Normand Dower Andrews – Shelburne

Normand Dower Andrews, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather passed away on Sept. 10, 2013, following a long illness. He found his final peace at the Arbors in Shelburne, with family and caregivers at his side. Norm was born on March 20, 1923, in Providence, R.I., 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 US Army Air Corps during World War II, 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, Conn., and later in Tequesta, Fla. Norm married Jean Taylor on Nov. 29, 1947, in Smithfield, R.I. They were soul-mates for 59 years. Norm and Jean called several communities home over the years, including residencies in Michigan, Connecticut, Florida, and for 20 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 faithful foursome. Before moving to the Arbors in July 2013, Norm lived with his family in So. Burlington, for nearly five years. 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, Conn., in April 2004. Norm was predeceased by his wife, Jean; daughter, Meredith; and brother, Leonard. He is survived by two daughters, Holly Brooks of South Burlington, her husband, Steve, and their daughter, Mary; and Susan Clark of Tunbridge, her husband, Peter, and their sons, Scott and Tom. He is also survived by grandson, Jason Bloking and wife, Kavita Shah; and granddaughter, Christina Pitney and husband, David, and their three children, Taylor, Evan, and Zachary, born Sept. 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, Conn., on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, at 10 am. A graveside service at the Riverbend Cemetery in Westerly, R.I., will follow at 2:30 pm the same day. Norm’s family wishes to express their deep appreciation to the staff at the Arbors for their loving care during Norm’s time there. Their kindness, love, and understanding were the difference for him. His comfort and safety were the difference for his family.

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