David  Andrew

Obituary of David L. Andrew

David L. Andrew, beloved husband, father, brother, uncle, and friend, passed away unexpectedly on August 17th, 2022, after a brief illness. He was eighty-four.


Born in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, Dave graduated from Marquette University with a BS in Electrical Engineering, and later earned his MBA from the University of Michigan. His long career in high tech spanned almost 50 years, a dozen companies, and 2 continents.


Back before it was easy and fashionable to be a working expat in Europe, he leapt at the opportunity to take his young family to Belgium, and while there, he and Jane immersed the whole family in the local culture and traveled Europe extensively. Upon returning to the States, Dave and Jane chose to live in Ann Arbor, MI, due to its vibrant and eclectic community, to continue having the opportunity to meet and interact with people from a variety of cultures and countries. And the trend continued throughout Dave’s life, always interested in meeting new people and experiencing what life had to offer in the moment. Dave seldom dwelled on the past, but rather focused on experiencing life in the moment and the world to its fullest.


Dave was determined to be the healthiest and most active "old guy" anyone knew; he walked 10,000 steps a day, and kept himself sharp by reading avidly, doing crossword puzzles (at which he was a real whiz), and participating in French-speaking groups. He was involved in so many communities, and was loved, admired, and respected by all who knew him. He was regarded as a friendly, huggable teddy bear by those who were close to him, and his humble generosity was evident in every energetic volunteer effort he tooks on to help so many.


A longtime Unitarian, Dave was an integral member of the UU Fellowships in Harvard, MA, and then in Aptos, CA. He loved music and participated in many choirs - most recently, the Aptos UU choir and the choir at Spring Lakes, the community where he and Jane lived. 


In his retirement, he provided pro-bono tax-preparation help to hundreds of seniors and low-income filers, attracting more new and return “customers” each year with his thoroughness and willingness to go the extra mile to get it done.


Dave is survived by Jane, his wife of 62 years; children Valerie and Philip; daughter-in-law Andrea; grandchildren Jasper, Theo, and Solomon; siblings Kathy (Denis), Tom (Joyce), and Jeanne, and their children. A celebration of life will be held at 1:00 p.m. on November 12, 2022, in Scotts Valley, CA. Email us at celebratedavenov12@gmail.com for details. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that those who can make a donation to the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Aptos, CA, or Project SCOUT in Watsonville, CA.

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