John Andrew Beall (“Andy”) died on the 20th of March, 2023. We say “died” because like the comedian George Carlin, Andy was uncomfortable with soft language like “passed away”, thinking that it had the tendency to obscure the sometimes harsh truths of human existence.
Andy was born in Mineola, New York in 1949. When he was born the doctor slapped his rear and slapped his face and said “Twins!” When Andy was young his mother gave him a black raincoat with yellow dashes on the back of it and told him to go stand in the street to wait for the bus. He survived.
Andy was a Vietnam veteran, a father, a raconteur, a misfit, and an autodidact. He was well-traveled, having lived in five different countries before the age of eighteen. He was a lover of classic literature, martial arts, philosophy, rock n’ roll, and comedy. He enjoyed motorcycles and long-distance riding, from cross-country trips in the USA to rides across other countries like Australia and much of Southeast Asia. He made a living from computers before most people knew what they were. He had a fierce imagination, loved his children and grandchildren, and had little to no regrets.
Andy was preceded in death by his father, John Beall, his beloved mother, Sylvia Beall and his brother Scott Beall. He is survived by his brother, Brandon Beall, the mother of his children, Patricia Cotter, his children Joy Brock, Charity Beall (Tony), Daniel Beall (Verónica), his grandchildren Katia, Roxanne, Ashley, Emma, and Roman and his cat Tommy.
Donations in his memory can be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, though Andy was quite the cynic, so maybe you can hold on to your money.
Andy will be honored in a celebration of his life on Saturday April 22nd from 5-8 pm at Central Park Community Hall at 1755 Town Park Blvd, Uniontown, Ohio. We will enjoy dinner together and share our favorite stories about him. Please be aware that excessive praise may elicit a few choice words from the great beyond.
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