Andre Montie Frey-Thomas
March 27, 1970 – November 12, 2020
André Montie Frey-Thomas March 27, 1970- November 12, 2020
Born in Cleveland but raised primarily in Seattle, André was always an independent soul. Emancipated as a teen, he initially dropped out of high school to support himself, but soon recognized the value of finishing and got his GED. He would go on eventually to attend college, as well.
André wanted to be a chef when he was young and, with an intense amount of hustle and bravado, convinced the executive chef at Columbia Tower Club to hire him. He worked his way up from crew to roast and grill chef to saucier, all with no formal training or education in cuisine. His passion for the craft was evident in the awards he earned from the club. In his time there, he created meals for the likes of Bill Gates, Al Gore, Rutger Hauer, and other notables.
In 1992 André met Elizabeth, and they quickly became inseparable. When he proposed in 1993 he looked at his future as a family man, and made the decision to leave his culinary career and pursue a position that had the stability and schedule that would allow him to dedicate time to his loved ones. He married Elizabeth in 1994 and while he left professional cooking, he never lost the desire to improve and learn in the kitchen. For his entire life he was known for incredible meals, which he took great pleasure in creating for family and friends. André and Elizabeth often hosted parties, and André would carefully plan and execute elaborate food spreads to honor his guests. The passion he had for great cuisine also led him to seek out many of the best restaurants, and try all sorts of new culinary styles.
After leaving the CTC, André began a career in a different part of the food industry. He accepted a position with Safeway, initially in store management. He was quickly tapped to move to the supply side of the business as a supervisor with Safeway Milk. As he worked his way up in the dairy processing industry, he went on to work first for Darigold, and then for the last 17 years, for HP Hood. He was known for his problem solving abilities, management skills, and quick understanding of unfolding situations. Especially during his years with HPHood, he developed many enduring friendships and professional relationships, which he valued greatly. André’s respect was hard to earn, and closely kept. The people in his circle of friends are all individuals with talent, drive and compassion.
André’s proudest achievements were based in family. With the birth of a daughter, Kendall, in 1995, and a son, Harrison, in 1998, André and Elizabeth became parents to two charming, intelligent and witty individuals who mirror their father’s talents, infectious smile, and kindness every day. He was immensely proud of being their Dad, and never missed an opportunity to tell people of their achievements. He was assiduous in trying to provide for them the stability, love and respect he didn’t always have in his own childhood. His legacy is long and well-founded in them.
André is survived by his wife and best friend of 26 years, Elizabeth, his daughter Kendall, his son Harrison, Elizabeth’s parents and siblings who were like his own, his mother Candice Castoriano, two sisters, two brothers, and numerous nieces and nephews, as well as a cohort of friends who were like family to him.
Four and a half years after his cancer diagnosis, André Frey-Thomas slipped from life, surrounded by his family. He never wanted the disease to define him, but hoped his friends and family would remember him when they push themselves to achieve their far-reaching goals, when they take pride in a job well done, and when they enjoy a great meal with their loved ones.
Online tributes can be placed through Chapel of the Pines, in Placerville, CA. A funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, December 5th, 2020, at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Placerville, CA. The rosary will begin at 10:30 AM, with the Mass following at 11:00. Due to the Covid crisis, there will be no reception. In lieu of flowers, André’s family asks that his friends and family consider a donation in his memory to neuroendocrine cancer research, under the direction of Dr. Pamela Kunz at the following address. Please write “Dr. Kunz” in the memo, with your gift. Yale Cancer Center, PO Box 7611, 157 Church St, New Haven, CT 06519-0611
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Andre Montie Frey-Thomas
November 19, 2020
Your name of Andre gives you a clever mind, good business judgment, a sense of responsibility, and an appreciation of the finer things of life.
You are serious-minded and not inclined to make light of things even in little ways, and in your younger years you had more mature interests than others your age.
Home and family mean a great deal to you and it is natural that you should desire the security of a peaceful, settled home environment where you can enjoy the companionship of family and friends.
Whatever you set out to accomplish you do your very best to complete in accordance with what you consider to be right.
In the home you assume your responsibilities capably, having the self-confidence to form your own opinions and make your own decisions.
Others can rely on you; once you have given your word you will do your utmost to fulfil a responsibility.
However, there is a tendency to be a little too independent in your thinking and it is difficult for you to accept the help of others when you should.
Due to your strong sense of responsibility, you could experience worry and mental turmoil through assuming more responsibility than you should.
Friction could arise through others feeling that you were interfering with their rights and privileges, even though you are only trying to help.
You have a unique inner potential.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
Universal Love is based on understanding.
–ALFRED J. PARKER
There is nothing in life harder to learn than the lesson of service to your fellowman--to love him for what he is. It is easy to love yourself, but it is hard to love someone else.
–ALFRED J. PARKER
Love is something that should not stay the same, but something that improves with age, something that mellows and develops qualities of understanding that alter as our thinking changes. Our love of life is our conception of life, and the principle of growth allows us to alter our concept to be reserved. This is for my brother whom I love very much you are a p
November 19, 2020
My brother Andre was a person of endurance and always strived to do his best above and beyond. Despite the obstacles and hard times growing up he never settled for anything but the best. I as his older sister was given the chance to speak at his and Elizabeth's wedding. He included my son isaiah as the ring bearer which meant alot. I admired his love and compassion for his family and the love he and Elizabeth had for each other. Watching him become a wonderful and loving father despite having our own father absent. I am proud of Kendall and Harrison and the amazing young adults that they have become. Thank you to Elizabeth for being his wife, his companion and best friend to Andre. He really loved you unconditionally and I appreciate the support of him and you regarding my loss of Willie. Yes it is true love does come once in a lifetime not all of us get a chance to meet that one. And yes Elizabeth and Andre you both did. Love Always your big sister Marie Catherine
November 18, 2020
Andre was my oldest and dearest friend of 34 years.
I watched Andre's determination in the face of tremendous odds against him--as a Black man, living in poverty, with little family support. Andre was an inspiration and example for me his entire life.
Andre's blunt and efficient manner in the most absurd situations makes me laugh even now as I recall the years we lived as roommates. One Halloween in Lynnwood, trick-or-treaters kept banging on our door, which we wouldn't answer because we didn't even have the money for candy. Andre finally opened the door and threw a can of Diet Coke and an onion in the child's bag and said, "happy Halloween."
I still remember bringing Andre to Elizabeth's house for a party, and watching the spark between them. Andre was never the same after that, and I'm so glad that they built a life together with their awesome kids, Kendall and Harrison.
Andre was so proud of his work. Many years ago, he took me on a tour of the Hood plant in Virginia, and later gave me a tour of the plant in Sacramento. I loved hearing Andre talk about shelf-stable dairy products and how Muscle Milk was made and how they made the plastic milk containers.
Andre still lives in our memories.
I could go on and on.
Love you, my brother.
Fletch Goldsby Hall
November 18, 2020
I met Andre once. I was stationed in Monterey, separated from my family, and received an invitation to travel halfway across the state to have a Thanksgiving meal with a family that knew my mother from an online message board. I was flabbergasted by the warmth of the Frey-Thomas clan, the excellence of Andre's food, and I will always remember that Thanksgiving.
November 18, 2020
I was blessed to meet Beth and Andre on a wine tasting trip to Napa with our mutual friends Kevin and Aaron. What a glorious time we had. I knew then what a special man he was and could feel the sacred love between the two of them.
May his memory be a blessing