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EDY, Andrew Grey

October 24, 1995 – October 8, 2018

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved son Andrew, just weeks before his 23rd birthday.

Andrew arrived into our lives sixteen days late and weighing in at 10 pounds. He talked early and walked late. He always did things in his own time and way!

Andrew was a person of many passions which started at an early age with trains and dinosaurs. This graduated to Lego, skateboarding, rocket building and finally to his greatest loves of guitar (rock and roll, blues) and classic cars. Andrew loved everything about the 60’s. He spent long hours practicing guitar (a favourite was Jimi Hendrix) and working on his 1968 Pontiac, with help from his friends.

When Andrew took an interest in something he gave himself to it enthusiastically and completely. This included outdoor adventures of hiking, skiing, canoeing and swimming. He was a natural athlete. He competed nationally and internationally in Lifesaving Swimming with the Calgary Winter Club Tsunamis. They were National team champions many years running. Andrew made long lasting and deep relationships with his coaches, teammates and their families.

Andrew attended Rundle College, grades 1 through 10 and graduated in 2013 from Western Canada High School. In September 2013 he set off on a Gap Year, starting with the Commonwealth Lifesaving Championships in Australia, where he participated as a member of the Canadian Development Team. He was very proud to swim for Canada. He then made his way to Switzerland. There he attended Neuchatel Junior College where he had a year of educational study, travel and adventure. He enjoyed a variety of studies including Law, Business and Classics. He skied and hiked in the Alps and traveled with the school to Italy, Greece, France and Kenya. It was a wonderful year of growing independence and enrichment. Andrew treasured the many friendships he made that year.

In September 2014, Andrew set off to Kelowna to study Business at UBCO. He completed one year of studies and then decided to pursue his interest in music and with friends formed a band, The Slick 68’s. During this time he worked a variety of labouring/landscaping jobs. In September 2017, he was employed to work in sales with Latta Corp. and discovered that he enjoyed sales and the camaraderie of the sales teams. He continued to work in sales until his passing in October 2018.

Andrew was a completely unique individual. He had his own style and way of doing things. He had a big personality. He was charming and very kind. He lived large. We have received many wonderful letters and remembrances of Andrew for which we are grateful. Andrew loved his family and particularly his brother and best friend Rowan. We loved him deeply and are very proud of the man he was.

Andrew is survived by his parents Patricia and Brian Edy; his brother Rowan Edy, cousins David and Michael Simmins; his uncle Charles Austin (Isabella), and aunts Joan Simmins (Geoffrey) and Janet Austin (Ashley Chester); and honorary uncle Larry Horsman.

The family would like to thank Vivian and Dave Ewart, Marsha Read, the Britannia Community, the Lifesaving team families, and the many friends and volunteers who have supported us in the past eight months.

A Celebration of Life and reception will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Park Memorial, 5008 Elbow Drive SW, Calgary, AB) on Sunday, June 23, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. The service will be live streamed for out of town friends and family. (A link will be posted closer to June 23).

If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the charity of the donor’s choice. Condolences may be forwarded through www.McInnisandHolloway.com.

In the evening of June 23rd please join us for an Open Mic in Andrew’s memory at: The Blues Can from 6:00p.m. – 9:00p.m. (1429 9th Ave SE Calgary, AB)
Friends are welcome to come and share memories of Andrew through live music, stories, poetry, and rap…please bring your instruments.

In living memory of Andrew Edy, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial, 5008 Elbow Drive SW, Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. Dear Patricia, Brian, Rowan, family and friends of Andrew
    Although my heart is sad because Andrew is physically gone he lives on in our hearts and memories forever. He brought us much tenderness, joy, deep healing through his music and his risk taking wild ways. He knew the greatest power in the Universe is Love and he shared that unconditionally and outrageously with so much joy. So much gratitude for all the lessons learned from this amazing young man. May we all sing with joy the songs he wants us too. In love and light, Marsha

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  2. Amy and Bob Veldhoen

    Brian and Family,
    We have never met your family, but our Mother/Mother-in-law Margaret Edy was married to your Uncle Ernest. He spoke fondly of you often when they visited us in Calgary or when we were in Kelowna. We somehow feel connected to you and especially at this time of such deep sorrow and pain. Know that our thoughts are with you and that time will somehow help you heal.

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  3. j.timothy buehner

    To Brian and Patricia and Families:

    Please accept our condolences at this time.

    Although we never met your son, please know that he and you and the families will be in our thoughts and prayers at this time

    Sincerely

    Tim Buehner and Clare Beers

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  4. Christine Sazie-Stewart

    To Brian, Patricia, Rowan, Family and Friends:

    My most heartfelt condolences to all on the passing of a very accomplished young man. He certainly packed in a lot of living in such a short time on this planet. May he continue to be honoured and remembered as a valuable member of the human race.

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  5. Dear Brian and Patricia,
    It was with shock and deep sadness that we learned of Andrew’s passing. We had such wonderful times with him while he was at Neuchâtel – on trips and excursions, and at school on a daily basis. His innate “joie de vivre” and constantly smiling presence brightened all of our lives. We will remember Andrew for his generosity, sense of fun and kindness toward others.
    In deepest sympathy,
    Heidi Gollert and Paul LeBlanc

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  6. Kate Eleftheriadou

    Ever since I met Andrew in Oxford I knew he was unique. Turns out he was the best person I ever met and my first love. He taught me how to love and be good to everyone, without wanting anything in return; even if that meant getting in trouble for other people’s actions. Andrew taught me what kindness was and made me believe in it. His positive energy and the way he made everyone smile along his way will always inspire me. His adventurous, playful character will always make me smile. Andrew gave me some of the best experiences and memories both in Oxford and Greece and I truly feel blessed to have shared them with him. Along many other things, he taught me how to swim properly in Greece and we went on the boat cafe around the city port, some of the best time I had in the city I lived for 20 years.
    No matter how many years passed, he was always there for me, ready to talk, listen to me and help me with everything. His loss is a tragedy for our world which I truly believe was not good enough for such a kind person. My warm condolences are with his family, I cannot thank you enough for giving me a chance to meet such a great person. I hope you are somewhere better now Andrew, I will always love you.

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