“To us you are simply the best”
At Barnsley Hospital in Yorkshire, after a brave fight, Andrew passed peacefully away on 7th December, aged only 46 years. The beloved son of Doreen and John, cherished partner of Nid. Also a dearest friend who will be so sadly missed by all his family and friends. Donations are welcome to The British Heart Foundation.
Andrew was born on Friday 13th August near Stafford to proud parents Doreen and John. At school Andrew was popular with both teachers and pupils alike. He loved the outdoors and was a member of cubs at the age of 6 years where he learned the importance of team work from an early age, something that stayed with him all his life. He loved lads and dads football, his agility and height made him a natural goal keeper but once he got a BMX bike the muddy football pitches were left behind. At 16 he joined the Royal Signals, it gave him the adventure and challenge he needed. Whether it was getting his first stripe or becoming a full corporal, his family were his biggest support and proudest of his achievements. Andrew was a man who could think on his feet and knew how to get the odd weekend leave back home, asking his mother to send a bogus invite to a wedding or christening. It stopped when the sergeant cottoned on. Soon after moving to Blandford, Dorset, with the Royals he was sent to the first Gulf war on 1990/91.
Leaving the army Andrew, like many friends found civilian life a challenge. he lived abroad for many years. He loved Spain and Thailand and lived life to the full. He was a loyal friend and never took life or love for granted. Andrew was indeed a star that shone brightly and perhaps was never meant to grow old and weary. Friends like Scott, the two Tims’, Ian and Dave testify to the love Andrew had for life. Unfortunately ill health became a feature of his life since 2006. It was in Barnsley where he eventually settled, that he lost his fight for life. His Geordie friend Andy has been especially mentioned for his great support to Andrew in very difficult times.
Andrew’s Funeral will take place on Thursday 21st December 2017 in Crewe Crematorium Chapel at 10.40am. Any donations in Andrew’s memory are for the valuable work of the British Heart Foundation.