June 27, 1979 – December 23, 2009
It is with profound sadness that we announce the death of our dearest, most beloved Andrew, ‘Andy’,‘Drew’, ‘Nutts’, at age 30. He died suddenly and tragically leading his platoon of military brothers of the 1st Battalion Princess Patricia Canadian Light Infantry (1PPCLI) in Panjwayi District, Afghanistan.
Born in Prince Rupert, BC, he moved shortly after to Edmonton, and from there to West Vancouver where he attended West Bay Elementary School and made many lifelong friends through school, soccer, and Cubs.
He completed grades 6, 7, and 8, at St Patrick’s School, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. Here he was introduced to hockey, which became a loved activity. Fun in air cadets, scouts and sports took him across the north and sparked his sense of adventure.
Andrew’s high school days were spent in Regina, Saskatchewan, at Campbell Collegiate. He spoke of his high school years in choir, hockey and basketball as ‘the best’.
In 1997, he moved with his family to Victoria, and began studies in Engineering and Computer Sciences at the University of Victoria. At UVic, he lived life to the fullest, working at the university radio station, and taking up surfing, snowboarding, hiking, camping, travelling and cherishing time with good friends. Work experiences were mainly in the computer field, including assisting in the family business.
In 2006, his passion for fitness led him to join Crossfit Vancouver as a trainer. Here he met many people in the military whom he liked, and soon saw that a career in that direction would focus many of his skills and interests.
He joined the military in March, 2007, and was overjoyed at the opportunity to join the 1st Battalion, Princess Patricia Light Infantry (1PPCLI) in Edmonton.
This beautiful man was characterized by an easy, selfless, outgoing, generous and loving personality. He was always ready to help his fellow man, debate world issues, support family and friends. He touched the lives of many in his all too short years.
Andrew did not die in vain. He was protecting the most vulnerable of the world. He, along with a tough, educated, well trained group of men and women, were reaching out every hour, in everything they did, to make a positive change in this small global village of ours; to open the realm of possibilities for a safe and better life for everyone. He made the ultimate sacrifice to demonstrate these Canadian values – his values.
‘Imagine there’s no borders…’ He imagined a better world, and walked out into life to make a change, no matter how small or large, whether with friends around a table in Canada or in full fatigues working with an Afghan villager.
With energy and enthusiasm he always said “Live life to the fullest!”
Go into that good night Andrew- into the arms of God and those who have gone before and loved you dearly.
Our warmest thanks from the family go out to friends, the military family and the Canadian people who reached out to our grieving hearts with their prayers, their care, and their thanks for Andrew’s sacrifice in the work of his country. We wish to thank most especially Lt. Greg O’Neill and Lt. Mike Yung of 1st Battalion PPCLI, Edmonton, and Major Padre John Steele of Victoria for their support at this time of loss.
He was predeceased by grandparents, James and Margaret (nee Walsh) Nuttall; George Pickering and Patricia (nee Kells) Pickering; and Uncle James Nuttall.
He leaves proud parents, Richard and Jane (nee Pickering); his cherished brother John; Aunts and Uncles, Marylan Nuttall , Linda and Peter Lazier, Susan and John Baran, George Pickering , Helene Lamontagne, and Judith Davies; and cousins, Jim Nuttall (Kelly, James, Michael), Cathy Manion (Michael, Grace), Julie Gauvin ( Stephane, Anna, Will, Jake), Sarah Welstead ( Max Stocker), Suzanne Welstead ( Shelley Adams), Marc , Julie , Patrick Pickering, Meredith , Lindsay and Stephanie Davies.
The public may pay their respects to Andrew at McCALL BROS. FLORAL CHAPEL, Johnson and Vancouver Streets on Sunday, January 3, 2010 from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm.
A Funeral Service will be held at Christ Church Cathedral, Quadra at Courtney Street on Monday, January 4, 2010 at 1:00 pm. Interment will follow at Royal Oak Burial Park.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Andrew’s name to: Plan International Canada to which he contributed for years, For The Love of Africa Society which he followed closely, the Canadian Forces Military Families Fund, or other humanitarian aid agencies within Canada.
Hi Richard, Jane and John.
As we all were, I was stunned at the news of Andy’s death when it hit the news in the Vancouver Sun these several years ago. His loss must still bite so very deeply and even more so on this day.
I have a good friend in Doug Gayton, actually Captain Doug Gayton whom you may have come across after Andy was killed. He is now retired but was with the Army for many, many years. He works at GF Strong. We used to have coffee each morning for several years and we remain friends.
We have had many, many conversations about sacrifice and loss.
I now live in St.John’s, Newfoundland and as we all know, our lives are winding down ourselves. But this place allows for some reflection for me. Andy was prominent in my life with his friendship with Cameron. It was good to be friends and I remember our times with fondness.
But this email is not about me, you guys, its about Andy. It would have been great to see where he would have taken himself. Alas, he has gone. Just the dreams of what might have been.
Andy’s loss still haunts me as it must you. I am sure you have many, many questions about the military, the war, the whole concept of sacrifice. I know I do. And they are no more resolved this day and with the discussions of Doug Gayton than they were the day we all found out.
I am so sorry for your loss as it must be as painful today as the day you were informed. Take care and my thoughts are always with you.
God keep you in his embrace and a million thanks sir for your service
Dear Dr. Nuttall, It is with tears running down my face that I write this. I did not know until yesterday that you had lost your son. My niece has served 2 tours in Afghanistan and is considering a third. I come from a family strong in military tradition, my father served inWW2, my uncle served a full career with the air force and my brother served for 20 years. I hope this condolence reaches you, Dr. Nuttall although so much time has passed since the loss of your exemplary son. His dedication to the care and well being of others makes him very much his father’s son, and I am grateful that I was blessed to have you and your support as my doctor. I am still in Dawson City, learned of your son’s passing through Aussie nurse Yvonne, and am pleased to tell you that through your help I have been with the program since I last saw you at your practice in Victoria. Again Dr. Nuttall, I am so sorry for your loss. Sincerely, Mary Gartshore
Dear Dr Nuttall and family,our deepest sympathy on your loss,it makes me proud to share the same name, sincerely andrew nuttall and family
Alan and Lloyd Evetts
Dear Jane, Richard and John Nuttall
Andy was a good friend during our childhood and we share many fond memories of soccer, Scouts and many other nice memories.
His service to our country made us proud to have called him a friend and was an inspiration to us both.
We had been following Andys blog through the fall and always thought of him with a deep respect for choosing such a selfless path.
We send our deepest sympathy and condolences in this time, and will forever remember Andy with much pride and respect.
Alan and Lloyd
To Andrew’s family –
Thank you for introducing your son to those of us in the wider community through his obituary in The Globe and Mail a few weeks ago. What a fine young man he seems to have been….No wonder you’re so justly proud.
Good wishes to you all. Andrew sounds like the best of the next generation. Perhaps knowing about his life and character will inspire others to be like him. I hope so.
Dr. Doug Patterson
Dear Rick and family,
I was shocked, angered, and then saddened when I saw the Times Colonist headline and the photo of your son on December 24th.
Subsequent press coverage and your obituary writings have said
a lot about your young man. He was a leader in every sense of the
word. We all hope that his dedication to the people of Afghanistan
on Canada’s behalf via military service will contribute to a better life for those Afghans who embrace positive change.
In case you somehow didn’t realize this, Andrew began his connectedness with the PPCLI when he first attended UVic. The site of the “new” UVic campus was the home of the PPCLI during WWII. A few of the old huts remain, most notably near the old tennis courts. The “old” UVic (now Camosun College on Lansdowne at Richmond) began transition to the present site in the mid ’60’s.
May your family have strength and pride as the days go by. Believe
me, Rick, this really emotionally impacts so many of us.
I would like to offer condolences on behalf of the staff and students of Campbell Collegiate. Many of our staff knew Andrew from his days at Campbell Collegiate and recognized him as an outstanding young man. His death has had an impact on our school and provided a learning experience for our students. We at Campbell are proud to recognize Andrew as a member of the Campbell community. Although saddened by his death we are strengthened by his courage.
Principal, Campbell Collegiate
I have felt a deep sadness for your loss of Andrew. This was shared with Sarah and Suzanne on our Christmas Eve together. I realize words cannot touch the magnitude of your loss.
Please accept my condolences.
I will make a contribution to the Canadian Forces Military Families Fund.
Never before have I been moved to write a complete stranger, but I feel compelled to express the deep sadness I felt at reading the obituary for your fine son, and seeing the picture of his open, smiling face, signifying hope and optimism for our country. I am deeply sorry for your tremendous loss. It’s clear that you have raised a very fine son, who even in his death continues to lead by example.
May you find a place for peace and equanimity in this most difficult time.
Dear Rick: I had been thinking of you and your family since I heard of the death of a Lt Andy Nuttall, hoping against hope that he was not your son. Alas, my hopes were in vain. You may recall that I had met your sons when we lived in Yellowknife, in the 80’s or 90’s. Please accept my condolences – I will continue to think of your loss, and the losses of other parents through this conflict, and pray for peace. Suzanne Perkins, MD
Thinking of you in your sorrow and praying for God’s blessings on you and your family. You have my deepest sympathy on your loss.
As a parent – my heart aches for you. As a Canadian – my heart is full of pride for the decision your son made to serve his country. During your time of such immense grief please know that many give thanks for such people who not only defend our country but try to make the world a better place. Thank you for sharing your personal stories of your son’s life – you honor his memory and sacrifice.
Hazel Weber and Bessie Light
Dear Dr. Nutall and Family
Our heart felt thoughts are with you all at this time, Andrew is one of our hero’s , but we so wish it was in another way. Our family
will never forget him.
Yours Hazel Weber
Dear Jane, Richard and John,
It was with a heavy heart that I read the news in the paper about your loss. Upon learning that Andrew was the older brother of my son Todd’s dear friend John Nutall, from West Bay School I was completely floored. We have such wonderful memories of school days, play days and soccer mornings. While we were not close with Andrew in the same way, we have experienced the warmth and energy of your entire family and understand that Andrew was well blessed. We were so sorry when you left West Bay for further adventures and spoke often of the Nutall family. We are deeply sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. We are all proud of Andrew.
Our deepest and heartfelt sympathy,
Vicki (formerly Eymann) and David Bouchard, Todd and Ashleigh Eymann, Adrien and Etienne Bouchard
ps. Todd had an opportunity to meet Andrew last summer at Crossfit Vancouver where he works out. They shook hands etc and at the time Todd was puzzled by how familiar he looked (not realizing that this was his long lost buddies big brother as Andrew had been introduced by his gym name). He had great things to say about Andrew and was so sad that he didn’t realize at the time that he was meeting John’s brother.
Dr. Nuttall & Family:
We would like to offer our deepest condolences. Our thoughts are with you and your family.
Captain Michael Hoch
To the family of Lieutenant Andrew Nuttall,
I was the Captain of Air Canada’s flight 191 from Toronto to Victoria on 31 December. Although deeply saddened, it was an honour for me and my entire crew to be part of Andrew’s final journey. Over 100 members of the Peel Regional Police, Pearson Airport Fire Dept and Air Canada ground personnel, assembled on the airport ramp in Toronto to offer their respect.
On behalf of all those involved, please accept our condolences.
Godspeed Andrew Nuttall
Barry E. ashton
Rest in Peace, andrew
Dear Dr. Nuttall and family,
I send you my deepest condolences regarding the loss of your dear son Andrew.
You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
On behalf of myself and my husband and family I send my deepest condolences to the family and friends of Andrew Nuttal As a fellow Canadian we can only say Thank-you for the sacrifice your son has given to help and protect others in a faraway country on behalf of all Canadians we will remember him with pride as you will with love. Sincere Sympathy for your loss, Donna and Derk Lucas..
Julie and Rick Marzolf
To the loving family and friends of Andrew Nuttall-
I am one of thousands of fellow Canadians who mourn with you over the loss of your son, born the same year as one of our own children.
It’s easy to envision Andrew in the heartfelt words used to express his life, full of meaning, respect and compassion. Our country continues to experience the freedom of “ordinary miracles” due to Andrew’s service and sacrifice.
My husband and I will continue to hold you in our prayers and hearts as you live without your beloved son this side of heaven.
While no words are adequate, we wanted to communicate the loss that is felt by fellow citizens who only knew of Andrew as “one of our brave soldiers”.
ROSS & SUSAN HOLLOWAY
To the Nuttall Family & Friends,
It is with deep sadness that we are writing to you.
Please accept our most sincere condolences, and our deepest sympathies at this very difficult time.
We did not know Andrew, however over the last little while we have begun to know the type of man, human being and Canadian that he represented (was). What a terrible loss of such a wonderful Canadian.
We as Canadians are grateful for Andrews service to his country and our families. It is proud & heroic Canadians like Andrew who keep us and this country safe.
Please believe me that his passing will not be in vain, and that we believe in what he was trying to accomplish in Afghanistan.
Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time.
Ross & Susan Holloway
Dear Richard and Jane. We were greatly saddened to read of the tragic loss of your very brave and gifted son Andrew.
No parent should suffer the loss of a child under
any circumstances, but we hope you will find some comfort in knowing that Andrew died bravely defending our country and its values.
Our sympathies to you and your entire family.
Stan and Elizabeth Tick[Minden—Beulah Avenue]
LCol Doug Poitras
Dear Nuttall Family
I will cherish the memory, a few short years old, when Andy, along with Patty and the CrossFit gang, introduced a whole new way of attaining physical fitness to my unit, The Royal Westminster Regiment. His spirit and drive were infectious, as in turn was our sense of service and duty… resulting in his enrolment. His legacy lives on as the CrossFit Program continues to improve the fitness and confidence of those soldiers, past, present and future who also wish to help make the world a better place.
On behalf of all Westies please accept my sincerest sympathy for your loss.
D.M. (Doug) Poitras
The Royal Westminster Regiment
While I did not know your son, I so appreciate what he was trying to do for the people in Afghanistan. May Andrew’s memory live on in your hearts and may you be comforted by the thoughts and prayers of his fellow Canadians who honour his commitment.
To the Nuttal Family,
I am so very sorry to learn of the death of your son and brother, Andrew, while he was serving our country in Afganistan. From his photo I see a beautiful young man and from his actions I know his heart must have been full of kindness and courage. Your family is in my prayers.
retired from Mount St. Mary Hospital
To the family of Lieutenant Andrew Richard Nuttall
I read the notice about your beloved Andrew in The Globe of Saturday, January 2, 2010. It moved me. And these lines are to send my heart felt sympathy. You describe a wonderful human being. And the notice reveals your beliefs and values in these words: “He was protecting the most vulnerable of the world. He … [was] reaching out … to make a positive change in this small global village of ours.” Thank goodness there are people like your Andrew and the family who raised him to hold such values.
Just now I am editing the letters of my grandfather from the front of the first world war. He did not come home like your Andrew. I wish you all the strength necessary, strength which will also come from your family and friends. Your Andrew will live forever.
Respectfully, Sabine Bunten
Tears of Joy, this sad, sad day
Our brave soldier is on His way.
He rests in peace at God’s side
Waiting for his Friend’s to arrive.
Life well lived, to the fullest
Chasing dreams so far away
Time to rest, you’ve done your deed
We shall soldier on , its our creed.
Brian and Margi Hennen
Dear Rick and Jane and Family,
Margi and I send you our deepest sympathy on the loss of your very dear son, Andrew. We cannot imagine the nature of your feelings but do appreciate the depth of pride you expressed in the Globe’s obituary. We never met Andrew but we owe him and his colleagues a dept of gratitude on behalf of all Canadians who value the quality of our lives in this precious country. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Brian and Margi Hennen
Gerald & Jyl Talsma
We offer our heartfelt sympathy on your profound loss.
Andy was a dear friend and brother-in-arms of our son, Bryce. We had the privilege of meeting Andy when he attended Bryce & Laura’s wedding last June.
Bryce & Andy shared many experiences during officer’s training, their posting to 1st Battalion 1PPCLI in Edmonton and most recently their deployment to Afghanistan. Bryce was honored to carry Andy’s coffin at the ramp ceremony in Kandahar.
May God’s abiding love and the ongoing support of family, friends and caring Canadians uphold you.
Although I am a total stranger to you and your family, I felt compelled to let you know that the loss of Andrew is something that may seem to go unnoticed but is indeed mourned by every caring Canadian from coast to coast to coast. I have a 30 year old daughter and I can’t imagine the pain that you must be feeling. Maybe there will be some solice for your family and friends in knowing that your son had the courage of his convictions to do what he believed so strongly in and that he dared to tread where others often fear to go. You clearly brought him up as an outstanding young man. I hope his glorious memory will help you as you attempt to come to terms with his tragic loss.
Capt Lynnette MacKay
I offer strength to get through this rainy day of the funeral.
My heartfelt condolences to you and your family. Thank you for the sacrifice that your son Andrew gave to help the Afgani people and to the rest of the world for trying to bring peace. May God in all his mercy give you strength at this very trying time
valerie spohn , mark lindholm
valerie spohn sent you this message:
My step son Erik is in Khandahar . Your news is very moving for us on that front as well as the ultimate sacrifice ‘ Nutts ” has made to make our world a better place. I really liked his lopsided grin at once. Your obit has been written ( and read ) with so much love that we must come to Christ Church today to ” stand up for him ” and those of his family and friends left behind – until we all meet again , with those who have gone on ahead .
God Bless him. I know he’s been welcomed there ! We are all so very proud of him.
much love to all his friends and family.
Valerie , Mark and LS Erik Lindholm
The message was sent in reference to Lt. Andrew Richard Nuttall:
To the Nuttall Family;
I am so terribly sorry for your loss, my condolences to you and your family. Your son has given to all more reasons to be proud of our military.
The sacrifice for this beautiful soul will never be forgotten. I have lost so many friends to this war, but there is no a day that goes by without thinking of all those that we lost.
Thank you “Drew” for been there for us, please protects those that still fighting every day.
Sue and Kerry Klokeid
My son is currently serving in Afganistan, and attended the ramp ceremony for your wonderful son, I can imagine no greater loss than yours and our hearts are with you and your family. A loss of one Candadian so brave is a loss to us all. May the memories of your beloved son continue always to supply you with love and joy.
Much love, Sue and Kerry Klokeid
From our family to yours,we send our heartfelt sympathies and condolences,on the untimely passing of your son Andrew.
Treasure all your memories,as these,in the days and months to come,will bring you comfort and joy.
Thank you Andrew,for laying down your life,so that we can all continue to live in a safer country,a safer world.
Thank you for trying to make a difference to the lives of those living in a country,that is not as safe,or as fortunate,as our country – through your beliefs and support of various humanitarian societies,the work you were involved in,in Afganistan felt right to you,and for that we have the utmost respect for you.Thank you.
We will not forget Andrew’s sacrifice or his personal quest to support the vulnerable as he strived to stay true to his values. His deeds humble us. Please accept our condolences.
Chris and John Crone
The loss of a child at any age is the worst a parent can suffer( as we unfortunately learned a few years ago) and our hearts go out to you at this difficult time,. We can only pray that your sorrow is tempered, to some degree, by the knowledge that you brought into the world such a wonderful and selfless young man, who willingly risked his life for his country and mankind.
Our prayers and thoughts are with you, your family and friends as you mourn your sad loss
Saanich Mayor Frank Leonard
Our community mourns your loss. We are proud of your son, as we are proud of our country’s sons and daughters who are in uniform to protect us and serve others. Thank you for providing opportunities for the general public to express their sorrow – and we hope it gives you some comfort.
With deepest sympathy,
Mayor Frank Leonard
As a mother of three sons I am very sad to hear about the loss of your courageous hero.I will keep you in my prayers,you should be very proud of his legacy.
Dear Jane and Nuttall family,
I am so sorry for the loss of your son. My heart aches knowing you have to suffer this dear-heart. I pray you sense God’s presence and strength as you walk thru these crazy days.
Dear Dr. Nutall and family, I am so terribly sorry for your loss. You have been in my thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, Joan Walls
Rosina T. Schmidt
Dear Nuttal Family,
As a mother of a soldier in Afghanistan my heart breaks whenever one of ‘ours’ loses his/her life for the good cause they belived in and so bravely fought for.
They are not only HEROS in our hearts but in the hearts of all Canadians.
With deepest sypmpathy,
Rosina T. Schmidt
Dear Mr. and Mrs. Nuttall,
I wish to extend my condolences to you and your family on the tragic death of your son, Andrew.
I do not often read the obituaries section, however the profile of your son was most impressive. He must leave a huge hole in your lives, and Canada has lost a fine example of what is good in our children.
You certainly have a lot to be proud of and I wish you well in returning to your daily lives as best you can. I suspect there are many Canadians who share my thoughts.
My heart goes out to you all upon the most devastating loss of your dearly beloved son. He certainly sounds as though he was very motivated and had great enthusiasm for life. His sense of caring and kindness is quite evident and the ultimate sacrifice of his life while doing the work he believed in says it all.
Hang on to all your precious meomories and the thought that he is in the arms of our most merciful God will, hopefully, bring you comfort.
My son was with the PPCLI for 10 years. He went to Bosnia-Herzegovina for 2 peace keeping tours and suffered some trauma because of that. I was very relieved when he finally came back. Our Canadian children have been raised with a lot of love and care and most of them have that very helping attitude.
God bless you all and I will keep you in my prayers.
Maria and Joel Neal
Any person whose life is taken serving our great country deserves our utmost respect.
Our deepest condolences to the entire Nuttall family.
We were just at McCall Brothers’ Funeral Home December 30th saying our last goodbye to our Dad, who passed away on Christmas Day. We are joined in mourning.
Len and Teresa Foreman
We cannot begin to imagine what you are feeling. Our son Jason who is serving in Afganistan did training with Andrew to go to Afganistan and they became good friends and where going to meet up on their leave. Jason tells us he was a great guy and will be very much missed.
Our prayers and thoughts are with you every day even though we have never meet. It is always the one thing you dread when you know your brave son has put his life on the line to try to make this a better world.
Len and Teresa Foreman
Lesley and Don McPherson
Dear Jane and Richard and John
Words cannot express how sad we feel for the tragic loss of your wonderful son and brother to John and the immense sadness you are all going through. What a hero he was to go over there and fight for both those poor people there and for us here so that we can be living a safer life.in Canada.
We knew Andy both at primary school and through cub scouts. We remember him as a wonderful and fun loving young boy. We lost contact with him during his later years but from reading his blogs and in hearing from his friends he matured into a man of whom you can be very proud.
Our heartfelt condolences.
Lesley and Don
Ann and Dan Costache
Dear Richard Jane and John,
We send our love and deepest sympathy to you, on the loss of your son and brother. We pray for God to help you through this difficult time. We will join you in prayer tomorrow at Andrew’s funeral. God bless you all.
Ann and Dan Costache
Dear Mr. and Mrs. Nuttall and family:
Please accept my deepest sympathy in the sudden loss of your son. We are all very proud of Andrew as a fine young man who was brave and respected by all who knew him. May Canada’s shared grief give you some solace during this difficult time.
Sue and Anthony Arnold
How can we ever express our thanks and our sorrow at the loss of your beautiful son who gave his life for others and for this great country. You must be very proud of him and we know how much he was loved by you and your family. From the bottom of our hearts we say thank you to your son for his bravery, for his aspirations and for doing what he believed in – few people accomplish what he has in his short life. Our hearts go out to you in your loss and know that there are millions of Canadians who are proud and so very thankful for the contributions of your son. May he be watching over you and know that he is appreciated beyond words and that a whole Nation offers their sympathy to you. As a Mother I cannot comprehend how you are coping with his loss, but I hope that you know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Thank you Andy!
Sue and Tony Arnold
I would like to offer my condolences to the family members and friends of Andrew. As a parent of a son who is the same age as Andrew, I was moved by your son’s dedication to want to make a meaningful contribution.I believet your son’s courage provides inspiration to other young people in Canada to be purposeful in their lives.
My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Dearest Dr. Nuttall(slim) and Mrs. Nuttall,
My deepest condolences to you and your family.You must be very proud of Andrew and all he has accomplished in his short life. May God bless and keep him,and you and your family in these darkest of times.
With my deepest sympathy,
Renee Graham and family.
Deb and Ian Paterson
To the Nuttall Family
The loss of your dear, dear son affected our family immeasurably. Andy was an army colleague of our son Andrew, having trained together in Gagetown, NB. We had the enormous pleasure to meet Andy a couple of times when he came to our house at Lawrencetown Beach in Nova Scotia to go surfing. He was the finest of human beings. They don’t come any better. When our Andrew heard the news later on that fateful day, he was absolutely devastated. We all were. Many tears were shed in our household as indeed they were across the country. Our hearts ache for you and hope you will somehow find your way through this most difficult period.
To the Nuttall Family;
While I don’t know your family, I can only grasp how you are feeling right now. Every time I hear about another Canadian soldier lost in Afghanistan, I cringe to think about how the familys are met by military personnel, to be told about their lost loved one. I think Andrew’s death was particularly emotional because he is a local boy, from home, close to home. I don’t say that to dimish the losses of other lives, but this is so close to home, it seems to hurt more.
Thank you, Andrew, for truly showing us what it means to be Canadian; I admire your bravery to go over to Afghanistan and to do what is right. Words cannot express how sorry I am about your passing. As I write this tears are streaming down my face, because I cannot comprehend how your life and your family’s lives have now changed. I am incredibly thankful for all the brave men and women who deploy overseas — the sacrifices you make on behalf of all Canadians makes us forever indebted to you.
My best wishes to the entire Nuttall family.
Please accept my deepest sympathy for the tragic loss of Andrew Nuttall. He was clearly an individual who made a significant impact on those around him and lost his life making a struggling country a better place to live.
This is a sad loss.
I. Anne Fedora
My sincerest condolences to Dr. Richard Nuttall, your wife Jane, and cherished brother John, on the tragic loss of your beloved son/brother Lt. Andrew Richard Nuttall, taken all too soon.
Andrew was loving. vibrant, energetic and most promising to succeed in life, & in aiding those in need to rebuild their lives.
He travelled his own path in what he truly believed.
Andrew lived life to the fullest, & encouraged others to do so.
Canada mourns the loss of its young men and women who have sacrificed their lives in battle. We shall remember them.
With Deepest Sympathy………….I. Anne Fedora
Dear Richard, Jane and John,
Without the courage of people like Andrew there would be no defence for the most vulnerable of the world. He is a hero.
I am ex-navy and my heart breaks whenever a fellow enlistee passes. With a heavy heart I offer you my thanks for giving us people like your son/brother/friend Andrew to do what many others do not have the passion or ability to do.
Andrews friends, Joel, and I are football buddies and he asked me to have a beer for him and Andrew, and make a toast to him. I have every intention of doing just that tonight, prior to the Jets game. I will speak to what Andrew did for us and for those less able to fight for themselves. He is a hero. Hold your heads high and know that we all full of love and appreciation for what Andrew and you, his family, have sacrificed.
We do not know your family but we send our condolences. We share your loss in his death and your pride in his accomplishments. He will be remembered.
Brent and Heather Harlton
Connie & Ed English
The family and friends of Lt. Nuttall are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. Please accept our deepest and heartfelt sympathy. May God grant to all who mourn his loss comfort and peace and may God grant him eternal rest.
I am soo sorry for your loss
My prayers are with you
As ordinary Canadians who did not know Andrew personally, we would like the Nuttall family to know that we, too, are grieving the loss of a selfless Canadian. Our sympathies are with you for the great loss you have suffered in losing a wonderful son.
Nancy and Peter Vivian
Gail & Stan Adams
Dear Jane, Richard & John
We were so sad to see the Ottawa newspaper confirm that Richard had passed away in this terrible war. We can’t even imagine the grief you must feel and yet, we’re so proud of him for serving our Country and risking everything in order that others can be free.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and so many others.
May God bless.
Gail & Stan Adams
LGen (Retired) Ray Crabbe
On behalf of my wife Brenda, please accept our sincere and heartfelt condolences on the loss of Andrew. I met Andrew only briefly in Edmonton a few years ago, and was very impressed with his professionalism and exceptional leadership. As a fellow Patricia, I know you will find some comfort in his wonderful contribution to the underpriveleged people of the world in Afghanistan.You can be very proud of your brave and loyal son.
Ray Crabbe (Lieutenant-General Retired)
Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry
I am so sorry for the loss of you son Andrew. I can not imagine the grief that your family is going through. Our men and women believe so strongly in the mission that they are sent on and go there make a difference for all of us to live a safer life. I am also a mother of a soldier. He is back in Kandahar for his second time. He has just gone through 3 long years of recovery from his last tour. But wanted to go back as he felt cheated as his injuries were not sustained out on the battle field and also not being able to do his complete tour. When I asked him if he has nightmares of his accident he said no just the horror of seeing his friends being killed. I wait in fear each day for my nightmare again of having the door bell ring and to open it to find the Military standing there. Andrew is a Hero and will remain in our hearts forever as one of our Brave and Selfless Canadian Soldiers.
Hugh C. Stewart
Richard, please accept my deepest sympathy in the tragic loss of your gallant son Andrew. Marylan has given Bruce Chadwick and I your home address, and I will write further. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Your erstwhile, childhood neighbour (481 Dundurn),
Judy & Bill Woodley
Dear Jane: I just learned this morning, that this wonderful young man, Andrew, was your son. Although it was many, years ago Jane (growing up in Ottawa) that we last saw each other,
please accept our heartfelt condolences. We can’t imagine how devastated, and yet immensely proud of Andrew, you and your family must be.
Our hearts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time.
Judy (Bonnar) Woodley & Bill Woodley
Judy & Bill Woodley
Dear Jane: I just learned this morning, that this wonderful young man, Andrew, was your son. It has been many years Jane (back in Ottawa) since I have seen you. Please accept our heartfelt condolences. We can’t imagine how devastated, and yet immensely proud of Andrew, you and your family must be.
Our hearts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time.
Love, Judy (Bonnar)Woodley & Bill Woodley
Michael C. Ritchie---RSM(Ret"d)--1PPCLI
Sincerest condolences on the loss of your son,obviously I did not know him but from what I have read and heard about him, he was a bloody outstanding soldier, Patrcia& Canadian. It would have been a honour & privlege to have served with him.Chimo!Michael C. Ritchie RSM(Ret”d) 1-PPCLI
Carina and David Ayriss
Richard, Jane and John… although it has been many years since West Bay School – we still remember you ( friends of ours now live in your old house) – and the many happy hours our boys all played together – John, Philip and Alan… shadowing Andrew and his older friends, through the forests of West Bay School, the very memorable cub camps, and so much more…
We just wanted to let you know we are thinking of you during this difficult time and send our love and thoughts. We remember your golden boy and honour his sacrifice …and offer what little we can with our thoughts and prayers for you.
with loving thoughts Carina and David Ayriss West Vancouver
Rest easy, Hero, knowing that your selfless sacrifice helped make this world a little better. You will never be forgotten.
My deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Lt. Nuttall, there are no words to ease your pain, my heart aches for you on the loss of your son. Your son is a HERO and gave the ultimate sacrfice his life to keep us safe. God Bless him for that. To you his parents you also gave the ultimate sacrfic your son, and he will never be forgotten. My son was KIA Sept. 3 08 Cpl. MIke Seggie age 21 i know there is nothing anyone can say to ease your pain, just know that you are in our thughts and prayers.
Be proud of what you son did and hold the memories in your heart forever.
God grant you the strenght to get through the days ahead, stay strong
Sharon and Gene Quan
Dear Rick, Jane and John,
We are deeply saddened to learn of Andrew’s death. Our hearts go out to you at this most difficult time. You have been in our prayers.
We knew Andrew best when he was a real team player in soccer and an eager, curious cub scout. Gene remembers one special time during and evening scout outing in the snow up at Cypress Mountain. Andrew threw himself into the snow fights and played himself out. His smiles and pleasure of that night were infectious. His sincerity and goals to do the right thing were apparent then. These are the memories of Andrew that we will keep in our hearts.
With our deepest sympathies,
Gene and Sharon Quan
Dear Dr. Nuttall and family,
My heartfelt empathy and compassion are with you and your family in your deep grief and tragic loss of your courageous caring son Andrew on a battlefield far from home. He was an exceptionally fine young man in the service of a higher good for all humanity, just as unselfishly as you and your wife Jane also give so often for the wellbeing of others, both here and far from home.
With sincerest sympathy, sadness, and appreciation,
Please accept my condolences and know that your loss is felt by all members of the Paticias family. I attended with the President of the Kingston Branch on Monday at the Repatriation and was moved by the demonstrations of support by the large turnout of your family and close friends and for the first time saw the large number of people from Trenton who showed up outside the gates. Reading the information posted about Andrew tells me that his passing will be a great loss to the Patricias and to his country. Our hearts are with you as you face this sad loss.
Michael and Beth Davies
Dear Richard, Jane and John along with extended family,
we were very saddened to hear about Andys tragic passing. Our deepest condolences and prayers are with you at this difficult time. What Andy was doing was a very selfless and brave act of true courage to lead his troops in battle. Andys terrific smile would lighten a room instantly, clearly he was a bright light and very talented man. Canada has lost a true hero.
Our Love Always,
Michael & Beth Davies
Arlene Murray, Gord, Kyle, Krista & Jenn
Dear Jane, Richard & John
Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time. We are so sorry to hear of your great loss. Andrew is a son and brother of whom you can be very proud.
Arlene,Gord,Kyle,Krista & Jennifer
Jim Stanton, Major (Ret'd)
To The Nuttall Family:
On behalf of Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) Vancouver, please accept our condolences for the loss of your brave son in the service of our nation.
Canada is proud of Andrew’s accomplishements and weeps at his departure.
We shall remember.
Jim Stanton, President
michael and denise redman
We do not know you, or had the pleasure of knowing your son Andrew. But reading todays obituary of his accomplished young life, feeling your pride and deep loss, we feel compelled to reach out to say: we are so proud of him too, of how well he and others represent our country and its values. Like so many other Canadians, we mourn this and all other losses of our fine military people. We are thinking of you.
Sheila M. MacDonald
Dear Dr. Nuttall and family: After reading the obituary of your son, Andrew, I am even more touched by his sacrifice for us all. What a fine young man who has left a wonderful legacy. You may indeed be proud of him.
I can’t image how you must feel to loose a son in war, fighting for our freedom. I can imagine that every phone call you got you were afraid that something had happen to Andrew. It always breaks my heart every time I hear a soldier was killed. They are all such brave man and woman. He as well as you are in my prayers and let us hope it was all not in vain. That this brutal war might come to an end soon. Gone too soon.
They never can be forgotten.
To Andrew who gave of the ultimate sacrifice for the betterment of others, my heartfelt gratitude. To the parents and family who have lost their brave and wonderful son and friend, condolences at the immense loss of this wonderful man. May you be comforted in knowing his life will be forever remembered for the good he sacrificed his life to.
Richard, Jane and family;
We offer our deepest condolences. We are, as, I am sure are you, immensely proud of Andrew and the ultimate sacrifice he has paid on behalf of all Canadians to protect our deepest and essential values.
I am certain you will keep forever close to your hearts the precious memory of Andrew and the other courageous fallen Canadians who have given their lives on our behalf.
We will never forget!
Stephen, Karen, Tim, Dan and Luke Holland
My heart aches for you and your family. The loss of such a fine young man as Andrew is a intense blow for our country and for this community he called home. The values he demonstrated are the best Canada has to offer the world. I hope you will find some solace in knowing the sacrifice made is greatly appreciated and that his life was an inspiration.
Chris and Susan Thomson
To the Nuttall Family,
Our hearts go out to you and your family on the loss of your son Andrew. We too have a son, Andrew, who is serving as a legal officer with Judge Advocate General in Kandahar. As parents, we do not raise our children to be placed in harm’s way. Yet these brave young people willingly serve their country and profession with honour and dignity knowing full well the dangers they face.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.
To the family of Lt. Andrew Richard Nuttall: I would like to convey my sincerest sympathies to you on the tragic loss of your lovely son, Andrew. I am the mother of a Canadian Forces soldier from CFB Petawawa, with the Royal Canadian Dragoons. My son was severely injured in an IED explosion in November, and I was fortunate that he was brought home to me to recover. I cannot help but share in the sadness that you are experiencing, and I want you to know that so many of us share in this loss. Your son has a long and impressive resume, and he sacrificed his life doing something that was for the greater good. I know you must be extremely proud, even in your deep grief. Please know that the prayers of a family of kindred souls are with you now, hoping and praying that you will find peace in this very difficult time. God Bless you all.
To: Richard and Jane Nuttall family
Please accept my sincerest and heartfelt condolances on the loss of Andrew. Andrew has paid the ultimate price for his service to Canada and his sacrifice has made it a better world and made me feel very proud of Canada and of being a Canadian.
I pray that you will find comfort in the knowledge that Andrew died a true hero.
We wish to express our admiration for your sons courage and committment to making our world a better place for all. It is with sadness we read of his passing and the loss of his fallen comrades. We did not know these men but each time we are greeted with the news of the loss of one of “our” soldiers it is felt with great sadness. and heartfelt sympathy for those they left to grieve their passing. You as a famly are held in our thoughts and prayers at this time.
Jane and Barry Young
Peter & Iona Heigh
We send you our heartfelt condolences at the loss of your son. Words can not explain our sadness. Our thougths and prayers are with your family always. Andrew’s memory will always be in the hearts of those who loved him and those whom he touched.
Our son Pte. Daniel Heigh served under Andrew’s leadership during the same deployment. He was very fortunate to to have been under his leadership and was deeply upset over Andrew’s death.
We will always remember Andrew in our hearts and will remember your family in our prayers everyday.
I did not know your son, but I felt moved by what he stood for and for the effect he had on others. When I read his obituary I felt very proud to live in a city, and a country, where your son’s presence has touched so many.
Pader Brach – Victoria, B.C.
Laura Lee Mazzocca
To The Nutall Family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time of great sorrow. Andrew is a hero and he will always be remembered for this willingness and desire to make this world a better place for mankind.
Like so many others across the country, I was deeply affected by the descriptions of Andrew’s generosity of spirit and his faith in his work, which were exceptional and inspiring. Please accept my deepest condolences.
a victoria parent who also grieves the loss of your beloved child. may you be comforted in your grief.
To the Nuttall Family:
As a mother of a Canadian soldier, please accept my condolences on the tragic loss of your son, brother and friend Andrew. I believe so strongly in the Canadian mission and know in my heart that each young Canadian who serves is giving their strength and youth to an important fight.
He did not die in vain, rather giving to others in the most unselfish way.
The obituary in the Globe and Mail has led us to express our deepest sympathies. Your son must have been an amazing human being. we cannot begin to understand your loss.
From parents in the Maritimes who grieve for you.
Joy & Keith Goudge
Thank you, Andrew for your commitment to our country. We are well aware of what it takes to make the sacrifice you have made as we are well connected to the military; A father and uncle who were career Soldiers, a brother in law in the Black Watch, a brother who was air force for 32 yrs, a son in law who is currently an officer in the air force, and a grandson who is at RMC in the navy.
Go to your eternal peace; you have earned it and our thanks for your work. Joy and Keith Goudge.
LT-Cmdr,The Rev'd A D Lee(ret'd)
As a former Naval Chaplain and onetime member of the Canadian Airborne Regiment allow me to offer my deepest sympathy in the loss of your son. Be assured he died in the attempt to try to make this a better world. May the people of Canada and Afghanistan honour his sacrifice and may you continue to feel God’s healing Grace now and in the future. With every Blessing, The Rev’d A Donald Lee
No words can express the condolences of any family in such a death of a young man in defence of a goal such as he was set out to achieve. We hope that his goals have been not lost because of his tragic death and that his ideals will be continued with the other brave men he commanded and served with.
Sincerely, speaking for the Peycha family in the province of Ontario and the Poremba family also in Ontario.
My sympathy to the family. Andrew passed away a hero, trying to make this a better world for all of us.
Dear Richard, Jane and John,
On this day we honoured our heroes.
Andrew will never be forgotten.
My thoughts are with you.