BANGOR – Arthur Eugene Andrews, 75, passed away peacefully Sunday, Nov. 16, 2008, surrounded by his loving family, at his home. “Art,” “Terra” or “Sonny,” as he was known, came into this world April 5, 1933, in South Brewer, the first-born son of Frederick Robert Andrews and Mary Louise (McKinnon) Andrews. Enduring a myriad of health problems throughout the past 31 years, he was a fearless warrior facing each medical challenge with courage and determination. In his early years, he proudly joined the U.S. Navy stationed at Naval Gun Factory, Washington, D.C., and for a time served aboard an admiral’s yacht patrolling up and down the Potomac River. He was employed for many years at Eastern States Farmers’ Exchange, Winterport and at Agway, Brewer. He then went on to become a sales representative for Dave Colson Distributors, Hampden, after which he joined Eastern Fine Paper, Inc., Brewer, as an environmental technician. He enjoyed telling people he was the solution to the pollution. Art suffered his first massive stroke in April 1977, which resulted in total disability. Never one to let adversity stand in his way, and at the suggestion of Dr. Sidney Block, he volunteered his time at Eastern Maine Medical Center and began his volunteer experience in the mail room, followed by a time in the intensive care unit and, finally, he found his second home in cardiology. Art logged many miles of walking throughout the hospital during his 20 years as a volunteer and eventually reached 20,000 hours. Of all his accomplishments, Art was most proud of his time as a volunteer and he gained many friends among the doctors, nurses and patients along the way. One of Art’s greatest passions throughout the years was his love of the Boston Red Sox. Arguably one of the Sox’s greatest fans, his loyalty culminated in being honored at Fenway Park during Maine Day 2004 by his very good friend, Governor John Baldacci, who also proclaimed Aug. 29, 2004, as “Art Andrews Day” in the state of Maine. Art was predeceased by his parents and one brother, Harris James, along with several aunts and uncles. He is survived by his devoted wife, Lois (Clark) Andrews, and by his wonderful family, Cyndi (Andrews) Wass and her husband, Reggie, of Hampden, Mark, Michael and Christine “Tina” Andrews of Bangor, and Daniel Lee of Massachusetts; his very special granddaughters, the lights of his life, Nicole and Kayla Wass of Hampden, and Kristina Andrews of Bangor; his only great-grandson, Branden, the spark who kept him smiling throughout the past few months; three sisters, Lorraine Chandler and husband, Earl, of Orland and Bonita Springs, Fla., Gloria McDonald of Brewer, and Rosalie Gray and husband, Edmund, of Hampden; one brother, Frederick “Mickey” Andrews and his wife, Jackie, of Bangor; two aunts, Rose Andrews of Jay and Evelyn McKinnon of Saco; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He will also be missed by his lifelong, loyal friend, Robert Vachon and his wife, Nancy, of Orrington. Art’s loving family walked him through his long journey as far as they could, right to heaven’s gate where his Father welcomed him home with open arms. His faith and sense of humor sustained him and the entire family throughout his final days. Heaven has indeed received a special angel. The family wishes to thank the wonderful people of Gentiva Home Health Services and New Hope Hospice for their tender care during the past several months, and to the many doctors, nurses, therapists and certified nurses aids who cared for Art along the way. A very special thank-you to Betsy Weiss, M.D., for her devotion and unfailing attention to Art throughout the many years she cared for him. Friends and relatives may visit 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19, at Kiley & Foley Funeral Service, 69 State St., Brewer. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, at St. John’s Catholic Church, York Street, Bangor. A time of fellowship will be held immediately afterward in the parish hall. Interment will be afterward at Oak Hill Cemetery, Winterport. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may contribute in Art’s memory to New Hope Hospice, Inc., P.O. Box 757, Holden, ME 04429-0757; or American Heart Association, New England Affiliate, 20 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701. Condolences may be offered at www.kileyandfoley.com.
ARTHUR E. ANDREWS