Andrea Courteau
Profile By: MVP Staff Writer

Andy remained positive even knowing that she was losing the battle... leaving notes to friends, letting them know that she loved them. She passed peacefully in the home of her sister in Massachusetts on April 17, 2020 just two days after her 70th. birthday.

Born in Lynn, Massachusetts, she moved to St. Thomas in the early 80's, working as a bartender in the Red Hook restaurant named Piccola's. She became a passionate angler and won the 1992 ABMT "Boy Scout" Tournament while fishing against some of the best fishermen in the world. Remaining in the hospitality industry, she created "Easy Living" which was a service that catered to visiting boat owners and crews.

In 1996 the Ritz Carlton, St. Thomas opened it's doors and Andy was to become the Director of Purchasing. It was in this responsible position that she staged the lavish "Full Moon" party or 'Puttin on the Ritz' event that was so enjoyed by tournament fishermen. In the following years Courteau became a tournament judge and in the last years of it's existence - she and friend Capt. Billy Borer took on the operation of the event.

After work Andy would join her friends at XO for happy hour and often she'd be seen reaching into her bag, pulling out bags of chocolates. Another favorite of her activities was her 5 o'clock Saturday "meeting with the boys" at the head of "A" dock for their longstanding race pool drawing. As the sun would start setting... she'd say "that's it... gotta go home and feed the animals." Andy often referred to her blue and gold macaw Jake and her one brown and one blue eyed pooch as her children.

She passed with dignity and was certainly a positive and caring person throughout her life.