A couple of days

Tonight I was told it is only a matter of a couple of days.  I wanted you, his friends and colleagues, to know this.  It would have been wonderful if Andrew could have corresponded with those of you who have written these last several weeks, as I know he would want to express his gratitude.   Your words of support and care have meant so much to his family, and of course to him.

One of Andrew’s most admired traits was his insistence upon writing back to the people who wrote to him for advice.  He answered every email, and once upon a time that was a mountain a day!  He also took time to speak to those who approached him at conferences.  He felt it was what one should do…reach out and give a hand to help the next person.  He never understood why some chose to hide behind their success or to keep themselves apart.   He took the responsibility seriously, and never for a moment felt it was his destiny or his right to be successful.  He worked hard, more often than not obsessively so.  His humility is very genuine.

In the past week his decline has been quite dramatic and surprisingly quick.  While we knew this was coming, it still feels shocking.   His children have arrived, so I will close now.

Thank you all for your support.  I know his spirit will live on in the hearts of those who knew him and were his friends.

Jeanne Walker Bourland

 
 
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On February 14th, 2009 at 12:19 pm, Marilee Tolen RN said:

I’m thinking about you all today and sending you love and light and prayers. Marilee

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On February 14th, 2009 at 1:38 pm, Rebecca Lieb said:

Andy,

All my thoughts, hopes and prayers are with you and your family today. You’re a good friend, and a huge inspiration.

Thank you so much.

Rebecca

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On February 14th, 2009 at 1:50 pm, Janet Ryan said:

All my love and compassion to those of you sharing the last days with Andy. I know he’ll be in a better place, free from pain, but my heart goes out to those who will so miss his presence. we never really say goodbye, and know he is sent off with more love than you can imagine. Andy, you are blessed and loved

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On February 14th, 2009 at 1:50 pm, Kathleen Bagley Formidoni said:

Andy is a shooting star with a light bright enough to power many worlds. My humble light bows to his and yours. With love, Kathleen

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On February 14th, 2009 at 3:20 pm, Pamela Parker Caird said:

We will miss your presence, Andy, and you’ll never be forgotten. Hope the next days are peaceful and full of love.

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On February 14th, 2009 at 8:30 pm, Alysan Delaney-Childs said:

Jeanne,
Thanks for having shared Andy with the rest of us over the past years. All of us who chanced to meet him are graced to know a truly special man. Andy is a model of how to live a life well.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family on this next step of Andy’s journey. Godspeed Andy.

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On February 15th, 2009 at 11:18 am, Gus Venditto said:

My thoughts are with you. You accomplished a lot and have left a legacy to be proud of.

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On October 10th, 2009 at 4:55 pm, Alex83 said:

Instead, I added my name to the list that’s my way of putting that energy into the universe. ,

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On October 22nd, 2009 at 8:57 am, Boy39 said:

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On December 8th, 2009 at 6:26 pm, Todd said:

I am so sorry to hear that Andy has passed on.

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On December 14th, 2009 at 5:10 pm, John said:

My thoughts and prayers are with Andy and his family. What a loss.

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On March 7th, 2010 at 7:25 pm, Мастер Авто said:

Очень понравилось написанное. Надеюсь, пригодится в скором будущем. Стоит продолжить.

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