Location: Greater Tampa Bay area (south of the BIG BRIDGE!)
Thanks everyone.....it just never gets easier to lose a dear friend.
Kuki, I was quoting Andy about his and Frieda's trip of a lifetime......just them! I wasn't very clear about that, sorry.....not hitting all cylinders tonight. I am not going anywhere....except the Caribbean.
Although it was before my time on this site, I nevertheless send my heartfelt sympathies to his wife, family and friends. It's tough on us to lose anyone who was part of our family here on Cruisemates.
NCL Epic 2012, Eastern Caribbean
Explorer of the Seas 2009, Eastern Caribbean
Explorer of the Seas 2007, Eastern Caribbean
Explorer of the Seas 2006, Eastern Caribbean
I mourn the loss of Andy (Mr Queeq) as we called him. He was a very up and coming gentleman.
I remember well the first time we met. Helen and I had boarded an Airline in Minn. We were seated towards the front and there came Pam and Andy. She recoginized me from our Cruisemate lingo. We were heading for a Cruisemate Cruise in Hawaii. And from then on Andy and Pam were very good friends.
I pass on my condolences to his wife and Family. RIP.
Cruising on Royal Princess: April, 25 2015. Transatlantic: Port Everglades to Southampton
So sorry to hear this sad news. I remember him from my early days here in Cruise Mates. I extend my sympathies to his beloved family.
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.“
The Phlock's last cruise with Cap'n Andy on the Carnival Liberty in 2006 (?) will always be special for me. It was a cathartic gathering of the Phlock after losing Pamda, and, at least for me, laughing and crying with Andy helped to bring closure to the sorrow of her passing.
Andy was so funny, he was a joy to be around. I, like the rest of the Phlock, was so happy to see him find happiness again with Frieda. We were all following their plans for this upcoming trip to China. Now, just 17 days after retiring, he is gone. I am reminded once again to live life with joy, savoring each day as it comes, for there may not be a tomorrow.
RIP, Andy. May you find smooth sailing from here forward.
Location: Wisconsin....about 100 miles south of the Frozen Tundra and 70 miles east of Camp Randall
It has taken me awhile to be able to write anything. I am still in shock. He died at the 14th hole of a golf club. He died doing something he loved.
Andy always knew what to say and when to say it. Something he said to me on the Liberty cruise really helped me in dealing with a difficult situation. He was wise, funny, talented and always willing to help someone. He will be truly missed.
Carnival Breeze with Ray B and Aerogirl 5/4/14!
I'll always remember Pam and Andy best for when they came to a party at our house and spent the evening out on the deck with us and many of our other friends. We had a ball. And after a conversation with one of our friends, Andy said to me, "She's a shrink, isn't she?" Yes, she was, and still is. Very funny.
Pam and I talked occasionally, e-mailed a lot. Most of our e-mails in both directions would have been censored had we tried to post them here, but we sure had fun. We chided each other, kidded each other, solved the world's problems, argued, empathized and sympathized. We were both writers, of course, so it came naturally. I wish I still had them (they would probably fill a binder--oh, no, not a binder!). At one point Andy read some of them and said, "These aren't e-mails, they're salons." He was speaking in the classical sense of the word. I always remembered that.
I was touched when Pam asked me to do a first read of the manuscript for her book. I still have that, along with my wise-guy markups and her equally wise-guy responses to the markups. When the book came out I laughed that she had incorporated just about everything I had noted. By then, she was almost gone.
And now, Andy is too. I'm so sorry. They were both the best.
The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place. -- George Bernard Shaw
So sorry to hear this. I've never met either of them but back in the day Pam invited me to her house for Christmas dinner when she discovered I'd be in her hometown on business that holiday. It just shows how cordial they were. RIP Capt. Queeg.
Book me on your next cruise and enjoy your personal punching bag.