ANDREW OLIVER
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OLIVER--Andrew S.,

of New York, NY, died peacefully in his sleep on December 23, 2014, at his home in Vail, CO, after a long and brave battle with cancer. He was 59. He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Nancy, and their only child, Danielle. Whether it was achieving a successful career as a real estate finance executive, raising a loving family, debating with friends, or pursuing skiing and travel -two of his passions -he lived life to the fullest, each and every day. He made the most of his time here but sadly died too young. To Nancy and Danielle, Andy was their guiding light. Being Danielle's father was his greatest joy. And being able to walk her down the aisle at her wedding this past August meant the world to him. Andy had a true passion for travel and adventure, which he instilled in his family. He was an extraordinary traveler, having visited 94 countries with great enthusiasm, always brimming with a zest for life. Over the years, he took trips that ranged from the potentially dangerous (Syria and Lebanon) to the adventurous (a solo trip on the Trans-Siberian Railway) to the spectacular (taking Nancy and Danielle around the world). He once took Danielle out of school for three weeks to reach the base camp of Mount Everest; in another instance he led her to the summit of Kilimanjaro; and this past year, despite the effects of his cancer, he managed to drive across the country to fulfill his quest to spend a night in all fifty states. Up until his last days, Andy lived for skiing. He was a familiar face at the Vail Mountain Club in Vail, CO, and had an encyclopedic knowledge of the Vail trail map. In 2010-2011 despite living with cancer he skied 114 days, placing him among the top skiers at Vail that year. Professionally, Andy enjoyed a 30-year successful real estate investment banking career that culminated in 2007, when he and his partners sold Sonnenblick-Goldman Company to Cushman & Wakefield, the global commercial real estate firm. Andy taught us all how to live life to the fullest. He was the best husband and the best father. Words cannot describe how much we loved him and how much we will miss him. Andy, you will always be our shining light and you will be in our hearts forever. He is also survived by a loving brother, Douglas Oliver, and son-in-law, Reed Rayman. The family would like to support Memorial Sloan Kettering's head and neck cancer research, spearheaded by Andy's doctor, Dr. David G. Pfister, the hospital's Chief of Head and Neck Oncology, who was relentless in his efforts to help Andy through his difficult ordeal. Donations in Andy's memory can be made online at: http://goo.gl/XqHfBa


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Published in New York Times on Jan. 4, 2015.
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January 16, 2015
Nancy & Danielle
So sorry of hearing about the passing of Andy. Though of haven't kept up with him years The last time I got to see him is at his moms funeral. We grew up together with our families going skiing where he first learned how to ski I really wished I had know about this sooner and would had been there for his service.Love to hear from you.
Randy Seidman
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Randy Seidman
January 12, 2015
Nancy:

Sandy joins me in expressing our deepest sympathy to you and Danielle! I remember quite well getting together with Andy for "coffee" after he became sick and was extraordinarily impressed by his upbeat attitude which obviously served him well in the ensuing years. Of course, I also remember meeting both of you in Positano in the summer of 1985 and being extraordinarily impressed then by Andy's love for, and knowledge of, international travel!

Although Andy and I fell out of contact after he started spending so much time at Vail, I would always ask about him whenever I saw our mutual friend Steve Kohn. I plan to try to get your address from Steve so that Sandy can write to you privately.

I thought the obituary tribute you wrote was truly beautiful! I have no doubt that you have many, many wonderful memories of your life with Andy. I hope they will give you some comfort during this very difficult time!

Rich Friedman
Rich Friedman
January 11, 2015
May he R.I.P and may your memories, prayers and the love and support of all see you through this sorrowful time
Paul D
January 9, 2015
Dear Nancy and Danielle...As the song goes, you will meet again, don't know where or when, but some sunny day you will meet again. All our love, Carrie and Pat Dolan
January 6, 2015
You have my deepest condolences on your immeasurable loss. The greatest man who ever lived likened death to a sleep. -John 11:11-14 Isn't that a comforting thought? If one is simply asleep in death, then bereaved ones can be assured such one is resting peacefully with the prospect of being awakened. Until that time the loving-kindness of God can sustain you now and in the days ahead. May you find a measure of comfort in the loving support of each other and friends.
gloria
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