and versatile business men.

Working at his family’s store as a young boy, he learned early on that family can never be replaced by success. Upon completing his military service in the United States Army, Moose returned to the beach with business in mind. His passion for “everything” led him from owning a wig shop, to Moose’s Barbeque Pit, to owning some of the hottest night spots on the east coast including The Mecca and Moose’s Tropicana, where the motto was, “Pleasure is our most important product!” he provided an experience where everyone could relax, have a drink and enjoy life WITH him. He filled his days with family, friends, sports, card games and the sun. From Miami, to Vegas; Old Town to the Oceanfront, he never missed a moment of “sun or fun.” His “rose-colored” glasses were not only fashionable, but a symbol of his outlook on life.

Moose was pre-deceased by his brother, Martin “Marty” Amdusky, his brother’s wife, Ruby, brother-in-law John Paul Jones and so many of his dearest family members and friends.

He is survived by his loving wife, Barbara; son Michael Amdusky and daughter- in-law, Laura; daughter Sabrina Babb; and his three special grandsons, Zackery Babb, Zachary Dent, and Adam Amdusky.

He is also survived by his sister, Carol Faye Kahn, and her husband Saul of Boca Rotan, Fla. and his two close nephews Robbie and Svi, and his sister-in-law Deloris Jones. Moose was lucky to be surrounded by numerous close cousins, too many to name, who could squeeze years of fun into a one weekend family reunion. His family large, his circle of friends was larger.

Services were held at H.D. Oliver Funeral Apartments.

Donations to Temple Emanuel, the American Heart Association or The American Kidney Fund or the charity of your choice. Online condolences can be made to the family at