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Andrew M. Frutchey

March 30, 1977 March 13, 2024
Andrew M. Frutchey
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Andrew McIntyre Frutchey, 46, passed away on Wednesday, March 13, 2024 at Rhode Island Hospital after a valiant fight against both liver and kidney failure. Born March 30, 1977 he was the oldest child of James and Martha Montgomery Frutchey and the beloved older brother of Elizabeth, all of whom survive him.

Born and bred in Providence, Andrew remained close to his base all his life. He was a creature of the East Side and knew its streets and locales very well. He was educated at Moses Brown School, where his dyslexia never prevented him from taking advantage of its rich resources and solid educational values. As a result, he was a life-long reader; his latest enthusiasm was working his way through the entire Dune series. He enjoyed his years as a Boy Scout as part of Don Dewing's Providence Troop 82 and earned his Eagle Award in high school. Several attempts at college didn't succeed, but his year at City Year was a wonderful learning experience. Andrew had several jobs over the years; East Side Marketplace for many years in his 20's and Crate and Barrel in his 30's. These experiences gave him an encyclopedic knowledge of produce (fruits and vegetables) and retail sales. After 2014, health issues prevented him from working, but he moved back home and became the backbone of the household, when health permitted.

Andrew was a very social person and had a wide circle of friends; he maintained these relationships from childhood up and his friends have supported the family during this difficult time. Andrew was a story-teller and always had an anecdote on hand from his daily adventures. Even a simple trip to the store would yield a story about some lady in the parking lot or, his perennial favorite, Rhode Island drivers. As an adult he became an avid sports fan - practically any sport would do - but his favorites were the Red Sox, the Patriots and the PC Friars. He owned hats and shirts for each and followed the sports talk shows every day. Andy will be sorry to miss March Madness as he always filled in his bracket and was incensed when his carefully curated choices fell to the random picks of Liz and Mom. When his health allowed, traveling was also something he enjoyed and his trip to Italy in 2019 was a personal favorite. Gardening was a late in life hobby and while his cucumbers were always successful, tomatoes were a struggle. An adventuresome cook, he often substituted different ingredients in recipes. He liked spicy food the best and was always trying a new recipe for dinner. We relied on him to be the family chauffeur, shopper and scheduler and he will be sorely missed.

Andrew was pre-deceased by his grandparents, P.B. and Mary McIntyre Montgomery of Chicago, Illinois and Malcolm and Rose Bolla Frutchey of Dearborn, Michigan. He is survived by his cousin Suzanne Janke, her husband Tom and their children, Annalise and Luke.

Burial will be private; a Memorial Service will be held at Swan Point Cemetery Historic Chapel on Saturday, April 13, 2024 at 11:00 am. To honor his devotion to backyard farming and gardening and his love of food selection and preparation, please omit flowers and consider making a donation in his memory to the Blackstone Boulevard Conservancy or the RI Food Bank.

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