of Lunenburg; 85
LUNENBURG -- Andre (Grey Wolf) Forest, 85, died Thursday, January 9, 2014, in HealthAlliance/ Leominster Hospital.
Andre was born in Fitchburg, August 4, 1928, son of Napoleon G. and Alda Lussier Forest.
The love of his life, his wife of 63 years Esther (Night Dancer) Forest died in 2011. He is survived by one son, Donald (Standing Bear) Forest and his wife, Edie (Winter Song) of Two Rivers, Alaska; two daughters, Chere (Morning Sun) Piermarini of Fitchburg, and Heidi (Bright Star) Durrin and her husband, Bradford of Fitchburg; a son-in-law, Joseph Ribar of Fairbanks Alaska; granddaughters, Jocelyn and Jennifer Ribar of Fairbanks, and Andrea Purcell and her husband, Phil of Ashby; grandsons, Randy Dunbar and his companion, Tabatha Brigham of Two Rivers, Alaska, Timothy Durrin and his fiancée, Melissa Lombardi of Westhampton, MA, and Jeremy Durrin and his wife, Gabby of Westhampton MA; four great-granddaughters, Kaylee Duval, Hannah, Brenna and Alaina Purcell, all of Ashby.
He is predeceased by his youngest son, Andre Jr., of Fitchburg who died in 1952, his youngest daughter, Lynn (Midnight Rainbow) Ribar of Fairbanks, Alaska, who died in 2011, and his son-in-law, Alan Piermarini of Leominster who died in 2011.
Andre graduated from Fitchburg High School in 1947. In his sophomore year he was a cheerleader, in his Junior year he played football, basketball and track, and Senior year he played basketball, track and played in the band.
In 1939, Andy joined the St. Joseph Cadet Drum and Bugle Corps of Fitchburg. In 1943, he joined the Lt. Laurence 3 Ayer V.F.W
. Post 794 D&B Corps that won the V.F.W. National championship held in Cleveland Ohio in 1947. In 1950, Andy became a charter member of the Kingsmen Bugle Quartet that won the National Championship in New York City. In 1956, Andy joined the All American D&B Corps and Band Association and became a Judge in many local and national contests. In 1960, he was responsible for bringing the well known contest "Drums In The Night" which ran for 13 years at the Bernardian Bowl in Fitchburg.
Andy was the march line instructor for the Royal Knights D&B Corps of Fitchburg, and The Royal Cadets of Gardner, also the color guard of the Kingsmen Jr. D&B Corps. In 1950, Andy became a Basketball official and officiated many High School games for many years. In 1970, he became the announcer and time keeper for all high school hockey games at the Wallace Civic Center for 20 years.
During his younger years, he worked as an attendant at Burbank Hospital and The Gardner State Hospital. After Andy and Esther were married they worked at Mendota State Hospital in Madison Wisconsin. After returning to MA, he went to work for the HP Hood Co. for 34 years before his retirement. He was a member of the Quarter Century Club at HP Hood. After his retirement, he started his quest into genealogy where he found deep into his Canadian roots, the Mic-mak, Abernaki and Metis nations. The whole family enjoyed over 20 years of Native American Pow Wows throughout New England and Alaska. He is also a member of the U.N.A.C.C. (United Native American Cultural Center) in Devens MA. Andy and Esther loved to travel to Alaska, driving there seven times.
FOREST -- A celebration of his life will be held Thursday evening, January 16, 2014 from 5 to 7 pm in the Aubuchon-Moorcroft Funeral Home, 132 Woodland St., Fitchburg, MA. The family request that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the
, 330 Congress St, 5th floor, Boston MA 02210.