Normand Dower Andrews, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather passed away on September 10, 2013, following a lengthy illness. He found his final peace at the Arbors in Shelburne, Vermont, with family and caregivers at his side.
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Norm was born on March 20, 1923, in Providence, Rhode Island, to Mary E. (Dower) and George W. Andrews. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Rhode Island (then Rhode Island State College), graduating in 1944.
Norm served in the United States Army Air Corps during World War Two, assigned to a surveillance unit overseeing the Panama Canal. He later worked for the Chrysler Motor Company in Detroit before beginning his career with Pratt and Whitney Aircraft, first in East Hartford, Connecticut and later in Tequesta, Florida.
Norm married Jean Taylor on November 29, 1947, in Smithfield, Rhode Island. They were soul-mates for fifty-nine years.
Norm and Jean called several communities home over the years, including residencies in Michigan, Connecticut, Florida, and for twenty years, the village of Chatham on Cape Cod. It was in Chatham, on the first hole at Chatham Seaside Links, on his eightieth birthday that Norm scored his first and only hole-in-one, a shot witnessed by his weekly foursome.
Before moving to the Arbors in July, 2013, Norm lived with his family in South Burlington, Vermont, for nearly five years.
Holiday traditions were important to Norm and Jean. Being with family, especially on Thanksgiving and Christmas, was a highpoint in their year. Weather and distance were inconveniences but never barriers at holiday time.
An active member of the Methodist Community, Norm faithfully served his church wherever he and Jean lived. Norm was a member of the St. Martin's Masonic Lodge until his move from Chatham to Vernon, Connecticut, in April of 2004.
Norm was predeceased by his wife, Jean, his daughter Meredith, and his brother, Leonard. He is survived by two daughters: Holly Brooks of South Burlington, Vermont, her husband, Steve, and their daughter, Mary; and Susan Clark of Tunbridge, Vermont, her husband, Peter, and their sons, Scott and Tom. He is also survived by his grandson, Jason Bloking of Mountain View California and his wife Kavita Shah, and granddaughter, Christina Pitney, her husband, David, and their three children, Taylor, Evan, and Zachary, born September 5, 2013. His family was Norm's joy, the "little ones" holding a special place in his heart.
There will be a memorial service at the Rockville United Methodist Church, in Rockville, Connecticut, on Saturday, September 28, at 10:00 AM. A graveside service at the Riverbend Cemetery in Westerly, Rhode Island, will follow at 2:30 PM.
Memorial contributions in Norm's name may be made to the Rockville United Methodist Church, 142 Grove Street, Rockville, Connecticut 06066. Arrangements are by the Ready Funeral and Cremation Service, 261 Shelburne Rd. in Burlington, VT.
Published in The Westerly Sun from Sept. 12 to Sept. 17, 2013