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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.

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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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  7. Wow.. what can I say. This news came as such a shock as I remember Andrew, his charismatic self and warm heart and believed it would take him far into the future. We both participated in the ORA experience , where his room was opposite mine. Though not seeing him and speaking once or twice since then, I never failed to remember him. He had a great pure spirit, was hilarious and a genuine pleasure to be around. He was part of a period of my life I will never forget. I am saddened and will regret I didn’t stay in contact. As I can see from the other messages , that he didn’t change and if anything grew even more into the amazing person I knew him as. I send love and my deepest condolences to all family and friends. Passed is a good one but he will never be lost and forgotten. RIP Andrew, I hope you, your guitar and Jimmy are having a swell time . Until we meet again, bye my friend.

    Sincerely ,

    Isiah/Issey/Imps

    ‘Oh yeah oh yeah’ (a special catchphrase of ours)

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  8. Niklas Hambro Sandahl

    It is absolutely surreal to hear about the passing of someone I only knew well for a few weeks, yet who had a profound impact on my life.

    I met Andrew in Oxford, at St. Peters College in the summer of 2011. At that time I was a shy teenager with lacking social skills, alone in a new country with no friends. As I was walking to the orientation for new students at ORA, staring at the ground afraid to talk to anyone, Andrew came to talk to me. As I remember it, he had family with him that day, and he certainly didn’t need to come talk to me, but he saw that I was alone, and he wanted to do something about that. It became immediately clear that this staunchly cheerful Canadian boy was someone I could rely on to help me in this terrifying situation. In the days that followed, Andrew helped me connect with the other people there, and largely because of that the two weeks we spent in Oxford were among the happiest, and certainly the most formative weeks of my life.

    While in Oxford we got to have lectures from some incredible teachers and academics, yet the most important lesson I learned from you. Thank you, Andrew, for showing me that meeting new people is a lot easier if you’re considerate, kind and open-hearted.

    Give Jimi my best.

    My love and condolences to Patricia, Brian, Rowan and all of Andrew’s family and friends.

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  9. There are no words that can describe what it means to lose such an inspiring person. I am so grateful that I get to know Andrew 2011 in Oxford. Despite over 7.000 km that separated us, we never lost sight of each other. This loss leaves a big gap that no other can replace, but the people who leave us and whom we love do never disappear. My warm condolences are with his family. Thank you for giving me the possibility to meet this heart warming person. Andrew, you will always have a place in my heart. Loved forever and missed forever.

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  10. Tim O'Hara and Louise Campbell

    Brian is an old friend. In both senses. It is so heartbreaking to see the loss. We are thinking of you and your family so despondently. Peace my brother. Tim and Louise

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  11. Dear Brian, Patricia and Rowan,
    Words on a page are inadequate to express our sadness for your loss.
    Tragic events like this seem to overwhelm any sense of normalcy. As a family you must hold together in your grief and immerse yourselves in all the good memories you share of Andrews life; his music. his smile, his spirit, lest anger and despair cast a pall over his memories.
    Know that we share your sorrow and whatever condolences we can express in this letter.
    Much Love
    Doug, Patty and Joey

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  12. Brian and Family,
    Brian, you and I articled together many years ago. I would like to extend my condolences on the tragic loss of your son – it is apparent that he was a fine young man, and deeply loved. May you eventually find peace.

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  13. Karin Twogood

    Dear Patricia and Brian,
    Although we only knew Andrew when he was a little guy in Chinook Park, it is with so much shock and sadness that I send my condolences, along with Nigel’s, Gavin’s and Alexandra’s, to all your family after this tragic outcome. For much of these past 8 months you have all been in my thoughts and prayers. I will be with you in spirit on Sunday as I watch Andrew’s celebration of life on the live stream. Thank you for making this possible. May Andrew rest in peace.

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  14. Our sincere sympathy to the Edy family on the loss of such a wonderful son.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Janice and Mike Bruni

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  15. We are devastated to hear the news of your beloved Andrew’s passing. Our son Kevan would have turned 23 in April but he passed in April 2016. This is a journey none of us have ever thought we would be on. We know the pain you are experiencing and no words can make this better at this point. We have found a lot of support from other bereaved parents, and it still amazes me how many of us now belong to this club no one ever wanted to join. Love you Brian, Patricia, and Rowan.
    Lynne, Doug, and Robyn Perras

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  16. Terri Illingworth

    My heart goes out to you in your time of sorrow. I cannot imagine how difficult it must be to lose such a special member of your family. Love to my dear friend, Patricia, Brian and Rowan.
    Terri Illingworth

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  17. Timothy Shantz

    Dear Patricia, Brian and Rowan,
    Sincerest condolences from our family to yours.
    Sincerely,
    Tim, Katy, Chloe & Isaac

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  18. Carey Houston

    Our thoughts are with you on this sad day.

    I didn’t know Andrew well, but I remember him as such a kind and thoughtful young man. He was one of the first to welcome our daughter on his swim team, and took her under his wing. I remember his warm smile, great sense of humour, funky fashion, and passion for music, cars and his friends.

    We’ll all miss him, and the world is a bit less without him.

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  19. Dear Edy family and friends..

    I just watched the live stream and may I add that it was a wonderful tribute to young Andrew’s shortened life .. your memories will live on forever.. I never knew you personally nor your family.. but when I first seen you were missing it hit me for unknown reason ..I prayed many days and nights for a safe return… finding out you had already gone off to your higher power was sad but truly I felt lightness knowing that you were okay with God by your side.. may you forever rest in peace Andrew.

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  20. Ryan Stratford

    Andrew’s early departure was by no means reflective of his contagious and encouraging lust for life.
    I had the pleasure of getting to know Andrew during his time abroad in Switzerland.
    He was a rare spirit, and we were all aware he was something special.
    It is memories of Andrew that bring about the biggest smiles and bouts of laughter.
    Though his time was short, it was meaningful.
    Thank you for such a supportive and kind hearted young man.
    He will be fondly remembered, and greatly missed.

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  21. Maxine Leverett

    I met Andrew so very briefly one day on the ridge with my son, Noah. He agreed to meet us to tell us how he enjoyed Neuchatel since Noah was thinking of attending this school. Andrew showed up in his leather pants and cowboy boots, shirt open at the collar and hair in curls to his shoulders. I thought, wow, what an interesting guy. He was so kind. He encouraged Noah to go to Nechatel and to stay true to himself. He also said that if Noah wanted to know more, or just to join him to hang out and listen to music he was welcome. I have never met such a young person who is so honest, open, and giving to people he has just met. I remember telling you later, Patricia, that I loved his energy. Andrew was a gift. I feel honoured that he touched our lives so very briefly but in such an impactful way. xoxox

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  22. Holly Demedash

    I am terribly sad and sorry for the loss of your beloved son, brother and cherished member of your family. While he is at peace, I pray that your family can someday find some peace knowing this as well.

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