Monday, 15 August 2022

Andrew Stevens, passionate about sport, painting and family

IT is with great sadness that Andrew Stevens passed away peacefully on June 14 in the arms

IT is with great sadness that Andrew Stevens passed away peacefully on June 14 in the arms of his beloved wife Janine, surrounded by his family after a brave battle with bowel cancer.

After his diagnosis in 2010, Andrew met the challenge that this illness brings with the same fortitude, courage and dignity which characterised his life.

Andrew was a “guinea pig” for a number of trials for new cancer drugs at the Royal Marsden, Chelsea and Sutton Hospitals and his positive response to these gave him longer to spend with his family as well as ensuring further funding and development to help others fight the disease.

Andrew’s parents, Brian (deceased) and Anne live in the Nuffield area, where Andrew grew up with his brother David. He attended Crowmarsh Junior School, Langtree comprehensive and King James College, Henley, and graduated from Bath University with a degree in material sciences.

After a distinguished career in the Royal Navy and the Royal Marines, Andrew spent the rest of his career working as an HR manager.

For the last seven years he was working at Serco and, true to his character, he continued to work full time until May this year. His work was extremely important to him and is reflected in his legacy at Serco.

He will be missed by his many friends and colleagues who have shown him and his family so much kindness and understanding throughout his illness.

His time in 45 Commando, Royal Marines, was one which really played to Andrew’s strengths of resilience and determination and enabled him to travel widely in several theatres of operation, including eastern Australia, northern Norway and Belize. It was while serving in Kurdistan during the first Gulf War that he was able to spend his down time following his passions of drawing and painting. These beautiful pictures take pride of place on the wall of his home.

Andrew was a great sportsman and represented the Royal Navy in hockey, tennis and badminton. He excelled at skiing, another lifelong passion, and introduced Janine to the sport, teaching her to “black run” standard in a number of days!

He thoroughly enjoyed competing in Olympic level triathlons, maintaining his fitness until his illness prevented him from continuing.

Never once did he let his illness stand in the way of his family, ensuring he laid down amazing memories with Janine and his cherished daughters, Jessica, Katherine, Hannah and Sarah.

Even in the last few months Andrew skied and played hard with friends and family, laying down more cherished memories.

One of his biggest passions was his car, “Rex” , a 1960 Daimler Dart SP250, which he acquired in the Eighties. This car has been a major source of enjoyment for him and Janine throughout their long relationship and has brought friends and family together over many years during its epic restoration.

During the last couple of years, as Andrew used the car as a point of focus to drive himself forward, the restoration project brought new friends together who have worked tirelessly to support him and Janine to finish Rex.

As was his way, he achieved his goal of having a beautiful day out with Janine to Blenheim Palace in the restored car.

Our grateful thanks to our wonderful family and friends who are supporting us at this very sad time.

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