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Adrian Onderdonk
  • December 03, 1945
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  • May 27, 2021

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Adrian ‘Andy’ Onderdonk, aged 75 of Hampstead, NH and Sanford, FL, passed away peacefully on Thursday May 27th.  He was a graduate of Winter Park High School and the Connecticut School of Electronics.  He joined the Navy and proudly served his country in Vietnam, earning a Purple Heart.  He went on to have a career as a Field Service Engineer, displaying a wonderful knack for solving problems.  He married Susan Marrs in 1975 and spent 38 joyful years together until her passing in 2013.  He volunteered hundreds of hours with the New Hampshire Multiple Sclerosis Society and was a member of the Board of Directors.  He was also a Hunter Education Instructor for the New Hampshire Fish & Game Department for over 35 years, serving as the Chief Instructor for the last decade.  He had been a member of the Merrimack Valley HOG Chapter and was editor of their newsletter for several years.  He was an amazing husband and father who coached softball teams, helped with Girl Scouts, went to track meets and was always there for his family.  He loved to sit and tell stories and regale his friends with his travels.  He was the example of altruism in its best form.  He would always help those around him without a second thought to himself.  He is survived by his brother, Peter Onderdonk; his daughter Jillian Tremblay and her spouse Jean-Francois Tremblay and so many very loved friends.  Due to the ongoing pandemic, services will be held in small private gatherings.  We ask that people please celebrate him on his Facebook page and in their hearts.


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  1. Paul LaFerriere says:
    26 Jul 2021
    Dear Susan and Family,

    On behalf of the members and Executive Committee of the Hudson Fish and Game Club, Inc, of Hudson, NH, we would like to express our deepest sympathies for the loss of Andy. We will truly miss him on our scheduled spring and fall Hunter Education classes that were held at our club. It was an honor to have him there each time, and he would always make the class exciting for everyone that attended. He was an inspiration to all those that attended. I know Tom Gilbert, assistant instructor, and others at the club, including myself, will miss him dearly. He was a long time member at our club, and many of our members will always remember him. Andy, thank you for all you have done, and especially for your service to our Country. Rest In Peace, our friend, and Thank You for everything. You will be deeply missed.

    Paul LaFerriere
    Sunshine Committee
    Board of Director
    Hudson Fish and Game Club, INC

  2. Christine Rountree says:
    25 Jun 2021
    Dearest Andy, on behalf of the Hunter Education Team we want to convey how deeply sadden in our loss of our dearest leader, and most importantly "OUR FRIEND" to whom we love like a brother. You will always be a part of all of us here in N.H. most of us have known you personally for over a good many of years, as well as your beautiful wife a fellow Hunter Ed instructor "Susan" We love and miss you both very much! May we also send our deepest condolences to all of your family, friends, for their loss as well. There will never be no parting words only to say to our dear friend : May we all be together in our next life. with "Our Heavenly God above" until then our "Dear Friend" R.I.P. From your Friends in Hudson N.H. Your Hunter Education Team!

  3. Nancy Re says:
    09 Jun 2021
    Andy you will be missed, your gentle, strong & loving soul. We had missed you at the NE Chapter for a number of years. We discussed how missing the love of your life you just couldn't return. But happily we were able to reconnect when we all moved to Florida. It was a blessing to have you in our Florida home. It was great to have you at the SE Chapter Gamewardens meetings. Hearing your stories from the Rivers of Vietnam, from hunting / teaching, about your life and even silly ones about how to clean the glass stovetop. I can't believe we will never see you again. All our sympathy to your family. I know your heart & soul are home with the love of your life in heaven.
    God Bless
    Nancy & Frank Re

  4. Chip (David) Nusbickel posted an image:
    08 Jun 2021
    Another view of the "Great haul of Gulf (sand) Dollars" following the joyous years at Winter Park High School. Andy had such a playful spirit that he insisted the tip of fishing rod be lodged in his ear as a surprise secret in this shot.
    Another view of the "Great haul of Gulf (sand) Dollars" following the joyous years at Winter Park High School. Andy had such a playful spirit that he insisted the tip of fishing rod be lodged in his ear as a surprise secret in this shot.

  5. Chip (David) Nusbickel posted an image:
    08 Jun 2021
    Andy and WPHS classmate David D strike it rich in sand dollars (666 at last count) in summer of 1964(?). Andy held the WPHS record for consecutive pushups and never shied away from something strenuous. This photo recalls a time when life was immensely more simple and innocent, allowing us to enjoy carefree days of youth. This photo provides a side of Andy that only his "oldest" friends knew, and we greatly enjoyed his contagious smiles.
    Andy and WPHS classmate David D strike it rich in sand dollars (666 at last count) in summer of 1964(?). Andy held the WPHS record for consecutive pushups and never shied away from something strenuous. This photo recalls a time when life was immensely more simple and innocent, allowing us to enjoy carefree days of youth. This photo provides a side of Andy that only his "oldest" friends knew, and we greatly enjoyed his contagious smiles.

  6. Dr. Robert Kilkelly says:
    08 Jun 2021
    You will sadly be missed by so many. A true sailor and friend. May you ply the rivers of heaven. RIP shipmate.

  7. Ashley Foote says:
    08 Jun 2021
    My dear friend Jill, im so sorry about Dad. I am always here for you. All i heard about was how great your dad was and still will be! I love you and I send all my love to you!

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