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DICKSON, Andrew (Andy) Thomas

April 25, 1976 – Calgary, Alberta
December 31, 2013 – Calgary, Alberta

It is with great sadness we announce the sudden passing of our precious son and brother, Andrew Dickson on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at the age of 37.

Andy was a happy and determined young man. Although he struggled with epilepsy all his life, he did so with tremendous spirit.

Andy loved moving trains, music, computers, electronics and horseback riding. He especially loved walking his dog through Fish Creek Park with his dad, who was his hero and best friend. Andy also volunteered his time at the WorldServe thrift store.

Andy was an inspiration who touched many lives with his unconditional love. His smile and laughter would melt your heart. The world needs more people like Andy. He will be dearly missed and is in our hearts forever.

Andy is survived by his parents Thomas and Elaine Dickson; brothers Bryce and Clark (Kristin); uncles Ken and Jim Dickson; aunts Karen Gregory (Stu), Joyce Rilling, Mary Jane Sinclair; and numerous cousins. He was predeceased by grandparents Fred and Anne Dickson and Bill and Phillipa Sinclair; uncles Ian Sinclair and Victor Rilling; and aunt Donna Burke. A special thank you to Dr. N. Pillay, of the Foothills Hospital neurology department and to Maria Benz and Audrey Friesen, his devoted caregivers who loved him dearly. We would also like to thank his family, friends, and all other caregivers for their continued support over the years.

Funeral Services will be held at Deer Park United Church (77 Deer Point Road S.E.) on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Epilepsy Association of Calgary, 4112 – 4th Street, N.W., Calgary, AB T2K 1A2 Telephone: (403) 230-2764, www.epilepsycalgary.com.

In living memory of Andrew Dickson, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.

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  1. Kathy and Walter Litvinchuk :

    We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your dear son, Andy. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Sincerely, Walter and Kathy Litvinchuk

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  2. Lorna and Scott Soderling :

    We are so sorry to hear the sad news. Andy could always make us smile, with a hug and a big “HI”. He certainly will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you…. Lorna & Scott

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  3. Sandie Cheney :

    Tom & Elaine,

    I am so sorry to hear of Andy’s passing. I remember the early years in Opening Gaits Therapeutic Horseback Riding and how we called him “Hi, Hi Andrew” because he would yell out Hi as he rode passed us. He was so personable and he was well loved by everyone who knew him. Heaven just got a whole lot nicer. You are in my thoughts, Sandie

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  4. My deepest sympathies regarding Andy’s passing. I knew him through opening Gaits program. I will always remember his nice grin and pleasant and gentle manner. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

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  5. Rob, Denise, Ethan and Brady Shaw :

    Are condolences on the passing of Andy. He always had a sweet, beautiful smile on his face. He touched everyone in a very remarkable way. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time….Rob, Denise, Ethan and Brady

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  6. Rory Hennigan :

    My thoughts are with you all in such a sad time. I am really glad I was able to meet Andy on two occasions and he made me laugh both times. Stay strong and know he is at peace. Love Rory

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  7. Kevin and Renee Quinn :

    We are deeply saddened to hear of Andy’s passing. Our thoughts are with the Dickson’s and the other wonderful people that were a part of Andrew’s life.
    Kevin

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  8. Desneige Lougheed :

    I am so very sorry to hear this news and my heart goes out to you all.
    Andy was one of many riders that I so looked forward to seeing in the OG Friday classes.
    Andy never said much in class, just hummed mostly which let us know he was enjoying the moment and it didn’t matter what we asked of him, he would always do his best to complete the task.
    I will always remember when we were getting him mounted on the horse he would always put on this huge smile, look me straight in the eye, and say a loud “Hi”. That was the only word I ever heard him say but it was packed with meaning and it always made my day. This I will never ever forget.
    Andy had his own special way of showing his gratitude . And the many hugs he had for us ladies at the end of the ride was, and will always be, very very special!
    I feel very privileged to have known Andy. His courage, determination, and great attitude gave me a different perspective on life and for that I truly thank him.
    Missing you but always remembering you Andy….sending Big Hugs….Desneige

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  9. Ken and Beryl MacDonald :

    We are so saddened to read the news this morning. Andy was a special person in our little community , greeting people with his big wave and “hi” ! And giving the best hugs! His determination to live life to the fullest is an inspiration and the dedication his family had to providing that full life is nothing short of incredible….. there was never a child loved more or cared for better. Rest in Peace dear Andy.

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  10. Sherry & David McDougall :

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. Elaine and Tom, you devoted your life to Andy and helped him achieve such success in his short life. You must be so proud of him! Treasure the wonderful memories!
    Sherry and David

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  11. My deepest sympathy to you and your family Elaine. I loved hearing your stories about how special Andy was to all of you. You are a special family and Andy was happy to be part of it for 37 years. I know you have many wonderful memories to keep his spirit with you.
    Thinking of you with sympathy, Myrna

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  12. Val Robertson, Brad, Kris and Heather :

    We are so sorry to hear of your loss of Andy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time. May you find comfort in knowing that he is now at peace

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  13. Trevor and Diane Jennens :

    Very saddened to hear of Andrew’s passing, Tom and Elaine. Our special thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  14. Michele & Wayne Silk :

    Tom, Elaine and Family,

    We are so sorry to hear about Andy’s passing. Although we did not have the pleasure of knowing him we can tell from the common thread of these posts that we was a very special person, someone always ready with a hug and a hi – something everyone can use. Our thoughts are with you.

    Michele and Wayne Silk

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  15. Jane and Scott Owens :

    Our sincere condolences to you Elaine, Tom, Bryce and Clark. You did an incredible job of loving and taking care of Andy. This will be a huge void in your lives but we hope that many fond memories of Andy will sustain you during this difficult time.
    We shall be thinking of you.

    Jane and Scott Owens.

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  16. Laura And Ervin Huber :

    Our deepest condolences to you Elaine and family. Our prayers and thoughts are with you all during this difficult time.

    Ervin & Laura Huber

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  17. Mark & Stephanie Austin :

    We would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the Dickson family. Our hearts are with you.

    Mark & Stephanie Austin

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  18. Gail and Rick Slen :

    We were saddened to hear the news of Andy’s passing. Andy was a special person and his life was rich and full because of the love and devotion of his family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
    Gail and Rick Slen

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  19. My deepest sympathies to the Dickson family. I am sorry for your loss and my thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

    Corinne Sato

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  20. Dale and Mildred Morrison :

    Our heartfelt sympathy to you, Elaine and Tom, to Clark and Bryce and to all those who loved and cared for Andy, If it is true that our greatest need is “to love and to be loved and to feel worthwhile to self and others”, then Andy truly lived a fulfilled and blessed life. Wish we could be there to share in the celebration of his life, but in our absence please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    Dale and Mildred Morrison

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  21. Hi Tom and Elaine
    I was sorry to hear of Andy’s passing.
    It was a pleasure knowing and working with Andy through Opening Gaits. You could be having a stressful time getting everyone ready but when he turned to you gave you a hug and said Hi your world was right again. Andy taught everyone something, whether it was to smile, have patience, stay alert or just enjoy.
    I am sure that he and Jazz are running fast and free and saying hello to all the ladies.
    My thoughts are with you during this time
    Sincerely
    Donna Davey

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  22. Peter and Anne Kelly :

    Our thoughts are with you at this sad time. Keep the memories alive.

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  23. Marie and Brent Austin :

    Our deepest condolences to you Elaine and your family. Our hearts, thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time.

    Marie and Brent Austin

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  24. John and Bev Merrifield :

    Dear Elaine, Tom, Bryce and Clark,
    Please know that you are in our hearts and prayers at this difficult time. Many have been
    blessed to have been graced by your son’s big heart and his inviting personality. May you treasure the happy memories.

    John and Bev Merrifield

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  25. Carla and Jim Watson :

    Dear Elaine and family,
    We were sorry to hear that Andy had passed away. I remember him as a youngster when Carrie and Bryce were in Big Bird Preschool together. Andy could not have been with a more supportive family than yours. He was a lucky young man. I am sure that he added a lot to everyone’s lives. Please pass on our deepest sympathy to the rest of your family.
    Carla Watson

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  26. Valerie Lange :

    Elaine and family
    I remember Andrew from the early days at ACH neurology clinic. He was such a sweet outgoing youngster. He could not have had better advocates than all of you as his family and it was clearly evident in how well he was socialized. Do remember the happy days and be assured you were the very best family Andrew could have had.
    Valerie Lange

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  27. Pat Stan and Jordie :

    Dear Elaine , Tom and family I am so sorry to hear about Andy’s passing . It is a difficult time for all of you. I just wanted to let you know you are in my thoughts . You made it possible for Andy to have the best possible life he could have and your love and support were always there for him. The world smiled when Andy smiled we will always remember him. Take care and know you are in our thoughts. Pat and Jordie

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  28. Curtis Savage :

    I am so sorry to hear of Andy’s passing. My deepest sympathies go out to all the family. I only had the chance to meet Andy once but saw right away that he was a very special person with a big heart, full of life and love. He was blessed with a wonderful family. May the spirit of Andy and all the memories live on.

    Curtis

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  29. Dear Tom & Elaine,
    Bernie & I are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all .
    It was a pleasure meeting you when we got together at Tom & Dianne`s in Goderich .
    Take care and God bless.
    Love, Fred & Bernie.

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  30. Lynn and Mike Lee :

    We would like to extend our sincere condolences to you all. Andy will always be with you in your hearts and as the central core of your special family memories.

    Lynn and Mike

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  31. Cindy & Steve Mark :

    Tom, Elaine, Bryce & Clark,
    Was so sorry to hear. Our deepest sympathy.
    Cindy (nee Dickson) & Steve Mark.

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  32. Elizabeth Saar :

    Dear Tom, Elaine, Clark, Kristin, and Bryce,

    I had the honour and opportunity to volunteer with Andy through Opening Gaits Therapeutic Riding. I will always remember that HUGE smile on his face the first time I met him 6 years ago when I side walked with him on my first day of volunteering. He sure made an impression! He always gave the best and biggest hugs, and loved to go as fast as possible on the horses! He was sure fearless! He was such an inspiring person to everyone he met, and I am certain he will be dearly missed by all who knew him. I think he taught us all about what is important in life, and how we can all love more & give more to make the world a better place. I count myself lucky to have met him!

    My love, thoughts, and prayers are with you and your family,
    Elizabeth

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  33. Dianne Newstead :

    My condolences to you on losing Andy. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Dianne.

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  34. Debbie Coppock :

    Dear Tom and Elaine,

    We were so very sorry to hear the sad news recently of Andy’s passing. Our deepest sympathy is with you both and with Bryce and Clark. We know how loved and well cared for Andy was by you all. We will be thinking about you at this difficult time.

    Debbie and John Coppock

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