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Longtime Amesbury resident, Andre Fortin, passed on November 5, 2016, after a short illness. Andre was born June 14, 1939, the son of the late Wilfred and Adrienne Fortin of Amesbury. He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Mary Ellen of Freedom, N.H.; his brother, Roger of Amesbury; son, Scott, his wife, Renee and granddaughter, Samantha of South Hampton, N.H.; daughter, Terry of Durham, N.C.; daughter, Alicia and granddaughters, Pilar and Carmela of Sebastopol, Calif.; and son, Jonathan, his wife, Mari and granddaughters, Sidney and Reagan of Calhoun, Ga. Andre is also survived by numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Andre was a 1957 graduate of Amesbury High. He served in the U.S. Army as a military policeman and was a member of the White House Presidential Guard for President Eisenhower. After his military service, Andre returned to Amesbury and had a successful career as a carpenter and cabinet maker until 2001 when he and Mary Ellen retired to Freedom, N.H.
Andre was giving of his time to numerous civic activities. He coached youth baseball, was an active member of the Sacred Heart Parish and led the rebuilding of the church hall, was the long standing chairman of Boy Scout Troop 7, served as a board member of the Franco-American Credit Union, and served as a Precinct Ward for the Town of Amesbury.
He was a loving husband and dedicated father. He and Mary Ellen traveled to numerous events their children participated in throughout New England and beyond. He enjoyed sharing the outdoors with his family and friends on hunting, canoe, and hiking trips. During retirement, he and Mary Ellen were able to travel extensively throughout the country and Alaska.
Calling hours for Andre will be held in Amesbury at the EV Jutras & Sons Funeral Home, 118 Friend Street on Thursday November 10, from 4 pm to 7 pm. His funeral mass will be held at Holy Family Parish 2 School St. in Amesbury on Friday, November 11, at 10:30 am.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Andre’s honor to Boy Scout Troop 7, Amesbury, MA 01913.
Published on  November 8, 2016
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