ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, André Ouellet, 71 years old, born on June 23, 1949, and passed away on March 8, 2021. We will remember him forever.

“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn”.
John Muir, 1898



Posted by Madonna Ryan on March 31, 2021
You all had a wonderful brother, I loved reading all you great memories. It brought me back to the special times we had with our siblings and cherished parents. Your memories are as unique and special as your cherished brother.
Posted by Renee Shannon on March 21, 2021
My brother and I were Irish twins...11 months apart. As we were growing up, I would follow him anywhere, mimic everything he did, my poor Mom was no match for the two of us. Later I realized some things should be done in moderation but Andre was full out...he drove fast, played music loud, kayaked down raging rivers. Most of his cars had battle scars and he was always modifying sound systems for max output. He loved to hunt but was a terrible shot...he loved to fish and caught an 8lb Rainbow on 4lb test with ice on the guides (Skip coaching him through the entire battle). He was always exploring and didn’t fear getting stuck...that was part of the adventure. He loved to read and knew something about everything...I was amazed he could retain so much information.

He lived with Muscular Dystrophy for many years and it eventually led to the complications causing his body to fail. In 2016 he survived a fast-paced wildfire by grabbing his car keys and leaving everything else behind. He created a new home with our baby-sister, Jacquie. Last Friday we had a family-Zoom call - Andre, our sisters Jacqueline and Monique, brothers-in-laws John and Skip and Andre’s daughter, Renee. Lots of memories, lots of laughter and tears and lots of love. We take comfort knowing Jesus was his Lord and Savior and has welcomed Andre into a new, everlasting adventure.

I love him and will miss him!

This was originally posted on Facebook 3/9/21
Posted by Renee Ouellet on March 20, 2021
So many good memories with my dad-
Summer adventures in Sequoia, learning how to catch and clean fish, watching b level horror films and then telling ghost stories about the “O” house, and scouring all of LA and LA County looking for rare or interesting vinyl. Our favorite record shops were Go Boy in Redondo Beach and the Tower Records in Torrance. We both loved cats, Giuliano’s and Lomeli’s, and grabbing a malt at the Fosters Freeze. I will reflect warmly upon those days that were filled with adventure and am grateful I was able to spend time with my dad in his quieter final moments before being returned to the universe.

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Posted by Madonna Ryan on March 31, 2021
You all had a wonderful brother, I loved reading all you great memories. It brought me back to the special times we had with our siblings and cherished parents. Your memories are as unique and special as your cherished brother.
Posted by Renee Shannon on March 21, 2021
My brother and I were Irish twins...11 months apart. As we were growing up, I would follow him anywhere, mimic everything he did, my poor Mom was no match for the two of us. Later I realized some things should be done in moderation but Andre was full out...he drove fast, played music loud, kayaked down raging rivers. Most of his cars had battle scars and he was always modifying sound systems for max output. He loved to hunt but was a terrible shot...he loved to fish and caught an 8lb Rainbow on 4lb test with ice on the guides (Skip coaching him through the entire battle). He was always exploring and didn’t fear getting stuck...that was part of the adventure. He loved to read and knew something about everything...I was amazed he could retain so much information.

He lived with Muscular Dystrophy for many years and it eventually led to the complications causing his body to fail. In 2016 he survived a fast-paced wildfire by grabbing his car keys and leaving everything else behind. He created a new home with our baby-sister, Jacquie. Last Friday we had a family-Zoom call - Andre, our sisters Jacqueline and Monique, brothers-in-laws John and Skip and Andre’s daughter, Renee. Lots of memories, lots of laughter and tears and lots of love. We take comfort knowing Jesus was his Lord and Savior and has welcomed Andre into a new, everlasting adventure.

I love him and will miss him!

This was originally posted on Facebook 3/9/21
Posted by Renee Ouellet on March 20, 2021
So many good memories with my dad-
Summer adventures in Sequoia, learning how to catch and clean fish, watching b level horror films and then telling ghost stories about the “O” house, and scouring all of LA and LA County looking for rare or interesting vinyl. Our favorite record shops were Go Boy in Redondo Beach and the Tower Records in Torrance. We both loved cats, Giuliano’s and Lomeli’s, and grabbing a malt at the Fosters Freeze. I will reflect warmly upon those days that were filled with adventure and am grateful I was able to spend time with my dad in his quieter final moments before being returned to the universe.
his Life

Helping Cats in Honor of André

My father, André Ouellet,loved camping, hiking, rafting, music, computers and later in life, he really loved cats. When living in Gardena, CA he took notice of the number of stray and feral cats in the neighborhood. He gave them food and water, a safe place to live and be cared for, and he also became involved in TNR efforts. TNR stands for Trap Neuter Return and is incredibly important in reducing the number of cats born on the streets and into an incredibly difficult life. When he retired up to Lake Isabella, CA he continued his efforts with the homeless cats in Kern County. When my father became too ill to continue caring for homeless cats and kittens, his sister Jacquie took over to help re-home and “fix” community cats. 
My father passed away on March 8, 2021. 
In his memory I would like to raise funds to support Ridgecrest Animal Care and Control. This is a very small shelter doing a great deal of work for area animals and on a very small budget.
Please  help me honor my father in making a donation to support Ridgecrest Animal Care and Control, so that they may continue doing good work to help community cats in his memory.

https://gofund.me/ed93ed8e



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My Big Brother Andre

Shared by Monique Carreiro on March 20, 2021
My brother Andre and I shared three passions together- reading, listening to music, and discussing history. Over the years we enjoyed many concerts together, suggested many books to each other, and heatedly debated historical events.

When I was 12, I ordered The Two Towers from the school book drive. He was excited that I was interested in Tolkien, and he told me about The Hobbit and Tolkien’s other books which he had and lent to me. We read the books together. Later, he discovered Frank Herbert and his Dune series of books. Once again, he shared them with me. When these books were made into films years later, we went to see them especially Dune. Even when he was in college, he didn’t mind dragging his younger sister along to the library because he knew I liked reading so much.

He took me to my first rock concert to see The Who at the Long Beach Arena. I took him to his last concert to see Buddy Guy at UCLA. Between those dates, we heard many great bands together. Most notably, we saw Jeff Beck, Frank Zappa, Eric Clapton, and The Grateful Dead. On one very special day back when Andre had his VW bug, he took my sisters Renee, Jacquie, and me for a drive to Hermosa Beach. He had gotten Santana’s Abraxas tape and played it during the ride. It was a perfect moment for me. I was with my siblings listening to wonderful music. It was remarkable also because that day Andre drove calmly which was not his norm. Whenever I hear a song from that album, I remember that day.

I like to think that I like history because of my own curiosity, but it is more likely because of my Dad’s and Andre’s influence. They both liked history and had many great books for me to read. He knew so many interesting facts about Russia and the Middle East. When we would speak about current events, he would cite specific and sometimes obscure events that were impacting the present. I didn’t believe some of the conspiracy theories that he believed, but I still loved him because he was my big brother.

Post notes:

Andre has two fantastic children, Renee and Derek. I love them both very much.

Andre installed a stereo into my VW bug in such a way that no one was able to steal it. I remember there were three foiled attempts to steal it and the speakers. My mechanic finally installed wind wing locks which deterred further attempts.

Andre was part of several garage bands at the Merit Avenue “O” house. I still have a hard time listening to “Smoke on the Water” because of the number of times I heard that song played by Andre and his band.

No Raft, No Problem

Shared by Renee Ouellet on March 20, 2021
I have the funniest memory from when I was about 13 years old and on a camping trip with my dad and grandparents. My dad had not brought his raft with him on this trip as it was not anticipated that there would be good rapids. I’m note exactly sure where we were...maybe Russian River? Anyway, as we were packing up to leave my dad took notice of the great rapids and expressed what a bummer it was that he did not have his raft. Then a large log caught his eye. My dad grabbed the log and hopped onto it in the water, exclaiming he would see how far he could ride it down the river. I’m not exactly sure how long he was gone but, I recall that it felt like a long time. My grandparents were freaking out and I was just thinking to myself...my dad is so cool! Suddenly, seemingly out of nowhere, my dad pops back up. His clothes were a bit tattered and his glasses were broken but, did he have a good time and a story to tell! Absolutely one of my favorite memories!