Andre Paul Giroux passed away suddenly on March 6, 2013 at the age of 66. The son of French Canadian immigrants Georgette and Alexander Giroux was born January 17, 1947 in St. Johnsbury, Vermont. He was the youngest of five children. Andre, or "Andy" to most who knew him well, grew up in San Francisco, California. He enjoyed music, cars, nature, animals, and playful pranks amongst friends in his youth. During the Vietnam War, Andy was drafted into the Army in 1967 at the age of 20. He served in Vietnam working at a field hospital keeping the generators running and taking turns on watch for enemy attack. His very first day in Vietnam they were under mortar attack; a major life changing moment for a young man from San Francisco. When he returned to the Bay Area, Andy found work with Pacific Bell Phone Company where he remained in employ until retirement. On July 4, 1970 he married Isabel "Liz" Munoz and in 1971 they had their first child, a daughter, Annette Marie. The family moved to Sonoma County in 1971 where they have all resided since. In December 1977, Andy and Liz welcomed a son, Robert Paul. Andy was passionate about his beliefs; had a witty sense of humor; a thirst for knowledge; and was fond of the era in which he spent his younger years, the 1950s. He is survived by his older brother, Maurice (Beverly); his wife, Liz; his daughter, Annette; his son, Robert; and grandchildren Colleen, Robbie, and Liam. A private service will be held at St. Francis Church in Sonoma In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Veterans of Foreign Wars <A HREF=http://www.vfw.org/> http://www.vfw.org/ </A> in memorial of Andre Paul Giroux. Duggan's Mission Chapel Sonoma
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Published Online in the Press Democrat from Mar. 10 to Mar. 11, 2013