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Andy Marrable
  • 50 years old
  • Date of birth: Dec 29, 1964
  • Date of passing: Nov 25, 2015
"The lure of the open road never goes out of style" Let the memory of Andy be with us forever

This memorial website was created in memory of our father, Andy Marrable, 50, born on December 29, 1964 and passed away on November 25, 2015. 

Andy leaves behind three children, Stacey, Danny, and Teide, his partner Jayne, brother Steven, and his parents Bette and George.

Andy was diagnosed with oesophageal cancer and given a stage four prognosis in April 2015. He bravely decided to undergo treatment in order for doctors to learn more about this rare form of cancer, a selfless act which was followed by more as his treatment went on. Everyone was so proud of him for making the ultimate sacrifice to try and help others and he fought so hard that his doctors and nurses were astonished; our wish is that for the next person who fights with the same courage, they are rewarded with more time, and we're so proud that Andy not only gave himself to that cause, but that he continued to do so even in his most difficult moments.

Andy spent his last few months in St Catherine's Hospice, a remarkable place with remarkable staff. We are so grateful for their care of Andy and we know how much he appreciated it also. We're in no doubt that their care helped him significantly; our gratitude for those extra memories we were able to have, those extra conversations and extra opportunities to tell him that we loved him - and have him say it in return - is worth everything. Andy was able to be himself in there - gadgets, and sense of humour, and all - and though the illness had an undeniable impact, the help the hospice gave to enable him to live his days as normally as possible is something we will eternally be thankful for.

Andy's legacy will live on as he will continue to make a profound difference to people's lives in ways they won't even be aware of, but that was him all over. A genuine, helpful, funny and friendly guy - a great man. An incredible father. 

Andy's funeral will be held on Friday 11th December, at Croydon Crematorium at 10:30am. All family and friends are welcome to attend to celebrate his life. 

In lieu of flowers please make a donation in Andy's name to St Catherine's using the following link: 

https://www.justgiving.com/stcatherines

Alternatively, if you would like to give to Cancer Research UK, please donate to Andy's page here: 

http://donateinmemory.cancerresearchuk.org/0006472

There will also be an opportuity to donate in person on the day. 

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Wayne Barton on 18th April 2016

"I can't believe it's been nearly five months since you've gone. And then again it seems like forever. Sadly the tough times have continued for the family but everyone is pulling together as they normally do.

Today you would have been able to tell everyone you were going to be a granddad thanks to Danny and Jo, and we just know you would have been proud as punch.

You would be so proud of the way Stacey, Danny and Teide have coped with the very tough time they have been through - and the way Stacey has looked out for them just as you trusted her to. She has been strong and brave and behaved with such class. The whole family are proud of her just as I know you would be.

You can rest assured that the bun in the oven will know plenty about the granddad when the time comes!"

This tribute was added by Jayne Richards on 11th December 2015

"Andy two years ago you came into my life and won me over, I learned to trust again, you were kind, patient and thoughtful, you won everyone over with your charm and loyalty, my mum, work colleagues, friends, nurses and doctors who thought your determination was incredible.  
Although you've left us in the lurch, trying to explain Apple products to my mum !

For us spending time together was enough,  No one else really knows the pain and suffering you've been through this whole year,   I'm privileged to have been by your side every step of the way,  your strength and courage only made me love you more,
I was your rock, you were my inspiration.  
When I said "I love you" your answer would always be "I love you more"

How lucky I am to have someone who was so hard to say goodbye to !

Sleep well, my love, my friend, my knight in shining armour,  until we meet again x"

This tribute was added by Wayne Barton on 10th December 2015

"I feel a little odd writing something on here about what Andy meant to me because I think our relationship of him being my father-in-law and me being his son-in-law was more about what we didn’t say to each other.

But everyone is sharing what he meant to them, and so I suppose I should too.

Andy was funny, friendly, generous, and ironically our relationship probably got a lot better and closer after he became my father-in-law! (Keep your friends close, enemies closer, I’m sure was his method...! I’m joking!!)

He taught me much more about life and inspiration in his last few months than most other people have in a lifetime. The thing I will remember most fondly - aside from simply him being an incredible human being - is those many times he had faith in me and spoke proudly of me as a father would of his son. I hope he knows how much I valued that, because it has been one of the most important things in my life. I think he did, and, like I said, I hope that it was said without words.

I will miss him terribly, and I’m far from the only one. Rest well, Andy, and rest assured your life and memory will live on in the thought, words and actions of the very many who loved you and whose lives have been affected for the better for having known you. x"

This tribute was added by Jessica Colvert on 9th December 2015

"Having known Andy since Teide started school with my daughter, my best memories of him are at Lloyd Park where along with other dads from school he would be shouting words of encouragement or otherwise at us mums as we "raced" around Lloyd Park for Cancer Research in the Race for Life. Arriving with a tent and picnic bag full of beer and an easy chair, the year we had a bbq was my favourite!. Will be racing round again in his memory in 2016. Love to all XXX"

This tribute was added by Channon Clark on 7th December 2015

"RIP"

This tribute was added by Channon Clark on 7th December 2015

"R.I.P Andy ,I never got to meet you but you sounded like a nice man , danny and Stacey are proud to call you there dad
Your in a better place now the angles are going to look after you
R.I.P never forgotten"

This tribute was added by Dan Heaven on 4th December 2015

"I can still hear you saying it now as you answered the phone or door to me "hello slim" wanna beer , and how many of them did we have over the years ? It's been a honour to be able to call you my mate.where did  I go if ever there was anything wrong , to you , never once did you judge me , you were just there for me . We've laughed together and cried together. Sometimes in life we don't always say what we mean , but I really hope you  know what you mean to me mate. Gonna miss you big time . Now I'll stop with the slushing stuff as I can hear you saying "shut up you tart " , so I'll see you on Friday 11th , for one more pint or maybe a few , and have a toast to the legend that is you. Love ya mate Xx"

This tribute was added by Terri Hillman on 3rd December 2015

"R.I.P Andy! Yet another good one taken too soon! My heart goes out too your family you will be sadly missed sleep tight hun xx"

This tribute was added by Gary Marsh on 3rd December 2015

"My friend from back in the day when I was knee high to a grass hopper as you would say, you looked out for me and brought me up as your aprentice, mate and close family friend. I remember all the times I finished my school days got on the bus and came to see you at work, then on leaving school you then taught me for the next 11 years and more all the skills and tricks of the trade that I am most grateful for. The unfolding of amazing memory's and party's together I'm so glad to have known you and your amazing family, kids and friends all my life. See you Friday the 11th bro at 10.30 for your send off but I know ya looking down on us all your a  legend in everyone's eyes love you man xx"

This tribute was added by Robin Murray on 2nd December 2015

"We only knew eachother for what i feel is a short nine years. We've shared laughs and hassles, mostly at work. Been out laughing and taking the mick out of whoever we felt like. But all of that is meaningless without being able to laugh about any of that without you here. But what i can say is, thanks to your absolutely fantastic skill, amazing personality and such a sensible way of looking at things, you have not only given me an extraordinary amount of life experience, but you've also given me a future and a career! Because of you teaching me my craft, you've made it possible for me to give my children a decent upbringing and a safe secure home! That i could never repay you for! Seeing you just a few days before you went was probably the best thing i could of done.. Im so glad i got to say goodbye and you really will be truely missed! Lots of love fella! Bring us some luck!"

This tribute was added by Jayne Richards on 2nd December 2015

"To be fair, I was certainly not sure about you at first !  but then I found that you're an onion..... You've got to peal back the layers to get to know you ☺️
There are no words to express how much I am missing you, how I got used to seeing you everyday, helping, going through all this together, you never needed to apologise for relying on me, it's where I wanted to be.  I'm lost, without your time, calls and texts. Love you more xx"


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