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1939 - 2014
Andy DRISCOLL Jr. Obituary
Of Saint Paul, Minnesota Died July 20, 2014 after a prolonged illness. Born October 31, 1939. Graduate of St. Paul Central High School, Metropolitan State and the University of Minnesota. Survived by his wife, Cyndy Crist; children, Brian (Vanessa), Amy (Dale Williams) and Molly; and their mother, Nancy; grandchildren, Madeline and Christopher; siblings Michael (Leah), Susan, Sara, and Kevin (Linda). Preceded in death by parents Albert ("Al") Bridges Driscoll, Sr. and Sarah "Sally" O'Brien Driscoll. A remembrance gathering has been planned. 2-6 PM. Sunday, August 31 at the Klub Haus, 1079 Rice Street, St. Paul. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made at truthtotell.org. Andy brought passion to all his roles in life: civic leader, community activist, journalist, producer, actor, husband, father, grandfather and brother. He was dedicated to promoting public awareness of the need for public, private and media accountability and their treatment of the disenfranchised. Most recently, Andy used his weekly KFAI radio show, "Truth to Tell" and his non-profit organization CivicMedia Minnesota to forward those goals. Andy was the recipient of a Columbia DuPont Award for his KTCA documentary, "Power Play" and he produced and hosted several other documentaries, specials and weekly TV shows on Twin Cities and Detroit Public Television. He was an early adapter of desktop publishing technologies, starting his own small company. He wrote for the Highland Villager for many years. Andy brought his deep intelligence and commitment to several different public boards and committees, such as the St. Paul Human Rights Commission; St. Paul City Charter Commission; West 7th Community Center Board; Sensible Land Use Coalition and the Consumer Alliance of Michigan. He was a Saint Paul City Council Ward 2 candidate in 1993 and 1997. Andy's theater experience started early with Theater Saint Paul. Later, he played the role of Action in Bloomington Civic Theater's 1962 run of West Side Story. He received rave reviews as Starbuck in Eastside Theater's 1966 production of The Rainmaker. He continued to perform regularly in the Twin Cities during the 1960s, and later with Dearborn (MI) Civic Theater in the 1970s. He was an ardent supporter and appreciator of the arts. Andy lived his life challenging others as he challenged himself, imploring with his weekly shows' signoff, "Do take care of each other". He will be deeply missed.
Published in Pioneer Press from July 23 to July 27, 2014
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