Andy passed away unexpectedly Monday, February 24, 2020 at his home in Otsego.
He was born May 11, 1958 in Pontiac, the son of Donald and Mary (Nixon) Porritt. Andy was a hard worker with an impeccable work ethic and had spent his entire life in sales. In his free time he enjoyed fishing, brewing craft beer, working on his lawn and garden, bowling, and soaking up the sun. Andy was skilled in the kitchen and was known for his cheesecakes.
Andy was a Christian and close to God. He exuded kindness, humor, and made it a point to make people feel welcome in his presence. He loved a good debate, was proud to show off his Jeopardy skills while watching television with his family, and he enjoyed reading books that fed his curiosity to know more about history, nature, politics, and public figures. Most of all, Andy loved people. He took such pride in building relationships with the clients he helped over the years, oftentimes remembering their families, milestones, and interests. He made it a point to foster family traditions, Sunday dinners, and to say ‘I Love You’ to his kids whenever he ended a phone call, text, or a visit. And he was so proud and fond of the family of friends he and Pam had the pleasure of building throughout their lives.
On July 20, 1985 in Grosse Point he married Pamela Placidi who survives. Also surviving are his children, Megan (Matt) Gernaat of Cooper Township and Drew (Kelsee Caton) Porritt of Plainwell; grandchildren, Giana and Doutzen Gernaat; siblings, Charles Porritt, Matt Porritt and Bill (Diana) Porritt along with his nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and step-parents, Nick and Carol.
According to his wishes cremation has taken place.
Friends may visit with Andy’s family starting at 1:00 P.M., Friday, February 28, 2020 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, until the time of the memorial service at 3:00 P.M., with Fr. Rick Stravers officiating.
Andy loved animals, especially his dogs. In lieu of flowers contributions in memory of Andy may be made to the animal charity of your choice or to
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February 25, 2020 at 2:54 pm
We loved Andy! He was the father of one my son’s best friend during middle school and high school. I knew Matthew was loved and safe when visiting Drew and even found his home a refuge when he was driving me crazy. Andy loved the water and we often chatted when he took the boat out. Bob always brought Andy special beer when we visited Green Bay. He loved to stop and chat while we walked our dog. Although his dogs were always very well trained and ours trained Bob, Andy never failed to love up the dog and even got her to behave for him. When my brother died, I went to their home to get help with out-of-town flowers, Pam and Andy welcomed me and comforted me. Every time we walk the dog since they left Southgate Dr., I have missed him and his beautiful yard. You will be remembered Andy in our hearts and in our prayers. As will your family.
February 26, 2020 at 11:18 am
Your sweet memories mean the world to our family, Jeanette. Thank you
February 25, 2020 at 4:33 pm
Pam and family. I am without words at how sorry I am for your loss. My heart hurts for you❤️
February 25, 2020 at 4:37 pm
Dear Pam, Megan & Drew, family & friends,
Andy was a great friend and neighbor on Southgate Drive. We would often see Andy walking his dogs, working on his beautiful yard, sharing his brewed beer or going out in the pontoon to fish. A fond memory of Andy that I will never forget was shortly after my first husband passed, 10 years ago, Andy brought flowers to me on Valentine’s day. Prayers for comfort to All! Andy will be deeply missed.
February 25, 2020 at 7:45 pm
Andy worked with me at A T & T for many years. He was a good man and always kind and smiling. He will be missed.
Bob & Joy Cox
February 25, 2020 at 9:09 pm
Pam,Drew and Megan,
We are so sorry to hear about Andy.
I’m proud to say he was my friend.
He was a lot of fun to be around and
he will be sorely missed.
Rest In Peace Andy.
Bob & Joy Cox
Mary Lou Cochran
February 25, 2020 at 9:39 pm
Oh, no! I cant believe I’m reading this, Pam. Sending our love to you all, you’ll be in our prayers.
February 26, 2020 at 9:48 am
Pam and meg my heart shatters for your loss
Let me know if there’s anything I can help you with
Rob and Claire Milne
February 26, 2020 at 9:56 am
The world is a smaller place without Andy. His ready smile, his willingness to take on a challenge, and his kindness will remain with us always. To Pam, Meg and Drew: we share your grief and remember you in our prayers. If there is anything you need, you have only to ask. We (and the entire St. Stephen’s family) offer you our love and support.
Tom and Paula Holmes
February 26, 2020 at 9:59 am
Andy was a smiling and gentle man that I had the pleasure of knowing as a business neighbor. He was always honest and helpful. Pam and Megan, know that Paula and I will keep you in our prayers and thoughts. If anything we can do, I’m right next door…
Maria Dreon Pennington
February 26, 2020 at 10:18 am
I am so sorry for your loss. I pray that you feel the Lord’s blessing of peace and comfort through the love of family and friends.
February 26, 2020 at 10:50 am
Pam and Megan, there are no words that I can say other than my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Richard & Zelda Schippers
February 26, 2020 at 11:08 am
Pam and Family – My heart breaks for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
February 26, 2020 at 11:49 am
I worked with Andy for several years at ATT. He was always kind, caring and funny! He was one of my favorite peers and always a pleasure to work with. You will be sorely missed! Rest In Peace my friend!
February 27, 2020 at 3:13 pm
He really was a great guy. My deepest condolences to family and friends.
Lisa Mills (Davis)
February 26, 2020 at 12:28 pm
Andy and I worked together at AT&T for a long time. Andy was always so kind and personable. We would talk about our landscaping/gardening/house projects just about every day. He loved to go fishing with Billy L, and they were always cracking up at the office! He truly cared about people. He remembered things about friends and would ask about your family because he genuinely cared. We used to laugh all the time together as he was light hearted. We kept in touch and Andy sent the most touching Christmas letters/cards and emails. Such a wonderful man!
February 26, 2020 at 12:29 pm
Andy was my coworker for many years….a neighbor and a friend.
He was one of the most kind and decent men that I have ever known.
Please accept my sincerest condolences….
February 26, 2020 at 12:36 pm
Eternal rest, grant unto him, O Lord
and let perpetual light shine upon him.
May he rest in peace. Amen.
May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed,
through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
Pam, your St. Margaret School friends are praying for you.
You are so dear to us. May God hold you in the palm of his
hand and give you comfort.
February 26, 2020 at 1:25 pm
Pam, Megan and Drew know that I am thinking of you. Andy was such a great guy.
February 26, 2020 at 1:34 pm
Pam, We were so sorry to hear of Andy’s passing. We send our love and prayers.
February 26, 2020 at 2:15 pm
Pam, Meg and Drew, my prayers and heart go out to you. Andy was and always will be in my thoughts as he and all of you are a part of my life. It’s hard on all of us with such a loss but try to seek some comfort knowing he is in God’s hands in heaven. Love you, Uncle Shawn
Steve & Nancy Motter
February 26, 2020 at 2:22 pm
Pam and family we’re so Sorry for your loss of Andy our sincere condolences to the entire family our Prayers are with you all at this difficult time
February 26, 2020 at 3:31 pm
I’m so sorry to hear this. Andy was a true friend of mine for many years. We bowled together and spent time talking about the love for his wife and children. He and I and my brother Shawn played pool together at the old Gull road tavern. I will always remember the good times we had together. May he RIP!
February 26, 2020 at 3:59 pm
Dear Pam, and the Porritt family! My heart goes out to all of you! Especially Pam, four years ago I met you and Andy when I was looking for an apartment and found one with you loving people! Words cannot express just how grateful I am to have known Andy these four years I’ve got to know him! He was always kind and always checked up on me to make sure I was doing ok and anytime I needed help, he was always there. I’m going to miss him, and my prayers go out to all of you.
Karen and Terry Haughn
February 26, 2020 at 5:38 pm
Pam and family, so very sorry to hear of Andy’s passing. So very hard to believe he is no longer with us in this world. The comfort is in knowing he is in our heavenly Father’s arms and we will see him again one day. If there is anything we can do to ease your pain at this time, don’t hesitate to call us.
Greg and Emily Brouwer
February 26, 2020 at 6:00 pm
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this very difficult time. May you find strength and comfort while you reflect on the memories that you made with Andy and your dad. I pray peace throughout this time and in the future. We love you and are thinking of you.
Susan and Mike Johnson and kids
February 26, 2020 at 8:09 pm
So sorry for your loss Pam
February 27, 2020 at 12:25 am
Pam, Meagan and Drew,
I will always remember Andy’s smile and loving nature. He always had a hug for me during the Peace at St. Stephen’s. He had a quick wit and I remember his and my late husband Roland’s laughter and joking friendship.
I am so saddened by his sudden death. I grieve with you..
May the blessings of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ give you peace.
February 27, 2020 at 4:11 pm
Pam, I am so sorry for your loss. Find comfort in each other and the memories you all share. May God wrap his loving arms around you and hold you close.
February 27, 2020 at 5:32 pm
I am so saddened to hear of Andy’s death. My love and prayers to you and your family.
Cindy and Pete Pfeiffer
February 27, 2020 at 8:28 pm
Pam, our thoughts and prayers are with you. May you be comforted by the love of family and friends.
February 28, 2020 at 10:21 am
Pam and family, I’m deeply sorry for your loss. Prayers to you and your family.
February 28, 2020 at 10:37 am
Drew, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time!
May you find Comfort in all the memories you all have and share of your Dad.
Walker & Deborah Wynkoop
February 28, 2020 at 1:16 pm
Rest In Peace, Andy.
I enjoyed our years of working together at SBC and want to express our condolences to your wife, children and family.
Walker & Deborah Wynkoop
February 28, 2020 at 1:40 pm
Pam, Megan and Drew. We just want you know how sorry we are to hear of Andy’s passing. We always enjoyed talking to him as he was walking the dogs or down at the lake. We are praying for peace and comfort for all of you as you mourn the loss of your husband and father.
Scott and Chris Patrick
February 28, 2020 at 6:10 pm
So sorry to hear about Andy. He always gave me tips for the yard when he lived across the street. He would tease a bit when I was pulling weeds…..told me to get out the weed killer. He was also very generous with all his cuttings. I will think of him when the Black-eyed Susans bloom. Mike and I send our heartfelt condolences to the family.
Mike and Kathy Patton
February 29, 2020 at 1:26 pm
So sorry to hear about Andy. Always enjoyed talking plants and flowers with him. I have plants from him in my yard and they will always remind me of him. He was just a really nice guy. May God comfort all of you in your loss.
Rick and Susan Williams
March 1, 2020 at 5:35 pm
I am so sorry to hear of Andy’s passing. Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Hold tight to the beautiful memories you shared together.
Dave & Jean Johnson
March 2, 2020 at 1:54 pm
Sending heartfelt condolences from Herd David & Lenona Jean Johnson (and family). Our prayers are with you!
March 13, 2020 at 11:28 pm
Love you and miss you more and more each day, dad. Eskimo kisses…
April 8, 2020 at 7:15 pm
Pam, I am so sorry to hear about Andy, Evan though I new him through you,he was always the kindest and thoughtful man when I would run into him.Pam my heartfelt thoughts that you and your family may find some comfort!
Ann Porritt King
April 27, 2020 at 6:43 pm
So sorry to learn of Andy’s passing. I have fond childhood memories of my cousin at Porritt family reunions. May your memories bring you comfort and peace of heart now and through the days ahead.
May 10, 2020 at 10:43 pm
I was saddened to learn of Andy’s departure and I hope to see him in heaven. The time of family reunions with him were always enjoyable. And since I enjoyed Andy immensely, I am sure that your loss of Andy as father, husband and friend, and confidant is felt very deeply. I realize you have lost a blessing from God in your life together with him. And, I pray that the Father of mercies will continue to bless you all in Christ so that would find immense comfort, encouraging strength, and soothing peace in your soul that comes with Jesus Christ’s resurrection victory as you carry on in these forthcoming months and years. In Christ’s enveloping love for you all,
May 12, 2020 at 11:55 pm
Dear Pam , family and friends;
God’s healing presence continue to sustain you through your loss.
I was surprised to hear of my cousin’s passing. Too soon. I remember the last time we shared contact was at his father’s funeral. He gave tender care, support and love for my dear Uncle Don. I enjoyed his out reach with e-mail until he had trouble with the e-mail connection.
I’ve enjoyed hearing of his caring life through this sharing – thank you all.
He is carrying on with his giving heart in God’s heavenly outreach service. I look forward to seeing him again.
Susan Vernon: daughter of Jo-Ann Porritt Vernon
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