d’ENTREMONT, André Augustin – Abram’s River
“If I could go back and live all over again I wouldn’t change much. I had a wonderful life,” André (Andy) d’Entremont said just eight weeks before his death. “My three greatest accomplishments? Marriage to a woman who is my angel. A real angel. I have kids and grandkids I’m proud of. And also my military career. I wouldn’t hesitate joining again.” On May 14, after defying many odds, André died peacefully at his home in Abrams River exactly where he wanted to be, surrounded by family and with his devoted wife of almost 46 years by his side. Born on June 23, 1941 in East Pubnico to the late Augustin d’Entremont and Jeanne Laure d’Entremont, André joined the navy in 1959. He enjoyed a 30-year military career that included service in the navy, air force and army. He proudly served in the Communications and Electronics branch and the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals. His first five years were spent in the navy, where he served aboard HMCS Micmac and HMCS Columbia. He then left the navy to join the air force, serving as a UN peacekeeper in the 1970s in Beirut, Egypt and Ismailia. Upon his 1989 retirement from the Canadian Armed Forces, André worked for 18 years with the Corps of Commissionaires at the Yarmouth Airport. His official “retirement” in 2007 brought on many projects, including active involvement with the Abrams River Wharf upgrade, the establishment of a local veterans’ war monument in Eel Brook, and the Kespu'kwitk Métis Council. A lover of language who for many years of his adult life made it a mission to learn a new word every day, André loved to tell stories and frequently enjoyed a captive audience. He loved to tease those closest to him and was very rarely seen without a mischievous twinkle in his eye. His booming voice could be heard long before you saw him. André is survived by his wife Anne (née LeBlanc); daughter Yvette (Lower Sackville); sons Stephen (Bree), Atlanta; Chris (Montreal); grandsons Benjamin and Liam Fraser; sisters Rosaline Theoret (Niagara Falls); Corinne Deveau (Emile), Scarborough, Ont.; Joanne Duncan (Jim), Ottawa; and brother Pierre (Myrna), Edmonton. His parting advice to his beloved grandsons and to anyone else who reads this? “Always give your best to whatever task you’re assigned and nobody will be able to say anything to you,” he advised. “My father told me that many years ago. It served me well." The family will receive friends at H.M. Huskilson’s Funeral Home, 29 Albert Street, Yarmouth from 7 to 9 Thursday evening, with prayers at 8 p.m. The funeral Mass will take place at 11 a.m., Friday, May 18 from Saint Anne’s Church, Ste. Anne-du-Ruisseau, Father Albéni d’Entremont officiating. Interment will follow in the parish cemetery. It has been requested that there be family flowers only. Donations in memory of André may be made to Saint Anne’s Church Building Fund or to the Nova Scotia Heart and Stroke Foundation.