Easthampton, MA — Andrew "Andy" Morse, age 34, passed away in his home on February 23, 2022 after a tenacious 3 ½ year battle with cancer. Andy left this world while holding the hands of his beloved wife, Michelle, both of them surrounded by their loving family and friends.
Andy grew up in Southampton, MA and was a 2006 graduate of Hampshire Regional High School. He went on to earn a B.A. in Communication at UMass Amherst while working as a Professional Writing Tutor at Holyoke Community College. Andy was a fantastic writer and had such a thoughtful way with words, both written and spoken. He had the innate ability to make a lasting connection with each and every person he encountered.
As his wife, I can say firsthand that Andy knew more about sports than anyone I've ever met. I'd often catch him typing away on his color-coordinated spreadsheets filled with the trade ideas he had for professional sports teams, often putting most ESPN analysts to shame. He waited all year for the NBA Draft, which he dubbed his "Christmas."
The greatest honor of my life was marrying Andy on October 22, 2017, just 10 months before he was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. His diagnosis, while incredibly gut-wrenching and life-changing, made us love deeper, laugh harder, and live each day to the fullest. There aren't enough adjectives to describe Andy; he was the most selfless, witty, genuine, loving, empathetic, down-to-earth person I've ever known. He gave the best hugs with his longer-than-average wingspan, had the most heartwarming laugh, and a most impressive analytical mind. We would often engage in deep and thoughtful conversations, and then in the next sentence, break down the drama on the latest episode of The Bachelor.
Family was everything to Andy, and he was lucky to have the largest extended family of anyone I know, all of whom adored him. Andy is survived by his mother, Theresa, as well as his brother Dan, and his wife, Kirsti, his brother, Craig, and his grandparents, Armand and Irene Labrie. Andy leaves his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Laurie and Mike O'Shepa, his sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Kristen and Jimmy Whitlow, and his 7-month-old nephew and godson, Lucas, who lit up every time he saw him. Andy also leaves 25 first cousins, 19 second cousins, and many aunts, uncles, and friends. Andy was predeceased by his father, Ken, his aunt and godmother, Sue Plourd, and grandparents Ellen and Ronald Morse.
I would like to thank Andy's oncologist, Dr. Deborah Smith, the Cancer Center infusion nurses, Dr. Paul Jodka and his nurse, Kris, and hospice nurses Andrée, Liz, and Regina for their compassionate and personalized care of Andy until the very end.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Mass General Cancer Center at Cooley Dickinson Hospital and mailed to the Cooley Dickinson Development Office, P.O. Box 329, Northampton, MA, 01060.
Per Andy's wishes, there will be no services, however there will be a Celebration of Life held at a later date. Boucher-O'Brien Funeral Home in Easthampton has been entrusted with his care.
You were my angel on Earth, and now you are my angel in Heaven. I'll love you forever, Andy. Thank you for showing me what true love is and for leaving a lasting impression on my heart and on the lives of everyone you met. xoxo, Michelle
Boucher - O'Brien Funeral Home was entrusted with his cremation.