Edward "Bud" Andre

  • Born: May 16, 1936
  • Died: December 17, 2018
  • Location: Half Moon Bay, California

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Tribute & Message From The Family

Edward "Bud" Andre was born in San Francisco on May 16, 1936, the son of Edward Joseph Andre (one of nine children). and Beatrice Elizabeth Durkin (one of twelve children). His beloved wife, Joan Susan Egly Andre who was the love of his live, his father and mother, as well as his loving older sister, Mary Kathleen Doyle, and her husband, William Doyle, have predeceased him. He is survived by his son, Stephen Edward Andre, of San Diego, CA. as well as six brilliant nieces and nephews: Patty, Willie, Tim, Mike, Mary and Ann.

He studied twelve years for the Roman Catholic priesthood at St. Joseph's College, Mountain View, CA and at St. Patrick's Seminary/University in Menlo Park, CA and was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of San Francisco on June 9, 1962. He served as an assistant pastor at Mission Dolores Basilica, then St. Vincent de Paul parish in the Marina District of San Francisco (where he talked a would be suicide off the Golden Gate Bridge), and at St. Matthias Church in Redwood City, CA. He was likewise assigned as assistant chaplain at Hichkam Air Force Base, Oahu, Hawaii, and as hospital chaplain to (then) Franklin Hospital in San Francisco Sequoia Hospital in Redwood City. he sincerely loved the people he served and was much loved in return.

Following a dispensation from Pope Paul VI, he subsequently left active priesthood in order to marry Joan Egly in Pacific Grove, CA ("the smartest, most wonderful decision I ever made")

In order to stave off starvation, he obtained various employment as a counselor in San Francisco's Hillcrest Juvenile Hall, as a street interviewer conducting surveys
on San Francisco's Market Street, and loaded his van with AT&T phonebooks for hand delivery to residences in the hills of SF while fending off much of the dog population of that fair city. He even learned to tie a tie while interviewing for employment for County, State and Federal positions during Nixon's recession. One day, while standing in line at SF's Dep't. of Employment, he and several others were asked to rush over to the Civic Auditorium to work as extras in the movie "The Great White Hope".

Leaving behind stardom, he was later hired for permanent employment with San Mateo County as an officer and manager in law enforcement with the Adult Division of the Probation Department, in both street supervision and criminal investigation, a career he pursued for the next 31 years. For twelve of those years, he served as Ass't. Director and then Director of the Victim of Violent Crime Unit and served on the board of the Victim/Witness Coordinating Council of the State of California. He often said that the people he worked with then became the closets friends of his life and were the unsung heroes of the criminal justice system. He also had many friends in low places and no one was beyond his caring.

While heading up the Victim of Violent Crime Unit, he received several awards - from two US presidents, the US Attorney General's office, from the State of California and the County of San Mateo and received an entry in Who's Who in America. He received formal recognition for outstanding contributions for his work with Mother's Against Drunk Driving, Victims of Domestic Violence, Abused Children, and Families of Murder Victims. He was also the recipient of the highly coveted POOTY award (Probation Officer Of The Year) as well as the Survivor of Fort Apache award. For children of violence, he established a free toy giveaway,
the most treasured of which was a professionally designed talking and singing Teddy Bear named Spinoza, used to comfort children who know they were about to die.

During this period, he also made several TV appearances on behalf of Crime Victim's Rights and aided in establishing other counties and states' Victim programs. He also formed his own wedding business during this time, conducting over 2,650 weddings (and several funerals) often for those working in the social services and law enforcement fields.

He loved hiking and backpacking in the Sierra and locally, was a voracious reader and, with his natural openness and in-born curiosity, a good and lasting friend.

He was an ardent member for many years of Amnesty International, the Sierra Club, the Brady Campaign Against Gun Violence, the Peninsula SPCA, the Nature
Conservancy, the White Robed Monks of St. Benedict, and the Probation- Detention Ass'n. of California.

And, lastly, to all his family and friends, he leaves these words from his favorite song by the great Hawaiian siger, IZ, who he himself died not long ago:

If it all falls apart, i will know deep in my heart,

The only dream that mattered had come true...

That in this life... i was loved by you.


Condolence & Memory Journal

So sorry to hear about Bud passing. He was the minister at our wedding 14 years ago and we will never forget him.
Lisa and Terry Holgate

Posted by A friend   December 14, 2019

My name is Kathleen Riordan. I never met Bud but I have known of him probably my whole life. His grandparents (Mary or Girlie and Will Andre) were related to my Grandfather Ben R. Riordan Sr. Ben and Girlie were brother and sister. I am very interested in family history and am checking on line whenever I have access. I had heard rumors that we had another priest in the family besides Msgr. H.G Riordan. I guessed his name might be the same as his father's and I have found him today. I am so very sorry it could not have been several months ago as I would have been so happy to exchange letters etc. with him. I live in Idaho most of the year and Kansas the rest. I knew about most of my grandfather's family and some of the next and now some of the 2nd cousins etc. I would love to correspond with any of your branch of the family that might be interested in family ties and researching our shared history. I am on facebook and I have at least 2 email addresses. I am so, so sorry to have missed what sounds like a wonderful man In this life and I look forward to meeting him in the next. I will add him to my prayers. Sincerely, Kathleen (kareeo@yahoo.com)

Posted by A friend   February 17, 2019

I've known Bub since we were freshmen at St. Joseph's Seminary. Joe McMahon, Bud, and I went on summer vacations together -- Lake Valley, Bear Lake, visiting missions, trees, caves, sitting at campfires, solving world problems, asking the great questions. I live with the certainty of his earned salvation

Posted by William Lee Lee - Elk Grove, CA - Friend   February 04, 2019

You were my best supervisor and long time friend. I'm so glad we stayed in contact after you and I retired from probation. I miss our philosophical discussions. RIP, Jim Duffy

Posted by Jim Duffy - Asheville, NC   January 22, 2019

May the bereaved family be comforted by looking forward to Jesus' promise of seeing your dear loved one again. John 6:40.

Posted by A. L.    January 02, 2019

We are so sorry about your loss. May the Pease of God supply you with the comfort you need during this very difficult time.

Posted by A friend   January 02, 2019

God is a God of all Comfort and in this difficult time he will comfort the Andre Family's...So sorry for your lost..My condolences..

Posted by A friend   December 29, 2018

My sincere condolences. Find comfort in the God who is close to the brokenhearted.

Posted by A friend   December 29, 2018

I met Bud in 1973 when we attended (he from San Mateo and myself from Placer county) a week-long probation officer's training class in Asilomar. I could see right away he was a special man. He had a positive attitude toward his new career and I enjoyed recreating with him every night after class. My deepest condolences to Bud's family and friends.

Posted by Ken Englund - Auburn, CA   December 28, 2018

I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of Bud. During this difficult time may your family find comfort in the fulfillment of His promise at John 6:40 where we are promised the hope of being reunited with our loved ones again on a earthly paradise.

Posted by JH    December 27, 2018

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