NAPLES - Andrew R. Tukey, 30, passed away at Lahey Clinic Medical Center after a brief and courageous battle with cancer on June 10, 2014. Andy was born on June 15, 1983, in Portland, Maine, the beloved son of James and Linda Tukey. He had a passion for music, cooking, nature and the outdoors. Andy grew up in Readfield exploring the backyard stream and fields. During the winters Andy would build snow forts and use the hills neighboring the house for sledding. In the summer months Andy could be found playing in his tree house or at his grandmother's lake cottage. He would go on to attend Kents Hill School before graduating from Maranacook High School. He played the drums and baritone horn, attended summer music camps, and the music program at University of Maine in Augusta. His calling then turned to cooking and he earned a degree in Culinary Arts at Southern Maine Community College. While working in food service at the University of Southern Maine, he met the love of his life, Kim Retus. They both went on to work at St. Josephs College where Andy became the sous chef and Kim the pastry chef. In 2012, Andy's devotion to his craft and co-workers was recognized when he was awarded Employee of the Year. Andy and Kim were together for 6 years and resided in the home they had built in Naples, Maine. They were to be married in September. Andy was a warm, caring, generous man with a bigger than life heart, all of which was expressive in his love of family and friends. His broad personality and humor would bring smiles and even roaring laughter to those around him. Selfless in his ways, Andy would make a point to help anyone down or in need. A constant in Andy's life was his love of jazz, funk, and soul music. He cherished the wild times on Windy Street and playing the drums with his lifelong friend Tyler Quist. A talented chef and total foodie, he loved everything culinary from micro-brews to authentic Asian cuisine. Andy also had a deep passion for nature and the outdoors, especially fly fishing for trout and salmon on the Kennebago, Magalloway and Rapid Rivers with his dad and brother. In his spare time, Andy could be found fly fishing for bass in the ponds and streams around his home of Naples.
Andy was predeceased by his paternal grandmother Irene Tukey, formerly of Belgrade.
He is survived by his parents, Jim and Linda Tukey of Readfield; his brother, Daniel Tukey of Burlington, Vermont; his sister, Haley Fortin and her husband, Scott; nephew, Tommy; and niece, Lauren of Belgrade; his maternal grandparents, Robert and Janet Thibodeau of Stillwater; his fiancé, Kim Retus of Naples; his fiancé's mother, Bettyann Retus of New Gloucester; his uncle, Rodney Parsons of Phoenix, Arizona; his Aunt Linda Day and husband, Darryl, of Millinocket; his Uncle Darold Tukey of Kingfield; and cousins, Aaron and Brendon Tukey, Brenda and Jack Day, and Donald and Miranda Parsons.
A Memorial Service to celebrate Andy's life will be held at St. Joseph College in Standish Maine on Sunday June 22 at 1:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations in Andy's memory, to the Maine TU Trout Program (www.troutcamp.org) or Fly Fishing In Maine (www.flyfishinginmaine.com). Arrangements by Cliff Gray Cremation & Funeral Services, 60 Andrews Road, Bryant Pond, Maine.