ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of Simone Bresi-Ando.  We will remember her, her impact and legacy forever.

A book of condolence has been opened for online tributes, with a printed version being collated and produced so that Simone's family can have the book to keep.  If you would like your tribute to be included in this printed version, please ensure that you also add it to the e-remembrance book before 31st March 2021.  It can be found here: 
   https://rememberancebook.net/book/simone-bresi-and...
      

FUNERAL 

Friday 12th February 2021

The funeral was streamed live to family members, friends and well-wishers who were not able to attend.
To view please use this link: 
www.youtube.com/c/DwumfourTv2

Posted by Vanessa Vyapooree on March 23, 2021
Where there are many words, there are none to describe the massive impact you made on the world during your time here. I pray that you are at peace knowing this.
I'm grateful for all the memories I have of you across the years. You leave a huge legacy my girl!
Love and miss you more than words can express. Vx
Posted by Sabs Stewart on February 12, 2021
I’m forever grateful to Simone for creating a space and building a community for us all to come together.

When I think of Simone I think of her a fierce in the best possible way. A fierce supporter, champion, advocate and defender of Black women. I think of her as someone who fiercely saw through and shut down B.S. And as someone who was fiercely honest and inspirational.

My way to honour her as I walk through life is to be a little more Simone. To follow through on actions, live in my purpose and make make mine and other’s dreams come true.

Thank you Simone, I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to interact and engage with you. You’re a shining star who will truly be missed.

Sleep peacefully Simone ⭐️
Posted by Tumi Soyinka on February 12, 2021
Simone.
You dreamt and realized many of your dreams. That in itself is inspiration to us all.
Thank you for leaving a beautiful legacy.
So proud to have had the opportunity to work with you. 
Keep on dreaming. I will now.
Posted by Roo Yeshpaul Johnson on February 12, 2021
Simone, thank you for sharing your light and your gifts with the world, I'm so grateful to have known you and loved you.
Your belief in me helped me believe in myself and your drive and creativity continues to inspire me.

Our triumphs are now your testimony. On your legacy, we stand.

I love you forever and will miss you always. Roo
Posted by annie Rockson on February 12, 2021
I can't believe this! Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to intern at your organisation. You were one of the first people to see the possibility in me. It was amazing watching you achieve your dreams. Thank you for showing me that black women have the possibility to do anything! Rest in power Simone you have left an amazing legacy on this earth. Thank you for everything that you did
Posted by Sarah Fonteyne on February 12, 2021
Still can’t believe it!
Beautiful spirit and beautiful woman who has left her unmistakable mark on this world.
Encouraging, inspiring, fearless and passionate.
Rest well. Xx
Posted by Ordelia Sansford on February 12, 2021
Our Dear and Lovely Simone.
You will be forever missed, but we believe we will meet again. We will cherish your lovely memories in our hearts until we meet again.
God's comfort will keep us all especially Mum, Dad and the rest of the family, friends and loved ones.
Our loss is Heaven's gain. We know you are at a better place now.
Rest in Perfect Peace.
Thank you.
Posted by Nova Reid on February 11, 2021
Thinking of you today.
Remembering your powerful no-nonsense presence and your generosity to support and uplift others. Including me.Thank you.
A huge shock
Sending so much love and comfort to your family and all who are hurting whose lives you touched.

A huge loss and another beautiful ancestor gained
RIEP Simone xxx
Posted by Karen Campbell-White on February 11, 2021
Simone was an amazing woman. Passionate, fearless, ambitious and vital. I find it hard to conceive of a world without her in it. She lived intensely and she always appeared welcoming and had a smile. My deepest condolences go to her family. Rest in peace beautiful Simone
Posted by Janice Spence on February 11, 2021
I will always remember when I was at an event with you and the topic shifted to Black women. The room was packed and when you took the mic to give your opinion - SILENCE! No one dared to interrupt and just listened. All eyes and ears were focused on you.
You basically said everything that I was thinking, but didn't have the confidence to say in that auditorium filled with people. You were fearless, funny and a go getter. If you were afraid or had doubts about a professional move, you never showed it. It is still surreal to me that you are no longer here in physical form. Rest In Peace Simone 
Posted by Victoria Agyekum on February 11, 2021
Simone....Hmmmm where do I start.
Thank you for the most hilarious and fun memories I spent with you.
I can certainly say you had such an infectious humour and personality.
You will be dearly missed, but your legacy will continue with all your great work you graced many people with.

Rest in eternal peace
Posted by Katherine Hitchman on February 10, 2021
Simone was a force to be reckoned with, a strong, confident, intelligent, pure and beautiful soul as I remember her. I was lucky enough to be in the same class at Prendergast with her and shared many happy memories. She was the one I would never win a debate against. She was our one and only head girl, true to form, a light, a beacon, a leader who has left us far too soon. Sending love and heart felt condolences to the Bresi-Ando family. Gone but not forgotten. She will be truly missed. Rest in perfect paradise Beautiful Simone Xx
Posted by Akua Opong on February 5, 2021
Rest In Peace Simone - thank you for bringing so much beauty and grace to the world. I met you and your family as a child, you were someone who I aspired to be. The world is missing a blessing that grace this Earth. You will always be remembered for your smile and kindness!
Posted by Debbie Lawrence on February 3, 2021
My Dearest Simone,

I keep questioning why? why you? and why now? The only way I can console myself is with the thought that while we needed you here with us, the Ancestors needed you more. For that I can’t complain, but know that you are loved and missed. I will never forget the very first time I literally bumped in to you at work. How we laughed! Little did I know then, the impact your positive and vibrant self would have on me and those who came into contact with you. Simone, it was my pleasure to know you, to talk with you, to work with you and to support your work. Thank You!

Our loss is heaven’s gain. Sleep well my friend.

To Simone’s family,
May God Bless You Always
Posted by Julie Kelleher on February 1, 2021
I will always remember Simone for her beautiful presence at school, such a smile, always happy, always wanting to achieve so much, gone way too soon, rest in peace beautiful soul x
Posted by Amy T on January 30, 2021
I will always remember Simone’s beautiful smile at school, which was a small window into the talented woman that she would become. You will always be our Head Girl, rest in peace. x
Posted by Mel Providence on January 27, 2021
Simone is and will always be a beautiful soul, full of beauty and kindness. A smile that lit up the room always. It is truly heart-breaking that she has been called to join the angels but the memory of her will always remain in my heart! Simone is a true queen, inspiration and left behind a legacy. Prayers are with the Bresi-Ando family. Gone but never forgotten. Rest in peace God's Angel. xxx
Posted by Dianne Daniels on January 25, 2021
Rest In Peace, Simone - I enjoyed your videos and the live video events I was able to attend, and your Adinkra Ancestral Guidance Cards are a treasured tool for me. SO sad to hear of your passing - may you join the Elevated Ancestors swiftly, and may you be at peace.
Posted by Trish T on January 24, 2021
This morning, my 4 nieces were all staying with me, ranging from age 11-19. I decided to honor Simone’s memory by pulling cards with each of them and discussing the meaning. It was an honor to use Simone’s adinkra cards to help these beautiful Ghanaian-American girls understand how precious they are and that they have a forever-long line of powerful beings standing behind them. I did not know Simone personally, but I am so grateful to her for these Tools for Living. Since I received the cards they have offered me so much comfort, clarity, guidance, and connection to ancestors. Medaase piiiii, Sister Simone. And da yie. 
Posted by Aldo Liguori on January 24, 2021
My dear Simone, I have just learned of the tragic news and I don’t know what to say... We first worked together in London 15 or so years ago, in the same PR team. I remember those days so well. And we later had a few opportunities to see each other in NYC, when I visited from Tokyo on business. I was so happy to see you, and over a glass or two of wine you would tell me about your latest successes. Always ending our conversation with a good laugh. We will all miss you, Simone, you beautiful, talented and affectionate lady. May you Rest In Peace, Aldo
Posted by Anita Welcher on January 23, 2021
My sister, my Sims,

For over twenty years you have been a member of my family and always will be. Our love for your is unconditional and organic as we learned from jump, that’s the only way you love. I miss you so much Sims and you not being here physically is greatly painful.

You believed, empowered, and defended all that would elevate the joy, success and protection of black woman. There isn’t many that would do this selflessly and with utmost purpose. And because of this, a lot of my triumphs happened because of you. I learned so much from you and take none of it for granted.

Your signature light of rose gold shined bright in this realm and will forever shine bright now that you arehome.

I’ve loved you since the 90’s Sims Simma.

Sleep well ❤️
Posted by Lola Olarewaju on January 23, 2021
Very sad you have left us too soon. You will be truly missed. You had only just began making your mark on this earth. You were one of my sister’s friends that I really liked. I loved your warmth, funky laugh, your energy & your drive. I loved the way you just went after the things you wanted without apology. I am truly saddened by your departure. Rest in Peace, Beautiful Queen.
Posted by E Swaray on January 21, 2021
Rest well Simone.
Your consistency and light still shines.
Thanks for looking out for us all still 
Posted by Vida Valdes on January 20, 2021
Simone was a force to be reckoned with. We had worked together on a few projects here and New York. I was so grateful that she chose me to work with her. She didn’t have to but she did. We had great personal conversations and she was just another Sagittarius that was able to understand what I was feeling at the moment and vice versa. Her passing rocked me to the core and I didn’t expect to be affected as much as I was by this. But her products and her services made such an impact in my life. And I’m truly sorry for the loss of her family and to her community as well. I think of her often I use her tools daily and will continue to support and honor her always. To her family I’m so sorry that you lost her, but she was an amazing woman who made such an impact in her communities and I know she is with the ancestors which she lovingly so talked about. Honoring her culture always. Miss you rest in power.
Posted by Sharold Palmer on January 20, 2021
Simone, you were the first little sibling I remember being born amongst my childhood friends, I remember your cry being chosen for the sound of our baby Jesus in our nativity play just a short time after you arrived and in you a star was literally born. You went on to shine your light on all those you met in life and obviously leave a light of love for others to follow. Rest in peace beautiful. Heartfelt condolences to the Bresi-Ando family. xXx
Posted by Chris Dew on January 19, 2021
My darling Simone

We first met through my website deep grooves music. You reached out to me and asked about what kit you would need to make deep house music. We ended up arranging to meet, in a pub called the Page in Victoria. Like a blind date ;-) We had a good old chat about deep house music, particularly Lisa Shaw! Amongst other things. And a friendship was born. This must have been around 2000 or so.

Over the years I met your friends and you met mine. We were regular fixtures at each other’s house parties and I would come to your Push nights and your DJ sessions. Loved how you mixed up the house with soul and RnB.

We’d also meet out for dinner and swap stories of life and romance trials and tribulations ;-)

You helped me move into my Acre Lane flat including carrying tons of stuff up five flights of stairs! I remember going to IKEA with you and your niece Nicole, who can’t have been more then 2 or 3 at the time. Maybe that was when you moved into your old Kent road place in “central london” :-) which I mocked you for at the time but actually it is pretty central!! When I was in peckham and we were neighbours you’d come over and we’d sing and dance along to classics from Mary j Blige and of course Mica and the like.

Probably one of our funniest collective memories together was in the acre lane flat. I’d bought some handheld percussion instruments from Lambeth country show that weekend and you came over with your friend Collette and started making impromptu “sweet African music” whilst dancing around the living room in tears of laughter! My belly ached so much. We laughed about that for years after.

I was in Greenwich park just a few days before you passed which made me think of you because you used to run there. And I thought respect Simone, there are some serious hills here!! I always entertained this idea that maybe you’d come back from New York and we’d hang out again. Even go running together in Greenwich park. I’ll think of you often when I’m there.

You achieved your long-held dream of moving to the states and achieved great things over there, just as you did here with I’m Possible. Your legacy lives on in all the people you touched.

I love you Simone and will miss your brightness, your ambition and your vulnerability and acceptance. I genuinely could tell you anything and there are few people I can say that about. You’d always have some sage advice from a different perspective.

I cried so hard when I heard the news of your passing, and I don’t cry. Even writing this I’m in tears again. You meant more to me than I ever realised and hope that wherever you are now you’ll know that.

Miss you like crazy knowing we won’t meet again in this life. You’re a spiritual girl though so maybe we will in some way. I know your smile and energy will live on in my heart forever.

Love you, Chris (aka Chrissy Wissy) xxx
Posted by Makahla Hamilton on January 19, 2021
Simone was a dear co-worker that quickly became a close friend. She was one of a kind. Bold, confident and uncompromising. I will never forget her contagious smile and laugh. We would spend hours of the work day talking, laughing, venting, and sometimes crying to each other. We worked countless award show red carpets together, partied, and even attended one of Anita Baker's final concerts (one of her favorites) together. I love and miss her deeply and it pains me we never got together for lunch like we kept promising. We truly thought we had plenty of time. I am so grateful I shared space with her and called her friend. She will never ever be forgotten. Simone- I LOVE YOU!!!! This truly hurts and I wish there was a memorial service for your fam and friends here in New York as well. You will live on in our hearts forever. I miss you, friend. 
Posted by Nick Ede on January 19, 2021
My heart broke in pieces when I heard the news. I am lucky enough to call Simone a friend, someone who gave her all to everything and everyone she knew. We had some amazing adventures that we didn’t even know we were on until we were experiencingthem! And on them we lapped up every moment. Simone made life just better. We never stopped laughing whether it was Miami, New York, Los Angeles or London to have her around was pure comfort and I knew I could speak from my heart with her. I’m grateful to have her in my life, I’m grateful
that I learned from her inner beauty, I’m grateful
that she taught me to be a better person and I’m grateful that none of us will ever let go of her memory. Thank you Simone for making the world a better place and for being such a trailblazer and inspiration to others. Thank you for being my friend. I love you x
Posted by Michelle Gayle on January 19, 2021
Dear Simone, I have cried until I am out of tears. You were so special and being able to talk about you with my friends that know you has brought smiles and laughter despite our profound sorrow. I cannot quite believe that I won’t be able to hear your wise words anymore but know that the way you inspired me will always remain. Our loss is Heaven’s blessing. X
Posted by Elizabeth Pears on January 19, 2021
There was always a sense or urgency about Simone. She spoke quickly and passionately and was always on the go. When she wanted to do something, she went for it and grabbed it with both hands. She wasn't too proud to ask for help and was quick to extend it to others
She practised sisterly solidarity every day. I always admired her energy and drive and now I look back and think, wow, she really squeezed every last drop out of life as if she knew she only had a short time on this Earth. Even in death my dear friend is inspiring me and pushing me to be a better version of myself. Simone uplifted women, supported them fiercely, and spread nothing but good vibes. I've spent so many hours thinking how cruel it is that the world doesn't have Simone in it but her spirit will never die. She will never be forgotten. She leaves behind a legacy. So many long to do that but only a few special people achieve that. Love you, Simone. You were a phenomenal woman.
Posted by CHANCE MORRISON on January 19, 2021
I will never forget meeting Simone through my dear big brother Phil on the streets of Brooklyn. She was full of life and full of smiles and always reached out to me whenever her travels brought her back to Brooklyn. Years later we had our very own friendship and I was about to make my first trip to London, I told Simone my thoughts and she immediately said..”come on and you will stay with me”...that was the summer of 2017, I had no idea where I was going however I knew that I had a friend who was waiting for me to get there. I landed, she gave me directions on how to get to where she was and that was my first ride ever on the Underground in London. She had me confidently mastering the London Tube as if I were back home in BK. We had a blast that every one of those 7 days that I stayed with her. We went to the beach, parties, whatever I wanted to do Simone was ready to prepare the experience. In essence that is who Simone was...ready, willing and able to be the friend you needed her to be. She was a sister, a friend and her energy simply spoke to mine. She made me fall in love with London as it felt similar to a second home and then she moved to BK and brought her beautiful London Spirit here. She will always be here, in my heart.
Posted by Jay woods on January 19, 2021
Simone was a great co-worker and friend. She brought stability and energy to the Remy Producers program for my company. Beyond that, she became a good friend to me and my wife. My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends. May GOD bless her and keep her in peace.
Posted by Deniz Mustafa on January 17, 2021
When I knew Simone at school, she was always driven and strong. I am sorry her life here on earth was short, but may the Angels take her under their wings and protect her. In Gods eyes we shall meet again. Rest in peace.
Posted by Sherrelle S on January 16, 2021
I will always warmly remember Simone’s wonder bright smile and air of excitement. She was often laughing a laugh I can still hear specifically even 30 years later. Simone was always popular not through her attention to be but her character of authenticity. People are drawn to that and I clearly see that her magnetism for attracting people never faded. People love good people and I know she is one who will remain on the hearts of many. Highly favoured and well loved. Hearing of her transition was heartbreaking in ways I didn’t expect. I am privileged to have known her. As reflect on her impactful time here I can only think of rare wonder. Like a shooting star, beautiful , intriguing and filled with magic and moments no one can forget. Continue to stand tall darling and shine on with the ancestors. Your legacy continues. Condolences to the Bresi -Ando family and undeniable community. She rises in power ✨ Asé
(Secondary school friend) 

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Posted by Vanessa Vyapooree on March 23, 2021
Where there are many words, there are none to describe the massive impact you made on the world during your time here. I pray that you are at peace knowing this.
I'm grateful for all the memories I have of you across the years. You leave a huge legacy my girl!
Love and miss you more than words can express. Vx
Posted by Sabs Stewart on February 12, 2021
I’m forever grateful to Simone for creating a space and building a community for us all to come together.

When I think of Simone I think of her a fierce in the best possible way. A fierce supporter, champion, advocate and defender of Black women. I think of her as someone who fiercely saw through and shut down B.S. And as someone who was fiercely honest and inspirational.

My way to honour her as I walk through life is to be a little more Simone. To follow through on actions, live in my purpose and make make mine and other’s dreams come true.

Thank you Simone, I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to interact and engage with you. You’re a shining star who will truly be missed.

Sleep peacefully Simone ⭐️
Posted by Tumi Soyinka on February 12, 2021
Simone.
You dreamt and realized many of your dreams. That in itself is inspiration to us all.
Thank you for leaving a beautiful legacy.
So proud to have had the opportunity to work with you. 
Keep on dreaming. I will now.
her Life

Biography

Simone’s parents hail from Ghana, her father Kobina Bresi-Ando comes from Mumford near Apam in the Central Region of Ghana, whilst her mother Margaret Bresi-Ando (nee Agyrifo) comes from Anum Tosen in the Eastern Region of Ghana. They both emigrated to the UK in the 60’s.

Simone was born on 25th November 1979 at Lewisham Hospital. She was the youngest of three girls, Gifty, Joanna and Simone.

Simone’s early childhood and formative years were benchmarked against the background of Christian standard. She attended the Walworth Methodist Church where together with Joanna they were confirmed into the church.

Simone attended Holbeach Primary School, then moved on to Prendergast Girls Secondary school, where she became the Head Girl in her final year. She continued her education at Christ the King Sixth form where she obtained her “A” – Levels.

Simone gained admission to Coventry University where she studied for a Bachelor of Arts in Communication, Culture and Media, graduating in 2001.

Simone’s working career is long and varied, starting from her teenage years working a Saturday job at Karen Millen to her more recent businesses/brands that emerged from her roles as a women's empowerment activist, adjunct professor, serial entrepreneur, broadcaster, and social commentator.

Her most notable achievements in the corporate world of work were:

Working as the Personal Secretary to the Deputy Prime Minister (John Prescott) where she acted as the first point of contact for his private office, managed all forms of correspondence, administered highly sensitive information, and managed a team of three administrators.

As Simone gained more experience in the world of public relations, she secured the role Global Corporate PR manager for Sony Ericsson, where she created, managed, and implemented all corporate PR activities across Europe, Middle East and the US.

Most recently Simone was the Senior Brand Project Manager for Viacom International Media Networks. Simone helped to create powerful content and talking points for Black Entertainment Television (BET) to over 40 million homes throughout the UK, France, Africa, and South Korea via linear and social means.

Away from the corporate world, Simone called herself a “serial entrepreneur” and demonstrated this through the variety of businesses and brands she developed.

Her first venture in 2002 was as a co-founder of Push- an events and PR company which she set up with friends.

She later set up I’mPossible in 2009. A global CIC and social enterprise with the primary aim to educate and empower women and girls of colour globally. Doing so by celebrating, highlighting, and promoting the achievements of this group by showcasing their successes and life stories.

At heart always a PR expert, Simone became the Principal Consultant at Bresi-Ando Consults LLC. Set up in 2010, it is a global, boutique PR consultancy specialising in growing awareness, positioning, and connecting brands with customers and stakeholders for a variety of clients in professional services, finance, consumer tech, entertainment, and the arts.

Simone’s most recent venture was Bresi-Ando Tools for Living. Set up in 2017, Bresi-Ando Tools For Living is a lifestyle brand that creates a variety of products steeped in a West African, ancestral and spiritually centred ethos.
Using a playbook approach, the brand creates specific 'tools' such as the Adinkra Intention Candle range, Adinkra greeting cards and the first ever, Adinkra Ancestral Guidance cards which use the ancient, visual, philosophy-based, communication system of the Akan people of Ghana and Gyaman people of Côte d'Ivoire called 'Adinkra'.

Since 2015 Simone had lived in Brooklyn, New York fulfilling a lifetime’s ambition to live in America.

She loved New York and was surrounded by a great network of friends who helped her to settle in and make it home.

With the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic and the onset of remote working, Simone got herself a puppy – “Bowie Hendrix Bresi-Ando”, a French Bulldog. He was a constant companion to Simone, and she loved him dearly, he will be missing his mama. True to form there was no way that Simone was not going to miss a PR opportunity and duly she created for Bowie his very own Instagram page “@bowie_adogslife”. Chronicling his life and journey as he grew bigger.

Bowie was accepted by the rest of the family and he regularly had Zoom sessions with his cousin – “Jesse Silver” – Joanna’s cat!

Simone’s untimely death on 5th January 2021 came as a shock to all her family and friends. Her passing will be forever mourned, however her amazing legacy and gifts to the world shall live on.

Rest well, beautiful one.
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My beautiful friend Simone.

Shared by Nick Ede on January 19, 2021
My heart broke in pieces when I heard the news. I am lucky enough to call Simone a friend, someone who gave her all to everything and everyone she knew. We had some amazing adventures that we didn’t even know we were on until we were experiencingthem! And on them we lapped up every moment. Simone made life just better. We never stopped laughing whether it was Miami, New York, Los Angeles or London to have her around was pure comfort and I knew I could speak from my heart with her. I’m grateful to have her in my life, I’m grateful
that I learned from her inner beauty, I’m grateful
that she taught me to be a better person and I’m grateful that none of us will ever let go of her memory. Thank you Simone for making the world a better place and for being such a trailblazer and inspiration to others. Thank you for being my friend. I love you x