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Andrew Robert Black

Essex - Andrew Robert Black, the beloved son of Rob and Alyssa (Hughes) Black and much loved brother of Victoria Ann and Steven William Black, died at the age of 23 on December 6, 2018 at his home in Essex, Vermont. He was a 2014 graduate of Essex High School.

Andrew was a true son of Vermont who loved hiking the Green Mountain Trails and found beauty in everything he saw. He was a gifted athlete; hockey was his passion and he was a rabid fan of the Montreal Canadiens. He was a young brewer, having started at age 16, and was fascinated by the art and science of using traditional ingredients to create innovative Vermont beers. Toward that end, he was a valued employee at "Lawson's Finest Liquids" where he was learning his craft. Andrew was kind, generous of heart, and known for his smile and laughter that could light up a room. He loved animals, most especially his dog Biggie, and Biggie adored him. In addition to his immediate family and dog, Andrew is survived by his grandparents Shirley Snyder, Bill and Veronica Hughes, and Bill and Karen Black, as well as his many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Andrew Black was an adventurous spirit who loved deeply and was loved in return. He will be greatly missed by his many friends, family, and co-workers alike.

A public viewing will be held on December 13, 2018 at Corbin & Palmer Funeral Home, 9 Pleasant St., Essex Junction, VT from 3:00-6:00 pm.

"Lawson's Finest Liquids" at 155 Carroll Road, Waitsfield, Vermont is hosting a celebration of Andrew's life on Friday, December 14, 2018 from 6:30-8:30. Anyone who knew and loved Andrew is encouraged to come and contribute their stories, memories, and share in his favorite brews.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in Andrew's name be made to the Green Mountain Club. Additionally, the family asks that you please consider lobbying your State Representative with the following: "In honor of Andrew R. Black, we ask that you work for legislation that imposes a reasonable waiting period between firearm purchase and possession to provide a cooling off period to guard against impulsive acts of violence."




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Published in The Burlington Free Press on Dec. 10, 2018.
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January 4, 2019
Rob, Alyssa, Bill, Karen and the entire Black Family,

We are deeply sorry to hear of your loss. We send our thoughts and prayers to you all.
Jim & Kerry-Ellen Rock
December 24, 2018
Alyssa ,Rob,Bill, Karen and family these Holidays are going to be very tough but the Good Lord has ways of rewarding you for your sadness, may God Bless and Happy Holidays
Ron Ragis
December 24, 2018
Black family, may you experience comfort and consolation in the days ahead.

May Andrew's memory be a blessing.

Meredith
( I heard you on NPR, your reaching out is helping so many, inspiring and motivating, thank you for bravely sharing.)
Meredith
December 23, 2018
Alyssa, I heard your interview on NPR. I don't know your family, but I'm still very sorry for your loss. I have also lost a loved one to suicide, and there's no pain like it. Thank you for speaking out. Your love for Andrew really shows.
A. Woods
December 23, 2018
Alyssa, I also didn't know Andrew but I just heard the interview with you on NPR and was touched by your closing comment about not being ashamed of the way in which he died. The way I've learned to reach peace with the deaths of loved ones is a kind of correlary:

The best way to honor a person's life,
Is to accept their death.

I pray this can add some small measure of comfort as you grieve for your son.
Sincerely,
Ben
Ben Solomon
December 23, 2018
Thank you for helping me to shut up and listen for a minute. Your message is powerful, as is your example. God bless you and all of Andrew's family and friends.
Brad Holt
December 23, 2018
I am the mother of Ben McCormack, Lyndonville, VT who died by suicide in June this year. If you want to talk, cry, or just vent please contact me. My husband, Bill, and are are walking the same dark road searching for light. Sometimes you may just need to talk with another mother who gets it. Peace to you and yours. Claudia 802-751-9627
Claudia McCormack
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December 23, 2018
I just heard your appearance on NPR, and I am so sorry to hear about Andrews passing. Please know, there are scores of us out here who are very understanding of your loss, your sons feelings, and we know you are absolutely right: there is no shame, no judgement. 23 years of a young mans life and live are worth far more than a few seconds. I appreciate you sharing your story, and I wish you and your family much peace in this difficult time. Take care of yourselves. All my best, and deepest condolences. Mark from Massachusetts.
December 23, 2018
Your bravery in your time of grief is appreciated by fellow survivors. May time and the support of your friends and loved ones give you the strength to persevere.
David Baker
December 23, 2018
I did not know Andrew, but I want you to know that although I have never contacted any politician about anything before, today, after hearing your story on the radio, I did... I am so sorry for your loss; your son's passing is a loss for us all.
Amy Gilbert
December 15, 2018
My family's heart goes out to you as my nephew of 42 years also took his life(Dec. 11th,2018) with his hand gun. He was diagnosed bipolar years before his purchase. Medical records should be checked as well as a 24(48hrs. Even better) hour waiting period should be mandatory. Once again I grieve and feel the pain of your loss. God bless.
Ray Jennings
December 15, 2018
Very sorry for your loss. May his memory be for a blessing
Dan Cole
December 15, 2018
Dan Cole
December 15, 2018
My heart breaks at the loss of your son. My brother also took his own life in 2005. May happy memories of your son bring you peace.
Susan Zawada
December 15, 2018
Dear Rob and Alyssa,
I am so sorry for your loss. My memories are of a young Andrew Trick or Treating and filled with joy and excitement. I hope that your love and memories will sustain you. Sincere condolences to your family.
Anna Shipman
December 15, 2018
I'm sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing your story. I saw it on The Today Show.In 2012, my 27 year old son shot himself with a gun. He used a so called friend's gun. I believe background checks (including mental health history) along with at least a 48 hour waiting period (really much longer) should be passed as a strict law.God bless you.Sincerely, Jan Ginn
Jan Ginn
December 15, 2018
Deepest and heartfelt condolences!!! Much prayers!!!
Easter Braden
December 14, 2018
I didnt know Andrew personally, but as a fellow 23-year old Vermonter I felt compelled to leave a message here after hearing his story in the news. Id just like to extend my condolences to his parents, siblings and family. From what Ive read, I think Andrew and I could have been friends if our paths had crossed. Ill be sure to raise a pint in his honor.
John Smith
December 14, 2018
So sorry to hear of your loss Rob. Sending prayers to you and your family
Steve Nolan
December 14, 2018
My heart hurts for you all. You show tremendous courage for your comments regarding firearms. I pray that those of influence will be inspired by your loss to bring change. God bless you. I pray for Andrew.
M Kane
December 14, 2018
My condolences for your loss
Alejandra Bozzini
December 14, 2018
I am very sorry for your loss my friend.

Prayers for you and your loved ones today.
Joan Wanser (Bessette)
December 14, 2018
Please accept my heartfelt condolences for the loss of your loved one. May God's loyal love comfort you in your time of mourning. ( Psalms 119: 76 )
Dfb
December 14, 2018
My condolences to the family. May the God of comfort grant you strength during this difficult time.
December 14, 2018
While it has been a while since I last saw Andrew, I remember his wonderful smile and sharing our love of the Habs together. My condolences to his family and loved ones - he will be missed.
Michelle Rath
December 14, 2018
Condolences to the family at this difficult time.May God's promise found in John 6:40, of the hope to see our loved ones again, give you peace, strength and hope in the days ahead.
December 14, 2018
Although I did not know Andrew or your family, I read about what happened and want you to know that those of us in the general public care. We wish you hope and some peace in the future.
James Strange
December 13, 2018
My condolences and so sorry for your loss. May the God of all comfort be with you all;1Thessalonians 4: 13,14. and the resurection hope of seeing your beloved son very soon; John 6:40.
December 12, 2018
This is so saddening for me....such a kind and interested guy. I noticed his energy and zest for music and work when he worked the bottles at EDB. He was also extremely helpful and encouraging for one of my boys who worked with him. In the midst of my life's turbulence in my own life this really hit me hard. Prayers and much love to the family and all the friends. We gotta be there for one another.....Will miss his accepting and adventurous spirit.
Eric Koval
December 12, 2018
Such a dear sweet person- you will always be so missed. We pray dearly for your family, in their terrible grief. God be with all of you. We loved you dearly.
Jo Ann and Tom Andersen
December 12, 2018
My sincere condolences as you remember Andrew and the memories of the time you had together. My thoughts are prayers are with your entire family.
Bryan Jackson
December 12, 2018
Sending our sincerest heartfelt condolences to you, Alyssa, Rob, Victoria, Steven and to the entire Hughes-Black family. I pray you feel the love and support surrounding you at this time of unimaginable grief.
Brenda and Madeleine Cassell
December 12, 2018
To the Black family.So sorry to hear of the loss of your son Andrew. Are thoughts and prayers are with you all.GOD SPEED ANDREW. Marlene Bessette,Jerry&Janet Bushey
December 12, 2018
We are so very sorry for your loss.
A beautiful person gone way too soon.
May the love of family and friends help you through this most difficult time.


Janet & Fred
December 12, 2018
My deepest condolences to the entire family and friends!
Sandy McGregor
December 12, 2018
We are so very sorry. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time. Michael and Helen Bell
December 11, 2018
Misty Blow
December 11, 2018
To the entire Black Family,
My deepest heartfelt condolences to you all. May the love you have for Andrew always remain with you, for love never dies.
AnnaMarie Charlebois
December 11, 2018
Eileen Andersen
December 11, 2018
So very sorry for your loss. My husband and I are customers at EDB. Andrew was always very kind, respectful and polite young man. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Tim and Sara Carter
December 11, 2018
I remember Andrew when he worked at EDB and that he was the younger brother of Steven, who was friends with my son, Trevor. I am so very sorry for your devastating loss.
Sharon Yandow
December 11, 2018
Please accept my condolences Robbie and extend them to the whole family.
Mike Brassard
December 11, 2018
Andrew had a good heart and touched all of us with his smile. May time ease your pain.

With sympathy, Janet Astore
janet astore
December 11, 2018
My heart goes out to you for your deep loss you must be feeling for your beloved Andrew. How sad to lose someone so loved and so needed. May you find comfort in prayer and in one another. (Jeremiah 29:12,13)
December 11, 2018
We didn't know each other that well but we talked once and you were a cool guy! and every time I would see you in the halls in school you were always putting smiles on your'e friends faces! and there looked to be never a dull moment. So I guess Heaven Gained another angel this week.......as well with 3 others that have passed this week. Rest in Peace Dude! #Flyhighbro #Gonetosoon
Hunter Turner
December 11, 2018
I am so sorry to hear of Andrew's passing, May he Rest In Peace.
Ron Ragis
December 11, 2018
My thoughts and prayers be with Rob and the entire family.

God Bless
Paul Leavitt
December 11, 2018
Dear Black Family, I am deeply saddened by this terrible event, but take a small measure of comfort from your brave decision to use the circumstances behind Andrew's death to help prevent other similar tragedies. May God bless you all.
Rick Prince
December 10, 2018
Rob, Alyssa, Victoria, & Stephen,
We are so sorry for your loss and can not even imagine what you are going through. All of you are in our thoughts and prayers. God bless you all and we hope that you find comfort in the great memories.

Nino & Sue
December 10, 2018
Robbie and Alyssa, The are no words to say to you both except that my thoughts and prayers are with you all and if you need to talk please call me. Zoanne
Zoanne Snelling-Seymour
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