BETHLEHEM – It is with broken hearts that the family of Andrew
McHugh announces his passing. Andrew entered eternal life on
October 6, 2020 at the age of 23. He was born in Albany, New York
on January 9, 1997 to the proud parents of Joseph and Amy McHugh.
While being raised in South Bethlehem, New York, Andrew built
life-long friendships, cultivated a strong brotherhood and learned
to love and respect the outdoors and nature. He was an avid hunter
and fisherman and would rather be outdoors than in, although he
thoroughly enjoyed watching any type of sport, especially football.
Recently he had expanded his hobbies in carpentry and small engine
graduated in 2015 with a NYS Advanced Regents diploma from the
Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk (RCS) Central School District. Andrew
consistently achieved academic honor roll status, was a three season
athlete (golf, football, indoor and outdoor track and field) and was
the captain of the varsity football team, as well as captain of
indoor and outdoor track teams during his senior year. He
participated in a multitude of clubs and activities throughout high
school, including band and chorus.
In the fall of 2015, Andrew furthered
his education by attending SUNY Maritime College (Fort Schuyler). He
participated in the structured Regiment of Cadets, was a Regimental
Officer, a Residential Advisor and a member of the school’s rugby
club. While attending Maritime, Andrew’s leadership skills and
exceptional character were further solidified and refined. In 2019,
Andrew graduated from Fort Schuyler with a Bachelor of Science
degree in Marine Transportation, earning him a Third Mate Unlimited
Deck Officer licensure and Person in Charge endorsement through the
United States Coast Guard. These qualifications permitted Andrew to
navigate vessels, manage cargo and devise voyage plans. Andrew’s
love for the water and shipping launched his direction and career
goals with Coeymans Marine Towing aboard the Daisy Mae tugboat.
In the early days of World War II,
General Douglas MacArthur penned a prayer to his own son.
“Build me a son, O Lord, who will be
strong enough to know when he is weak, and brave enough to face
himself when he is afraid; one who will be proud and unbending in
honest defeat, and humble and gentle in victory.
Build me a son whose wishbone will not be
where his backbone should be; a son
who will know Thee and that to know himself is
the foundation stone of knowledge.
Lead him, I pray, not in the path of ease and
comfort, but under the stress and spur of difficulties and
challenge. Here let him learn to stand up in the storm; here let him
learn compassion for those who fail.
Build me a son whose heart will be clean,
whose goal will be high; a son who will master himself before he
seeks to master other men; one who will learn to laugh, yet never
forget how to weep; one who will reach into the future, yet never
forget the past.
And after all these things are his, add, I
pray, enough of a sense of humor, so that he may always be serious,
yet never take himself too seriously. Give him humility, so that he
may always remember the simplicity of greatness, the open mind of
true wisdom, the meekness of true strength.
Then I, his father, will dare to whisper, “I
have not lived in vain.”
This prayer embodies
Andrew’s character up to the last moments of his life here on earth,
as he lived his life with the upmost integrity. First and foremost,
Andrew was always a gentleman, and he lived his life with vigor and
compassion. Because of these qualities, Andrew’s touch was
far-reaching. Andrew brought out the best in people and for those
who knew him, they are better for it.
Andrew leaves to cherish
his memory, parents, Joseph and Amy (Misuraca) McHugh, his brother
and best friend, Matthew, maternal grandparents Robert and Laraine
Misuraca, and paternal grandfather, George McHugh. Andrew is also
survived by his uncles Robert Misuraca (Audra), George McHugh
(Rosemary), Albert McHugh (Candace), great aunts and uncles, and his
very special cousins. In addition, Andrew is also survived by his
life-long and childhood friends, as well as his Fort Schuyler
brothers. Andrew was preceded in death by his paternal grandmother
Anne McHugh and his adoring great aunt, Mary Beverly Dommer.
His family would like to
thank everyone that Andrew touched for their support and compassion
during this very difficult time. A private ceremony will be held at
a later date to celebrate Andrew’s incredible life.
In lieu of flowers, a scholarship fund has been created on Andrew’s
behalf so that his touch can further support students at SUNY
Maritime (Fort Schuyler) and in the RCS School District. Donations
can be made to: Amy McHugh and Joseph D. McHugh in care of the
Andrew McHugh Scholarship Fund at any KeyBank Branch location.