David J. Andrew

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ACTON, Maine — David J. Andrew, 63, a man that walked this earth with a great respect for the land, animals and his family, died on September 23, 2012 at Frisbie Memorial Hospital in Rochester.

His family surrounded him with their love and he passed away peacefully with them at his side.

David was born on July 6, 1949 in Dayton, Ohio the son of Gordon W. and Elaine (von Greyerz) Andrew. For the first ten years of his life, he was nurtured and loved by his parents. With their untimely deaths, David and his sister, Cynthia, continued to be cared for and loved by his aunt and uncle, Doris and John von Greyerz, along with his cousins Kathy and Nancy.

The mid-western gentleman came to the coast of Maine and met his future wife, Ann L. Painchaud at Short Sands Beach, in York Harbor. It was 1972 and together they converted a school bus and traveled through out the country and finally settled down in the great state of Washington. It was here they purchased 200 acres and became self sufficient farmers.

They raised horses, cows, wheat, barley and oats along with vegetables galore. In 1978, they welcomed their daughter Rachel into their lives.

Both David and Ann felt the need to be closer to their families and once again crossed the great mountains, plains and valley's to become residents in Acton, Maine David had a gregarious personality and was a liberal lion when it came to politics! He had nick names for everyone and was self taught in many subjects. He tinkered with old cars and boats and enjoyed the brotherhood of riding and owning many different types of motorcycles, BMW and Harley-Davidsons in particular. David had great love for music and was supportive and encouraging toward Rachel and her artwork.

David drove tractor trailer on long haul trips and soon his wife Ann wanted to join him in his adventures out west and up and down the east coast. They were a good team as David liked to drive at night and Ann preferred driving during the day. They made their relationship work through the good times and through the challenging times. (Where can you hide in an 18 wheeler?) As a family, they loved boating and going camping at Lake Richardson. He was a great grampa and he loved eating cookies. Frequently he and his grandson would get into arguments over who ate all the cookies!

He is survived by his wife, Ann Andrew of Acton and his daughter, Rachel and husband Drew Perez, Jr. and their son, Andrew of Shapleigh; his sister, Cynthia Cwalina and husband David of Tiverton, R.I. and his "second mom", Doris von Greyerz of Boynton Beach, Fla.; two nieces, nine nephews, three great-nieces, and four great nephews, and several cousins.

A celebration of David's life will be held on Saturday, September 29, 2012 at 2 p.m. at the Autumn Green Funeral Home, 47 Oak St., in Alfred. Following the brief service, you are invited to visit with his family and enjoy light refreshments.

To leave a message of condolence for the family, please visit www.autumngreenfuneralhome.com.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Cocheco Valley Humane Society, 262 County Farm Rd., Dover, N.H. 03820.

The Autumn Green Funeral Home is respectfully handling arrangements.

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Published in Fosters from Sept. 27 to Sept. 28, 2012