Andrew H. Stone|
Andy, a third generation San Franciscan and fourth generation Californian, passed peacefully in his sleep, February 15, 2014, just shy of his 80th birthday.
Born to Daniel and Helen Stone, Andy and his twin, Jim, enjoyed regular trips to the High Sierras in their youth, where they became accomplished fly-fishermen and duck hunters. Andy took pride in backpacking the John Muir trail and riding horseback to the most remote streams. He hunted until last year and enjoyed the services of several Labradors at his side. Andy was thrilled to share his hunting and fishing prowess with his grandsons.
People loved Andy and they naturally gravitated toward him. Mischievous to the day he died, a lover of limericks, an accomplished joke and story teller, Andy made new friends in each endeavor.
A three-sport letterman at Lowell High School, Andy won All-City honors in Water Polo, Shot Put and Football, making the local press with his accomplishments many times – including one favorite quote from the SF Chronicle: "If two Stones made a quarry, Lowell would be rich…"
In addition to joining Navy ROTC, Andy played football at UC Berkeley as one of the legendary Pappy's Boys. He treasured his time on the gridiron and ardently supported the Bears and 49ers the rest of his life. He belonged to the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity.
Andy's greatest success was winning the heart of a beautiful and dynamic Big Game Princess, Anita, who became his adored bride. They recently celebrated their 58th anniversary.
Andy toured the Pacific serving on the USS Lexington as a Lieutenant junior grade following the Korean War. He joined the commercial real estate business and was President of the SF Board of Realtors. He was a gifted teacher and mentor to his clients and colleagues, some of whom became his closest friends.
Andy and Anita have three girls: Debbie, Leslie and Lisa. Andy was determined that his daughters would have all the advantages he enjoyed and taught them to swim, fish, shoot, play tennis, ski on snow and water, throw balls (not like girls), and pursue the best education possible ... So they moved to Marin. Andy and Anita built a beautiful garden where Andy mastered the art of rose pruning.
The Stones spent summer weekends at the Rafael Racquet Club, where Andy and Anita became excellent tennis players, while the girls became competitive swimmers. They also spent the month of August at Tahoe. Tennis gave way to golf as his final athletic challenge, although he would never be satisfied with his performance.
Andy and Anita enjoyed traveling and were fortunate enough to create their own tours through Spain and Great Britain on extended trips, and as he would say, "eating their way through France".
Andy is survived by the love of his life, Anita, his three daughters, of whom he was most proud, Debbie Fournier (Dudley, Jr.), Leslie Heisz (Kenneth), Lisa Lacayo (Allan), his impressive grandsons; Dudley III and Scott (Debbie), Michael and Evan Abraham and Hunter Heisz (Leslie), and Christopher (Lisa). Andy is also survived by his brother, Daniel E. Stone, and his twin brother Jim's children, Dana Zaloom and Todd Stone.
Andy supported the conservation efforts of both California Waterfowl Association (www.calwaterfowl.org) and Ducks Unlimited (www.ducks.org) and the family welcomes contributions to these or other charities.
A Celebration of Andy's Life will be held, Sunday, March 9 from 2 – 4 pm at Fernwood Mortuary, 301 Tennessee Valley Road, Mill Valley, CA. Parking is limited; please carpool.