Andrew Stephen Byrne,
33, passed away March 17, 2012, in Phoenix, Arizona. Andrew died unexpectedly, passing away in his sleep. Andrew’s mortal shell is gone, but his spirit remains here, with his family and friends. Andrew was born December 4, 1978, and had a life-long commitment to Arizona, even to the point of choosing his college experience at Northern Arizona University, much to his mother’s chagrin, who had (not so) secretly hoped Andrew would consider attending some small, private liberal arts college in Massachusetts. Prior to NAU, Andrew was a proud graduate of All Saints Episcopal Day School and Brophy College Preparatory, both of Phoenix. In and out of school, Andrew was a gifted athlete, excelling in baseball and basketball. He still holds many of the athletic records at All Saints. We would be remiss, however, if we didn’t also mention that he holds some of the discipline records as well!
Andrew was passionate about many things, including politics, current events and, of course, everything related to sports. He knew world geography, political systems, theories of government and, most tellingly, societal conditions and needs that exist on every continent. A conversation with Andrew was, in essence, a tutorial on the human condition and spirit. He was most passionate, however, about his friends and the enduring relationships that make life worth living. Andrew found his life’s work at the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education, a non-profit entity devoted to providing access to justice to all Arizonans. Andrew’s kind and caring nature was a perfect fit with a dedicated group of people all striving to protect individuals and improve the civil justice system. Andrew is survived by his mother and stepfather, Patricia and Lawrence Winthrop, of Phoenix, and his father and stepmother, Steve and Mary Tuttle, of Traverse City, Michigan. He is also survived by a multitude of friends and colleagues whose lives were enriched by his sweet personality and thoughtful acts. Those who knew and loved Andrew are invited to celebrate his life on Saturday, March 24, at 2 p.m. at the home of Matt and Michele Feeney, 6525 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85012. Memorial contributions may be made to the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education, 4201 N. 24th Street, Suite 210, Phoenix, AZ 85016-6288.
Pat, I am so sorry for your loss. I do not believe any words are adequate to express the feelings I have for you and your family. The Celebration of Andrew’s life was a true tribute to his impact on many many lives. You raised an outstanding man. The outpouring of love and the many memories shared (and countless others that were not shared) were touching and impressive. You are in my thoughts and prayers. With compassion and love, Linda Locano
I am so sorry never to have met Drew. He was so lucky to be so loved. My heartfelt prayers go out to you all.
Andrew was the moderator on the Great World Debate chat board that we were both members of. He was the most articulate, wise and kindest people I ever met online. I cannot begin to tell you how sorry I feel having learned about this. I pray that his family and friends’s grief are not too heavy. I do not believe he would have wanted it that way.