Chester Dean “Chet” Andrews, 91, died unexpectedly Feb. 25, 2022. He was born June 5, 1930, to Stuart F. and Glenda M. Andrews of Stamford. Chet married Joan Wells Kellogg May 10, 1952. They raised four children and enjoyed a wonderful marriage. Joan preceded him in death.
Chet will be remembered for the countless lives he touched, through both his professional work and his extensive volunteer service. At Stone Ridge in Mystic, where he and Joan moved in 2013, Chet served on the Resident Council, Employee Appreciation Committee, and Welcome Committee. He sang in the Stone Ridge Choir and helped manage the Country Store. He passionately led efforts to secure scholarships for the young employees pursuing further education.
Chet spent his entire career in banking. In 1971, after 22 years at the State National Bank of Connecticut, he moved to Dorset, Vt., to become senior vice president of Factory Point National Bank in nearby Manchester. He became president in 1982, and was elected chair of the Board of Directors in 1992. He also served during this period as president of the Vermont Bankers Association and as vice president for Vermont of the American Bankers Association.
He retired in 1996, after 47 years in banking. He and Joan then relocated to Williamsburg, Va. During this period, they travelled extensively, with especially memorable trips to Scotland, Russia, Tanzania, Peru, and the Galapagos.
Chet was active as a volunteer in many community and civic activities, starting at age 14 as an elevator operator at the Stamford Hospital. Volunteer work was an important part of his life. In Vermont, this included service as chair of the Dorset School Board, president of the Dorset Field Club, president of the Dorset Prudential Committee, chair of the Weston Hadden Nursing Home and treasurer of the Dorset Nursing Association. After relocating to Virginia, he served as treasurer of the Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Auxiliary, board member and secretary of the Williamsburg Country Club, and a volunteer counselor with the VITA Income Tax Program sponsored by Colonial Williamsburg.
He served in the U.S. Army Reserves for eight years, obtaining the rank of sergeant first class.
Chet was educated at the Williston Northampton School, New York University School of Banking, and the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin.
Chet remained physically active until the day he died. He played golf through last summer, and never missed his morning walk. He loved games of all sorts. He had a competitive streak, but never took himself too seriously. When the family gathered for his birthday last June and engaged after lunch in a lively game of corn hole, Chet was determined to not let anyone get the better of him.
Chet spent part of almost every summer at a rustic island cottage that his grandfather had built on Lake Sunapee, N.H. There he instilled in his children and then grandchildren a deep love for the lake-and of swimming, boating and card games.
He is survived by his children, Jeff Andrews of Redding, Mark Andrews and wife Jenifer of Morrisville, Vt., Kim Andrews of Ledyard, and Susan Piotti and husband John of Belfast, Maine; grandchildren, Tucker, Conor, Tyler, Arlen, Chloe, Anna, John and Liam; and great-grandchildren, Vander, Walter, Letty, Iris and Eliza.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 5, at Stone Ridge. A private graveside service will be held this summer in Dorset, Vt., where Chet will be laid to rest beside his beloved Joan. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Stone Ridge Scholarship Fund, mailed to 186 Jerry Brown Road, Mystic, CT, 06355.