My son Andrew was kind, compassionate, courageous and a beautiful young man. On Saturday we will celebrate his life and the amazing person he was during his very short time with us. Please join his parents, family and friends on Saturday, December 17, 2016 at 1:00 pm, St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church 4715 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona 85012. In lieu of flowers I am requesting donations be made to Crossroads. Please see thecrossroadsinc.org to donate. They save many lives and helped Andrew, his family and many of his friends. If you donate online, please put in memory of Andrew Gilbert in the comments. Andrew received a scholarship from them at one time and it would have made him happy to help another addict. For more information, please contact Shannon Casazza at 602.263.5242 Ext. 1507 or email her at email@example.com.
I loved Andrew like a brother. We had so many good times, I’m so sorry this happened. I would love to come and visit his family one day and give you guys my gratitude. We did a few of bad things, but there was nothing but good in his heart, a kind well rounded person overall. To his mother and father, just know he is probably right next to you as I write this. I would love to attend the ceremony, and would like to meet his family as well. Forever in our hearts, Andrew.
Although I did not have the privilege of knowing Andrew, I know how much he came to mean to my son in a short period of time. Andrew was a sponsor and mentor to my son. He inspired and encouraged him to work the steps and be the person he wants to be.
I am grateful to Andrew and I will pray for God to bring healing and comfort to you in knowing that Andrew made a positive impact on others in recovey.
I am so very sorry for the loss of Andrew, I lost my daughter 21, so I do understand what you are going through.. I wish you strength….
Garth and I Loved Andrew very much and he was inspiration to so many people. He was such a good kid. If there is anything we can do for your family, please let us know. We are here for you.
Andrew I’m going to miss you buddy, I will always remember your enthusiasm and excitement for life and although you may not be here with us in the physical form anymore, the moments we were able to share over the past four years and that’s quirky Sparkle in your eye are memories I’ll never forget. I know that your inspiration and your resiliency through adversity will live on in my heart forever I will never forget you brother and I will keep fighting on your behalf to try to help others. God bless you and God bless your family, see you later buddy
Andrew was my best friend. He was the first person when I moved here from Colorado that made me feel safe and welcome. He always knew how to cheer me up. He was one of the most motivated people I’ve ever met.lHe played a huge role in my recovery as well as many other people’s. No one will ever take his place. Thanks to him I have friends who are now family that are helping me thru this time. I love Andrew and I am so sorry for your loss.
I only know of Andrew as a Facebook Friend of my son and the many stories I have read on his timeline. It is obvious that Andrew was loved by many as a son, brother, cousin, and friend. From one mother of a son taken too early by this disease (just six weeks ago) to another, I can honestly say I know how you may be feeling. Our journeys of grief will be our own, but I will say that these journeys will require us to take on the same challenge our sons had to face; doing it one day at a time. I don’t know if there will ever be a “normal” but with the grace of God, and support of friends and family, each day takes care of itself. I send my heartfelt condolences to all his family and friends, and especially to you Deborah, as Andrew’s mother. May God bless you all in this time of loss. Please feel free to reach out if you so choose (I will provide my email in the info. collected below).
I did not know him well but the impression he left on me was that He was a very kind young man, and every time I saw him he was upbeat and happy. I am so sorry for your loss.
Richard O. Knop
My prayers and heartfelt condolences for Andrew, his family and his friends. May he find the peace that he struggled to find here.
Andrew was an amazing kid with a great sense of humor. Loved making him his PBJ sandwiches. I’m going to miss you Andrew.
Andrew was my “Junior Buddy” at the ARC. My most vivid and touching memories of Andrew was when his mom and brother came to visit him. The joy and excitement his brother showed when seeing him almost brought me to tears. My condolences to Andrew’s family, all of his friends in recovery and those still suffering.
I am going to miss my best friend so much. He always told me I could make it through anything, that I was a strong women. This has really put that to the test. I will continue to live for you Andrew! I will help other people and use you and your experience to do so. I don’t know how I am going to not be sad everyday but I know you’d want me to be happy. I love you forever. Thank you for being my rock, thank you for loving me when I felt so unlovable. And don’t worry Andrew I will stay close to your family. They are beautiful people and I feel blessed to have the privilege to know them!
My deepest condolences Andrew to you and your family on the loss of your son. My heart and prayers are with you at this time.
Grant, Stephanie, and Nicole Aikin
May care and love of those around you provide comfort and peace to get you through the days ahead. Our most sincere condolences.
I knew Andrew as a child , he and my son were grade school friends. Andrew was full of life and a joyous ,engertic boy. My condolences to Andrews family , words cannot express the sorrow. Find peace in all the good memories and in the love you shared with Andrew and eachother.
I am so so so deeply sorry the earth loses another beautiful soul Andrew had such an amazing heart and was so wise beyond his years he was and always will be a dear friend of mine I know he will be watching over his friends and family until one day we will all be reunited and together again my thoughts and prayers go out to his beautiful family and to his little brother I know he loved so very much
I am so very sorry… Andrew meant a lot to my son, Tyler. May he rest in the arms of the angels and in heavenly peace.
I just read of Andrews passing and want you to know that’s Steve and I are sending loving thoughts and prayers your way. We are grateful we got to know him as a very young man with a very raspy voice and a wonderful and caring personality… may he be at peace and may you as well knowing how much others care