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Swan Funeral Home

825 Boston Post Road, Madison, CT

OBITUARY

Andrew C. Molenaar

February 21, 1943October 27, 2013

Molenaar, Andrew C. Age 70, of Madison, CT, and New Canaan, CT, died peacefully at his Madison home on October 27, 2013. Born February 21, 1943, in Johannesburg, South Africa, he was a loving husband, dedicated father, true gentleman, and endowed with an insatiable desire to learn and live life to the fullest. Andrew received his early education in South Africa attending Marist’s Brothers High School and graduating in 1960. He worked for several years in the family business, designing and manufacturing buses. He continued with his education receiving a Bachelors of Commerce degree in 1977 and a Bachelors of Science Honors degree in 1978 both from the University of South Africa (UNISA). He then continued with a Masters Degree from the University of Witwatersand in 1979. After immigrating to the United States, he enjoyed a successful career in consulting, traveled the world, and became Partner at Coopers & Lybrand (PWC) in 2002. He then went on to receive an Architectural Engineering Degree during his retirement in 2005. His life was filled with accomplishments both intellectually and physically. His adventurous spirit was ignited in his teens and twenties, building and racing cars. From there, he began sailing competitively in South Africa. In his later years, he found himself participating in marathons and triathlons. In retirement, he developed a love of hiking and would spend weeks at a time in the Sierra Nevada mountains in California. In 2003, he climbed Mount Whitney as well as Mount Kilimanjaro. A year later he cycled across the Unites States from California to New Hampshire. His life was truly one to be celebrated.

He will be greatly missed by his wife, Pamela; his daughters, Jacqui Van Looy and Lee Ann Molenaar; three grandchildren, Mason, Tyler, and Haley Van Looy; his parents; Petrus Molenaar (age 96) and Martha Molenaar (age 94); his siblings Patricia Forster, John Molenaar, Elizabeth Catton, and Peter Molenaar.

A memorial gathering will be held Saturday, November 9, 2013, 2 pm, at The First Congregational Church of Old Lyme, 4 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT, 06371.

Services

  • Memorial Service Saturday, November 9, 2013

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Jennifer Frazer

March 3, 2018

After knowing his daughters and wife for years, I met Andrew so randomly, while sitting in an Architectural Engineering class at Norwalk Community College. What a delight he was to know. He was academically excellent, meticulous & detailed in his pursuit of knowledge & design. He loved being in nature in any way possible, the more physical the better. He embodied the notion of being "present" - drawing joy from every moment. It was an honor to know him.

Pat Crowther

November 13, 2013

It was my honor to meet you Andrew, you were a very caring and special man. I count my blessing for all of the nights I have spent on your ranch in the Alabama Hills, Lone Pine, CA

Lynn Lilyquist

November 12, 2013

I have valued Andrew his entire life. As his cousin, I played with him in South Africa and then as an adult, I watched as he became a moving force in the world of business. His contribution to us was significant.

Paul Linthorst

November 6, 2013

Andrew was a great colleague; friendly, open, positive and supportive. We entered partnership at the same time and in the same practice group and we both retired from PwC at the same time. But very different career paths within the firm led us physically far apart. It seems much too early and I regret not having seen more of him after my return to the USA and retirement from PwC. My thoughts and prayers are going out to Pamela and the rest of the family.

Keith Polak

November 6, 2013

Andrew was a good man, one that I looked up to and respected greatly. He will be deeply missed by all who were fortunate to know him.

Grady Means

November 5, 2013

Andrew was a wonderful friend and partner. We were very saddened to hear of his passing.

Jim Lotterer

November 5, 2013

It was a privilege to know and work with Andrew at Coopers & Lybrand. He was the consummate professional; a team player and always willing use his knowledge to help his colleagues. Andrew will be missed by all who knew him.

Suresh Gupta

November 5, 2013

Andrew was a true gentleman -- always helpful, kind, very intelligent and a very big heart! We will miss him...

With love,

Jenny Hosken

October 30, 2013

Andrew was a wonderful, kind and caring man and we were privileged to have him as a friend. He will be missed more than words can say. Our love and prayers are with Pam, Jacqui, Lee Ann and the family

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY