Andy King

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Andy King 26th June 1961 – 7th November 2013

Andrew Crispin Lancaster King (Andy) died suddenly at home on 7th November 2013 aged just 52 years. Beloved husband of Angela, and devoted dad to Ben and Molly. He will be hugely missed by so many people.

Andy’s funeral service takes place in St Andrew’s Church, Kimbolton, on Tuesday 19th November at 1.00pm followed by a private committal.

Family flowers only please, but donations for Bliss (for babies born prematurely) may be sent c/o Kingfisher Independent Funeral Services, Gate Lodge, Cemetery Road, St Neots PE19 2BX. Tel (01480) 471001.

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Personal Tributes

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  1. Paul and Jan Thorpe says:

    My family and l spent many lazy and lovely days and evenings with Andy and his family from 2003 to 2008 in Beds and Cambs.

    Always enjoyed his company and his old school ‘take’ on the world – and he was the only one able in our gang, to sniff out a beer tent faster than me!

    As Billy Joel said ‘only the good…….’

  2. Patrick Mahony says:

    Hi Andy – it`s me. Ratty.

    Am so sorry to hear this news.

    You won`t remember but on that first day at Woolton, I felt a degree of safety as you said I could sit with you at dinner. Good job as food was flying and spoons were being bashed in a terrifying ritual. “Its ok” you said before hollering “sit down , dickhead” at some latecomer. Probably from Morley!

    You always were very kind hearted. Your room in TFL was my first port of call and, even at the weekend, it represented a place of warmth, Embassy Regal and a never ending project to catalogue your records.

    I haven`t seen you since 1984 when we had a wild weekend in Newport. 30 years. Thank you, Andy.

    PS: Motorhead and AC/DC are rubbish!

    Rat. x

  3. Patricia Turner says:

    The first time I met Andy in the summer of 1980 he was sitting on the floor of his student room on the Top Floor of Lindsay (TFL) in his Woolton Hall jumper re-cataloguing his records. The second time he was dressed as a caveman wrapped in fur fabric held in place by a few safety pins and his jeans belt with the outfit topped off by a black nylon wig. For some long forgotten reason that day he became ‘George the Cave’ and ever after ‘George’. From then on for the rest of our university days we were great friends and had more fun than I could ever have imagined possible. George and his friends could make a party anywhere.

    George was such a big part of it all. Every Saturday he would get the party started blasting his rock music out across the JCR. On a Sunday he would join the weekly competition to wear something ridiculous as a necktie to lunch before donning his cricket whites, racing off to the rugby or hosting a roomful of us all watching ‘Thunderbirds’ together. Like the rest of the group he was partial to a ‘Royal Oak’ lunch of bread and cheese in Didsbury and would join us demolishing ‘Woolton’ biscuits with a cuppa.

    After a 20 year gap he found me via LinkedIn a few years ago and I was delighted to hear how happy he was with Angela and how proud he was of Ben and Molly, hear all about his professional life and the publication of his book. Now I am always going to be sorry that he didn’t make our reunion last autumn and my heart goes out to his family as they try to come to terms with their loss. Andy was such an amazing guy, kindness personified, the greatest fun, and was so much a part of making my student days some of the happiest of my life. I am proud to call him my friend. Rest in peace George darling. ‘Tricia

  4. Shirley Bird (Wilkinson) says:

    Andy was one of the group of my closest friends at Manchester University. It came as a huge shock and great sadness to hear yesterday of his sudden death in November.
    Fondly known to us by his nickname ‘George the Cave’, I will never forget his wonderful smile and sense of humour that could bring amazing cheer to the coldest of rugby matches.
    Having only just reconnected last year I will be ever glad of the renewed contact but sad we never got to see you again at a reunion.
    Much love goes out to your family. I know from the few exchanges we had how much you treasured them and felt truly blessed to have found such a wonderful partner in Angela.
    God Bless and thank you for how much you contributed to making Uni one of the happiest times of my life.

  5. Martin Roe says:

    Although we had not been in contact for a long period of time, having spent three great years with Andy at Woolton Hall, Manchester University, I have been constantly reminded of him over the past 30 years. Every time I drive through Monmouth, every time I see an AC/DC album…great memories. Andy would visit my room in hall with a supply of beers whilst I played guitar and we would work our way through the entire length of Pink Floyd’s The Wall (and the beer). Testament to the good nature of our neighbours as much as our musical ability.
    Andy shared a house with me during his first year of working, whilst I completed my degree. Must have been tough for him to step into the ‘real world’ of employment whilst house sharing with lay-about students. He provided an air of respectability to the house with his business suit, sheepskin jacket and, of course his wonderful beige Ford Escort, despite often arriving home on foot, having run out of petrol on Ladybarn Road.
    Andy would do anything for you and you could not wish to meet a nicer guy. I am so pleased to have spent such good times with him and so sorry that he has gone.

    Martin Roe, Cardiff

  6. Sally Johnston (Haslam) says:

    I remember Andy from University so very fondly. He was the kindest, sweetest man and such a big part of our group of friends. We may not have been constantly in touch over the intervening years but every time we were in contact the time seemed to melt away and we reverted so easily back to those happy carefree times. Andy will be so very much missed, I am so sorry that I was not able to pay my respects at the time but the news has only reached me today. God bless Andy. Immense sympathy to his family. He was one of the good ones and the world will be a sadder place without him.

  7. Stuart Monks says:

    I met Andy at Manchester University where he was a larger than life character at Woolton Hall, and had the pleasure of sharing three years of my University time with him. 25 years later he visited me in San Francisco and we spent a wonderful day together in the city. Throughout that day he talked so much about what his family meant to him and how much Angela had transformed his life. I’m so sorry I just found out that he had died in November. Andy I am proud to have known you.


  8. Amy Moran says:

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I knew Andy through Biocair. We worked together and he had just had his son. A proud dad who kept us updated on his son’s progress with photos and stories. Thinking if you all at this hard time.

  9. Rob, Kimberley, Emily & Jessica says:

    Andy. You were a true loveable friend, who was always around when needed. Happy memories will live on forever.
    May you rest in peace. Love Rob, Kimberley, Emily and Jessica xxx

  10. Simon Coombs says:

    Thank you for being a great brother in law and friend, our time together has been cut short, you were a great inspiration to Rebecca and Aaron, and I feel as though I have lost a friend too, God bless and see you in the next life. Simon, Lou, Becca and Aaron x

  11. Chris Ward says:

    I first met Andy in 1972 when we both entered the 1st year at Monmouth school. We became friends fairly quickly through a shared interest in fishing; he and his brother Paul took me under their wing and taught me the fine art of fly fishing, and we spent many a happy lunch hour practising our casting on the school lawn.
    But ultimately for me and Andy a ‘fishing trip’ meant an opportunity to drink McEwans bitter, smoke packs of Regal cigarettes and tell lies about the fish we’d nearly caught, before being taken home, drunk, by his big brother.
    I last spoke with Andy when he reminded me of a party held at my house where we’d tried to impress my sister’s girl friends by playing Emerson, Lake and Palmer’s entire Brain Salad Surgery album. It didn’t work, obviously.
    We had many silly adventures together, going fishing to Lllanfihangel-ar-arth on the Teifi river, ostensibly for sea trout but in reality to spend lunches and evenings in the pub, drinking export-strength Heineken and living off pancakes I cooked over a camp stove.
    The main thing about Andy which I knew already, but have re-discovered over the past week or two, is that everyone liked, even loved him. Everyone who heard about his untimely passing has a humorous story about him, a story about how he helped them, a story about what a great bloke he always was. Full of good humour, always the first to buy a round or lead the charge into the beer tent or organise the fun. He’s only been gone a few days and I know already that I’m going to miss him for the rest of my life.

  12. Mariehelen Esam says:

    Andy’s loss will be deeply felt by all of us who worked with him. He always made a positive difference to our day. A natural leader, he was both a support and a mentor, always tempering any message with kindness and humour. He touched the lives of more people than he knew and will be sadly missed.
    Marihelen Esam
    Visiting Fellow
    Cranfield University

  13. Greer and Bobby Deal of Global Regulatory Services (GRS) says:

    We are deeply, deeply shocked and saddened by Andy’s death. Andy was a wonderful person and so supportive of us and our plans for GRS. He was a genuinely nice and decent chap with a wonderful smile. He leaves behind a chasm which cannot be filled. We were lucky that our paths met and we were able to share some of life’s journey with him. We will miss you, Andy.

  14. Jude Statham says:

    I met Andy 25 years ago, while working at Dylan’s Cafe Bar in Cardiff. Angela and I worked at the bar to earn money as students and it was during that time that Andy asked Angela on a date. Many, many years of fun, frolics, personal triumphs and ups and downs have ensued, but Andy always remained a kind, well-mannered, music- loving friend.
    A dear friend, gone too soon from us, but forever in our hearts. It has been an utter privilege to have been his friend. X

  15. David Molian says:

    I speak on behalf of all of us at Cranfield who knew and worked with Andy. What a lovely, lovely man. A deeply generous and magnanimous soul who brightened a room when he entered it. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Rest in peace.

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  17. Steve Edmunds says:

    We will all miss a very special friend.

    Andy was the kind of person who would do anything for you without question. Always the centre of good times and will be remembered with much love and for the ability to always put a smile on your face!

    May he rest in peace.

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