Andrew V. Newton, 26, a resident of Jaffrey, NH and formerly of Winchendon, MA, died at his home on March 20, 2018.
It is with great sadness that our family and community mourn the loss of our beloved Andy. Andrew Vincent Newton was born on November 3, 1991, in Leominster, MA, to Doug and Shelly (Stowell) Newton; the baby of their four children who would grow up to be a beloved staple of the community. A graduate of Murdock High School and studying to be an EMT, he worked at Wal-Mart, Café 532 and CVS, where he helped people every day and did so naturally.
Andrew held a unique place in the hearts of everyone that knew him. As a son, sibling, neighbor and favorite uncle, there was always a light in the thoughtful way he showed us all he cared. Like all creative spirits, he left us with mysteries but there are things we know: his work as an advocate let us know about the size of his heart; his poetry and short stories let us know about the beauty of his mind; and the sincerity in his smile let us know what he would definitely have been a Hufflepuff. That gentle nature would only come as a surprise to someone who had met him as a fierce member of the Baystate Brawlers – his family on the rink for the past few years.
Andrew’s life was tragically cut short in his home on March 20, 2018. Andrew lost a battle with depression that he fought bravely, day after day, for an impressive amount of time. The strength that it took to fight for so long came from an iron will (to which any friend or relative can attest) and the loving support of those that knew him best. Andrew’s passing leaves tears and questions but also a sense of appreciation for an end to the struggle and a gratitude for the unending blessing that was our time together. Andrew, you are missed beyond words. Thank you for being a part of our lives.
Andrew drew strength from the efforts at Two Write Love on Her Arms (TWLOHA), a nonprofit organization that engages the community around issues of mental health. If you would like to honor his memory, supporting TWLOHA would be a gesture that Andrew would have appreciated greatly. Gifts may be made online at www.twloha.com, or by mail at TWLOHA, PO Box 2203, Melbourne, FL 32902.
Family and friends are warmly invited to calling hours on Friday, March 23, 2018 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the Cournoyer Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 33 River Street, (Route 202) Jaffrey.