Andrew and Jane Hugessen

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OBITUARY ANDREW K. HUGESSEN JANE K. HUGESSEN (June 30,1926-Dec. 5, 2008) (July 10,1930-Nov. 25, 2008) Andy and Jane were partners in life, sports, traveling, raising four children (Brian (Gill), Wendy, John (Lynda) and Martha) and loving nine grandchildren (Constant, Worthy, Andrew, Richard, Ryan, Colin, Crystal, Hannah and Emily). They met skiing on top of Mount Washington and enjoyed 56 years of marriage together, teaching a love of nature and a care for the environment to their offspring and grandchildren. They demonstrated a sense of fairness, generosity, and enjoyment of life, cultivating and keeping many life-long friendships: they will be sorely missed. Andy spent the last few years helping Jane cope with COPD. In September he suffered a stroke, but recovered sufficiently after three months to transfer to the Chateau Westmount where Jane had moved. She died in her sleep the day after, having had a last visit with him, and he followed ten days later, surrounded by family. Andy graduated from McGill in Engineering ('49), Jane in Physical Education ('52). They postponed their marriage for Andy to sail for Canada in the '52 Helsinki Olympics -he came in tenth! He worked as an industrial engineer, for many years a consultant for the National Research Council, then as a professor at the Universite de Montreal. Jane's energies went first to raising their family, then to studying Early Childhood Education at McGill and working as a preschool teacher. She was also a prolific amateur photographer. Skiing in the winter, Twinski, Mount Tremblant, "boots in the bathtub" parties, hiking in the summer, Elderhostel trips to Alaska, the Arctic, bicycling through Europe, summers at Lake Anne with all kinds of relatives and friends visiting --they enjoyed the outdoors and shared their enjoyment with others. The Unitarian Church community was also an important part of their lives and they were involved in many social justice concerns. Many thanks to the wonderful doctors, nurses and staff at the Montreal General Hospital, particularly on the 14th floor (Traumatic Brain Injury), and to the staff at the Chateau Westmount. A memorial service for Andy (and including Jane) will be held at the Montreal Unitarian Church, Sunday, January 11, 2009 at 2 p.m. (Janes service was held previously on December 6, 2008.) Memorial websites at: andyhugessenremembered.homestead.com/home.html janehugessenremembered.homestead.com/ In lieu of flowers, donations to the charity of your choice would be appreciated
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Published in Montreal Gazette on Dec. 13, 2008
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