Andrew Paul Smolinski

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Andrew Paul Smolinski, 24, of Merritt Island, Florida, passed away on Tuesday, May 8, 2012, after a lifelong and heroic battle with Cystic Fibrosis. On December 16, 2010, Andrew received a double lung transplant. This precious gift gave the world another year and a half to enjoy this wonderful young man.

Andy was the son of Kristal (Jeff) Ray of Merritt Island, Florida, and Paul (Laura) Smolinski of Sherwood, Wisconsin. He is also survived by his brother, Benjamin (Leah) Smolinski, Austin and Brayden Ray; sisters, Jessica Danielson, Lindsey and Kylie Ray; grandmother, Donna Dutter; grandparents, Clark and Karan Ray; grandmother, Betty Smolinski; grandparents, Charles and Diana Olsen; and girlfriend, Kristina Lundeberg.

Andy had a personality and a smile that could light up any room. He was loved by anyone fortunate enough to meet him. His passions were boating and fishing, caring for his aquariums, and watching sports of all kinds. He was an avid golfer. A recent triumph in his life was hitting his first hole-in-one. More than anything else, Andy loved his family, his girlfriend, Kristina, and his dog, Cooper.

He was a wonderful son who is greatly loved by his parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins, and innumerable friends. His courage, determination, and strength were truly an inspiration to us all. He will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him.

Memorial services will be held in both Florida and in Wisconsin so that friends and loved ones may all have an opportunity to join with us in celebrating his life. Florida services will be held Tuesday, May 15, 2012, at 7:00 PM, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1801 Fiske Blvd., Rockledge, FL 32955. Wisconsin services will be held Saturday, May 19, 2012, at 1:00 PM, at Sherwood Forest Golf Club, N580 Robinhood Dr., Sherwood, WI 54169.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation / Great Strides. Andy's cousin, Nicole Dutter, will be walking in his honor on Saturday, May 19th. To make a contribution, please use this link:

You have the power to save a life! Please register to become an organ donor. It is a selfless act that will give life to another.

Published in FLORIDA TODAY on May 13, 2012
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