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Donald, Andrew, Andy, Drew

Donald, Andrew, Andy, Drew

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Donald, Andrew, Andy, Drew ~ The words from his Ohio service in April of 2011
Donald, Andrew, Andy, Drew ~ The words from his Ohio service in April of 2011

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Published by: DebNOhio on Jun 14, 2011
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THOMPSON DONALD ANDREW THOMPSON, JR., "Drew", "Andy" passed on to newlife November 30, 2010 at the age of 49, in Nashville, TN, after a short battle withpancreatic cancer. He was giving and passionate about both his work and theorganizations for which he volunteered. Loved by many, his positive attitude andstrength are an inspiration to all. Preceded in death by his sister, Cindy Piechowski, heis survived by his parents, Donald and Nancy Thompson of Garfield Hts., daughter,Jennifer Rodgers (PO1 Walter) and his sons, PFC Ryan and Daniel Thompson of Jacksonville, FL, grandchildren, Ellie and Bryce Rodgers, sisters, Linda Schroeder of Broadview Hts. and Tina Thompson of Bradenton, FL, nieces and nephews and amultitude of friends. A Memorial Mass will be offered on Saturday, April 30, 2011 at 11A.M. at St. Martin of Tours Church, 14600 Turney Rd., Maple Hts., OH, followed byburial at Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family's wish is that if you are able,please give blood, the gift of life to the Red Cross. If not, any charitable donation to apositive and life serving organization is most appreciated.By Jennifer Thompson Rodgers - April 30, 2011The Dashby Linda EllisThere was a man who stood to speakAt the funeral of a friendHe referred to the dates on her tombstoneFrom the beginning to the endHe noted that first came her date of her birthAnd spoke the following date with tears,But he said what mattered most of allWas the dash between those yearsFor that dash represents all the timeThat she spent alive on earth.And now only those who loved her Know what that little line is worth.
For it matters not how much we own;The cars, the house, the cash,What matters is how we live and loveAnd how we spend our dash.So think about this long and hard.Are there things you'd like to change?For you never know how much time is left,That can still be rearranged.If we could just slow down enoughTo consider what's true and realAnd always try to understandThe way other people feel.And be less quick to anger,And show appreciation moreAnd love the people in our livesLike we've never loved before.If we treat each other with respect,And more often wear a smileRemembering that this special dashMight only last a little while.So, when your eulogy is being readWith your life's actions to rehashWould you be proud of the things they sayAbout how you spent your dash?Cos that dash stand for all the timeThat you spent alive on earthAnd only those who love youKnow what the little line is worthIt matters not who much you ownThe cars the house the cashWhat matters is how you live and loveAnd how you spend your dashWhat matters is how you live and loveAnd how you spend your dash.
------------------------------------------------------------------------By Linda (Thompson) Schroeder D. Andrew ThompsonCelebration of Life – April 30, 2011I’ll start by borrowing a line from Andy’s friend Charlene’s birthday card to Andy lastyear –“Donald, Andrew, Andy, Drew – I’ve been there for them all”Indeed many of us have been there for them all, and some of us for only one or two.Each of these names represented the various stages of Andy’s journey through life.From the halls of St. Pius X to his days in Nashville Tennessee Andy was doing whatwe all try to do: Define who we are, strengthen our relationships with family and friendsand build a bond with Christ.Today we are here to celebrate Andy’s life and remember and reminisce about thetimes that we participated in those stages of his journey.We just heard Andy’s daughter Jenny read the poem “ THE DASH”. I am certain thatAndy would be proud of his dash. IF there is one thing I know about Andy, it is that hepacked as much living as possible into every single day. We can all learn a lessonfrom that. I often marveled at the schedule he was able to keep when he would makea visit to Ohio. He made sure not to waste a minute, and saw as many friends andfamily as possible.What Andy did, he always did 100%. He enjoyed and was dedicated to his work, bothwith Barnett and Health Spring. He volunteered for the causes that he cared about.Andy loved his children and thoroughly embraced being a grandparent. Ellie and Brycebecame the light of his life and they affectionately continued the tradition of calling him‘BUMPA’.Andy was handsome and had an amazing sense of style. you could always count onhim to tell you the truth about a new hairdo or outfit. He was always up for going out for a good mean with his loved ones. He had a sense of humor and sarcasm like no other.Andy was a good friend and listener. He could be counted on when a friend neededhis assistance. He could lift your spirits with his laugh. He continued lifelong

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