Andrew Hebblethwaite, aged 27, passed away on Friday, August 25, 2023. Andrew was born in Moncton, New Brunswick on March 21st, 1996. He was the son of Ian Hebblethwaite and Sheila Donovan and the older brother of Gemma Mae Christie. He was also the beloved uncle of Madilyn, whom he cherished deeply.
Andrew’s educational journey began at Lou MacNarin School in Dieppe, where he was enrolled in the Early French Immersion program. He later transferred to Moncton High School in 2010. He graduated in 2014, receiving the Provincial French Immersion Certificate. During his time at MHS, he proudly played for the Moncton High Purple Knights Football Team, donning his cherished #58 jersey. One of the highlights of his football career was the opportunity to travel to Ottawa to compete against teams from across the country.
Throughout his younger years, Andrew actively participated in various scouting programs, starting as a Beaver and progressing to become a Cub and finally a Scout with St. Michael’s Scouts. His dedication to Scouting allowed him to partake in numerous memorable experiences, including camping, canoeing, and exciting trips to Halifax and Montreal. Andrew treasured every moment spent in the great outdoors.
From an early age, Andrew was a member of the Moncton YMCA, where he began swimming lessons at just six months old. For the next ten years, he continued to be involved with the YMCA, attending Forever Friends Day Care, participating in weekend youth programs, and volunteering at Y events. His name will forever be displayed on their donor wall as a testament to his unwavering support.
The Purple Knights, St. Michael’s Scouts, and the YMCA profoundly shaped Andrew’s character. He possessed a compassionate spirit, always willing to lend a helping hand and accepting others for who they truly were. Bullying was an issue close to his heart, and he actively took a stand against it. Andrew demonstrated his understanding and support for the LGBTQ+ community from a young age, believing that mistreating individuals based on their love preference was senseless.
Travel was Andrew’s passion, and he embarked on various adventures throughout his life. His first trip to Scotland took place when he was a mere five months old. From there, he continued to explore the world, visiting his paternal family across the Atlantic and venturing to destinations such as Malaysia, Singapore, the Dominican Republic, and Orlando, Florida. Andrew possessed a natural ability to adapt to different cultures, always open to absorbing all that was new and different.
Finding his soul mate in Kayla Bartlett brought immeasurable joy to Andrew’s life. Although their time together was tragically cut short, they managed to discover a love that many spend a lifetime seeking. This profound connection is something his loved ones will forever be grateful for.
Andrew will be deeply missed by his parents, Ian Hebblethwaite and Sheila Donovan, as well as his soul mate Kayla Bartlett. He is survived by his sister Gemma Mae Christie, her husband Keegan, and their daughter Madilyn. He will also be fondly remembered by his paternal grandmother Maryel FitzRandolph, step grandmother Vivien Hebblethwaite, numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and his closest and dearest friends. Andrew was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather Michael Hebblewaite, maternal grandparents Hedley and Helen Donovan, and maternal aunt Alma Taggart.
A gathering to celebrate Andrew’s life, affectionately referred to as “Andrew’s After Party,” will take place on Thursday, August 31, 2023, from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. The event will be held at Fergusons Funeral Home, located at 1657 Mountain Road, Moncton NB. Attendees are encouraged to share their cherished memories and stories of Andrew from 7:30 PM onwards. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that memorial donations be made to St. Michaels Scouts (Scouts Canada) or the Moncton High Football Program.