Andrew (Andy) Mark Davis
August 24, 1957 to April 27, 2016
It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Andy Davis, age 58, of Ridgway, Colorado following a fall in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah on April 27, 2016.
Proud and loving father to Alex Zaphod and Ajax Harrison, he also leaves behind him his wife and soul mate Suzanne Colleen Haag, with whom he found deep happiness.
Andy’s life cannot be meaningfully summed up in in a few words. Born in Hertfordshire, England on 24th August 1957, he was always a true adventurer. From a young age, he loved the pull of nature and would chase every opportunity to experience its wild, unpredictable beauty, often heading at a moment’s notice to the hills and mountains of Derbyshire, the Yorkshire Dales or the Peak District.
The son of Ian and Janine Davis and much-loved older brother of Nicola and Kate, Andy attended school in Hemel Hempstead, England. In his early 20’s, Andy left the United Kingdom to travel the world. He stopped when he found Colorado, which quickly became his physical and spiritual home. He adored and was bewitched by the mountains, being continually drawn to their seasonal beauty and found solace and meditation within them. His spirit will now remain forever a part of their rugged magnificence.
Andy was a talented artist, photographer and musician and in the snow season could be found creating intricate ice-sculptures, enjoyed by the local community. Skiing and camping with his sons Alex and Ajax held the most special place in his heart.
He loved to ski in the mountains surrounding Telluride. Working the ski lifts over many a winter seasons and then working in construction so he could continue living and skiing where he called his home. He built his own home and owned several businesses in construction in Telluride.
Andy will be remembered for his natural compassion, kindness, enthusiasm for life and his ability to love and forgive, all of which have been an inspiration and lesson to those lives he has touched. He gave up construction to start a hobby farm in Ridgway, Colorado and found a new spiritual focus in sharing his learning and wisdom, helping others by volunteering to work with the dying at HopeWest Hospice, alongside learning to become a Spiritual Life Coach.
Andy is survived by his wife Suzanne, sons Alex and Ajax, mother Janine, sisters Nicola and Kate, step-children Cailin and Raymond as well as members of extended family in the United Kingdom and friends who have shared his many adventures. He is predeceased by his father Ian Davis.
“The basic difference between an ordinary man and a warrior is that a warrior takes everything as a challenge while an ordinary man takes everything as a blessing or a curse.”
― Carlos Castaneda