Andrew Duane Benner, 68, passed away on Monday, December 21, 2020, while in the Intensive Care Unit at Maine Medical Center in Portland. Andrew’s wife, Catherine “Kitzi” Benner was at his side.

Born December 26, 1951, in Rockland, at the former Knox Hospital, to Lloyd and Gertrude (Breen) Benner, he lived most of his life in St. George and Cushing, was educated in local schools, and was a graduate of the former Georges Valley High School, class of 1970.

Following High School, Andrew enlisted in the United States Army and served in Berlin, Germany, during the Viet Nam War.

Andrew, always a busy outdoorsman, was an avid fisherman, hunter, syrup maker, commercial fisherman and clammer. He was also a licensed meat cutter and worked as an oil delivery man, depending on the time of year.

Always an optimistic person, following his diagnosis of Glioblastoma, his favorite saying was “Don’t worry, it’s all in my head,” and when things looked bleak, he would often say “It is what it is.”

Predeceased by his parents, he is survived by his wife of 40 years, Catherine “Kitzi” Benner of St. George; sons Morgan B. Benner of Marblehead, Massachusetts, Kristopher L. Benner and his Fiancée Morgan A. Cornelison of Washington DC; brothers Alan L. Benner and Thurin G. Benner, both of St. George.

A celebration of Andrew’s life will be held at a later date and will be announced.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Brain Tumor Association, 8550 W. Bryn Mawr Avenue, Ste 550, Chicago, IL 60631, or online at ABTA.org

To share a memory or condolence with Andrew’s family, visit their Book of Memories at www.bchfh.com.

Arrangements are in the care of Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock Street, Rockland.