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BENTON FALLS -- Andrew Erskine Hoyt, 57, of Benton Falls died unexpectedly of heart failure at his home Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011, leaving his wife, Chrystine, and daughter, Gabrielle.
He was born Dec. 15, 1953, in Mount Kisco, N.Y., and was the beloved son of Alison Erskine Farrar of Lyme, N.H., and Coleman Williams Hoyt of Bridgewater, Vt. He also leaves two brothers, Coleman Williams Hoyt Jr., of Concord, Mass., and Steven Tecumseh Hoyt of South Salem, N.Y., as well as four nieces and nephews.

He was a graduate of John Jay High School in Katonah, N.Y., and attended Franklin Pierce College. He enlisted in the Navy from Alaska, and after winning the highest honor of his basic training battalion in San Diego was granted his wish for medical training. He served as a corpsman with the Marines in Korea and Okinawa and later became a plankowner and the rescue helicopter corpsman of the attack carrier USS Nassau LHA 4. In recent years, he took on the responsibility of organizing the reunions of all former Nassau shipmates and crews. His final Navy service brought him to northern Maine, where he became the medic at the Navy SEAR (Search, Escape, and Rescue) School, which trained Navy and Marine pilots during the cold war and where he met his wife, Chrystine, who also served in that Naval School.

He was later employed by Timberpeg in Claremont, N.H., becoming their West Coast regional sales manager before moving back to Maine. He was a skilled woodworker specializing in building miniature scale models of churches and houses, and a talented designer of computer home pages for many clients.

Private family burial services will be held in the spring.

Condolences may be expressed at http://www.lawrybrothers.com/page148/page148.html.

Arrangements are by Lawry Brothers Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 107 Main St., Fairfield; 453-6049 or 800-660-2111.

Published in Morning Sentinel on March 1, 2011