Andrew John Letourneau passed away unexpectedly due to complications during surgery on December 12, 2019, at the UVM Medical Center in Burlington.
Andy was born on May 23, 1959, in St. Johnsbury, VT, to Thomas and Gracia Letourneau. He graduated from Danville High School in 1977. After a brief stint as a manual laborer at a wrought iron furniture factory, he went on to receive an Associate’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Vermont Technical College in 1980. He then chose to further his education at the University of Vermont, receiving his Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering in 1983. While at UVM, Andy met the love of his life, Anne Marie Bouchard, and married her on July 28, 1984. He started working for Green Mountain Power in 1983 and remained there for 17 years, then went on to work for other Vermont utility companies until landing at SGC Engineering in 2006. Andy was a dedicated Project Manager at SGC for 13 years, often filling the family camera with photos of power lines and substations. Through the years, he greatly enjoyed the challenge of seeing projects through from start to finish, and acted as a mentor to many of his colleagues. He was short of the retirement goal he set in high school by only five years, retiring in July 2019 at age 60.
There were also many other great loves in Andy’s life outside of his career. He had a deep connection to the town of Monkton, of which he was a resident for 33 years. He was a regular attendee of the town select board meetings, eventually becoming Monkton’s representative to the county’s Solid Waste Management District, and played a vital role in the creation of the Monkton Recycling Center. As an avid supporter of public education, Andy was a regular at both Monkton Central and Mt. Abe school board meetings, and later served as an official member of the MCS board. He was known for his thoughtful commentary and probing questions, his passion for in-depth study of every document, and above all, his strong desire to support teachers and keep student learning at the heart of every discussion. Andy joined the Monkton Boy Scouts with his son Andre in 2001, and was an active Troop 525 community from that day on. Throughout the years, he served on the troop committee and provided support and encouragement for many activities and Eagle Scout projects, and was always happy to lend his workshop space and take the lead in the annual wreath-making festivities.
One of Andy’s favorite pastimes was mowing his ever-widening expanse of a lawn. His idea of a relaxing summer afternoon usually included boating and barbecuing with extended family, and sitting beside his father reading romance novels at the family camp on Lake Champlain. He also enjoyed researching both new and used vehicles, often choosing to purchase and add to his collection. Above all, Andy’s greatest pleasure in life was spending time with his family. He loved to do anything for and with his Annie, always supporting her many gardening projects and voluntarily watching hours of Hallmark movies. His three children were his absolute pride and joy. He spent hours on the phone with Kristi imparting his wisdom on the best approach to car buying and advising her on many other big life decisions. Andy and Andre had many a conversation over the hood of a truck. Whenever he faced a frustrating problem, Andre knew he could always rely on his dad to help him break down the issue until it was manageable and the steps to solve it were clearer. During Eliza’s years at Duke, Andy loved trying to catch a glimpse of her in the stands at basketball games as he watched from his living room in Vermont, but valued being able to watch the games with her when she was home even more. Though they should have had many more years to spend with him, his family is comforted knowing that his gift was to them was his every day example of a life well lived and filled with love, kindness, and generosity.
He is survived by Anne Marie, his wife of 35 years, and their three children, Kristiana, Andre, and Eliza; his father Thomas and siblings Donald, Lucy, Joanne, Tom, Paula, Debbie, Paul, Ricky, and Marcia, and many other beloved family members. He was predeceased by his mother Gracia and sister Marie. Visiting hours will be held on Thursday, December 19, 2019 at St. Jude’s Church Parish Hall in Hinesburg from 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm and a funeral service will take place on Friday, December 20, 2019 at 11:00 am in St. Jude’s Church. Burial will be at the Letourneau home after the reception. Please dress appropriately for comfort and warmth, as Andy himself always did.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Monkton Boy Scout Troop 525 Russ Baker, 895 Davis Road, Hinesburg, VT 05461, or the Monkton School Mentors program Monkton Central School, 1036 Monkton Rd, North Ferrisburgh, VT 05473 c/o Carolyn Tatlock.