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  1. The Watkins' family

    To the Valade family, Our hearts ache for you all. May your wonderful memories of Andrew help you through this painful time. Our loving thoughts and prayers are with you.

    To Jasna, We would all like to thank you for your loving care and attention you gave Andrew throughout all these months. It gives us some comfort knowing that you were beside him every step of the way and the solace Andrew must have felt is unmeasurable. Thank you for the strength and courage that you have shown. You are a remarkable young lady. We are so sorry for your loss. Love Pam

  2. Mary Venditti

    We are so sorry to hear about the passing of Andrew. Our prayers are with you and your family.

    Mary Venditti and Staff of Immaculate Conception

  3. steve mason

    I am sorry to hear about Andrew’s passing. He is at peace now. I will never forget Andrew’s spirit in my grade 11 phys. ed class. He had a zest for life.

  4. Leanne Young (Thomson)

    I am just heartbroken at hearing of Andrew’s passing. I had the pleasure of teaching Andrew Drama at Del and directing him both in the Sound of Music and in Annie. Boy, did he make me laugh. His joy and smile will be missed and my thoughts are prayers are with all of his friends and family. You were wonderful Andrew – my dancing butler Drake!!!!

  5. Sandra Srigley

    I am truly sorry to hear of Andrew’s passing and offer my sincerest sympathies to all of you. I shall never forget his glowing smile and gentle demeanor. I am Jillian’s Mom and shall always remember her “Romeo”! My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  6. Karla Meyer

    Dear Valade family and Jasna… I am a friend of Suzanne’s in Thailand and have kept Andrew in my prayers this past year. I never got to know him in person but feel I know his spirit through all the stories I have heard from the Buitelaars. I pray for peace and comfort for all of you. May God keep you wrapped tightly in His loving arms and give you strength to get through this difficult time. Thank you for this website dedicated to his memory and life. Hugs and love…

  7. The Johnston family

    To Dan and Jacquie,Elisa,David and Julia-Our thoughts and prayers are with you.This website is such a tribute to Andrew,thank you for letting others share in his memory

  8. Rosemary Pollock

    Dear Jacqui, Dan, Elisa, David, Julia and Jasna, Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this sad time. Andrew has certainly left us with many beautiful and special memories. He was a son, brother and boyfriend of whom you will always be proud!

  9. Michiko and Amanda

    To Jasna

    We were very sorry to hear that Andrew passed away. Michiko has been thinking about you a lot. You have been through so much in your young life. Michiko understands the pain you and Andrew’s family are feeling. You are in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless

  10. Theresa Byer

    Jacqueline – As you mourn the loss of your son Andrew, I hope you will find some comfort in knowing that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. With deepest sympathy, Theresa

  11. Debbie and Charley Morrison and family

    Dear Jacqui, Dan, Elisa, David, Julia and Jasna,

    We just heard at Easter Mass today about Andrew. We all knew that he was ill, but it was still a shock to hear of his passing. You have all been in our thoughts and prayers. Andrew was a great guy and we all have many fond memories of him.

    With love and deepest sympathy,


  12. Sharon Ross

    Dan & Family

    I am so sorry to hear about your loss. My thoughts are with all of you during this difficult time.

  13. Eileen Gaspirc

    Jacqui and Dan and family,

    We are so sorry to hear of Andrew’s passing. He was a wonderful inspiring person and will be fondly remembered by all who came in contact with him. God bless you and take care.

    Bob and Eileen and family

  14. Denis & Sheila Geary

    Dan, Jacquie, Jasna and Valade Family

    Our hearts are breaking for you all. We have followed Andrew’s brave struggle through Keith’s agony over the loss of his best friend.

    Andrew will always have a special place in our hearts as he was Keith’s companion for much of the mischievous times that were had during their high school days, particularly on the organization and implementation of many a wild house party at our house when we were away. He was a joy to have stay at our house over the many years. His smiling face, twinkling eyes and beautiful manners were always a pleasure to have around. His outstanding performance as Romeo is one of the abiding memories we will always have of the lovely Andrew. May the many wonderful memories sustain you over the difficult time ahead.

    We are so sorry that we will not be able to attend any of the funeral services for Andrew as we will both be out of the country for the next 10 days.

    Thinking of you all.

    Sheila Geary

  15. Elizabeth Clarke Meneguzzi

    You are all in my prayers, I have memories of Andrew in grade school. My condolences on his passing.

  16. Mike Ragan

    I am so sorry to hear of Andrew’s passing. I enjoyed our time together at B T. My deepest condolences to all of Andrew’s family and Jasna. We had great times I’ll forever remember.

  17. Chuck Healy

    Dear Dan and Family.

    I cannot even imagine the loss you feel. I became overwhelmed while reading here on the website. Andrew was quite a young man. Much love from my family to yours.


  18. Deb Burton & Family

    Dear Dan, Jacqui, and Family

    I know that all of the joys of your wonderful son, Andrew will forever be in your hearts. Our deepest sympathies and prayers are with you during these difficult times.

  19. Pauline

    I am so sorry to hear of your great loss! My heart goes out to you, even though I realize I am a complete stranger to you. We recently lost our young adult son to this same rare type of brain tumour. You are honouring Andrew’s life in many ways, including your efforts to raise awareness about brain tumours! May you find some comfort and peace in this new journey of grief!



  20. Lucy Zeppieri

    Jasna, I remember you as a wonderful young girl and Andrew as an amazing young boy who students and teachers alike loved. I am so sorry that you, his family and the world has lost such a great young person.

    With love, your former teacher, Lucy Zeppieri

  21. Angela Furfaro

    Dear Elisa and Family,

    My deepest condolences on your loss. I did not know Andrew but I have heard a lot about him and from what I can tell he was an amazing person. I am so sorry and cannot imagine what you are going through. Know that Andrew will be kept in my thoughts and prayers.



  22. Tania Connell

    Dear Jacqueline and family,

    May God you the strength and courage to live life. Andrew will be watching over you.

    God Bless!

  23. Aynsley

    OH Jas…my heart and hugs go out to you and all of Andrew’s friends and family. What an incredible group of individuals you all are to have fought so hard and given so much strength and energy to each other. Take comfort that Andrew’s spirit will be forever an angel watching over all of you. much love, Aynsley & Matthew

  24. Marty Kestenberg

    The Rose Beyond the Wall

    A rose once grew

    where all could see,

    sheltered beside a garden wall.

    As the days passed swiftly by,

    it spread it’s branches straight and tall…

    One day, a beam of light shone

    through a crevice that had opened wide-

    The rose bent gently toward it’s warmth

    then passed beyond to the other side…

    Now the rose blooms there

    It’s beauty even greater now,

    nurtured by God’s loving care.

    *Author Unknown*

  25. Lisa Pollock

    Know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers. Andrew was a wonderful young man. I’ll always remember how he started off as a shy, quiet young boy in my science class who then blossomed into an enthusiastic, confident and talented “star” who brought our stage to life. He was a true “Lasallian”.

  26. Denise and Brian Dunn and Family

    Dear Jacquie and Dan,

    We have been following Andrew’s journey through mutual friends and wanted to send our heartfelt sympathy to you. We are so sorry we cannot be with you at this sad time but know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Love, Denise, Brian, Andrea, Kelly, Stephanie and Nicole

  27. Debbie and Charley Morrison and Family

    Dear Jacqui, Dan, Elisa, David, Julia and Jasna,

    We just heard at Easter Mass today about Andrew. We knew that he was ill, but it was still a shock to hear of his passing. You have all been in our thoughts and prayers. Andrew was a great guy and we all have many fond memories of him.

    With love and deepest sympathy,


  28. Julia Fortier

    I cannot imagine the pain Andrew’s loved ones must face. He left us to soon, but was an amazing person who included all, was kind and a talented and funny guy. My prayers are with you all.

  29. The Carriere Family (Larry, Marietta, Pamela & Marcel)

    With our deepest sympathy to each of you, we join in prayer for Andrew: May the angels lead you into paradise, may the martyrs receive you in your coming, and may they guide you into the holy city, Jerusalem. May the chorus of angels receive you and with Lazarus once poor, may you have eternal rest. Amen

  30. Terry Villella

    We heard of Andrew’s story through Lil Cimicata. We live on Ellerslie as well and met you once during a fundraiser at Goulding Park. Unfortunately, we only got to know Andrew from what Lil told us and the announcements made at our kids’ school – De La Salle College (where Andrew also went). Our heartfelt sympathy to the Valade family and Jasna (who has written so wonderfully on the website). We are so very sorry to have heard about the loss of such a young man.

    The Villella Family

  31. Claire & Jeremy Tyrrell & family, Windsor, On.

    Jacquie Dan & family,

    Our hearts go out to you all. We pray that god’s gift of your family and friends continue to be with you as Andrew’s journey now takes on a new life of inspiration!

    Fondly , Jeremy, Claire, Andrew, Emily , Graeme Tyrrell.

  32. François, Kiki, Natalie, & Caitlin Jubien

    Dear Valades – I struggle to find any words that can truely provide comfort at a time like this. Please know that you are all in our thoughts and that we offer our most sincere condolences. Andrew shall continue to be a part of your lives through the memories that you share of him – celebrate those moments with each other. We shall continue to fondly remember the Christmas in Belgium, around to campfire in Brasschaat, toddies in hand, laughter and discussions of planning a visit to Amsterdam. All of our love to you.

  33. Charlene Butcher

    Dear Mr. and Mrs. Valades and Family:

    My son Tyler Bevan attended Andrew’s funeral and was very moved as I’m sure all who attended were. He met Andrew through Keith, but I’m not sure exactly when that was. My heart goes out to you as losing a child is the hardest bereavement to deal with and to understand. It is not the normal progression in the “Circle of Life”.

    My sincerest condolences

    Charlene Butcher

  34. Kathy, Stewart & family

    We are very saddened to hear of Andrews passing. Stewart is in a similar situation with a brain tumor, is on the herbs, stable at home however still very weak, bedridden with no voice. Thank you so much for your advise and support you’ve given us on our cancer journey. May God Bless you both and your family…

  35. Julia Rodricks

    Such a beautiful & touching service – Heaven has gained a beautiful soul. May Andrew’s family/girlfriend find peace & hope and comfort in God’s plans for all of us. God Bless. Rest in peace Andrew.

  36. Scott Foster

    Dear Dan and Family,

    I was saddened to hear about Andrew’s passing today. Through checking out this website ,it sounds like Andrew was an amazing young man, strong and courageous till the very end. Life must go on for the family, while your memories of Andrew will never be forgotten. God Bless

  37. Jim, Annette & Chase Collins

    Our hearts were deeply saddened to hear of your tragic loss. Andrew will always be near in your hearts.The wonderful memories you all shared shall carry you through this most difficult time.


    Jim, Annette & Chase Collins

  38. Elizabeth Peacock

    Dear Jacquie, Dan and family, we were so saddened to hear of Andrew’s passing..I remember him being so vivacious and such a team supporter through all our swim meets at Blessed Trinity. He was a beautiful young man and we are truly so saddened for all of your family and Jasna……you are in our thoughts and prayers….just arrived back from holidays and only found out this evening about Andrew…..our thoughts and prayers are with you now….Liz Peacock and family

  39. Zinzi de silva

    Andrew you were a great guy. Everyone from del is truly saddened, but you have put things into perspective for us. Every moment is precious.

  40. Stefanie

    My dear goodness, when I learned about this boy, I was deeply saddened and overwhelmed with all the support that was given during the hard times, and now… please know that Andrew is in my prayers – that his memory may strengthen all of you that he left behind.

  41. Patsy Wharton

    Dearest Jacquie, Although we have not had contact over all these years, your Mum has always kept us up to date with your life and now David told us the sad news of Andrew passing away. There are no words to say how sorry I am, especially sorry that distance has made it so hard for us to keep in touch and to meet our respective families. Nevertheless, know that our thoughts are with you and your family, wishing you strength to carry on and, maybe, in some time not too far on, to appreciate and find a new meaning to life. All our love, Your cousin Patsy, Jorge (husband), Alex (12)and Joaquin (7).

  42. Richard Heather Brett Kennedy

    Dear Jacquie and Dan. We have just heard that Andrew passed away recently and we are in shock. You may remember that Brett and Andrew played hockey together many years ago with the Goulding Park Rangers. We had the pleasure of being at your home with the team. There are no words to express the loss of a child, but we are truly sorry and deeply saddened. We remember Andrew as kind, gentle, somewhat shy, handsome with beautiful piercing blue eyes, a wonderful young person. Our sincere condolences to you and your family.

    Heather, Rick and Brett Kennedy

  43. Rita

    To Jasna: Im sorry to hear about your loss. May your memories of him comfort you and his friends & family.

  44. Micahel Mcphee


    My name is Mike McPhee, and I was Andrew’s drama teacher and director in High School. I am overwhelmed right now as I have just heard of this tragedy. I have a picture of Andrew in my class room, now far away, of he and others giving so much to our program. And I make a point of referring to him each and every year with my students as an example of what I expect from them on stage. Your son, your brother, has left an indelible mark on me. I say this because he was so genuine, so giving and so talented…a young man who wasn’t afraid to show vulnerability and honesty on stage and in the classroom. Our Andrew, the most perfect Romeo. He was a gift and I will never forget him.

    My heart is with you and my prayers are endless. “Death, that has sucked the honey from his breath…” but has no power over his spirit, his memory or your love.

    My deepest condolences.

  45. Debbie Wharton

    Dear Jacqui, Words are so difficult to express for such a tremendously sad experience. We sympathize deeply with you and all your very special family and wish you all our love. Your cousin Debbie and Tommy (husband)

  46. Amanda Cable

    I would like to say i am very sorry for your loss.I am 28 and was just diagnosed with 3 gliomatosis tumors myself its a very hard struggle but the main thing is he stayed happy and very loved with all of his family around him in his final place in this world i thank god everyday i have my friends and family and no matter what happens just keep smiling and loving life to the fullest

  47. Catherine

    I would like to tell you how much sorry I feel for you and your son.
    Reading Andrew’s story made me cry. My 11 years old son is also being struggling against gliomatosis cerebri for one year.
    Thank you for your testimony and your courage.
    God bless.

  48. Vicky Paschalidis

    I want you to know how sorry I am for this terrible loss that you and your family endured. My thoughts and prayers are with you. This website is a wonderful memorial for your son. We miss you at Lexis, and we think of you often. God bless you and your family, including your angels in heaven.

  49. Julian and Susan Kazan-Gray

    Dear Dan, David and Family,
    We were so surprised to hear this very sad news. Reading about the last few months of Andrews life brought tears to our eyes. Our prayers and thoughts are with you. Take care.

  50. Allison Cooper

    To the Valade family and friends,
    First let me say how sorry I am to read of your son’s passing from brain cancer. I came upon your story in doing research for my mom who was also diagnosed with gliomatosis cerebri in December of 2007. As you know, this is a very rare and devasting disease for both the patient and the family. Thank you for sharing your story.
    With deepest sympathy,

  51. Kim Nichols

    Dear Jacquie,Dan,Family & Friends
    Remembering Andrew and you all on this sad anniversay.
    Kim (Eileen & Stan’s daughter)

  52. becky akers

    After coming on to your page after searching more about ” gliomatosis cerebri” i am so inspired by andrews story your sadness must be so hard, i can even begin to know how you feel but im sure your all so very proud. my brother died 12/7/12 just turning 30 of this cruel disease and its hurts he was my best friend not only my brother, and its so hard to watch what my mum and dad have to deal with on a daily basis, this fund for andrews legacy is amazing i wish i had money to donate i really do. god bless you all x x x

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