Memorial

Memorial

Andrew Gibson

Born
Died

I miss everything about Andrew. His laugh..which was infectious..his sense of humor..his bravery..his love for everyone..his protection of his Mom..his funny text icons..saying I love you infinity..watching movies..yeah..everything I miss!!

Tell us about your loved one.

Andrew was a friend to everyone..always helping others with their struggles at sobriety. He could light up a room..was a great listener and a quiet, gentle soul. Andrew helped countless people in his short time with us. Many people have commented to me that they would not be sober or even alive if they had not met Andrew. Andrew loved dirt bikes and actually did his senior project on the dynamics of dirt bike engines. He also loved cars and was proud of his Acura Integra that he would drive to school with the sound system that he installed blaring. Andrew loved the "Lord of the Rings" books and movies. He loved the saying from one of the books "It's a dangerous business stepping outside of your door because if you lose your feet there's no telling where you will be swept off to" Andrew was always put together...looking "fresh" and wearing a hat to match the color of his shirt and sneakers. He took pride in how he presented himself, cleaning the dirt off his spotless white sneakers, wiping smudges off his mirror sunglasses and sporting a crisp haircut. He was well-liked, charismatic, respectful, kind, a good friend and always willing to help a friend.

Tell us about Andrew's struggle with addiction

Andrew started using drugs in middle school in his hometown of Billerica, Massachusetts at the age of 13. First it was marijuana which he used often 3-4 times a day - starting his day with it before gong to school. He sold marijuana for many years until he graduated to opiates. Like most kids his age, he started with Perc 30's until he discovered that for much less money he could buy Heroin. Andrew relapsed many times and struggled with embracing the 12 steps. It took being arrested in 2014 for possession and trafficking of Heroin and being sent to Middleton Jail to make him realize how serious his addiction had become. He went to a sober house in Portland, Maine where he learned how to live sober. He got a job as a cook at a local restaurant, learned how to do everything on the grill, was proud that he learned and was good at something new, started to work the steps, got a sponsor, attended and spoke at regular meetings, started mental health counseling, joined a gym, was feeling good about himself. Physically, he looked and felt great having gained back some weight that he lost when he was on dope.

What made Andrew smile?

Andrew loved his car and his dirt bike and was so proud when he could drive friends around. He loved going to the gym and working out. Andrew was always put together fashion wise...sneakers to match his shirt and his Red Sox baseball hats....which was his signature style....and a fresh white t-shirt!!!! Andrew loved going to the coffee shop around the corner from where he lived - they knew him there by name and he smiled when the owner recognized him - they remember him fondly - always smiling, always polite, a respectful young man. This made Andrew proud.

What do you miss most about Andrew?

I miss everything about Andrew. His laugh..which was infectious..his sense of humor..his bravery..his love for everyone..his protection of his Mom..his funny text icons..saying I love you infinity..watching movies..yeah..everything I miss!!

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