It is with a heavy heart to let Pinside know that one of our most kind and helpful Pinsiders past away this morning after a nearly one year battle with leukemia. Andy is one of the first people I met when I started in the pinball hobby and he quickly became one of my best friends - not just a pinball friend but a true friend. Anyone that has interacted with Andy can attest to his genuine kindness. He was a great person and will be sorely missed.
Andy is how I learned that pinball brings people together from different walks of life. If it were not for pinball I would have never met Andy and I will be forever grateful for my friendship with him. Even as I type this, tears well up in my eyes.
Andy was the kind of guy that severe illness could not dampen his kindness and attitude. He never exhibited bitterness nor did he ever lose hope. Just the other week he and I spoke about trying to meet at the upcoming Nashville pinball show. He had been at Vanderbilt for the last many months and was very hopeful that some other Knoxville pinheads could meet him for a few hours of pinball if his strength would allow. Alas, it is not to be but I am thankful that my last conversation with him was one of hope for a brighter future. For sure, his future is now brighter than ever as he is now with the Lord and finally cured of his cancer.
I hope I am a better person for knowing Andy.