That’s the question that I find myself being asked often now that the Andrew J. Allard Memorial Youth Center is being built. I have answered many people and given my thoughts about who Andrew was and why his name deserves to be on the youth center that we are currently building. This week, rather than using my words, my stories (however I will post my own personal thoughts later in the week) and my memories of Andrew Allard, I have asked a few of his close friends to describe who Andrew was to them.
To start you off with some basic knowledge. Andrew was a young man who attended Grace Capital Church with his family. He played guitar, loved music, and had a smile that would not quit. He was thirteen years old when he contracted bacterial meningitis and passed away. It was very sudden. That was on March 4, 2007. There are many who were impacted by his life while he was here with us and there are still many who are impacted by his life, his story, and his love for God.
First up in describing who Andrew was is Paul Thiemann. Paul is a friend of Andrew from Florida. 5 months out of the year Andrew and his family lived in Boca Raton, Florida. Paul shares with us:
“Andrew Allard was an amazing friend; you could always count on him for a good laugh. It didn’t matter if we were just playing some xbox or chillin at the beach, he was always really fun to be around. I still crack up whenever someone mentions one of our old inside jokes. One of the best things about Andrew was that he would tell you straight out what he thinks you need to know whether or not it’s what you want to hear. Andrew’s the one who convinced me to take music lessons and stick with it. Andrew was always there for you if you needed something, whether it’s a small favor or just someone to talk to, he was there for you. Through him a lot of people met, and are still continuing to meet, Jesus, and that’s really something great. Andrew was truly a great friend, and was immensely dedicated to the Lord.”
Check back throughout this next week as we have others share who Andrew was to them. If, as you are reading these, you have some personal memories of Andrew and would like to share them with others please feel free to write them down and email me at revkev (at) gccnh.com