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“Bill, I am so sorry for your loss, my heartfelt condolences go out to you. ”
1 of 11 | Posted by: Jeffrey Solup - Coworker

“Andrew's smile will always be remembered, thank you for the video. Our sympathy to Bill, and all who knew and loved Andrew. ”
2 of 11 | Posted by: Jane and Chris Brayton - Boston

“Christmas Eve at Jamie and Michael's is when I first met you oh so many years ago. It was an amazing night, I remember our chat in the kitchen of so...Read More »
3 of 11 | Posted by: Jen Sheehan - Boston, MA - Friend

“Though I was not privileged to know Andrew or Bill, clearly together they carried on the grand South End gay tradition that my late husband Sam...Read More »
4 of 11 | Posted by: Stephen Pepper - Jamaica Plain, MA

“Memories of fun dinner parties, meetings in Provincetown, sharing the latest in musical theater. We will miss your warmth and your smile.Ros Moore ”
5 of 11 | Posted by: Roslin Moore - Brookline, MA

“My wife Dorothy and I are saddened to learn of Andrew’s passing. As a former officer of B/FSNA and an early co-worker with Andrew on the...Read More »
6 of 11 | Posted by: James Keeney - Boston, MA

When he visited Eric's home just a year ago for a New Orleans Shrimp Boil “Andrew,I never met anyone like Andrew. He gracefully, assuredly held his place in any room, I think it was due to his effervescent presence and...Read More »
7 of 11 | Posted by: Eric Auciello - Fort Lauderdale, FL

“So sorry Bill, Andrew was such a kind, fun loving guy. You guys presented a beautiful couple to all who know you. Peace, Comfort & Love. ”
8 of 11 | Posted by: Steve Moran - Seekonk, MA

“I used to live in the South End, and met Andrew through roommates (Joseph Raccuglia and Gregg Snyder). I met Andrew one night and immediately clicked...Read More »
9 of 11 | Posted by: Anastasia Littlepage - Washington, DC

“I don't know you I'm so sorry to hear about his passing he is now resting in peace may god be with you and your family you are all in my prays always...Read More »
10 of 11 | Posted by: Lorraine Butler - Derry, NH

“Andrew, I wish we could have spent more time together, it seems we never really realize how fast the time goes by, and before we do it's too late. ...Read More »
11 of 11 | Posted by: Thomas Leonard - Revere, MA

Boston - When listening to a showtune, a song by Audra McDonald, or going to a Broadway show, think of Andrew Parthum. When you sip a glass of champagne, toasting life and friendships, think of Andrew Parthum.

When you appreciate the progress of LGBTQ people have made in Massachusetts over the years think of Andrew Parthum. When you think of the Blackstone/Franklin Square Neighborhood Association and number of South End High School students who got a helping hand to attend college, think of Andrew Parthum.

Andrew found rest from his eight-year struggle with brain cancer on Tuesday, December 29, 2020. He died peacefully at his home on Washington Street in Boston's South End with his partner of 31 years, William (Bill) Leonard, at his side. He was 57. Andrew never complained about the surgeries or treatments he underwent over the years. His neuro-oncologist, Dr. David Reardon at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, said Andrew "maintained an absolute remarkable resolve" and "never complained despite more than ample justification."

Andrew R. Parthum was born April 14, 1963 in Salem, a son of Marjorie (Hopkins) Parthum and the late Robert Parthum. Raised in Andover he was a graduate of Andover High School. A proud Boy Scout, he achieved his Eagle Scout status and years later could still fit into his uniform. He attended Clarkson University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science.

Professionally, Andrew worked as a Quality Assurance Engineer for many years until his illness made it impossible to do so.

Early on, Andrew championed the rights of LGBTQ people through his work with the Massachusetts Gay and Lesbian Political Caucus and serving on its Board. He loved living in the South End and was an active member of the Blackstone/Franklin Square Neighborhood Association, serving as its president and treasurer for many years. He enthusiastically volunteered for neighborhood cleanups, wreath sales, and the scholarship committee, one of his most important lasting legacies. Andrew, along with other Board members, wanted to find a way to give back to the neighborhood and created a fund to provide scholarships to neighborhood students going onto college or trade school. The first fundraiser was held in Andrew and Bill's home and a few years later the Association named one of the scholarships after him in recognition of his community service and volunteerism.

He and Bill loved to entertain at their home, with post-Pride Parade dinners and Halloween parties becoming signature events looked forward to by many, including many friends from Montreal. They spent time in Provincetown and traveled extensively, both domestically and internationally. As Andrew's health declined and Covid intervened into our lives, they hunkered down with a few close friends here in Boston. These friends were incredibly helpful over the past few months and their generosity and kindness will never be forgotten. Blessed with many friendships, he was fortunate to have had some time with his best friend from high school, Robin (Reynolds) Starr, in his last few weeks. Andrew was a foodie to the extent he was an appreciative eater (as he would say). He was predictable as he was sweet: a corn muffin or oatmeal for breakfast started each day.

Andrew adored and was so very proud of his nephews, Sean and Colin McCarthy and would often boast of their accomplishments and appreciated them not just as nephews but as friends.

In addition to his partner, Bill, he leaves his mother, Marjorie Parthum of Chestnut Hill; siblings, John Parthum (Holly Popowski) of Greenwood Lake, New York and Elizabeth McCarthy (Paul) of Furlong, Pennsylvania; nephews Sean and Colin McCarthy; cousins, and a close-knit family of friends.

A service honoring Andrew's life will be held at a future date when we can gather without boundaries and restrictions.

Honor Andrew's memory with a contribution to the Blackstone/Franklin Square Neighborhood Association, Scholarship Fund, B/FSNA Scholarship Committee P.O. Box 180940 Boston, MA 02118 ( or or Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Neuro-Oncology Division, 450 Brookline Avenue, Boston, MA 02215.

Rest easy, dear friend. You will be missed.

Arrangements by James D. Heald
Tuesday, December 22, 2020 – a note from the funeral home pursuant to Governor Baker's recent order:

During times of uncertainty and crisis one might wonder what to do at the loss of a loved one or how to show support to a friend given the limitations that the pandemic continues to present.

Telephone your friend to offer words of love, support and a verbal hug, drop something delicious by the house, leave a condolence on the funeral home website, make a donation to their favored charity, send a card or flowers or have a Mass said, remain in touch, and above all else . . . say prayers for the deceased and their family and the world during this difficult and unprecedented time.

These simple gifts of sympathy and charity are more valuable than you will ever know.

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Space limitations also mean that funeral services inside the funeral home and in many places of worship will also be private. Most services, at the family's request, will also be livestreamed and recorded for future viewing. The link to access the channel is found at the bottom of the obituary notice online.

Cemetery services are included in the current outdoor gathering limit of twenty-five people.

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