Thursday, August 22, 2013

Andrews Memorial Service

Well readers it has been an intense week since last Tuesday.  I know most of you pop in to read the fun and fabulous stories the crazy cast of characters here on the blog. We miss Andrew so much, his passing has been really hard on all of us. Last Friday nearly 900 people gathered at our local theatre for a memorial service. Not only that, but the "Remembering Andrew" post here on the blog received an unprecedented 26,000 views in three days time. That makes Andrews story the most viewed post on the blog EVER. Friend were sharing it on Facebook, friends of friends were sharing it, the cast of the musical "Texas" read and shared, people I've never met before from all over the world shared the post to help in remembering Andrew.  (If "The Casablanca" wasn't a household name before last week, it is now.) This video is an hour and a half long, but I ask if you've been a long time member of "Mick's" to take the time to watch the video and get to know Andrew as we do. The first 30 minuets is a theatrical tribute to Andrew and a few of the shows he was in, the last hour is a contemporary worship service with a slide show of pictures.

Andrew Duncan Memorial Service (854 x 480) from Dwayne Jackson on Vimeo.

There were many highs and lows during the service, I had no idea that they were going to ask me to display a DVD copy of "Casablanca" in the tribute part of the program. Everyone said it was fitting (it was one of Andrews favorite movies, and places!). I am honored to say I along with many of the friends of the Casablanca sang in the choral numbers "One Day More" from Les Mis and also in "Benjamin Calypso, One More Angel In Heaven." from "Joseph and the amazing technicolor coat".

The council members of the Casablanca came together and sent flowers to the service and to the family.
(Standing Spray)
(Crystal Cross table arrangement)
There we so many flowers at his service, it was beautiful! I apologize for my absence here on the blog, but it didn't seem right not to post the memorial service for you all and just go about regular blogging.  I can tell you Summers End 1959 is going to be different without Andrew with us. He was supposed to be coming home this weekend after a crazy summer of working in the musical "Texas" and join us for this last party of summer. He will still be with us, just in a different way now. 
Andrew Raymond Duncan
(Dec. 24, 1992 - Aug. 13, 2013)

"There's one more angel in Heaven,
There's one more star in the sky,
Andrew we'll NEVER forget you.
It's tough but we're going to get by.
There's one empty space on our stage now,
there's one more tear in our eye.
But Andrew the things that you stood for
like Joy and Light never die."


Mom Wald said...

Blessings to you and those you love.

Eartha Kitsch said...

Oh my gosh, I'm just so sorry. He deserved many, many more decades on this Earth - and you all deserved to spend those with him. You can tell that he was and is very loved. I bet he was looking down at the memorial service and really smiling. Love to you and your friends. And to his family and the families of the other people who were killed. I'm so sorry.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

So sad to lose a friend and one so young and full of life! My thoughts are with you and all the gang at the Casablanca!

Jim said...

A wonderful memorial and tribute to your friend, Mick. I loved how the whole community took part and shared their stories and memories. He was important to you guys and will continue to be for years to come.

Dana@Mid2Mod said...

My heart goes out to all Andrew's friends. You gave him a wonderful memorial, and he will live in your hearts forever.