Former Alaska resident, Andrew G. Quirk, 49, died at his home in Chandler, Arizona.
Andy was born in Ft. Worth, Texas on September 24, 1963 to John and Angela Quirk. The youngest of 8 children, Andy moved to Alaska with his family in the early 1970's. At the age of 16, he started working for Harold's Air Service in Galena, Alaska. By the age of 18 he obtained his commercial pilot license and started flying for Harold's Air. Andy flew for several airlines throughout his career.
Andy graduated from Galena High School in 1981 as valedictorian of his class. He married Katherine Dayton of Koyukuk on November 11, 1989. They were blessed with two (2) sons, Sheldon Gian, 22 and Jared Adam, 17, and the joy of his life, his grandson, Zidane, 2.
Andy is preceded in death by his mother, Angela Quirk, brother, Stephen Quirk, and niece, Tricia "Tootie" Wilson.
He is survived by his wife, Katherine; his sons, Sheldon and Jared; grandson, Zidane; father, John of Anchorage; brothers, John Jack of California, Mike (Monique) of China, Tim Sr. of Anchorage; sisters, Sandy (Lloyd) of Louisiana, Lisa (Vernon Sr.) of King Cove, Kate (Ed Sr.) of Galena; nephews, Warren (Lisa), Stanley (Danielle), Justin, Vernon Jr. (Andrea), Ed Jr., Matt, Tim Jr.; nieces, Carrie, Jaycee, Erin, Jenasey (Louie), Martha (Pete), Krista, Rachelle (Josh), Theresa (Josh), Morgan; great nieces and nephews, Nikki, Jared, Elijah, Peyton, Devon, Dawson, Winter, Arlin, Delany, Randy, Jasmine, Tatiana, Isabella, Elisa, Julian, and Eli.
We will always give our appreciation to US Airways for the support and generosity they gave unselfishly.
His family wrote, "We fondly remember Andy as a young boy sitting on the hillside in King Cove with his best childhood friend Corey dreaming of flying the world. We are so proud of him for the strength he showed during his battle with cancer. He was a great husband, father, son, brother, uncle, and friend. He will be dearly missed.
A memorial service will be held in Anchorage, Alaska on Friday May 3rd, 2013, 10 a.m., at Holy Cross Catholic Church located on Lake Otis Parkway. A light lunch will follow.
Published in Alaska Dispatch News from Apr. 30 to May 2, 2013