Andrew S. Kees
1957 - 2021
BORN
1957
DIED
2021
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Andrew S. Kees

Dr. Andrew Scott Kees, 63, of Pensacola Beach, Florida, passed away the morning of Tuesday, June 15th.

Born in Los Angeles on August 28, 1957, to parents Wallace Lee Kees and Mary Dwenell Kees (née Yantis), Andrew spent much of his youth in the California sun with his beloved surviving siblings, brother David Kees and sister Vicky Wadman (née Kees).

Andrew attended medical school at College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific. At the age of 25-years-old, Andrew became a lieutenant, junior grade, in the United States Navy. It was at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego where Andrew would complete his residency, and later, a fellowship in cardiovascular disease. By the time of his passing, Andrew had dedicated over 36 years of diverse experience to the practice of medicine as a cardiology specialist.

Thoughts from his surviving daughters, Libby Drew Kees and Mackenzie Irene Kees:

From the youngest, Libby: My dearest daddy, you were the tickle monster to my boo-bear. I was your little girl and forever that I will be. Your favorite story to tell about me was when I explained to you that "Pink is the new black, Dad." I know just how proud you were. I would give anything to hear you call me sweetie one last time. This loss is insurmountable, and I will never stop loving you. As you always said, I love you so.

And the eldest, Mackenzie: Something the late Christopher Hitchens wrote in his memoir, Hitch 22, has always resonated with me. He said: "To be the father of growing daughters is to understand something of what Yeats evokes with his imperishable phrase 'terrible beauty.' Nothing can make one so happily exhilarated or so frightened: it's a solid lesson in the limitations of self to realize that your heart is running around inside someone else's body."

Hitchens had an easy eloquence with words that remains unmatched by anyone alive today, let alone by someone like me. But if I could have replied to Mr. Hitchens, I would have said: "To be grown daughters of a father is to understand something of unconditional love, and that heart of yours running around inside their body will break forever with your final breath." Dad, I love you so.

A celebration of life will be held Thursday, July 1st at 5:30 pm at 5 Eleven Palafox.



Published by the Pensacola News Journal from Jun. 24 to Jun. 27, 2021.
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I just want to say thanks to Dr. Kees wherever he is, He saved my life 11 years ago and I´m heartbroken to find out about his pass, all my love to his daughters!
Irani Taylor
Other
October 26, 2021
Dr. Kees took care of my Daddy. He did heart stints numerable times. He was always on call - he gave us his cell number! His heart for everyone meant he was awesome about taking care of others´ hearts. He is the reason my Daddy lived longer. To his daughters, thank you for sharing your Daddy with us.
A Grateful Daughter
Friend
August 30, 2021
Andy - It's been many years since we served, learned, and worked together during our internship at USNH, San Diego but I still remember your smarts, energy, and generosity. You were a great friend and trusted colleague, and you helped to keep me strong during that tough, but rewarding, year. Godspeed on your journey... always with fair winds and following seas. Peace.
David Biondi, DO
July 15, 2021
Offering our sincere condolences during this time of deep sorrow. May God be with the family during this most difficult time.
Lt. Col. Michael H. Sarra, USA (ret.)
June 29, 2021
Dr Kees was an amazing physician. He went above and beyond to help us when Michael got turned down fir a lung transplant at UAB. They cited heart problems, but Dr Kees read and interpreted the heart tests and wrote a letter so Michael would be accepted for a lung transplant at UPenn in Philadelphia. We will miss his smile and great bedside manor. He made us feel like we were his only patients. Pensacola lost a wonderful physician. God Bless all of you.
Alexis and Michael Bolin
Work
June 25, 2021
To the family of Dr. Kees. Dr Kees was my cardiologist and he was an amazing person. He was extremely kind and very down to earth not to mention handsome. I called him Dr Tall and Tan. He would just smile and continue his work. He was a fantastic Dr with a personable amazing bed side manor. I'm so sorry for his families loss.
A Grateful Patient
June 23, 2021
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