Gilles Andre Brunet has gone to be with his savior Jesus Christ. Andy died in his sleep at the Grace hospital in Winnipeg. He had been in and out of the hospital since early January this year with a very weak heart, and he knew his time was coming to an end.
On our last visit March 4, he enjoyed a Tim’s coffee and we read together John 14, as he reflected on Jesus’ promise to prepare a place for him. Andy said, » I wonder how long it will be until I see your father Fred, he will be surprised to see me ».
« Dad won’t be surprised to see you », I said, « but he will have a young man’s body, he will look different, and so will you, you will be young strong and with no sickness. » That gave Andy so much comfort, and as we read this passage, he was wondering what his new home would look like. Andy was ready to meet the Lord.
My father, Fred Hill, first introduced Andy to me in January 2000. Andy was going to Elim Chapel church and was baptized there. He was a retired cook and needed to help out somewhere to use his skill of cooking. So Living Bible Explorers inner city youth ministry quickly became his volunteer ministry. This increased to weekly lunch club cooking, Friday lunch making, then weekend camps, and summer camp cooking. He became our most important cook for years, and especially at the Lakeshore Bible Camp at St Malo lake.
In 2013 when we started out new Explorers Bible Camp, Andy’s health was not good any longer, so he became our cook from his home. Each week I would deliver to him enough raw food for him to cook three or four meals for camp and this continued until this past summer of 2017. The cooks just had to reheat the delicious food. He is famous for the macaroni beef and bacon casseroles, his wonderful beef stew, and what a meatloaf he could make. In addition, all the children have had so much of his banana bread and apple crisp, they are household words.
Andy needed to keep busy, so he also helped with our newsletter mailings from his home. At each large LBE family event, and Christmas dinner, Andy cooked 2 or 3 turkeys from his home, and had them neatly sliced and prepared for the cooks to reheat. I can confidently say that the LBE turkey gravy is superb, as he taught me 5 years ago how to make gravy for 300 people in 30 minutes. The children always loved his recipe and mashed potatoes and gravy are still the most popular part of our family meals.
Just after Christmas 2017, he confided to me that he didn’t think he could cook anymore. He could hardly lift the pans of food, as his heart was so weak. Now as I am cleaning out his freezer, I will bring in the last of his banana bread, so we can have it at his funeral.
I want to make a special note of thanks to the Portage Avenue church who had an electric wheel chair that they gave him 3 years ago, when they knew his need.
He loved the chair and called it « Annabelle ». This made him able to visit many places in his area, especially A and W, for his favorite beer!
The above picture is at Andy’s 78th birthday when I took him for ribs. We will have a Memorial service for Andy Brunet on March 13, starting at 5:30 p.m. It will be held at the Living Bible Explorers Building, 600 Burnell St. Winnipeg. We will have an open microphone time during the service for people to share memories of Andy. If someone wants to sing or do something special, please contact me personally. We will have food and fellowship following the service. Pastor George Hill 1 (204) -990-8667
Nos plus sincères sympathies à la famille et aux amis de Giles Anrdre Brunet April 23 1938 March 5 2018 (age 79).source