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Obituary: Andrew Sargeant, 1953-2022 

Lifelong athlete treasured his connections with others

Published July 6, 2022 at 6:10 a.m. | Updated July 27, 2022 at 11:39 a.m.

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Andrew ("Andy," "Sarge") Sargeant passed away at home on July 1, 2022. A beloved husband, an adored father and a great friend, Andy was exceedingly kind and levelheaded, traits he will be remembered for by all who knew him.

He was born on December 29, 1953, in Lincolnshire, England. He was steadfastly loyal to his hometown football (soccer) team, the Lincoln Imps, who were perennial underdogs that he rooted for all his life.

Andy was a lifelong athlete. He was an avid soccer player, from his school days well into his forties. He also gave so much back to the sport he loved by coaching his sons’ soccer teams three seasons a year and then moved on to refereeing long after they graduated from high school. He was a runner for many years and was proud to have completed Bermuda’s May 24 half-marathon. Other sports he enjoyed were tennis, working out in the gym, hot yoga and pickleball. In his downtime, he was a huge fan of tennis, English and World Cup Soccer, and Formula One racing.

Andy had many interests beyond sports. He loved going to the cinema, reading books, visiting art museums and attending concerts. He was always ready to travel hours to support any band that interested him, famous or unknown. His personal playlists were sought after, and he was constantly tapped to play DJ for the night. Some of his favorite artists were the Cure, Radiohead, David Bowie, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.

Andy loved to explore the world, which brought him to live in diverse places, including Lesotho, Bermuda, Vermont and Florida. Upon his arrival in Bermuda, he met many lifelong friends, starting with the Bermudiana Staff Club with which he remained connected.  

A few years later, he met the love of his life, Isabelle. They opened Fish & Clips, a clever pet store. While Isy ran the store, Andy kept his day job as an accountant, which took the family to Vermont, their home for 25 years.

Andy spent the rest of his career as an executive at USA Risk Management, becoming that rarest of things — a treasured and much-loved boss. He was famous at the office for handling the role of Santa during the annual holiday party. Likewise, his April Fools' pranks were legendary. His personal favorite was when he sent a company-wide email announcing a songwriting competition through which the winning entry would be recorded by Paul McCartney as the new company theme song. He received at least two genuine submissions, which proves a good British accent can get you anything.

What Andy treasured most were his connections with others — family; colleagues; neighbors; lifelong buddies; and his “girls,” a lucky group of Isy’s single friends who were always welcome in Andy’s world, as well as her nursing school friends, Set C, at which many of their reunions Andy was the only husband and happily accommodated the role of the only man.

He leaves behind his beautiful wife of more than 36 years, Isabelle (née McNiven); his mother, Connie Sargeant; his adored sons Daniel (married to Jen Memmolo), Alex (married to Margie Mendoza Mabaylan), and Liam; special cousin Bernard in Australia; family; and many dear friends all over the world.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Andy’s memory can be sent to VTDigger, the Vermont Kidney Association or Vermont Public, which he listened to even after moving to Florida in 2018.
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