Andrew Trelford

Rhody Family Funeral Home

Andrew Morris Trelford was welcomed into the world by his parents, Lavern and Roberta (Saunders) Trelford on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 17, 1973 at the Southampton Hospital. The Trelford family called Allenford home for about the first year of Andrew’s life before settling in Tara. In 1975, the family welcomed Andrew’s younger brother Kevin and the family was made complete with the arrival of Jennifer in 1980.

During his youth, Andrew enjoyed playing hockey and baseball, snowmobiling, downhill skiing, and dirt biking. Andrew played the biggest part of his minor hockey career in Tara and Chesley and was a player with the Hanover Barons Junior ‘C’ club. Andrew played defense for the most part and #3 enjoyed the contact part of the sport along with his partner Robbie Gunson #2. Andrew also played a stint with the Tara Juveniles hockey team and enjoyed coaching youth in the Tara community. 

After graduating from Arran-Tara Elementary School, Andrew attended Walkerton District Secondary School to take advantage of their shop programs and rugby. Although Andrew had many strengths, he did not enjoy the confines of the classroom. He did, however, excel at math calculations which came in handy later on when he had his stone business. It was during this time that Andrew was introduced to a schoolmate by the name of Cindy Guerette, and although young, they welcomed their daughter Jessica together in 1992.

After leaving school, Andrew soon turned his attention to the workforce where he worked at local farms and at Knight’s of Sauble Beach with his buddy Robbie Gunson, ripping up rail line. From here Andrew began working at a stone quarry. After a couple of years, Andrew followed in his father’s footsteps and began trucking. He soon began hauling livestock from the western provinces for Hyndman Transport where he purchased his first truck, then on to Walter Mair Trucking where he continued to run West. When Walter Mair Trucking sold the livestock end of the business, he carried onto Restless Hearts Transport and then to Schaus Transport where he hauled livestock all over North America; the States of Texas and California being favourites of his.

Andrew spent a few years working for stone quarries where he developed a real passion for working with stone. In 2010, Andrew bought his own truck and trailer and began hauling stone from the Peninsula. After a year or so he expanded into buying, selling, and creating designer stone pieces and became quite successful at it. He worked out of every quarry on the Peninsula until such time as he purchased his own property in Tara and started cutting his own stone and delivering it to construction, landscape, and designer sites across much of Southern Ontario. 

In his spare time, Andrew enjoyed searching out antiques and toy collectibles. He also had a keen interest in collecting and examining unique coins. Andrew enjoyed having knowledge and facts on historical and world events and delighted in sharing these facts with others. He also had an appreciation for old muscle cars, trucks, and vintage snowmobiles. Christmas was his favourite time of year and he always acted like a “big kid”!

Andrew loved spending time with his four grandchildren, Zayne, Emma, Abigail and Jameson. Whenever Andrew visited the kids, he loved to spoil them with special gifts and treats. He was always eager to hear about their new interests and enjoyed listening to their stories and getting on the floor with them and making them laugh. He enjoyed hearing about Zayne’s sports and attending his hockey and lacrosse games. In true Andrew fashion, a story was told of him beating up an arena vending machine to get Zayne’s treat unstuck, as he said, “the very important things only Grandpa will teach him.” He assured Zayne that if the treat did not come out, they would take the whole vending machine home. 

Andrew also had a special place in his heart for Nina and Sam Gabert who remember him as being a huge supporter of anything they were interested in.

Andrew loved his food! Steak, fruit, smoothies, and chocolate milk were all staples in his diet.  He was always up for a good meal and enjoyed trying out new recipes (even if it was his own invention) and bragging about his cooking. One of his latest creations was fruit explosion muffins… he said he was trying to show up Tim Horton’s. 

As most of you know, Andrew had a larger-than-life presence. He was always the one lighting up the room with his outgoing personality and energy. His booming laugh came easily and was very recognizable. Andrew enjoyed entertaining people with his humour and the way he told his stories, but he was never afraid to speak his mind, stand his ground or ‘ruffle feathers’. He would often pass along funny quotes and memes in an attempt to humour others. When he met someone new or was talking with children he was genuinely interested in their conversation and their responses. He had strong convictions and when family or friends were in need, Andrew was always there to help. Many have commented that Andrew ‘always had their back’. 

Although Andrew had much to celebrate and be proud of, he often masked his struggles and tried to remain positive no matter what challenges he was facing. His family was ever-present offering Andrew their guidance and support whenever needed. He was truly loved by family and friends. 

In 2016, Andrew started experiencing heart issues and after numerous hospitalizations, a defibrillator was implanted in 2017.  Due to these health issues, Andrew was unable to continue with the career he loved, but he was able to work at small renovations and cleaning at Owen Sound businesses. Andrew was residing in Owen Sound for the last three years and unbeknownst to him he contracted Covid in recent days, and with his underlying heart condition, this meant he was at a high risk. Andrew’s body simply couldn’t overcome the virus and he passed away at the Grey Bruce Health Services, Owen Sound on Friday, July 2, 2021 in his 49th year.

Loving father of Jessica (Kevin) Smith of Owen Sound. Cherished grandfather of Zayne, Emma, Abigail, and Jameson. Beloved son of Lavern and Lori of Tara and Roberta and Arnold of Tiverton. Andrew will be dearly missed by his brother Kevin (Amanda) of R.R. #2 Tara and sister Jen Thompson (Ryan) of Wiarton. He will be fondly remembered by his nieces and nephews, Kyler, Hayley, Shelby, Rhys, and the entire Trelford and Saunders families.

A public visitation will be held at Rhody Family Funeral Home, Chesley on Friday, July 16, 2021 from 7 – 9 p.m. A private memorial service honouring Andrew’s life will be held on Saturday, July 17, 2021. A recording of the service will be available on the funeral home website in the days following.

Memorial donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

‘That’s how I feel some days,
resilient and determined to get

the attention of some, and be in the way
and a pain in the ass for the rest.’ 

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Doug and Anne Stephens
July 18, 2021

Lavern and Lori and Family
Our sincere condolences in the loss f your son. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Heather Bridge
July 17, 2021

My sincere condolences to Lavern and Lori and Roberta and Arnold and Kevin and Jenn. Andrew was so polite and caring and I know I asked my fair share of help with anything and he was always right there. I did have the privilege in the past few years of meeting up in the peninsula quarries with him and always had a huge smile for me and good conversation. I will say knowing he was next door for some years certainly gave me a feeling of safeness and security. Also my condolences to Jess and her children and his nieces and nephews which some nieces have totally stole my heart. Love to all.

Bill Kuntz and Chris Patchell
July 17, 2021

We are sorry to hear of Andrew’s passing. We would like to extend our condolences to Andrew’s family and friends.

Wayne and Gail Mortison
July 17, 2021

So sorry to hear of Andrew’s passing, thinking of you all at this difficult time.

Lorne Faust
July 17, 2021

My sincere condolence to Lavern and the Trelford families….. thoughts are with you.

Kevin & Tracey Hammell
July 17, 2021

Our sincere condolences to the Trelford family…gone but never forgotten!

Scott Price
July 16, 2021

I am hoping to make the visitation and extend my condolences to Andrew’s family. We attended ATES together and he always had my back no matter what. I never forgot that. Even though we didn’t keep in touch, when we would see each other downtown, we always made time to chat. Thanks for being there for the little guy on that ATES playground.

Bob and Marlene Donaldson
July 16, 2021

Lavern & Lori and Roberta & Arnold and families:

We are so sorry to hear about Andrew’s passing. Our thoughts are very much with you.

Kay Thomson
July 13, 2021

We are so sorry to hear of Andrew’s passing. He was taken far too soon. Our deepest sympathy to all of his family. Thinking of you at this difficult time.

Kay and Shelley Thomson

Murray and Kathy Knapp
July 13, 2021

Lavern,Lori, Jen and entire Trelford family.
Our heartfelt condolences to each of you on your loss.
You are in our thoughts and prayers.

George and Helen Coleman
July 12, 2021

To Lavern and family. So sorry for your loss. We send our deepest condolences

Brent and Jane Glenn (Young)
July 12, 2021

Kevin and family, sorry to hear about your loss, our sympathies.

Bob (Bubba) & Joyce Eckenswiller
July 11, 2021

I remember when Andrew started driving. Thinking of all of you at this difficult time. R.I.P. Andrew.

Jeanne and Doug Sutter
July 11, 2021

A beautiful tribute to Andrew. He and our son Kevin played hockey together with the Hanover Barons. Our condolences to your family.

Chris and Dianna Lueck
July 11, 2021

Dear Trelford family:
Our hearts continue to ache – we are so sorry for your loss. From what we read here, he sounds like the most likeable person, and very hard working. We are keeping all of you in our prayers, and sending you our sympathy and love.

David and Joyce Weppler
July 11, 2021

Our deepest sympathy to the whole family. Treasure the memories. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Melanie Calhoun
July 10, 2021

Sending my deepest condolences to Kevin and all of Andrew’s family. May he rest in peace.

Bob (Hopper) & Betty Ann Fischer
July 10, 2021

Our sympathy to all the family of Andrew, allot of memories and nothing but good times was had with him

Steve Thornto
July 10, 2021

My sincere condolences to Laverne and family.

Gary &Dora Mote
July 10, 2021

My condolences to the Trelford family.

Bill Sprung, Bobby Sprung and Cheryl Sprung
July 10, 2021

Sending our heartfelt condolences to the family. Hoping you may find the strength to reflect on your fond memories.

Dorne & Betty Fitzsimmons
July 10, 2021

We are so very sorry for your loss! Our thoughts are with you.
Dorne & Betty Fitzsimmons

Karen L Ballok
July 10, 2021

I am so sorry to hear about Andrew’s passing. I’m sure he will be missed by all. Please know that we at Tiverton Park Manor and my husband Steve and I are in your thoughts and will pray for the family left behind. I’m there if you need me.

Susan Galbraith
July 10, 2021

The Galbraith family extend our deepest sympathy to you on the loss of Andrew. May God heal your broken hearts …

Bob & Dianne Henkenhaf
July 9, 2021

Our sincere sympathy to everyone at this difficult time.
Our thoughts & prayers are with you.

Jeff & Anne Bilkey
July 9, 2021

Our condolences to Laverne and family. Your shift is done Andrew, taken too young…. Jeff & Anne Bilkey

Albert Mole
July 9, 2021

So sorry praying will can find comfort in all the good memories that will live on.

Bonnie Bartley
July 9, 2021

Dear Roberta & Families, Laverne & Familes.
A beautiful story of Andrew ‘s life. Hold all your memories close to your hearts. Thinking of you all with your loss at this time. 🙏
Clayton and Bonnie Bartley

Bob and Susan Cook
July 9, 2021

Sending our deepest sympathy, our love and prayers.

Alvin and Carol Ceaser
July 9, 2021

To the Trelford and Saunder Familys.
Our deepest sympathy for your loss.

Tammy Brough-Middleton
July 9, 2021

Lavern, Roberta, Kevin, Jennifer and families, I am so sorry for your loss. I have fond memories of my childhood…many of which include Andrew…

Louise Neeb
July 9, 2021

To the family of Andrew. I was so shocked and sorry to hear of Andrew’s passing. All the condolences here show how much he was loved and respected. Peace, love and prayers to you all at this difficult time. Rest In Peace Andrew.

Gord & Sandra Laver & Family
July 9, 2021

Lavern, Roberta, Kevin, Jenn and families, so sorry for the loss of Andrew…cherish the happy memories

Sherry Anstett
July 9, 2021

I am so very sorry 😐 for the pain you are feeling at the loss of Andrew …. I pray that you find comfort in the many moments that made you smile over the years

Shannon Myles (Scarrow)
July 9, 2021

My deepest sympathies for your loss.

Alan and Nicole Sloas
July 9, 2021

We are so sorry for your loss.

Todd and Amy Sawyer
July 9, 2021

So sorry to hear of Andrew s passing. Condolences to your entire family

Philip and Michelle Hemstock
July 8, 2021

Very sorry to hear of Andrew’s passing. Deepest condolences

Dave and Barb Cormack
July 8, 2021

Lavern and the Trelford family and Roberta so sorry to hear of your loss

Lynda Leeson
July 8, 2021

Lavern, Roberta and families my condolences on the lose of Andrew.

Michael, Jordan and Kim Murphy
July 8, 2021

Jen and Family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Mary Ruth Merriam
July 8, 2021

Lavern, Kevin, and family, so sorry for your loss of Andrew. Cherish your memories. You will miss him!

Mike and Nancy Pierunek and family
July 8, 2021

We are very sorry to hear of this unexpected loss. Please accept our heart felt condolences.

Kevin & Lisa Gilbert and family
July 8, 2021

Jen and family,
Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time.

Judy & Dave Greig
July 8, 2021

Our heartfelt sympathy to everyone.

July 7, 2021

John-Luke and Jessica Muresan and family: Thinking and praying for you all at this time.

Bev and Ietsje Neil
July 7, 2021

Sorry to hear to hear that Andrew has passed away, our thoughts are with your family.

Greg Ziegler(ziggy) and Dot
July 7, 2021

So sorry to hear of your loss I have good memories trucking with Andrew

Rae and Joyce MCLENNAN
July 7, 2021

Our deepest sympathy

Sulta and Jerry Weppler
July 7, 2021

Please accept our deepest sympathy.

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