As many of you have already learned, we lost a great guy on December 11th by the name of Andy Nemec. What some of you might not know is the extreme challenges this family has faced, and will continue to face, as they deal with this unimaginable loss.
Andy had always been a hard-worker, oftentimes working 2-3 jobs to support his family. In the last few weeks of his life, he had been commuting back and forth between Los Angeles and San Diego to assist with Beth Anne's (his wife's) grandmother's ailing health and dimentia. As usual, Andy was the first to step forward when someone needed to clean out grandma's house and get her moved into assisted living.
While Andy was commuting back and forth, kissing his six-year old twins as he would wake at dawn to drive North, news was received that Beth Anne's stepfather had passed of cancer. True to Andy form, he drove out to Valley Center immediately to be with his mother-in-law as she was grieving her husband's passing. While staying with her at her home and helping to prepare the funeral services, Beth Anne returned to their home in San Diego with the twins to get them back for school the next day.
The following morning, Andy's mother-in-law found him in bed. He had passed in his sleep, likely of a heart attack.
The family has been coming together to not only console Beth Anne's mother and be with her for her husband's service this Sunday, but also to be together as the children are informed of the news and plans are being made for Andy's service. He will be buried in Gillette, Wyoming, where Beth Anne and Andy first met some 30 years ago, near his buddies Dave Jackson and Lane Scott, who also passed far too soon.
Many of you have asked how you can help. This fund is being put together to not only assist with all of the immediate costs associated with the service and transportation, but also the ongoing costs to keep all the kids in their schools and in their home. This would mean so much to Beth Anne, as her greatest fear right now is how she will continue on without him and be sure that the kids are taken care of.
Thank you in advance for your compassion and assistance. Happy Holidays to all of you. Let's allow this very difficult time for the Hawkey/Nemec family to remind us all of how lucky we are to have our loved ones with us, and squeeze them a little tighter this holiday season.