Obituary of Andrew H Kilgour
Andrew Howard Kilgour was born April 29, 1939 and passed peacefully October 13, 2021.
After graduating from Rockland High School, he went on to attend and graduate from Bowdoin College. After graduating, Andrew went into the Navy making the rank of Lieutenant and serving on the USS Nipmuc (ATF-157). On a blind date to see “West Side Story,” he met Connie “Constance” Bain. They married shortly thereafter in 1964.
Stationed in Norfolk VA, their first son, Ross, was born. After Andrew’s tour of duty, they moved to Springfield MA where Andrew worked for the USPS, beginning a long career in Human Resources. While in Springfield, Andrew and Connie welcomed their second son, Ian.
Eager to move to the South Shore, they purchased an unfinished Cape house in Duxbury. Thanks to Andrew’s two brothers, Donald & Jeff Kilgour, and with help from two “go-fers,” sons Ross & Ian, they made this house a beautiful home. And then, a miracle happened & daughter Julie was born. The first girl in generations in the Kilgour family.
After the USPS, Andrew’s career took him to Instron, Johnson & Johnson, Stevens Arnold, and an executive search firm. Busy building a successful career, he was still able to make family a priority. An Eagle Scout himself, he led Ross & Ian’s troops with both eventually earning their Eagle Scouts. And this past year, Andrew was very proud of his grandson, Alec Kilgour who become the third generation to carry on this tradition earning his own Eagle Scout rank. Andrew was equally proud of his first grandchild, Meaghan for her devotion, discipline and hard work volunteering at the Black Feather Horse Rescue.
In addition to Scouts, Andrew spent countless hours as an assistant coach, attending musical recitals, arranging memorable skiing trips, refinishing his boats and taking the family on sometimes harrowing boating trips. The first lesson he taught his children about boating was “Before you enjoy the ocean, you must first learn to respect the ocean.”
Everyone who knew Connie and Andrew knew what a fantastic cook Connie was. They loved to entertain. Andrew would open up the front door and all were welcomed. Together they created a warm, lively, home full of non-stop comedy and music. Andrew was a trumpet player, loved Ragtime and was a long-time member of the East Coast City Jazz Band.
Andrew was a long-time member of St John the Evangelist in Duxbury, where he served on the Vestry and sang with the Senior Choir. He served alongside Connie as President of the Music Promoters at Duxbury High School from 1989-1990, and sang with the Snug Harbor Community Chorus for many years with Connie and daughter Julie.
The family would like to thank Christine Kilgour for her tireless effort helping Dad make the move to assisted living and providing care & support in his last days alongside Ian.
Calling hours will be held Friday, December 17th from 4 – 8 pm at Shepherd Funeral Home, 216 Main St, Kingston MA. Kindly adhere to Covid protocols. A graveside burial service will occur on Saturday, December 18th at 11 am at Mayflower Cemetery, Duxbury, MA. A Celebration of Life will be held also on Saturday, December 18th from 2 -4 pm at New Hope Chapel, 89 Court St, Plymouth MA.
Andrew Howard Kilgour. A life well lived and a respect well earned. “Anchors aweigh” & “Godspeed my friend.”
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in memoriam of both Andrew & Constance Kilgour to The Michael J Fox Foundation, (michaeljfox.org) or PO Box 5014 Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014.
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