Andreas passed away peacefully after a long battle with a very rare neurodegenerative disorder.
Andreas was born in Vancouver and spent most of his youth in Denmark where he received his B.A. in geography. He returned to Canada in 2009 to continue his studies at UVIC. The progression of his illness prevented this from happening and he moved to Campbell River where his mother was living. He participated as best as he could in various activities. He was an eager participant in Toastmasters and delivered many interesting and humorous speeches.
Andreas had a keen interest in geography, politics, environmental issues, photography and languages.
Andreas attended North Island College but found it difficult to continue his courses as his functions deteriorated. Instead he studied tourism through correspondence with the loving support from Maggie O’Sullivan.
In 2013 Andreas was bestowed the Medal of Bravery by the Governor General for saving his mother’s life despite Andreas already being severally affected by the disease.
Andreas was a sweet and sensitive person who went to great lengths to help others. He was a positive person despite his increasing difficulties and enjoyed a good laugh. His mischievous smile would always tell his listeners that some type of ironic comment was on the way.
In 2013 Andreas became a resident of Yuculta Lodge when he could no longer be cared for at home. Many heartfelt thanks to the staff for the loving care they provided during the last 5 years as well as to Drs. Coetzee and Fourie. Particular thanks to Dr. Patrick MacLeod (geneticist) of Victoria. He helped Andreas and his family and ensured that the research findings into his rare disease was disseminated in the international medical community. Special thanks to Maggie, Linda, Claire and Katja for the support and love they provided Andreas.
Andreas is survived by his mother Katherine, father Henrik and sister Karen, nephew Andreas whom he loved but only had 18 months to enjoy and family in Denmark and Canada.
Andreas was passionate about animal welfare. Any donations to www. wwf.ca or www.nbiadisorders.org would be gratefully appreciated.
Memorial service to held in the United Church in Campbell River on Thurs. Nov. 1st at 2 pm.