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Andrew Vincent

May 25, 1931 January 15, 2019
Andrew Vincent
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Andrew Vincent of Beverly Hills died peacefully January 15, 2019. He was 87 years old. Mr. Vincent was born May 25, 1931 to Vioara (nee Crucian) and Dimitri Vincent.

Born and raised in Detroit as the second son of Romanian Orthodox immigrants, Andrew grew up in the Car Shop neighborhood near Eastern market on Russell and Hancock. There he lived with his family behind the butcher shop his father owned and operated. After graduating from Cass Technical Institute in the late forties, Andrew served in the U.S. Coast Guard spending time in the N. Atlantic on a weather ship, and ultimately served on the U.S.S. Eagle, a 5-masted bark.

He was a lifelong resident and ardent supporter of Detroit and it’s academic and religious communities. He was an avid reader and lifelong learner, with specific interest in religion and social justice. Andrew participated in multi-cultural initiatives and sought to contribute to the healing of Detroit after the racial discord of the late 1960s. He was an active participant in the early days of Focus Hope. Andrew was a compassionate advocate of the under privileged and disadvantaged. He worked more than 10 years as a psychologist working with adult male and female offenders with cognitive and developmental impairments. While working in the Michigan Department of Corrections, Andrew pursued social development programs using films and storytelling to help offenders overcome their past and set the course for a better future.

He worked in a variety of Michigan mental health facilities and prisons including Michigan Department of Mental Health, Michigan Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Detroit Institute for Children, Northville State Hospital, and prisons including Jackson, Ionia, Cassidy Lake and Scott Regional. He was a champion of the young and dedicated to improving the lives of children. Andrew served as Executive Director of a multi-disciplinary agency in support of children and adolescents with disabilities. Later in life he consulted with companies like Aetna Industries to identify organizational development and technical, and soft skills training opportunities for staff development and optimization.

He founded an informal ecumenical group which included members of the Detroit area Catholic and Orthodox communities focusing on bridging religious divides and building commonality and understanding. Andrew’s faith was genuine and heartfelt. He wanted to be remembered as someone who lived according to scripture.

Mr. Vincent is survived by his beloved wife, Loretta and children, Andrea Vincent, John Vincent, Peter (Miriam) Vincent, and Mareana (Michael) Ceaser. He is also survived by his 9 grandchildren, who lovingly referred to him as “Popu”, Alejandro, Natali, Sophia, Ava, Andrew, Mia, Eliana, Nadia, and Natalia and many nieces and nephews. M
r. Vincent is preceded in death by his son, Thomas Vincent and brother, Gus Vincent.

Friends may visit at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 1368 N. Crooks Road (between 14-15 Mile Rds.) Sunday, January 20th, 2-7pm with prayers at 6pm. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Christ the King Church, 20800 Grand River Avenue, Detroit, Monday, January 21st at 10am. Friends may visit at church beginning at 9am. Burial will be in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Southfield.

Memorials appreciated to Christ the King School, 16800 Trinity Street, Detroit, Michigan 48219 or St. Christine Soup Kitchen, 22261 Fenkell Avenue, Detroit, Michigan 48223.


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