March 13, 1954 ~ February 3, 2020

Born in: , New York
Resided in: Aurora, Colorado

Everyone loved to see Andy coming because he always had a funny story or a joke to tell to bring a smile.  A long-time Heather Gardens neighbor, he would walk to his job at the King Soopers at Regatta Plaza in all weather to be on time as a Courtesy Clerk, helping customers bag up their groceries and wrangling buggies from the parking lot, even in a blizzard or in the blazing summer sun.  “These young kids don’t want to do the work, but I’m still here because they know I will show up and do whatever needs to be done!” So true.  He knew many regular customers by their first names and everyone knew Andy. 

He was a regular at two churches, both the Heritage Christian Center and he was a Food Bank volunteer at the Southeast Church of Christ on Yale, just a short walk east of Heather Gardens.

After 15 years at store #39 and approaching retirement age, his departure in Sept. 2018 was prompted by some chest pains and then a new heart valve.  He collected his Union Pension and his Social Security check and enjoyed retirement and visiting with his friends and neighbors at the HG clubhouse.  This past December again, chest pains put him into the hospital and after a few procedures, he was just unable to bounce back.  He did see his favorites, the Kansas City Chiefs win the Super Bowl Sunday and was texting friends early Monday morning February 3, but a sudden heart attack took him down.

Please share your favorite memory of Andy below.  He and his laughter and sense of humor will be sorely missed by all who knew him.

A Celebration of Life Barbecue (Andy’s request) will be held this summer.  Details to follow.

Cards for the family and donations in Andy’s memory can also be sent to Southeast Church of Christ or you can bring a box of canned goods to the church for their Food Bank program.

 

Memories Timeline

Guestbook

  1. Dear Andy
    You were always my light of sun.
    You always had a way to make us smile even in the worst of times. My ketchup buddy. You will be missed so much at church and men’s breakfast. I will miss you teasing us about our Broncos. Thank you for your friendship and sense of humor. I will always cherish your friendship and memories.
    Rest in peace. Until we meet again Andy. Love you brother 💙💙💙

  2. We will miss you at the clubhouse your smiling face and your funny jokes Rest in peace friend till we meet again Ron and Virginia torpy

  3. Only knew you for a short time while you were here in Rehab, but always remembered you from shopping at King Soopers over the years. You never once failed to speak, when I saw you. Your great sense of humor was a blessing to many. Glad I got to see you and enjoy a laugh with you and your freinds over the cookies on Super Bowl Sunday.

  4. You exemplified the art of making friends. Every one who knew you, which is most of the King Soopers Shoppers at Heather Gardens, so enjoyed your greetings. You are one of a kind and will always be remembered for your friendship.
    Now you are at one with God.
    Lovingly,
    Cindy Crockett

  5. Andy,
    You made loads of friends and helped so many at a King Soopers. I loved seeing you around the store and always talking to everyone with such good humor and fun !
    The new store is nice but we have all missed your smiling face. Just know that you were what we all want to be… a smile and blessing for the day.

  6. Andy, I always enjoyed seeing your beautiful smile and hearing your friendly greeting when I was at King Soopers. I remember leaving the store once and saw you walking towards home. I had the privilege of driving you the rest of the way and getting a chance to know you a little better. How wonderful that you got to see your Kansas City Chiefs win the Super Bowl!

  7. Andy,

    I remember opening the front door to the new store and seeing your smiling face. It was perfect to have you be the one to greet me outside. It was a nerve wracking morning but seeing you first in line lifted my spirits. You along with the old 39 may be gone but your spirit and memory will live on in our new store and we will carry you along with us. We are ordering in a name plate that we will attach to one of our check stands that will be dedicated to you. Thank you for the memories and the laughter.

    From your family at King Soopers.

  8. Andy, you always brought a smile when we saw you during our King Soopers visits. Loved visiting with you! We’ll miss you friend.

  9. Andy, you were always such a sweet and talkative person, no matter the situation, you always found a way to pull me out of a day I was having just to talk for a minute. You cared about everyone around you, what a gift you had, I’m sure Heaven is embracing and rewarding you with all the goodness you so deserve. Rest in Peace buddy.

  10. Andy always asked me about my Greenbay Packers, but loved his team. We also had some deep conversations about the Colirado Rockies! He was a really nice guy, who always made me feel special. RIH

  11. Good ol Andy. The Strong Arm is gonna miss ya (he called me that cause I used to kick customers out overnight for sleeping in the store)

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