1938 – Feb. 28, 2014
A tragic accident when he was an infant could easily have ended Andrew’s life before it had properly begun, but the courage and determination `which enabled him to survive became his lifelong hallmark. Andrew led a life of phenomenal variety and colour – sportsman, soldier, adventurer, artist – travelling over much of the globe. He was a keen boxer and rugby player while at school, after which he enlisted in the Green Howards regiment, winning a battlefield commission while in action in Malaya. He had a keen sense of justice, taking pride in using his physical prowess to protect others, whether smaller kids from playground bullies, or peasant farmers from terrorists during his army career. Next came a spell on a schooner in the South Pacific trading among the remoter islands of the South Pacific. He ended up in Australia where he worked in the outback, occasionally indulging his passion for ocean yacht racing. Intending to return eventually to Britain, his birthplace, he travelled eastwards to the USA then hitchhiked to Canada. He didn’t reach his destination, settling instead on Saltspring Island where he lived on a fishing boat, transformed into a home and sculpture studio. He produced a range of breathtaking wood sculptures and architectural works which combined functionality with beauty. Rory, his devoted dog, shared his life for twenty years. Andrew’s life was a poem of passion, a picture painted in vivid colours. You did the best you could with this life Andrew, our blessings for the next.
Thanks to staff at Fairfield Pavilion, Glengarry Hospital for their kindness and compassion.
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