Antonio M. Andrade, 30, of Derry, NH passed away unexpectedly at home on February 21, 2020. "Tonio", as he was affectionately called, was a unique and engaging person who had a heart of gold. Tonio loved making people laugh; there was nothing he wouldn't do to put a smile on the faces of his friends and family.
Tonio had a love of sports and was an amazing athlete who excelled in every sport he played. Although he was built like a line backer, he was a big teddy bear. Tonio could often be found building things. He loved the outdoors and would regularly forage about, finding whatever sticks or wood he could to build a fire. Tonio would often spend hours fueling the flames and enjoying the feeling of peace that he got from connecting with nature. Being surrounded by nature was therapeutic for him, so he often felt an inner peace when he was doing things like fishing or just gazing up at the stars. Tonio had a love of science and would enjoy engaging in long conversations about his philosophy on life and the meaning of our existence. He was an intelligent and often profound thinker.
Tonio was surrounded by a huge extended family and had a unique bond with each of his loved ones. He never failed to take time to acknowledge every person at gatherings, and he always made time for the kids. When the little ones saw Tonio arrive, they would run to him and giggle as he threw them up in the air, and they would always beg him to do one of his "crazy backflips", or go outside with them to shoot hoops. His ability to be a "big kid", endeared him to all. A general consensus among all of his loved ones is that Tonio was impossible to stay mad at. All he needed to do was look at you with those big blue eyes or flash that one of a kind smile, and you couldn't help but shake your head and chuckle. His quick wit and ready smile made an immediate impact on people. Simply put, to know him was to love him.
Even when Tonio was going through times of struggle, he would quickly push his problems to the side in order to help a friend or family member. Tonio loved people without judgement, and he never shied away from saying "I love you" and everyone in the room would get a hug from him. Those who were lucky enough to know him understand the magnitude of this loss. Our sympathies go out those who never had a chance to know him. He was one of those rare individuals that truly touched your heart.
Tonio will be remembered forever by those who loved him, and especially by the heartbroken family he leaves behind, who include his loving mother, Charlene Charest Andrade, his sister, Robyn Andrade, his brother-in-law and best friend, Freddy Morales, his two nieces who adored him so much, Ariyanna and Navaiyah Morales, his grandfather "Grumpa" Emile Charest of Dracut, MA and his companion, M'Elle Joselyn, His Aunt Tammy Dugan (Lambert) Dugan and her husband Larry of Manchester, his Uncle Anton Goldthwaite of Manchester, his Aunt Donna Goldthwaite of South Carolina, his Aunt and Godmother Velvet (Charest) Fehrenbach and her husband Ed of Auburn NH, his Uncle and Godfather Michael Charest and his wife Cheryl of Laconia NH, his aunt and second Mom Becky (Charest) Flanagan and her husband Tim of Londonderry NH, his Uncle David Charest and his wife Jennifer of Hudson NH, his Uncle Walter Andrade and his wife Maria of Amesbury MA, Uncle Vasco and his wife Theresa of Dracut MA, his Aunt Alda (Andrade) Lamarier and her husband Mike of Dracut MA, his Aunt Cristina (Andrade) Dion and her husband Randy of Salem NH, his Uncle Paul Andrade and his wife Christina of Amherst NH, his father Antonio J Andrade and many cousins whom he loved dearly and had so much fun with over the years. So many friends that were considered family to him. So many friend's kids who he considered his nieces and nephews as well.
He was predeceased by his Grandmother Ruth Charest and his Uncle Emile Charest, his grandfather Antonio Andrade and Grandmother Maria Andrade. Visitation will be held on Saturday, February 29, 2020 from 4-7 at The Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home 214 Main Street Salem, New Hampshire. A memorial service will follow at 7 at the funeral home.
In lieu flowers please send donations to: Hope for New Hampshire Recovery 293 Wilson Street Manchester NH, 03103 or on their website at
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Salem, New Hampshire
February 26, 2020
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