Andrew Laurenson passed away Aug. 17, 2017.
Andrew was born May 13, 1934, in Coney Island, New York. It is here, as a child, that he began a lifelong love of the ocean and of sailing. Andrew enlisted in the Navy after high school. After his service, he attended college and graduate school on the GI Bill. Education and service to his community were very important to Andrew. He was dedicated to developing the first state-funded day care centers in New Jersey and was committed to the Civil Rights movement.
During his marriage to Trudy Laurenson, they had two children: a son, Ian, and a daughter, Erika. In 1970, he moved his family to West Virginia for a simpler life. It was at this time that he divorced.
In 1983, he met his beloved, Margaret Hughes, and her three children, Toby, Jamie, and Mackie. They moved to Shepherdstown and began renovating historic homes.
Andrew discovered a love of performing and was a participant in The Rumsey Radio Hour.
As a couple, they were devoted to the area and to each other.
Andrew retired from Shenandoah Community Health in Martinsburg, where he worked as an LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker) until July 2012.
Andrew was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters; and his wife, Margaret Hughes.
He is survived by all five of their children and two grandchildren.
Memorial arrangements are being planned and will be determined at a later date.
Online condolences may be offered at www.BrownFuneralHomesWV.com.