Born with Down Syndrome in 1954, Andrew had the good fortune to be surrounded by a large loving family, his parents William and Margaret, his siblings Brad, Antonia, Jane and Will, and his many nephews and nieces, who all consider themselves extremely privileged to have had him in their lives.
His family were not the only people to benefit from Andrew’s spirit. He had friends around the world, who would make the pilgrimage to see him whenever they were in the Eastern Townships. He always had a way of making people feel better about themselves. He taught much about the benefits of simple human decency.
Born at the time when those with mental disabilities were often institutionalised, Andrew was a lesson to everyone he met of the benefits to all of a society that values inclusion. He was an active member of his community, his church, he went to school, he held a job cleaning, ironing and polishing silver for many people in the Massawippi area. He was even an honorary member of his father’s McGill Law Class of 1932.
The family wishes to thank the long term caregivers Shirley Knuston, Holly Whipple, Sonia Benchimol, Ngaire DeNora and Charlene Dezan who provided such wonderful and loving care to Andrew.
Funeral service will take place on Saturday, December 9 at 2:00 p.m. at St. Mark’s Chapel, Bishop’s University, 2600 College St., Sherbrooke, QC J1M 1Z7.
Funeral services entrusted to Steve Elkas Funeral Home.