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May 25, 2005

Blair student passes away

by Alex Mazerov, Page Editor, Danny Scheer, Page Editor and Grace Harter, Page Editor


Senior Andrew Helgeson died unexpectedly at his home Wednesday morning, May 25. He was to receive the Terry Hicks award, a highly prestigious scholarship, on Wednesday night.
Students sign a banner in memory of senior Andrew Helgeson, who passed away on May 25. Hannah Rosen
Students sign a banner in memory of senior Andrew Helgeson, who passed away on May 25.

Just before dismissal at 2:10 p.m., SGA President Sebastian Johnson made an announcement on the school's intercom to inform students of Helgeson's death.

The Blair Counseling Office organized an afterschool forum for friends and acquaintances to remember Helgeson in the SAC. "They shared little anecdotes and funny stories about Andrew," said Helgeson's history teacher and lacrosse coach, Robert Gibb. A large banner was mounted on a wall outside the SAC for students to sign and leave their thoughts.

Administrator Linda Wanner addressed grieving students at the impromptu gathering. "Sometimes things are unexpected. Bad things happen to good people," she said. "To be shocked and upset is understandable."
Andrew Helgeson's senior Yearbook photo.
<i>Photo courtesy of Silverlogue.</i>
Andrew Helgeson's senior Yearbook photo. Photo courtesy of Silverlogue.

Helgeson was a well known student. He served as sports editor of Blair's yearbook and as one of the four lacrosse captains. "The thing about Andrew is that he's not only known in the Blair community, but he's known throughout the entire lacrosse community," said Gibb. "It's a great loss for everyone."

On Tuesday night Helgeson attended the annual spring sports banquet where he received the Most Valuable Senior award for his role on the Blair lacrosse team. Helgeson was named First Team All-County for his position as goalie, the first time a Blair student has ever won the award.

Helgeson had been selected by Blair administrators to receive the Terry Hicks award, a scholarship given every year to an outstanding Blair student, leader and athlete, on Wednesday night.

Memorial contributions may be made to the R. Andrew Helgeson Memorial Foundation: P. O. Box 4024 Silver Spring , Maryland 20914-4024 A 501 (C) (3) Public Charity rahfoundation@comcast.net




IN MEMORIAM


HELGESON, RICHARD ANDREW 3/3/87 - 5/25/05
Victim of Sudden Cardiac Arrest
Happy 20th Birthday, Andrew! A wonderful son, brother, grandson,
teammate, lacrosse goalie, JCC counselor, friend, and truly good person,
you live on through your thoughtful acts of kindness. We miss you more
everyday.


We Love You, Mom, Dad and Jennifer





I AM
I am a curious, cautious guy.
I wonder what life will bring.
I hear the sunrise.
I see tomorrow's arrival.
I want to understand destiny.
I am a curious, cautious guy.

I pretend to not care.
I feel fear about what is yet to come.
I touch my crystal ball.
I worry about my consequences.
I cry about what I may miss.
I am a curious, cautious guy.

I understand actions have consequences.
I say I will make it fine later.
I dream that I will be successful.
I try to make the wrongs right.
I hope I will end up content.
I am a curious, cautious guy.

Andrew Helgeson, January 12, 2004



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  • Rita, Richad and Jennifer Helgeson (View Email) on May 29, 2015 at 2:56 AM
    May 28, 2015

    Dearest Andrew,
    May 25 th was the tenth year that you died. It is still is unbelievable that a healthy young man can just die. Although it seems like an eternity, it also seems like it occurred just yesterday. We are forever in that moment when you were tragically taken in a blink of an eye and all of your dreams were taken as well as ours. You deserved so much better. We miss your hugs and big smile and your big blue eyes. We miss you.

    Jennifer arranged a gathering of your friends to meet at your grave for a remembrance on May 25 th which was Memorial Day. We all miss you so much and with each heart beat we think of you and it means another second longer that you are gone. You are loved and missed more with each new day.

    Love always,
    Mom and Dad and Jennifer
    Andrew's family
  • Rita and Richard Helgeson (View Email) on March 3, 2015 at 1:39 AM
    Hi Editors: Please post this as soon as possible. Pease don't post these three sentences just what is below. We greatly appreciate your kindness. thanks.

    March 3, 2015
    Dearest Andrew,

    Happy Birthday to our dear son!! You would have been 28 years old on March 3 rd. You were such a perfect beautiful baby and a wonderful young man.
    It has been ten years since you have been denied celebrating your birthday. You died suddenly and inexplicably and it is still just as hard to comprehend. You deserved so much better. It will always be what could have been, what should have been and what would have been. Life is not fair at all. It is sad to see everything you are missing each day.

    You would have made this world a much better place. Andrew you were always so kind and caring and did so many nice things for everyone. Our hearts ache without you.

    We miss you more with each new day and with every heartbeat. We love you very much and miss you always.

    Love,
    Mom, Dad and Jennifer
    Your family forever

  • rip on June 4, 2014 at 11:16 PM
    I am a current Blair junior, so Andrew was way before my time, but I have often seen the stone in the stadium which his name is engraved on, along with the picture of the lacrosse stick. I have spent many gym classes, sports practices, and football games wondering just who he was, but I never checked. My friend just shared the annual lacrosse game on facebook, so I decided to google Andrew. When I found this article and read the comments I was heartbroken. Andrew sounds like an amazing guy and it is a tragedy that his life was cut so short. I just wanted to let his parents know that his legacy will continue to live on, and he is missed even by those who did not personally know him. RIP Andrew.
  • rip on June 4, 2014 at 11:15 PM
    I am a current Blair junior, so Andrew was way before my time, but I have often seen the stone in the stadium which his name is engraved on, along with the picture of the lacrosse stick. I have spent many gym classes, sports practices, and football games wondering just who he was, but I never checked. My friend just shared the annual lacrosse game on facebook, so I decided to google Andrew. When I found this article and read the comments I was heartbroken. Andrew sounds like an amazing guy and it is a tragedy that his life was cut so short. I just wanted to let his parents know that his legacy will continue to live on, and he is missed even by those who did not personally know him. RIP Andrew.
  • Rita and Richard Helgson (View Email) on May 25, 2014 at 1:35 PM
    May 25, 2014

    Dearest Andrew,
    How can it be nine long years that you have died? It is still unbelievable that you were deprived of the life you planned and the future we envisioned. We miss your positive outlook, compassion for others and sense of humor every day.

    You are missed with every heartbeat and every breath every second of the day. You deserved so much better.

    We Love and Miss You,
    Mom, Dad and Jennifer
    Your family always

  • Rita and Richard Helgeson (View Email) on February 24, 2014 at 8:25 PM
    March 3, 2014
    Happy Birthday Andrew!!!! March 3rd you would have been 27 years old. It is already the 9th birthday that you have been denied celebrating.

    We miss you with every heartbeat and more with each new day. It breaks our hearts that you could not live your dreams. You would have made the world a better place for all.

    We love and miss you.

    Love, Mom, Dad and Jennifer
    your family <3
  • Rita and Richard Helgeson on June 4, 2013 at 5:03 PM
    May 25th, 2013
    Dear Andrew,
    It is eight years today, May 25th, that you died suddenly and tragically at only 18 years old from Sudden Cardiac Arrest just a few days before graduating from high school. It will never make any sense since you were the healthiest person and never sick. You were so full of life and so good and kind. We miss you more with each new day and each heartbeat and we know how unfair your death is. You were denied everything you worked so hard to accomplish: your high school graduation, your proms, playing you lax games, your beach days, your college experiences, being a father and husband. The world has lost a STAR in everyway. We miss you so much. The years are long and hard without your bear hugs, jokes, kisses and my tears flow thinking of all you miss each day. All your dreams were taken away in a blink of an eye. Our hearts are broken forever.

    May 25th was proclaimed Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Day in Maryland by Governor Martin O’Malley in memory of Andrew. We love and miss you always. You deserved so much better- a long and healthy life. We know you would have enriched the world and everyone you touched.
    You are forever in our hearts every second of everyday.

    With love,
    Mom and Dad and Jennifer <3
  • Rita and Richard Helgeson (View Email) on March 2, 2013 at 3:19 AM
    March 3, 2013
    Dearest Andrew,
    Happy 26th birthday! It is eight long years that you have been denied celebrating your birthday. We miss you more with each new day. It is so hard to see all that you are missing. We will still never understand how such a wonderful young man who was so caring and good to all could have died suddenly and inexplicably and it is still just as hard to comprehend.

    If everyone was endowed with your soundness of mind, goodness of heart and purity of soul, what a wonderful world it would truly be. A great son, brother, grandson, teammate, lacrosse goalie, JCC counselor and friend, you live on through your thoughtful acts of kindness and the virtues you encourage in others.

    We love and miss you always. Our hearts are forever broken.
    Love,
    Rita, Richard and Jennifer
    Andrew's family
  • Rita and Richard Helgson (View Email) on March 2, 2013 at 3:15 AM
    March 3, 2013
    Dearest Andrew,
    Happy 26th birthday! It is eight long years that you have been denied celebrating your birthday. We miss you more with each new day. It is so hard to see all that you are missing. We will still never understand how such a wonderful young man who was so caring and good to all could have died suddenly and inexplicably and it is still just as hard to comprehend.

    If everyone was endowed with your soundness of mind, goodness of heart and purity of soul, what a wonderful world it would truly be. A great son, brother, grandson, teammate, lacrosse goalie, JCC counselor and friend, you live on through your thoughtful acts of kindness and the virtues you encourage in others.

    We love and miss you always. Our hearts are forever broken.
    Love,
    Rita, Richard and Jennifer
    Andrew's family
  • Rita and Richard Helgeson (View Email) on June 2, 2012 at 10:15 AM
    June 2, 2012
    Dear Andrew,
    May 25th was the seventh anniversary of your death. We miss you more each day and with every heartbeat. You had planned to graduate from law school this May. To see all that you miss every day is heart breaking.

    Today, June 2nd, we are having the R. Andrew Helgeson Memorial Alumni Lacrosse Game. Oh, the fun you would have had. We wish you could be with us.
    We miss your hugs, jokes and everything about you. Your smile and blue eyes lit up our world. You were truly our SUN.

    Love always,
    Rita, Richard and Jennifer <3
  • Joshua Blockstein on May 25, 2012 at 10:02 PM
    Really moving to read the article and all the comments. While I am far too young to have known Andrew, he has left behind a legacy of leadership and excellence that make me proud to be a part of Blair and Blair Lacrosse. As a current blair goalie too, it is really touching to hear about someome so successful in lacrosse and yet so complete in other aspectas well, and it sets a standard for everyone to reach for, to carry on his memory, including at the memorial game next weekend
    RIP Andrew
  • Kara on March 4, 2012 at 9:56 AM
    Helgeson Family and Andrew,
    I am not daily reader of the Post's Metro section, however twice a year for the past 5 years your memoriams to Andrew find me. Every March and May when I see Andrew's handsome, strong face looking back at me from the page my heart breaks for you again. As the mother of three healthy boys, who are currently much younger than Andrew was, I cannot imagine inexplicably losing one.
    Sending love and strength to all of you and everyone who loved Andrew.
  • Rita and Richard Helgeson Andrew's parents (View Email) on March 1, 2012 at 2:01 PM
    March 3, 2012

    Dearest Andrew,
    Saturday, March 3rd would have been your 25th birthday. It is hard to believe that you have been denied celebrating your birthday for 7 years already. You were a beautiful, perfect and wonderful baby, toddler and young man. We miss you more with each new day. It is difficult to see all that you are missing. This May you had planned to graduate from law school. It breaks our hearts to see all the dreams that you and we had just taken away. You were the perfect son, brother, grandson and friend to all. You deserved so much better with a long and healthy life. You would have enriched the world and everyone you touched. Your death will never make sense. Our hearts are broken forever. We miss you with every breath and every heartbeat always.

    With all of our love always,
    Mom, Dad, and Jennifer <3
    Your family forever
  • so sad on June 18, 2011 at 5:22 PM
    RIP. May God continue to comfort his family and friends.
  • Rita and Richard Helgeson (View Email) on March 30, 2011 at 1:11 AM
    March 3, 2011
    To our dearest Andrew,
    March 3 rd would have been your 24 th birthday and it is the sixth birthday you have been denied celebrating. We miss you so much with every breath and every heart beat. You were our SUN and we are lost without you. You were a wonderful son and a truly good and kind young man. You... deserved a long and healthy life. We are so sorry. It hurts not to have you with us. You would already be finishing up your second year of law school. The world sure would be a better place with you in it. We love and miss you always.
    Love,
    Mom, Dad and Jennifer
  • Rita & Richard Helgeson (View Email) on May 25, 2010 at 11:19 AM
    HELGESON, RICHARD ANDREW
    3/3/87 – 5/25/05
    Victim of Sudden Cardiac Arrest
    After five years it is still unbelievable that you were deprived of the life you planned and the future we envisioned. We are brokenhearted without you. We miss you more everyday; time does little to heal the pain.
    We Love You, Mom, Dad and Jennifer
    http://www.andrewhelgeson.org
  • Rita and Richard Helgeson (View Email) on May 25, 2010 at 10:54 AM

    May 21, 2010 For Immediate Press Release:

    Governor Martin O’Malley proclaimed May 25, 2010 Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Day in Maryland in memory of Andrew Helgeson who died at 18 years old from Sudden Cardiac Arrest.

    Released by the R. Andrew Helgeson Memorial Foundation

    P O Box 4024 Silver Spring, MD 20914-4024 301-236-0448

    R. Andrew Helgeson died May 25, 2005 at only 18 years old from Sudden Cardiac Arrest. He was the epitome of health. Andrew was only days from graduating from Mont Blair High School in Silver Spring, MD and was to pick up the schools Scholar/Athlete Award the day he died. Andrew had a full college academic scholarship and was looking forward to playing starting Lacrosse goalie at Fairleigh Dickinson University. He would have graduated last year with a masters in accouting, minor in finance and would be finishing up his first year in law school. Andrew had his entire life planned and it was all denied him. Andrew was healthy and the first sign that something was wrong was death.

    No one thinks that a healthy young man can have Sudden Cardiac Arrest. 8,000 to 14,000 children/ youth die like this in the US alone. About 400,000 Americans die from SCA each year and this is about one death every two minutes. That is more than all deaths from lung cancer, breast canceer, HIV/AIDs, combined. Sudden Cardiac Arrest is an electrical problem with the heart and it must not be confused with a heart attack.

    It is very important to broaden the awareness that SCA kills children/youth, there should be cardiac screening for children, and Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) should be placed throughout the community. Please take an AED and CPR course. SCA can strike anyone, anytime, any age any gendre.

    Help stop SCA in youngsters. Tell someone about Andrew and learn AED/CPR training. You never know the person you save may just be your loved one. Please read more about Andrew at www.andrewhelgeson.org

    The R. Andrew Helgeson Memorial Foundation is sponsoring the R. Andrew Helgeson Memorial/Alumni Montgomery Blair Lacrosse game on June 4,2010 at 6PM. Free admission. Donations accepted for concession stand and t-shirts to help with SCA awareness and purchasing donations of AEDs for donations.

    We are an affiliate of Parent Heart Watch http://www.parentheartwatch.org/

    Contacts below. Thank you.

    Sincerely, Rita & Richard Helgeson "Andrew's Parents" R. Andrew Helgeson Memorial Foundation A 501(c)(3) Public Charity CFC #23699 301-236-0448 voice 301-388-0963 fax

    rahfoundation@comcast.net

    www.andrewhelgeson.org

  • M. Johnson (View Email) on May 23, 2010 at 9:55 AM
    I did not know Andrew, but I too am a grieving mother having lost my 19 year old son 13 months ago. I was so touched by your memorial in today's Post and can relate to how brokenhearted you feel. I do not offer advice; I'm just trying to endure the days myself, but I do want to just mention that I get some comfort from a DVD Portraits of Hope produced by an organization in California: griefhaven.org. You may already know of this organization. Also, you probably have become aware of The Compassionate Friends...their national convention will be held in Arlington, VA in early July...I've never been to one before but plan to attend this one...it may or may not be right for you...I can't presume to know. But the workshops look very interesting and I know the couple who are in charge of putting the convention together so I just want to make sure you're aware of it. I am so very, very sorry for your loss. What a handsome young man.
  • Castner on March 3, 2010 at 8:55 PM
    Still thinking of you, big man.
  • Rita and Richard Helgeson (View Email) on March 2, 2010 at 2:43 PM
    March 3, 2010
    To all of Andrew’s friends,
    Please leave a comment since this site means so much to us. You must scroll all the way down and you will find the leave a comment box at the very end of this wonderful article. This site is cherished by us as we know so many others also visit often.

    We want to thank you all for visiting this site and remembering our Andrew fondly. We know that you all think of Andrew and miss him as we do. Thank you for remembering Andrew and keeping him in your heart always. Please take a few minutes on March 3 rd which would have been Andrew’s 23 rd birthday to remember Andrew in a special unique way. Andrew was very kind and wonderful. Please do something special that Andrew would have done. Andrew always knew instinctively when someone needed a kind word, pat on the back, hug, a smile or a wink, little dance or song just to cheer them up. Be kind to someone for Andrew. Tell someone special that you love them. Give your Mom and Dad a big hug. Andrew would have. We miss him so much.

    Please tell someone about Andrew and what happened to him. Andrew was always healthy and he died without any warning from Sudden Cardiac Arrest at only 18 years old. The life you save may be your own or your friends. Thanks. Please feel free to contact us anytime. We enjoy hearing from Andrew’s friends.

    Fondly,
    Rita, Richard and Jennifer Helgeson
    Andrew’s Family
  • Rita & Richard Helgeson (View Email) on March 2, 2010 at 2:19 PM
    March 3, 2010
    Dearest Andrew,
    March 3 rd would have been your 23 rd birthday. You were such a beatiful baby and handsome, perfect young man. We cannot believe it is already 5 years that you have been denied celebrating your birthday. We miss you more with each new day and it is painful not being with you for your birthday. We know how good, kind, caring and loving you were and you deserved a long and healthy life. You would have enriched the world and everyone you touched. The good die young is sure true. We are so sorry and miss you so much. We love and miss you. Time does not heal anything. Know you will never be forgotten.
    We carry you in our hearts always.
    Love,
    Mom, Dad & Jennifer <3 oxoxoxox
    Andrew’s family
  • Khristin Carroll on May 25, 2009 at 10:09 PM
    May 24, 2009
    For all the days that should have been - I remember Andrew in my heart and in my prayers.
    ~
    Khristin Carroll,
    Concord, New Hampshire
  • Rita and Richard Helgeson (View Email) on May 25, 2009 at 10:01 PM
    May 25, 2009
    Dearest Andrew,
    We miss you more with each new day. It has been four years today that you died and it does not seem possible. This nightmare wont go away. Our hearts are broken without you. You would have been graduating with your masters in accounting and minor in finance and you were so proud of your full academic scholarship. You planned to attend law school. We are so sorry that all of your fine achievements and plans were denied you. We love you and keep you in our hearts always. You deserved a full happy, healthy long life. Your death will never make any sense. We miss you with every breath.
    You are our golden boy and our SUNshine always.

    Love,
    Mom, Dad and Jennifer
    "Andrew's family"
    www.andrewhelgeson.org


  • Adam on May 25, 2009 at 2:50 PM
    4 years...can't believe it. RIP Andrew :'(
  • aaron glaser (View Email) on March 4, 2009 at 11:59 AM
    andrew i still think about you all the time. you're lasting benevolent and bold spirit has been a huge motivation for me. miss you buddy.
  • Kaiti (View Email) on March 3, 2009 at 3:50 PM
    Happy 22nd Birthday Andrew.

    I miss you so much and think of you every day. I can't believe this is the fourth birthday we haven't been able to celebrate with you. My heart cries for your family on this day. Everyone in your family was like a second family to me, especially during Nutcracker and other shows... We all love you.

    Happy Birthday sweetheart
  • Rita and Richard Helgeson (View Email) on March 2, 2009 at 11:07 AM
    RICHARD ANDREW HELGESON
    3/3/87 – 5/25/05
    Victim of Sudden Cardiac Arrest
    Happy 22nd Birthday, Andrew! Oh, the fun we would have had. If each person in this world were endowed with your soundness of mind, goodness of heart, and purity of soul, what a wonderful world it would truly be. A wonderful son, brother, grandson, teammate, lacrosse goalie, JCC counselor and friend, you live on through your thoughtful acts of kindness and the virtue you encourage in others.
    We Love and Miss You Always,
    Mom, Dad and Jennifer
    http://www.andrewhelgeson.org

    from Washington Post Sunday, 3-1-09 Metro section
  • CM (View Email) on December 23, 2008 at 10:26 AM
    Dear Andrew, I had the pleasure of seeing your mom and sister last night and how your love and light carries on through all our memories! You will be forever with us in our hearts and in theirs.
  • John Selby (View Email) on June 26, 2008 at 3:07 PM
    Hey Buddy,

    We missed you out at the lax game a couple weeks ago. I wish we could've seen that number 9 out there on your jersey instead of all of ours. I know you were watching though--hope we put on a good show. We all have you in our hearts.

    John
  • Richard Helgeson (View Email) on May 25, 2008 at 2:59 AM
    Dear Andrew,
    After three years it is still unbelievable that you were deprived of the life you planned and the future we envisioned. We are brokenhearted without you. We miss you more everyday; time has not healed the pain.

    We Love You,
    Mom, Dad, and Jennifer
  • Rita Helgeson (View Email) on May 25, 2008 at 2:50 AM
    May 25, 2008
    Dearest Andrew,
    Today is already three years that you died. It just does not seem possible. We miss you more with each new day. Each breath and heartbeat is a reminder that we are without you. You were our SUN and the world is dull without your sunshine. You are loved and deeply missed every minute.
    We love and miss you desperately.
    Love,
    Mom, Dad, & Jennifer
    Andrew's family
  • Shannon on May 19, 2008 at 11:50 AM
    Reading these posts made me cry all over again. I think your poem is from 11th grade Language and composition, the "I am" poem. I remember writing those poems. I remember you joking around in CAP classes and always getting "yelled at" by the teachers. But it was impossible for anyone, even our teachers, to get mad at you. I can't believe you have been gone almost 3 years now.. I think about you everyday and I miss you. I still have you on my email and buddy list, maybe I'm wishing I could send you a message and have you respond.
    I miss you down here... You are in our hearts and minds everyday.
  • Rob Ginsberg (View Email) on May 16, 2008 at 12:41 PM
    Dear Helgy,
    I think about you often and I know you are enjoying yourself where ever you are. I just wanted to thank you for guiding me through this lacrosse season. I ask you for the strength to play like you did before ever game and you always deliver. I hope to get to see you again someday.
    Love,
    Rob
  • maura (View Email) on March 3, 2008 at 4:22 PM
    Dear Andrew, at 21 I'll bet this generous young fellow would be blossoming into a mature active "giver" in his community, as so many knew this of him every day of his life. They say it is not how long you live, but how well and fully you live...this is what leaves its mark on the world. A small comfort to his loving family now, but in humanity it really is Andrew and others like him who make the world better.
    I know his friends and family will keep his wonderful spirit alive -a bit every day-to be a part of those he can no longer see, but can still touch.
    Love Maura, (son Joe, Andrew's soulmate in heaven)
  • Rita Helgeson (View Email) on March 1, 2008 at 11:08 AM
    Dear Andrew,
    Happy 21st Birthday, Andrew! Monday, March 3rd, at 10:38PM would have been your 21st birthday. You were 9 pounds 8 ounces and beautiful and perfect in every way. Oh, the fun we would have had. If each person in this world were endowed with your soundness of mind, goodness of heart, and purity of soul, what a wonderful world it would truly be. A wonderful son, brother, grandson, teammate, lacrosse goalie, JCC counselor and friend, you live on through your thoughtful acts of kindness and the virtue you encourage in others.
    We miss you with every breath and more each day.

    We Love and Miss You,
    Mom, Dad and Jennifer
  • hey bud on June 7, 2007 at 7:55 PM
    I played my heart out for you at that game. I hope I made you proud.

    Love and miss you, man.
  • Rita Helgeson (View Email) on June 2, 2007 at 3:48 PM
    June 2, 2007

    Dear Andrew,
    Today is the second R. Andrew Helgeson Memorial Lacrosse Alumni Game. We know how much you would have enjoyed the game, your friends, pizza, hot dogs and cake. You would have just said, “Sweet!!!!!,” when you saw the shirt that was designed for you with a Viking. We will miss you terribly and it is so hard not to have you as goalie today.. You were the best goalie and you loved it so much. You should be having fun and celebrating and we are so sorry.

    You are missed every minute with every breath.
    We love and cherish you always.

    Love,
    Mom, Dad and Jennifer
    Andrew’s family
  • The Betancourts on May 25, 2007 at 9:19 PM
    Our love to Rita, Richard, and Jennifer on this day. We've been thinking of you, we wish you peace and the warmth of fond memories.
  • Rita & Richard Helgeson (View Email) on May 25, 2007 at 11:03 AM
    May 25, 2007

    Dearest Andrew,
    We cannot believe that this is already two years that you have passed away. We miss you more with every breath. Everyday is so hard without you. It just is awful without being able to hug and kiss you.
    We will never understand why you were taken. You were and are so cherished. We are proud that you are our son. Today Governor Martin O’Malley proclaimed Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Day in Maryland in memory of you.

    We love, cherish and miss you always.

    Love,
    Mom, Dad, and Jennifer
    Andrew’s family
  • Rita and Richard Helgeson on May 25, 2007 at 11:01 AM
    May 25, 2007

    Dearest Andrew,
    We cannot believe that this is already two years that you have passed away. We miss you more with every breath. Everyday is so hard without you. It just is awful without being able to hug and kiss you.
    We will never understand why you were taken. You were and are so cherished. We are proud that you are our son. Today Governor Martin O’Malley proclaimed Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Day in Maryland in memory of you.

    We love, cherish and miss you always.

    Love,
    Mom, Dad, and Jennifer
    Andrew’s family
  • RIP on May 20, 2007 at 10:06 PM
    i wish you could be here so everyone would smile a little more, in knowing you were still with us, because everyone misses you.

    i miss you everyday and everynight.
    love you andrew
    rest in peace
  • Colin Martin (View Email) on May 17, 2007 at 10:19 AM
    8 more days helgie 8 more long days til i come and visit wish i could be visiting you now when everyone else that went away to college is here wish you could of seen some of the lacrosse games blair didnt do half bad think the record was something like 8-4 maybe 9-3 not sure but wish you could be here love you still and always! RIP RAH
  • Rita Helgeson (View Email) on May 13, 2007 at 11:09 PM
    May 13, 2007

    Dearest Andrew,
    To our wonderful son on Mother’s Day. You are missed with every breath, everyday but especially today. It is painful not having a card, phone call, hug and kiss from you. You always did special things for us and made everything so much fun. You are so deeply missed, our darling son. We brought you and Grandma bouquets of flowers filled with beautiful memories moistened with a million tears. Oh, how we wish you were spared and were with us. You deserved a long and healthy life. We know how much you would have enriched our lives as well as everyone else that you touched in the world.

    With love and hugs always,
    Love,
    Mom, Dad and Jennifer



  • Shannon Egan on March 3, 2007 at 10:07 PM
    Today you would have been 20. It's not fair you were taken away from us so early in life... especially you, who deserve to have a long, full, happy life.
    I hope you're up in heaven celebrating your birthday.. but down here we can't be with you : (
    Happy birthday.
    We all miss you very much,
    Shannon
  • a friend on March 3, 2007 at 8:39 PM
    Happy Birthday Andrew!
    You are in the thoughts and prayers of many of your friends and family today. We are all celebrating and remembering the wonderful person that you are.

    We miss you so much, and cannot wait until the day we meet again.

    My prayers go out to your family, who I know continue to think of you every day.

    With love,
    Your friend, T.Z.
  • Kaiti Jones (View Email) on March 3, 2007 at 3:28 AM
    Happy Birthday Andrew,

    It hurts my heart to think that right now you would have been 20 years old and you would have probably been celebrating with your family. They miss you so much, we all do.

    I'm having a little birthday ceremony for you later on today... a cupcake, a candle and a prayer for you and your family. I wish I was back in Olney so I could lay flowers on your grave and bring you a little balloon.

    I love you honey, Happy Birthday.

    Love Always and Forever,
    Kaiti
  • Rita Helgeson (View Email) on March 2, 2007 at 2:15 PM
    Dearest Andrew,
    Happy birthday to our wonderful son and brother!! .Thursday, March 3 rd is your birthday and you would have been 20 years old. You were born exactly at 10:38PM. You were the most beautiful, perfect, gorgeous baby. You were 9 pounds 8 ounces of pure joy. You were our blessing. You were always happy and smiling and such a good boy. Your hair was golden and your eyes were a bright blue. You truly were our heart and sunshine. You were and are our golden boy.

    We miss you so much. We are so sorry this is already your second birthday that you have been denied from celebrating. It all breaks our hearts. You are missed with every breath. We will visit and bring you flowers.

    You were a wonderful son, brother, grandson, teammate, lacrosse goalie, JCC counselor, friend, and truly good person. You live on through your thoughtful acts of kindness. We love you

    We love and miss you more with each new day. We will never understand why this could happen to such a truly good person.

    Love,
    Mom, Dad and Jennifer

  • Kaiti Jones (View Email) on February 27, 2007 at 7:35 PM
    andrew, sweetheart... i miss you so much... i carry your picture and your obituary with me everywhere i go... I think about you every night and pray for you and your family... they were like my family too... I still think of all the fun we had during OCBT shows... esp the dry-ice rockets!

    I love you honey soooo much and i miss you
  • Rita Helgeson (View Email) on November 26, 2006 at 12:56 PM
    November 25, 2006

    To our Dearest Andrew,
    Today is already one and half years that you were so tragically taken away from us. How is this nightmare possible? May 25, 2005 stopped the world for us. We miss you more with each new day and our hearts are broken without you. We long to see your big smile that would light up the room and your big blue eyes that would sparkle with joy.

    Thanksgiving was horrible without you. The realization of how alone we all feel is just so sad. You truly were our sunshine. We know how much you always enjoyed Thanksgiving and we could not even think of having it without you here to enjoy. You would have been with us and we would have had such a lovely day. It is all so unfair for you to miss everything.

    This horrible shattering event will never make any sense. People move on and forget but we do not. We miss you so much. Jennifer misses you. You were such a great brother. You were such a good person and were so kind to everyone and only enriched everyone’s life that you touched. It will never make sense that such a wonderful young man that had such great things to contribute to the world is gone. That is hard to understand. You only did good and should have been rewarded appropriately with a long, happy, and healthy life. You deserved only the best. Our hearts ache and we long to hug and kiss you. We are so sorry Andrew.

    Our lives have an emptiness without you and our home is so quiet. We miss you desperately. Your hugs were the best.

    We miss and love you always and more with each new day.

    Love,
    Mom and Dad
    Your parents forever and always
  • Rita Helgeson (View Email) on November 3, 2006 at 7:33 PM
    Oct. 31, 2006

    Dearest Andrew,
    You always enjoyed Halloween so much. The last couple of years you and Keri gave out candy to the children. You both carved a pumpkin and enjoyed the candy and the kids and the evening. You both looked so cute and happy dressed up in your costumes together. It all breaks our hearts. We put pumpkins and flowers out for you by your grave today and we spent time with you. It is so unfair. You should be dressing up and going to a Halloween party and having fun. It will never make any sense. Andrew, you always were so full of life, fun and happiness. We miss you so much more with each new day. We wonder what you would have been doing each moment. We miss you, son. You were our "sunshine" and now our home and lives are so empty without you. You should be in England studying abroad to be near Jennifer as you had already planned. You and Jennifer would have had such a nice time together. The holidays are horrible without you. There are no more holidays without our Andrew.

    We love and miss you always and more each day.

    Love,
    Mom and Dad
    your loving parents always
  • Gillian on September 27, 2006 at 4:58 PM
    I miss you Andrew and I wish you were still here. Time can never take away the memories I have, or anyone has of you. You and your family will always be in my heart.
  • Rita Helgeson (View Email) on May 31, 2006 at 12:35 AM
    Dearest Andrew,
    Today is hard for all of us. Last year on Memorial Day, May 30th we buried you. I often find it curious that people never remember the date of burial. This whole weekend and month have been horrible without you. We are so alone without our Andrew.

    We remember everything like it was yesterday and we still cannot believe that you died May 25th. It just does not seem possible. You were always full of life and happiness. Our nightmare began May 25th and will never go away.

    We miss you so much that it hurts and is just devastating to our family. We love and miss you every minute and are so sorry Andrew. I wish we could make it all better but we cannot. I am sorry we let you down. You were such a wonderful person, son, brother, grandson, friend, and mentor to all. You truly enriched everyone’s lives that you touched. You deserved so much better – a full, long, healthy life. We will never understand, why Andrew?? Strong, fit, healthy young children are not supposed to die of Sudden Cardiac Death. We will forever ask why??

    We love you with every breath and for always. You are in our hearts and mind every second of the day. It is always what Andrew would have been doing now. Our lives are forever frozen in time - on May 25th when you were so needlessly taken. We long for you and miss you so much.

    We love you.
    Love,
    Mom, Dad & Jennifer
    May 30,2006
  • _ on May 30, 2006 at 2:23 PM
    We miss you a million.
  • Tom (View Email) on May 26, 2006 at 12:50 AM
    I had the sudden desire to check this page, and didn't realize that it's been a whole year. I still remember walking into school that morning and seeing everyone around me devastated. We miss you. I have nothing but solemn respect for your memory and an indescribable sense of sympathy for your family. Keep an eye on all of us, especially your parents. I know you're looking out for them.

    To your Mom and Dad: Take comfort in the knowledge that Andrew accomplished so much, and made a difference in a number of people’s lives. Our grief should not be tainted by what could have been. I sincerely believe that the content of his character could not have been more jovial and complete. That is how we must measure his legacy. Please continue to take joy in life, as Andrew taught us.
  • Rita Helgeson (View Email) on May 25, 2006 at 5:39 PM
    Dearest Andrew,
    Last May 24th we were at your lacrosse banquet and you had such a great time. You learned you were All County, First Team and you were so happy you picked your coach up. We were all together. You looked great. Jennifer left early to buy you flowers. Grandma had passed away 3 months earlier and May 24th was her birthday and you were worried if I was ok. You said that we would all go to the banquet and have fun and we did. Little did we know that that would be your last meal. You cared and worried about everyone. You had gone out earlier in the day with Jennifer and had bought your CPA review tests, 2 law books and “How To Win and Influence People.” You asked Dad if he knew about that book and he told you,”Andrew you don’t need that.” You bought silk red roses for Grandma’s grave and now they are on yours. You stopped by Blair to thank and hug all the secretaries and your teachers because you thought you may not see them again after graduation. You even went by JCC to say hello and make sure they had your paperwork so you could start work soon.

    You had your whole life planned. You had all of your classes picked out. You wanted to attend law school. You were to get the scholar athletic award May 25th and you did not live to receive the check. We were to pick up your tuxedo and that Friday you were to go with Keri to the Wootton Prom and Saturday you both were to go the Blair Prom. You were to graduate and play in the County All-Star Game which they dedicated to you. Why were all of your wonderful dreams taken from you? You just wanted to be like Dad - a decent, kind, caring man. You wanted children, a truck and 2 big dogs. It was not much to ask yet it was all taken from you. We are so sorry, Andrew. Not a moment goes by each day that we are not thinking of you and asking ourselves what would Andrew be doing now. It will always be as Keri said, “What would have been, could have been and should have been.”

    After the banquet we came home and a couple hours later you said,” I am going up to bed, see you in the morning; love ya, night.” We are so sorry we did not kiss you goodnight and check on you through the night. We never ever heard your voice again. Life is so fragile and in a moment it can be snuffed out like a gentle wind blows out a candle. Healthy, strong boys are not to die like this from Sudden Cardiac Death. It just is not right. You had your whole life planned and it was taken away from you. You were so good and kind and deserved a long and healthy life. You would have enriched everyone lives. You were too young to go. You had too many things to do. How can it be one year that you are gone today?

    We are so proud of you and are glad you are our son but we are brokenhearted without your smiling face, funny jokes, warm hugs and overall gentleness. We long for your calls; hearing your voice and just seeing you. We miss everything about you.
    You were a jewel that we did not protect enough; our diamond in the rough. We are so sorry Andrew. Our family is shattered without you and our home is empty. We are brokenhearted. You were our sunshine.

    We miss and love you always,
    Love, Mom, Dad and Jennifer
    May 25, 2006
  • Rest In Peace on May 25, 2006 at 3:31 PM
    Andrew,
    I know you are and will always be in everyone's hearts. We miss you more and more each day. I can't believe it, a whole year has passed. Rest in Peace #9.
  • Kiran on May 25, 2006 at 12:58 PM
    Who knew a year could fly by so fast..even though the time has passed,
    We speak your name
    with admiration, with courage, with honor, with gratitude, with longing, with heart, with soul, with fire,
    but most importantly, with love.

    I miss you, but I know you will always be in all of our hearts. Much love to you, Andrew, and to the whole Helgeson family.

  • Jennifer Helgeson (View Email) on May 25, 2006 at 10:48 AM
    “Look homeward, Angel, now and melt with ruth.” –Milton One year; time is so ephemeral, but I still can’t help but to feel so alone and miss you so much, as I always will. I wish every moment that I had gone into your room earlier that morning. For this I am sorry my dear little brother. Andrew, I often wonder how happy you were – At least you knew some of the great things that were in store for you in the near future; though, you were cheated out of the chance to see them through. You lived to make us all happy and to help ease the pain of those that you loved – and you loved all, willingly and freely. “Nil Magnum nisi Bonum” --- this you truly understood. I see the long spring days arriving here in Norway and I see a little first-grade Andrew – all dressed in yellow, Mr. Sunshine. No injustice can make the rays that you cast on this world disappear or even begin to fade. Vivo per lei – this is what you did for me in so many ways. And every moment I continue to live for you. i carry your heart with me(i carry it in my heart)i am never without it(anywhere i go you go,my dear; and whatever is done by only me is your doing,my darling) i fear no fate(for you are my fate,my sweet)i want no world(for beautiful you are my world,my true) and it's you are whatever a moon has always meant and whatever a sun will always sing is you here is the deepest secret nobody knows (here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows higher than the soul can hope or mind can hide) and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart) -- e.e. cummings Jeg vil elsker deg for alltid, Jenn-i-Fer
  • Roxy on May 24, 2006 at 11:45 PM
    I can't believe a whole year has passed....
    God Andrew I miss you so much :[
  • Jon Keng (View Email) on May 24, 2006 at 11:10 PM
    To the Helgeson family,
    Our thoughts and hearts are with you. Whether it has been a year or 10, Andrew will never be forgotten. Rest in peace, and know that you'll always be loved.
    -jon
  • Lori Carver-Johnson (View Email) on May 24, 2006 at 9:37 AM
    Dear Rita and Richard,
    Tomorrow will be a year that your beloved son has been gone. Please know that not a week has gone by that my family and I have missed saying Kaddish for Andrew. My last contact with you was back in December which seems such a long time ago. In January my friend was killed in an auto accident and in February my uncle passed away. It has been a difficult year. On April 23rd we held an unveiling for Jordan at Temple B'nai Shalom and I cried for days from disbelief that on April 29th it had been 1 year since we lost him. Jordan would have been graduating this month from High School and there is such a hole in our hearts. Please know we are walking the walk with you on this sad and difficult road. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. I know thw brightest stars in the heavens above are those we have loved and lost. Take care and stay in touch.
    Shalom,
    Lori
  • Stacey (View Email) on May 21, 2006 at 8:37 AM
    I can't believe it's been almost a year! There was a different feeling at Camp JCC last year and when Jordan was presented with the Heart Of Gold award, I knew the right person was chosen. I hope you are shining down and taking care of the people you love the most!

    Stacey H. Smith
  • Rita Helgeson (View Email) on May 14, 2006 at 2:40 PM
    Dearest Andrew,
    I miss you desperately. Last year at this time you were so happy. We all were. Last Mother’s Day you woke up early and went to the store and bought my favorite foods and made a wonderful brunch. You made a special trip to my favorite bagel shop. You bought me flowers and cards for each member of the family to give me for Mother’s Day. I miss you so much. How can it be Mother’s Day without a hug, call or card from you? Now I buy you flowers to put on your grave. Life is bitter for us all without your wonderful smile and the sunshine and cheer that you always spread. You lit up our lives with your kind and caring spirit and overwhelming sensitive love. Today is empty without you. I miss you more with each new day. We all do. I miss you calling me Mom. We cherish everything about you and the world is a dark, sad place without you. Thank you for being my son and giving me nothing but pleasure and happiness. We miss you always. I wish I could just have one more of your wonderful big hugs and see your big blue eyes light up. Love to you on Mother’s Day and always. We miss you always.

    Love,
    Your Mom
    May 15, 2006
  • Mary Vasseghi (Dublin Ireland) (View Email) on March 26, 2006 at 11:05 AM
    March 21, 2006
    Thinking of you and your family. Knowing the pain and the loss. The loss to you in not living your dreams, the loss to your family being without you. You were there to meet Darius also 18, also a perfect guy who joined you on May 30th. Two 19th birthdays you will have had together.
    Mary( Darius' mum)
  • Erin Anderegg (Woodstock, IL ) (View Email) on March 26, 2006 at 11:03 AM
    March 6 - Dear Andrew, I know that by now you have met my daughter Sara Kathleen and you both celebrated your birthdays this past week. My heart is with your parents as Sara also died of cardiac arrest on January 26, 2003. She would of been 22 on March 2. Bless you both and take care of each other. You are truly missed here.
    Love Erin
  • Betsy Costilo (View Email) on March 13, 2006 at 5:00 PM
    Happy Birthday Helgie! I've been thinking about you, especially now that lacrosse season has rolled around. I'll really miss watching each other's games.
  • Lena on March 3, 2006 at 9:14 PM
    Happy birthday big guy! I miss you more and more each day.
  • Roxy on March 3, 2006 at 6:21 PM
    Happy Birthday, Andrew
  • Rita & Richard Helgeson (View Email) on March 3, 2006 at 11:00 AM
    Dearest Andrew,
    Happy 19th Birthday, Andrew! Your life was tragically short, but you live on through your wonderful acts of kindness to all. We miss you more everyday. We try to remember the good times - your birthdays in the past with chocolate cake, ice cream (some weird flavor) and strawberries, yellow flowers – always a simple celebration like you preferred. You always were content to be at home and now home is empty without you. You would be practicing for the start of lacrosse season up at Fairleigh Dickinson. We would have driven there tomorrow to visit and wish you “Happy 19th.” We know you would have done well, so full of expectation and anticipation, everything planned so perfectly. How can such promise and enthusiasm be extinguished so quickly? If only we had had a clue; just one instance that could have changed this heartbreaking reality into the future you and we had anticipated. We miss you more with each new day.

    We Love You, Mom, Dad and Jennifer
  • roxy on March 3, 2006 at 6:49 AM
    happy 19th birthday andrew.
  • Rita &Richard Helgeson (View Email) on February 14, 2006 at 2:30 PM
    Dearest Andrew,
    We miss you so much with each new day. Happy Valentine’s Day, Andrew. We will miss your lovely cards that you made for us, your gifts, hugs and kisses. There are no more holidays without you. We put the cards up that you made us last year and we cherish every memory of you. The biggest white pine fell from the heavy snow this weekend. Last year when a big one fell you had so much fun using the chainsaw and helping Dad. We cannot do it without you. You made everything fun and so much easier. You spread your happiness over our household and were the sunshine and heart of our home. Our lives are all empty without you. It is hard for us to realize that you will not call and wish us Happy Valentine’s Day and no card will come. The world is a quieter and much more dreary, lonely place without you. You lit it up for us and others.
    You should be at Fairleigh Dickinson University having fun. You should be whispering, “Happy Valentine’s Day,” to your girlfriend today. It is so unfair to you. Your life was too short and you had so much more to do. We are so sorry. We will visit you today as always. You do not belong at the cemetery because you were so full of life. It breaks our hearts to see your grave covered with snow. We are so sorry Andrew.
    We love and miss you more every moment of every day
    Love,
    Mom, Dad, & Jennifer

  • Gillian on February 11, 2006 at 4:20 PM
    I come to here to read comments people have made about Andrew all the time, it makes me smile, it makes me cry. Mr. and Mrs. Helgeson, Jennifer, I want you to know that Andrew is still in everyones hearts. You were blessed with a son that was such a wonderful person. Ever since Andrew left us I have held on to every hug a second longer, I know its hard, I cant even imagine. I had weight training with Andrew, i was the only girl. Your son would walk around the track with me when I was too tired to run and i loved him for that :) I noticed how truely amazing he was before he passed away, and i promise i will remember it forever. Lacrosse season is starting up again soon and I know Andrew is in everyones hearts. I miss him very much. I know every day is a struggle, and my prayers will always be with you.
  • Rita Helgeson (View Email) on January 5, 2006 at 8:08 PM
    Andrew, we love and miss you. It is an empty 2006 without you. We cannot imagine a new year without you. It is a long unimaginable future without you. You were the heart and sunshine of our home and we are lost without you. We would have had such good times and celebrations with you. We miss you more with each new day. We will never understand, why you? You were the sweetest, kindest, most caring young man and it is just not fair to you. You should be with us for the holidays. You should have had a chance to be at Fairleigh Dickinson University starting in goal with Coach Scarpello. You picked him and your judgment of character was always superb. He is a fine, caring, gentleman and you would have been so happy playing for him. It all breaks our hearts. We miss and love you always.
    Love,
    Mom and Dad and Jennifer
  • Mark Levy on December 24, 2005 at 6:12 PM
    Andrew was a great kid who was taken far too early.There are no words that can be stated to truly comfort his loved ones. We do have memories though and shall always remember him as being friendly, warm, kind, and good hearted.
  • Brenda Loube (View Email) on December 13, 2005 at 3:22 PM
    I hope that MBHS makes the decision to honor Andrew by naming the Stadium after him. He is so deserving of such a honor. All you have to do is read the comments written about him and his life. As so many of his classmates, fellow teammates, friends and acqaintances said about him is absolutely amazing. He is a precious human being who touched so many lives in such a positive way. He loved people and it is so obvious after reading all of the emotional comments written about Andreaw. His sudden death makes no sense and I will do whatever I can to increase awareness to parents and student athletes so we can prevent this from happening to anyone else.
    Andrew I want to thank you for being YOU and touching so many lives in a way know one has done. God Bless You!
    Brenda Loube
  • Sandy Fisher (View Email) on November 29, 2005 at 4:50 PM
    I did not know Andrew, but read his memorial in the Washington Post. May this give solace to his family and friends:

    Do not stand at his grave and weep.
    He is not there,
    He does not sleep.
    He is a thousand winds that blow.
    He is the diamond glint on snow.
    He is the sunlight on ripened grain.
    He is the gentle autumn rain.
    When you wake in the morning hush,
    He is the swift, uplifting rush
    Of quiet birds in circling flight,
    He is the soft starlight at night.
    Do not stand at his grave and weep,
    He is not there,
    He does not sleep.
    Do not stand at his grave and cry,
    He is not there,
    He did not die.
  • The Millers (View Email) on November 28, 2005 at 3:58 PM
    To Andrew, one of the finest young men we ever had the privilege of knowing... We are blessed that our paths crossed with yours and that your light touched our lives during your brief time here with us. We hold you and your family dear in our hearts. All our love to your parents and sister.

    Love,
    The Millers
  • Richard Helgeson (View Email) on November 26, 2005 at 7:51 PM
    November 25, 2005

    Andrew, I am so sorry I could not protect you or come to your aid when you needed me the most. The last six months have been a constant nightmare. All the things we would have done, all the things you would have accomplished, all the people you would have touched, all the places you would have seen . . . all gone. Gone and our lives are changed forever. You are missed by many; you are loved by many. How I wish I was standing on the sidelines watching you play, always with such a love and respect for the game, always striving to improve. You would be at college now doing great as always. How could this happen to such a kind, respectful, unassuming, considerate person? There is no justice in life. We miss you desperately. We love you always.

    Love,
    Dad with Mom and Jenn
  • The Helgesons (View Email) on November 25, 2005 at 7:42 PM
    Richard Andrew Helgeson
    March 3, 1987 – May 25, 2005
    Victim of Sudden Cardiac Death

    Dear Andrew,
    To a wonderful son, brother, grandson, teammate, lacrosse goalie, JCC counselor, friend, Perlo Award winner and truly good person. We miss you every moment. You ARE incredible!! Love you always...we think of you always. You touched so many lives that it is stunning. You knew so much about the true essence of life; you gave love and support so freely. You deserved so much more; we are so sorry you were denied the benefits of your significant achievements and all the kindnesses that you bestowed upon the world. Our hearts are broken without you. We are so proud of you.

    Today is 6 months that you were so tragically taken away from us.. How can it be? We miss you more every day with every breath and every moment. There was no Thanksgiving without you. We posted a remembrance for you today in the Washington Post. We love you so much.

    Love You Always, Mom, Dad, and Jenn

  • Lori Carver-Johnson (View Email) on November 25, 2005 at 1:15 PM
    To the family of Andrew: You do not know me. I live in Burke, Virginia and was reading the Washington Post this morning and found the the picture of Andrew in the "In Memoriam" section of the paper. My heart ached for you as I read your beautiful tribute to your son and brother. I know the depth of heartache that you feel as my nephew Jordan Carver who was only 17 years old died on April 29, 2005. The medical examiner still has "no known cause of death" but we believe it was sudden cardiac death just like Andrew. There were no drugs, alcohol or other findings to confirm other medical reasons for his sudden death. Jordan would have turned 18 on November 21st and this was our first holiday without him. Jordan lived in Pembroke Pines,Florida which is close to Ft. Lauderdale. Andrew's life was a blessing just like Jordan's. The two of them obviously didn't know one another here on earth but, maybe they know each now. Jordan was and will always be remembered in many of the same ways that you will remember Andrew...kind, loving, intelligent and had many connections to the JCC where he lived. It seems they both had a zest for life and for reasons that I know I will never understand, their life was too short. If you have any desire to see my nephew's picture you can find it on Legacy.com His name is Jordan Bradley Carver and it is in the Miami Herald newspaper. His picture is in the photo gallery. My son is 18 years old and, my daughter is 16. Jordan was very close to them and very close to my husband and I. If you ever want to talk please e-mail me. I am so very sorry for your loss. Shalom,
    Lori Carver-Johnson
  • Andy (View Email) on November 19, 2005 at 12:05 AM
    I did not know Andrew personally but i learned of his passing, by of all things - a random call by his parents into the technical support line for the computer company I work for. We started chatting at random, and then i just happened to bring up mention of the recent tragic passing of the very popular wrestler - Eddie Guerrero - who passed in the prime of his career at the young age of 37. I was commenting at what a shock that was and how it is truly a lesson to all of us that we NEVER now what lay around the corner for either ourselves or the ones we love - thus, to TRULY cherish every moment and let go of petty grudges because it's just not worth it. It was at that time, Andrew's mother asked my name, to which i replied "Andy" and she proceeded to tell me the circumstances behind Andrew's tragic passing. There was much irony to be had in our conversation because Andrew's day of passing happened to be one day after my day of birth, and my day of birth happens to be the same day of birth as Rita's (Andrew's mother) mother ~~~ synchronicity in motion ~~~. It is amazing to both - hear firsthand from Rita and to read below how many lives this young man touched in such a positive manner. He lived a beautiful life and God Bless, seemed to have had an incredible peaceful passing - all incredible blessings!! My best wishes and prayers go to you Andrew and Rita and Richard, and Jennifer - and everyone else whose heart he touched so deeply - amen!
  • h on November 15, 2005 at 8:45 PM
    you were, are, and will be always the best guy ever. goofy, fun, super smart, athletic...you had it all. we all look up to you.
  • ... on November 15, 2005 at 8:29 PM
    We think of you constantly. You are missed as much now as ever.
  • ... on October 26, 2005 at 4:53 PM
    it was 5 months yesterday...wow
  • roxy on October 13, 2005 at 4:08 PM
    "You'll remember me when the west wind moves
    Among the fields of barley
    You can tell the sun in his jealous sky
    When we walked in fields of gold"
  • Brenda Loube (View Email) on September 29, 2005 at 12:19 PM
    I had the great fortunate to meet Rita and Richard Helgeson at the Jewish Sports Hall of Fame brunch and I am so glad to have met both of you. I am so glad they are recognizing Andrew with the Perlo award at the JCC. My only regret is that I was unable to have met you. You sound like an incredible person with great gifts, spirit and a huge heart. YOu will be missed.
  • tara on September 25, 2005 at 5:18 PM
    "i see your sweet smile
    shine through the darkness
    its line is etched in my memory
    we were like children
    laughing for hours
    the joy you gave me lives on and on..."

    we think about you all the time-- and i miss you so much. <3 keep smiling down on us.
  • Jenn - i - Fer on September 22, 2005 at 7:43 PM
    I miss you, Andrew. You ARE incredible!! Love you always...we all think of you always. You once wrote this to me, and I am saying it back to you: "you have already completed more than many people have in their whole lives." You didn't have a "whole life," but you touched so many lives that it is stunning. You knew so much about the true essence of life; you gave love and support so freely. You deserved so much more; I'm so sorry. Nothing is forever my dear, A moment, a millennium, a year All thing do pass, Things that seem to last. Short – our time here Compare Stone turns to dust; Iron succumbs to rust. Yesterday is today; Time can not stay. I know I fall; Or do I fly? Truth – There is none. Now, you must know, But to me you cannot show. Yet. You are there; Still I am here. The sun, The forest, Mankind, The glacier, The cliff They will be past, But you, my dear, will last. We will be together again. Today, yesterday, one minute, a hundred years.
  • Jim Sawyer (View Email) on September 12, 2005 at 10:46 AM
    To the Helgeson Family,

    My deepest sympathies go out to you. Andrew would have been an incredible and invaluable addition to our university this fall. I am forever grateful to have gotten the chance to meet and work with him.

    Jim Sawyer
    Fairleigh Dickinson University
  • Rita Helgeson (View Email) on August 27, 2005 at 4:40 PM
    Dearest Andrew,
    We miss you with every breath. Our lives are so empty without you. You were so good, kind, generous, handsome, caring & loving that it is just so unfair that you are gone. You should have been reporting to Fairleigh Dickinson Univ this weekend.
    We know how proud you were of your full academic scholarship & all of your other wonderful accomplishments. You were the best son, brother, & grandson there ever was. We miss your sparkling blue eyes & smile & your wonderful sense of humor. Most of all we miss your big hugs & kisses. We miss you. You had a whole life ahead of you and we are so sorry. We miss you every minute of the day. We know what an attribute & an enrichment you would have been to everyone's life. You had so much kindness to offer the world.

    Love,
    Mom & Dad & Jennifer
  • Michelle Tipton (View Email) on August 24, 2005 at 7:08 PM
    Rita and Richard -

    Wow, what wonderful friends Andrew has - he must have made an impact on those around him. Cherish these words, they will help you to carry through. You may not get to visit person to person with these friends as they may be going off to college - but they are trying to share their memories with you here.

    Love, thoughts and prayers.

    Michelle from ND
  • Stacey Smith (View Email) on August 12, 2005 at 8:52 PM
    To the Helgeson Family:

    This summer at CAMP JCC was definitely a different one without Andrew. This summer for the first time I worked in the camp office and I saw everyone who came in to put a heart in the box about a nice thing a counselor did. I know you were at the Awards Ceremony yesterday and I have to tell you, I know Jordan (The Heart of Gold recipient) personally. There was no better person for the Heart of Gold Award. I know Andrew was smiling down as Jordan received the award.

    Andrew's memory definitely lived on this summer. We think about him all the time!

    Sincerely,
    Stacey H. Smith
  • Meaghan on August 6, 2005 at 10:47 PM
    To the Helgeson Family,

    May God continue to pour out His mercy on you, and give you peace. God will keep you, even when you feel you can no longer stand. My prayers continue to go out to you...
  • blair student on August 4, 2005 at 4:09 PM
    I think about Andrew ALL THE TIME and i want him here so badly. my heart aches when i think about him not being around. You were so amazing and i will never, ever, ever forget how special you are to everyone.
  • Kat C on August 4, 2005 at 3:24 PM
    you know even now i still cant believe that Andrew is gone. i guess i dont really want to believe it. he was sucha a great person. just being around him made you feel all warm inside like you knew everything was going to be ok, no matter how sad you were. he brightened up the room. io had law class with him and everyday he would be laughing and making jokes. i think everyone will agree with me when i say that there will always be a place in all of our hearts for Andrew.
  • Richard Helgeson on July 29, 2005 at 10:51 PM
    Thank you for still writing and remembering Andrew; I come here often to read the comments.
  • roxy on July 29, 2005 at 12:20 PM
    miss you, andrew
  • Ragnhild on July 21, 2005 at 8:03 AM
    I just want to say hi to Andrew's family, and give them our best from Norway.
  • All Of Us on July 16, 2005 at 1:21 AM
    Ditto Aaron...
  • aaron glaser on July 13, 2005 at 12:38 PM
    i just wanted to let the Helgsons know that i still think about Andrew everyday and miss him very much. My family and I will never forget him
  • Nick Koumentakos (View Email) on June 13, 2005 at 2:50 PM
    In my capacity as a branch manager of Chevy Chase Bank at Plaza Del Mercado, I met Andrew when he was with his mother. In the few moments that I met him, he impressed me as a sweet and intelligent "kid". Over time I grew to know him anecdotally through his parents. I know that he was much loved AND much liked by both of them. This is something that does not occur in the parent child relationship all the time. Some of his achievements and the messages posted speak to how special Andrew was and is...

    In closing, whenever a life ends abruptly we grieve. Whenever we see a family mourn, we grieve. We seek solace in the promises of our faith.

    Rest in peace Andrew, and may God comfort all those who miss you and love you...
  • Blazer on June 12, 2005 at 10:21 PM
    I didn't really know Andrew very well. I met him a few times and hung out with him backstage during Pericles. He was one of the most amazing people I've ever met and I barely knew him. At first I couldn't bring myself to even read this. Clearly he will be sorely missed. To everyone who knew him better than I did--his friends and family: I am so, so sorry. Rest in peace, Andrew Helgeson. RIP.
  • Dehyu Sinyan (View Email) on June 7, 2005 at 10:51 PM
    I was so shocked when I heard of the death of Andrew Helgeson. After 8th grade at Takoma Park Middle school I moved and went to Einstein High. I remember Andrew as being a goofball, because i played with him for 2 years on the Shooting Stars, an MSI classic soccer team. Andrew and I played defense and i would always laugh when he booted the ball downfield, because he always toed the ball for some reason and it was funny to see such a big guy attack a soccer ball the way he did. My sympathy goes out to Andrews family and close friends.. and i will always remember you Helgeson... RIP
  • Fellow Blazer on June 7, 2005 at 8:27 PM
    Sorrow is not how we are meant to remember Andrew. His hardy laughter picked up by the wind will find us years later to remember him again. He is impossable to forget. No one will ever forget "the kind of Lax" or the 'Helgi big bear hugs'. From people who knew you well and told you they loved you every day to those who spoke to you few times, i hope you can see Andrew, how much of an impact you have had on us all, and wherever you are, you can see that we do miss you and will always remember you.
    With much love
    ~fellow blazer
  • Liya (View Email) on June 5, 2005 at 11:50 PM
    It's so weird to think someone youve met almost two years ago and only knew for just a few weeks could change your life. Andrew was one of the nicest people I have ever met. He made me feel like a person, like I deserved to be treated just as well as everyone else. There are so few geniune and sincere people out there but I can definatly say he was one of them. He had a heart of gold. I found out only a few days ago but I haven't stop thinking about him. Its just so sad to see such good, truly and deeply good person go.I learned this for knowing him for only seven weeks, I can't imagine how many amazing things one could discover having known him longer.
  • Catt Edgley on June 3, 2005 at 11:31 PM

    You gave the best hugs, Andrew.

  • christine cox (View Email) on June 3, 2005 at 2:46 PM
    My son, Greg, has known Andrew since middle school and I had the privilege of being in Andrew's presence when he would stop in the main office, smiling, cheerful, always happy, just to say "hello". When I heard of Andrew's untimely death, all I could think was that this is a parent's worst nightmare. I was so moved yesterday, when Andrew's parents accepted his diploma with such grace and courage -- it's obvious where Andrew got his strength of character from. Even in their time of mourning, the Helgeson's were thinking of others. I want to thank them and reiterate their words:
    "Please cherish your children no matter what – have a kind word and encouragement for them always; just like Andrew had for them. Please cherish your children no matter what – have a kind word and encouragement for them always; just like Andrew had for them." Thank you.
  • Nick Hedrick on June 3, 2005 at 11:21 AM
    "Remembrance is the only paradise out of which we cannot be driven away."
    -Richter.

    Andrew,
    You will always be in our hearts, thoughts, and prayers. In the memories of you we will continue you on. Thankyou from the bottom of my heart for a genuinly great friendship, I know you are watching over us... My thoughts and prayers will be with you and your family forever.

    With Love,
    Nick Hedrick
  • Scott Rathbone (View Email) on June 3, 2005 at 10:33 AM
    This is unbelievable, how could somthing so bad happen to somebody so good and young. The past week has been very hard for me to accept Andrews passing. I cant even imagine how his Mother, Father, Sister, Girlfriend and all the other people closer to him than I would be handleing this. The amount he was able to achieve in his short life is more than most could throughout a long life. He was a very kind, smart, funny, and athletic guy who deserved even more recognition than he recieved. Andrew made so many accomplishments and was larger than life. My thoughts and grief go out to his family. I only hope all thats happen becomes easier to bare in the future. I will always have fond memories of Andrew from lacrosse and school. I miss you Andrew, my friend and brother. Rest in peace and I cant wait to meet again.
  • jozi zwerdling on June 2, 2005 at 10:22 PM
    He reminded me of a huge cuddly three-year-old. with a lot more maturity. and an even greater capacity to make me laugh (or trap me against the wall at school). rest in peace.
  • Joshua Rodman (View Email) on June 2, 2005 at 9:06 PM
    Andrew,

    Even though i never met you formally, i played against you during our game (Churchill). You were a great goalie and it sounds like a great person from everyone ive talked to. I just wanted to pay my respects and Im sure you and Rod are the two best goalies in heaven. When we meet, I will be blessed. I hope you are happy wherever you are and thanks for being a great person.
  • fellow classmate on June 2, 2005 at 5:04 PM
    it was so sad 2day @ graduation, but it showed how loved he was
  • R.I.P on June 2, 2005 at 1:49 AM
    we all miss you but i know you're in a better place now...we'll meet again
  • a friend on June 2, 2005 at 1:43 AM
    You are a GREAT PERSON....i wish i got the chance ot know u more...just know that ALOT of YOUR FRIENDS MISS U VERY MUCH!!!
  • Lax player (View Email) on June 1, 2005 at 9:46 PM
    we will miss u andrew R.I.P. U will always be with me
  • Kyle Hann (View Email) on June 1, 2005 at 7:28 PM
    Dear Andrew,
    Even thogh i did not know you well and only know you from summer lacrosse on the Montco team you were always so nice to me. I remember seeing your face on the lacrosse feild like it was yesterday. I'm not sure why God to choose to bring you to heaven now but im sure that i have a good idea. It was because he wanted to become an angel in heaven to watch over us and make us more like you. I also remember ur smile. You smiled all the time. Anyways i will miss and pray for you everychance that i get.

    Just a friend,
    Kyle Hann
  • Paint Branch Lax on June 1, 2005 at 6:36 PM
    Andrew,

    We've been very fortunate to have been given the chance to play with you this past summer, during the fall at Advantage and during the winter at indoor. I think people all across the county know what a great goaltender you were. Even in meaningless fall league games, you would play with such a passion that was so evident even to those who did not even know you. From low to high, high to low, it seemed as though nothing would ever go past your body into the goal. Our sympathy goes out to your family and to those close to you. All of these comments below should remind you of what a great 18 years you lived. God bless.
  • My last good-bye to you on June 1, 2005 at 3:53 PM
    Yesturday on the bus I looked outside the window and I could see thousands of bright shining sun beams through the trees and I immediately knew that it was Andrew shining down. I didn't get to go to the funeral or the event at blair. Two things that I really wanted to go to. I'm at the computer right now about to cry. I wanted to be able to say good bye to you for the last time. Even though i didn't know you personally i felt i knew you. This is my second response-my other one is R.I.P. Since I couldn't say Good-Bye to you Andrew on Monday I want to say Good-Bye to you right now. I don't think I have ever knew a guy that always had a smile on his face. Every time I saw him he was always laughing or throwing one of his friends in the trashcan(LOL). He was a guy that would say "hi" to you back even if you didn't know him. He was such a loving person and I don't think anyone can replace the kind of guy that Andrew was. I remember the section where he always was with his friends all the time and it's just weird passing it because there's just silence even when the seniors were still at school the last few days. I saw Andrew for the last time signing his friends yearbooks in that section on the seniors last day-five days before he left us all. When they had a banner to sign I wanted to rush to get a space because I knew that it would be filled up completely. I looked near the elevator and some of his friends had just came back form signing the banner and they just looked like they were going to burst into tears. I'm still in shock that he's gone. God has taken him in and Andrew will always shine down on us. I'm really happy I had a chance to know what kind of person he was. Someone that touched a millions of hearts and will always be loved by alot people. Good-Bye Andrew. Love Winnie Hartman-Gross. R.I.P. Forever
  • Nick Mozer (#1) (View Email) on June 1, 2005 at 1:34 PM
    Although I only knew Andrew for one year, I will remember him for the rest of my life. He was a great athlete, a brilliant student, and a great person. Andrew was always there to brighten up everyone's day. He always made impossible saves and in practice, when I was upset for missing a point blank shot (which he saved), he would say that he went for my fake. I really appreciated that although I never told him. There will always be a special place in my heart for you.
    I'll miss you Helgie.
  • R.I.P ANDREW on June 1, 2005 at 12:06 PM
    Dear Andrew,
    We never meet and we never spoke to each other before, but i know we will meet up in heaven when the time comes. So safe me a spot becasue from what i've heard u seem like a nice,caring,funny, and an all around amazing guy !
    so see ya when i get up there !
    -Ashley Williams
  • DC Patriots Lacrosse Club (View Email) on June 1, 2005 at 12:00 PM
    Andrew, I got to know you this year on the field during our two games as head coach for Einstein, a close 3-4 loss and then a 1-9 blowout in the playoffs.
    You're love of the game and abilities as a leader will long be remebered at Blair and in Montgomery County.
    When you contacted me to play on the DC Patriots Lacrosse Club this summer before heading off to college, I jumped on the opportunity as I knew the quality player that you were. The team was looking forward to playing with you this summer.
    You'll surely be missed in the lacrosse community. Have fun protecting the 'cage' on those fields of gold where you are now.
  • I dont even go to your school (View Email) on June 1, 2005 at 10:53 AM
    I dont even go to your school but we herd about it. I go to Damascus High School. I read almost all the comments and it so so sad. From what I read he made people laugh and smile, my kinda man. Im so sorry and may Hashmem be with his family and friends
  • Jen Yogi (View Email) on June 1, 2005 at 10:39 AM
    There are no words, Andrew.. as long as, somewhere, you can feel that we love and miss you more than can be described.

    Compassion and admiration for the Helgeson family, whose strength & love has touched as many people as Andrew's life has, and for Keri, who shared a love with Andrew that not many people have a chance to know..

    Keep going,
    Jen
  • Andrew Strumfels (View Email) on June 1, 2005 at 12:28 AM
    I was really close with Andrew in 6th grade. We meet because we thought it was funny that we had the same name. Andrew was always the wittiest, most intelligent person I knew and always made me laugh every day of the week. I remember one time we were making a video for English, and even though it was a school project, you wouldn't know it because of the fun we were having. God bless you Andrew, I’ll miss ya Helgy
  • Robin Martin (View Email) on May 31, 2005 at 10:59 PM
    The Day after.....The day after he was laid to rest. The day after we all said our final good byes. The day after the worst week of all of our lives. Helgy the one and only. I was able to be a part of the final farewell for Andrew and was amazed at how much he was loved. I knew he was well like by the students and LAX player alike since I was a part of this years LAX family at Blair. But being a witness to the masses that turned out yesterday all day to support the Helgeson family was something you only see for people who make large impressions on our life and in our lives. Andrew was able to do that and his passing will leave a large void in all of our lives. I hope that as time goes on and as we go back to our everyday lives that the first ray of sunlight in the morning reminds all of you of Andrew and the first star at night as well. May the Helgeson family know that he is not truely gone when so many hold him in their hearts.
  • PJ Brice (View Email) on May 31, 2005 at 9:16 PM
    helge man, i cannot express in words the grief i feel and how much i miss you. i have tried hard to push any thoughts of sadness out of my mind and to think only of the awesome times we had together, like eating maccaroni and cheese with hamburgers during foosball games, or drinking "redneck purified water" out of the bottom of the drink cooler, or scarfing down corn bread, and missed indoor lax games, better spent in the taco bell getting somewhere close to $20 worth of food and pigging out while grossing out the rude girl sitting behind us, or playing volleyball against the lax freshmen, and eating jerry's subs and pizzas, after practice shooting sessions, punching lockers for run, cracking kids on the lax field, one-on-one's for groundballs where neither of us went for the ball, 7-11 before school, 7-11 after practice, listening to DYLAN, who sang "knockin on heavens door" not clapton, in your car going to my house for food and movies and stuff, reciting "animal house" quotes ver-batem, sharing jokes, hoisting freshmen up in the air, and too many more memories to list. you are the brother i never had and i will miss you more than you will ever know. i love you man.
  • Lucy Samuel (View Email) on May 31, 2005 at 6:45 PM
    I never got the chance to get to know Andrew extremely well either, but my impression of him was that he was incredibly kind and warm. In the hallways, we'd affectionately refer to each other as Helga and Sam, and I remember his huge, strong hands when he gave me high-fives and handshakes between classes...there was something magnetic and comforting about his presence and I know that everyone who got to know him sees that. My love and condolences go to the Helgeson family- Andrew, I know, will be missed and loved.
  • Amelyne Major on May 31, 2005 at 6:10 PM
    Andrew was so special. Even to me, who didn't know him that well, it was clear that he cared so much about everyone. He was always willing to provide hugs, and they were wonderful. Andrew has affected so many lives, and my condolences go to his family and close friends. Helgeson will be missed by so many.
  • Metty Fisseha (View Email) on May 31, 2005 at 5:52 PM
    Helgeson,
    When I read the words "RIP Andrew Helgeson" in one of my friends' buddy profiles, I automatically told myself 'no, it's not him. It's not Helgeson.'. Living in London has detached me from Blair, and most importantly, from my friends in Maryland. I immediately went to silverchips' website and was anguished to discover that it was indeed you, Andrew Hhelgeson, who passed away on May the 25th. I've never been one to experience a loss of words, but I honestly sat in silence for ten minutes reading the artice on your death over and over. I don't know...I simply couldn't digest what I was reading. Right away, I told kedamai and my parents who were just as paralyzed as I was.

    Andrew, you had been a friend of my brother's for a long time. When I came to Blair during my freshman year, my brother introduced me to all of his friends, attempting to help make my transition into highschool a smooth one. Of course not all of his friends liked having to associate themselves with a little freshman. In fact, it was only you and Erik (Kojola) who honestly made me feel welcome in Blair. When I would see you in the hallway, it started with a "Hey Kedamai's sister" to "Hey Metty" and by the end of the year, you'd give me a massive bear hug and your signature genuine smile. It is this that I have missed since moving to london, and it is this that I will continue to miss until I see you again in Heaven.

    To Andrew's family, I want you to know that you remain in my thoughts and prayers. From Maryland to London, England, you have the support and love of the many whose lives Andrew has touched. Stay strong- Andrew wouldn't have it any other way.

    RIP Helgeson. You will be missed.

    With love, Metty Fisseha
  • Sheena Campbell on May 31, 2005 at 11:13 AM
    I really didn't know Andrew but I've seen him around and he was always smiling. My sencier condolences to the Helgenson family. May your son rest in piece in Gods hands.
  • Jordan Townsend on May 31, 2005 at 5:50 AM
    All the way from Okinawa, Japan. My condolences go out to the Helgeson family. Rest in peace.
  • Emily O'Brien on May 31, 2005 at 12:36 AM
    Andrew, I can't believe how many lives you've touched. I'm so happy to have known you and to see your goofyness and kindness everyday in class, I'm only sorry that we weren't closer. It's still so surreal, I keep expecting to see you in different places, popping up with that great big smile of yours. Sometimes life really isn't fair. I'll never forget you, I hope that wherever you are you can see all the people that you have affected, and how much love you have created.
  • Daniel O (View Email) on May 31, 2005 at 12:02 AM
    I knew Andrew at first in soccer, but as a member of multiple opposing teams. As a middle schooler, I remember that every single time we played his team, the stingers, that we could never score, never break through their defense. Their sweeper, "Bigman" as he was known to us, was huge, powerful, and as I now know, Andrew Helgeson. I remember our team on a breakaway, me and a teammate running wide around their defense. The ball was passed just ahead of us, & if only we could - WHAM - We both hit something very tall, and very solid. Rebounding, we both fell to the ground on our behinds, me slightly stunned, my teammate extremly confused. As the stars faded from my eyes, this huge grinning face swung into the picture. "are you guys ok?" he asked. We were so amazed that this kid not only could stop 2 soccer players running full speed dead in their tracks, but could then help us to our feet with kindness. Andrew was like that, helping you rise back up when you had fallen, with his smile and his kindness. Although I had the priviledge of working with him in CAP and at Blair, I had lost track of him after 10th grade. But always I would see him striding through the hallways, or hear of his lacrosse exploits from a friend. The hardest thing for me to do this year was to tell a cherished friend that you had left us, and she kept asking "why? Why" I still don't know why you left us Andrew, but I do know that the Blair community and all those who knew him will grieve his passing and miss him forever.
  • aaron glaser (View Email) on May 30, 2005 at 11:20 PM
    im not too great with words and i dont think that anything i could write down could sum up how i am feeling but i wanted to express how much of an amazing person andrew was and how grateful i am to have shared his presence. growing up with andrew on the soccer field is something that i will always treasure.
    i dont think that anyone could have raised a child any better than the helgesons did. you can tell by the smile on his face and by the smiles on everyone around him.
    andrew, we will miss you and remember you always
  • Anonymous on May 30, 2005 at 11:17 PM
    when i first heard you had passed away i was in shock. i just sat in class thinking about it over and over again and that you were really gone. my first memory of you that popped in my head was from sitting across from you at lunch and looking over and just seeing you laughing so so hard and every one else with you. its so sad that someone with such a big smile and that brought so many other people smiles is gone. you will be in my heart forever and always. rest in peace andrew.
  • justin vlasits on May 30, 2005 at 11:12 PM
    I only knew you for two years in high school, but they have been the two best years of my life, in no small part because of you. When I was just a dumb little freshman in Pericles, you chilled with me and showed me the ropes of high school. Whether it be hacky sack outside school or arguing whether baseball or lax were better sports, you always brought smiles to everyone around you.

    Thanks for everything and rest in peace.
  • Anonymous on May 30, 2005 at 11:12 PM
    when i first heard you had passed away i was in shock. i just sat in class thinking about it over and over again and that you were really gone. my first memory of you that popped in my head was from sitting across from you at lunch and looking over and just seeing you laughing so so hard and every one else with you. its so sad that someone with such a big smile and that brought so many other people smiles is gone. rest in peace andrew.
  • Susan Stregack on May 30, 2005 at 11:07 PM
    The first time I saw Andrew, he was about two or three. His mom, Rita, had come to my store to buy ballet slippers for his sister, Jennifer. The whole family was there - dad and grandma, too. Andrew ran all over the store, which was a little nerve-wracking, but he never broke anything. And so it went. Every time Jennifer needed new ballet slippers, the Helgeson family came out in full force. In later years, I occasionally ran into Rita and Andrew at the bank, or elsewhere in the neighborood, and I was always amazed at just how tall Andrew was growing. That's the extent of my first-hand knowledge of Andrew, but from everything I heard today at his funeral and just read here, it seems obvious that he was a wonderful young man, a real mensch. As a parent, I cannot imagine what Rita and Richard are going through, but my heart goes out to them and to Jennifer. May you be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.
  • Erit (View Email) on May 30, 2005 at 10:31 PM
    On Saturday morning as I was preparing to leave my house for shabbat services, I sat down for a moment. My mother was reading the newspaper and called my attention to an obituary. She said she just noticed it because he was so young. When I saw the picture, it made me sad but i did not recognize him. When I read the name I was in shock. It hit me. I know him.
    Ever since then I have been thinking about Andrew. I didn't know him very well but what I do know is that he was a remarkable human being. I was a counselor at JCC in gesher with him last summer and we were in charge of a bus together. Andrew was very nice to me but what struck me more was how nice he was to the campers.
    The kids on our bus adored Andrew and he cared about them equally. My camper was in the inclusion program and was especially fond of him. Andrew was so nice to my camper and really took time to brighten his day. Even though my camper was not in Andrew's group, he still took time to make him feel special.
    For the seven weeks that I knew Andrew, I don't think I ever saw him without a smile. From the way that he treated those around him, it was clear that he was a truly loving and compassionate individual.
    I am often upset when people die before I have had the privelge of knowing them. I feel a deep sense of regret for having missed the opportunity to know the amazing people that there are in this world. When I think about Andrew and the impact that his life has had on mine even though I only knew him for a short while, I am consoled. For I can not say that I have missed that opportunity. I am sorry for all the people who will never know what they have missed.I am fortunate to have known him.
  • matt on May 30, 2005 at 8:54 PM
    i didnt really even know andrew except maybe the one time i talked to him but i knew of him and that goes to show how much he was known and liked at blair...RIP andrew and blair will never forget you
  • Gillian C on May 30, 2005 at 8:34 PM
    Helgeson Family,

    You had a wonderful son, a son that touched many lifes without even knowing it. When someone dies, you begin to realize how many amazing qualities they had, when you may not have thought about them before. With Andrew, i noticed them as soon as i got to know him. I remember countless times when we walked around the track together during pe and just talked. He was truely an amazing person, someone that should still be here today. I know this is hard for you all and you have been in my thoughts and prayers. Everyone loved Andrew, you should be so so so proud, he was special and he will live on in ecveryones hearts. Again, i am sorry for your loss, rest in peace Helgeson.
  • ahmed (View Email) on May 30, 2005 at 6:12 PM
    damn helge i dnt know u as well as every one else in this entry prolli did but i would always see u in the halls smilin and i played a blair sport as u did so i feel as if i know u. I know yur in a better place my prayers go out to yur family and mutual friends that we had.But one thing i do remember or know about u is the happiness u brought to the room i would come in to the lacrosse team room and u would be the one person that would be crackin a joke or be the center on atention . well look out for all blair sports now that yur in a better place. i dnt know u all that well maybe we can get to know each other a lil better when i make it to that better place my condolences go out especially to colin,ian who were friends of yours that were my friends aswell and to see those two cry the day of the ceremony in the Blair SAC some one like ian a blair football team role model and captain would have made any football memeber wanna cry even me SAVE ME A SPOT IN HEAVEN R.I.P HELGE
  • Stacey Smith (View Email) on May 30, 2005 at 5:56 PM
    I didn't know Andrew personally but I saw him around camp a lot. (I've worked there since '99.) The kids seemed to really enjoy him and he seemed to enjoy camp as well! Some of my friends were close with him and are upset by his death.

    Camp will definitely feel different this summer:-(

    R.I.P Andrew
    Stacey
  • anonymous on May 30, 2005 at 5:33 PM
    rest in peace dude....... never will be forgoten.....
  • Idara (View Email) on May 30, 2005 at 3:28 PM
    Helgeson When I heard you were no longer with us I think I stopped breathing. I broke down. It's so hard to believe, you always gave great hugs and no matter how short a meeting we had you always made me smile. I regret this year we saw less of eachother. But I was always excited when we did meet, you had that effect. You'll always be in my heart. RIP
  • Caitlin Garlow (View Email) on May 30, 2005 at 3:12 PM
    Andrew's accomplishments have been numerous, both athletically and academically, and he was always very modest about them. I remember once he got a perfect on our physics quiz (that never really happened again to anyone), and he shrugged it off as if were nothing. I admired his goofy, good-natured personality and ability to reach out to those who needed him. He didn't mind sharing his lunches with me all the time. My condolences to his family and relatives.
  • Gaithersburg Lacrosse (View Email) on May 30, 2005 at 10:23 AM
    I have been a part of the Montgomery County Lacrosse family for only a year, but in that year I have met allot of new faces and also been reacquainted with several others from past lacrosse seasons. One of the faces that I have know for a while has been Coach John McCarthy.
    Well with both of us being coaches we usually discuss lacrosse! And in all the conversations, I do not believe we have had one conversation without Andrew being mentioned. I have only coached against Andrew, but with seeing him play and hearing the praise from John I think he was a leader with his teammates and a strong contributor to his community. And with such a small community it is impossible to imagine how hard something like this could be for his family, friends and teammates especially this time of year. When this happens you think of loss, a hard loss, but this must also be a time to think of all the things he accomplished. And to let this be a reminder to all student athletes how precious this time is. The coaches, parents and players at Gaithersburg High School all will have Andrew and the Helgeson family in our thoughts and prayers.

    Respectfully,
    Eric Shultz
    Head Coach
    Gaithersburg High School
  • Clair Briggs on May 30, 2005 at 9:46 AM
    Andrew, its so hard to even know where to start. I can't even remember the last time we spoke, or the last time I saw you. I'll just say that I am so glad to have met you, and I will cherish the expeiences we had together. From our bus rides home, to hanging out during Silver Chips, to lacrosse, you and I have had some fun times. You were the kind of person who didn't judge anyone. This year, when a new senior came to blair in the middle of the schoolyear, you were the first person to truly befriend him. I dont think I have even heard a mean thing come out of your mouth. You were also the kind of person who would never admit that you were hurting - you seemed invincible. As a lax goalie, you would come out of your games with huge bruises and shrug them off like it was nothing. That is another reason why your death was such a shock to me. It seemed like nothing could take you away.

    I wish with all my heart that you could have had a chance to live out your future. I wish I could have seen you at prom, seen you graduate, seen you play D1 lax to prove yourself as the monster I know you are, seen you go out and change the business/accounting world.

    Regardless, know that your short 17 years on earth changed many people's lives. Looking over all the comments made on this website, its obvious even those who didnt know you are hurting. Remember that Andrew is in a better place now, and my love and prayers go out to his family and girlfriend.
  • Bill Kojola (View Email) on May 30, 2005 at 1:47 AM
    Andrew, my son Erik, Andrew's father Richard, and I have been locked together at the hip for the past four years. Twelve months a year, indoor and out, high school, club, and MontCo lacrosse teams linked the four of us in the kind of intimate way that athletics can often do. You and Erik, on the field, and Richard and I standing together on the sideline, moving from one half of the field to the other as teams switched ends (defensive end, of course!). You and Erik barking to each other about the location of the ball, and Richard and I quietly talking about your play and your team's prospect of winning. It was great fun to watch some of your life's treasured moments.

    Oh, you were a superb goalie! Absolutely fearless with your body. Lightening quick hand reflexes, especially on bounce shots. How many times I screamed, "Great Save"! And Erik thinking that if he got beat, Helgy would stop 'em. It's no wonder that colleges were interested in you. Your dad was proud of your play and so were Erik and I.

    But the measure of a person is not what they accomplish on the athletic field, it's the human qualities that they affirm in those around them. Your sense of humor and laughter was infectious and lifted our spirits. The commitment, passion, and dedication to your craft that brought you from a non-starter to first team all-county was an inspiration. And your humbleness in the midst of many accolades spoke volumes about the quality of your character.

    But now you are gone too soon and we are devastated. Our hearts are reaching out to your family and we will do our best to comfort and support them. Your friends and the community will take steps to remember you and your immense spirit. But most of all, we will miss you dearly. Love to you and your family, Andrew.
  • Shannon Egan (View Email) on May 29, 2005 at 11:37 PM
    I've met Andrew in middle school and we have been friends since. Andrew always knew what to say to make me feel better when I was down or when to joke around with me. He was a huge addition to the CAP program for three years. I knew Andrew meant a lot to so many people but I didn't realize the full extent of his reach until now. He touched so many people's lives with his outgoing personality, dedication, humor and contagious happiness. I am happy that I was one of the many people who knew him and was touched by his life. My heart goes out to his family and friends.

    Andrew, I miss you and will never forget you. We are all proud of you and your accomplishments. I know you would have accomplished many more great things in your life to come. Blair and the entire class of 2005 will never forget the positive influence you have had on our lives. Rest in peace
  • St. Albans Lacrosse (View Email) on May 29, 2005 at 10:32 PM
    When our goalie did not show up to an indoor lacrosse game this winter, Andrew stepped in and played for our St. Albans team, even though he had just played a game. He played extremely well, and I asked everyone around me, "Who's that tall kid?" The players on our team liked Andrew for his ability and his personality. After the game, I thanked Andrew for helping us out--without it, we would have had to forfeit--and joked with him about the possibility of his transfering to St. Albans. During our conversation, he commended our players for how nice they were, which I thought showed a mature, sensitive perspective for a 17 year old male. Although my contact with Andrew was limited, he made such a favorable impression on me that, sadly, when I saw his picture in the newspaper recently, I immediately knew who it was. Sometimes quick, fleeting impressions are not misleading: my impression of Andrew was that he was a skilled athlete, a warm, charismatic human being, and a mature young man. All of these comments support those impressions. My condolences go out to the Helgeson family. The sport of lacrosse will miss a fine leader and an outstanding goalie. - Respectfully, Malcolm Lester, Head Lacrosse Coach, St. Albans
  • adokiye ockiya (View Email) on May 29, 2005 at 8:23 PM
    even though i never knew you i always saw you in the hall ways passing and looking around reading all the comments made me cry and feel cold i miss seeing you pass and may your big blessed heart rest in peace.
  • Stephanie Nguyen on May 29, 2005 at 5:19 PM
    Even though he's gone, I still think about him. I really can't believe that he's gone. I'll never forget journalism and 10th grade chemistry class together. i miss your hugs. i'm so sorry that i didn't say "hi" to you the day before you died. i regret it so much. miss you lots.
  • Alex Rumbaugh on May 29, 2005 at 2:26 PM
    Man, Helgeson and I had some good times. I remember once we got in an agrument about the exact value of pi. Sadly, I wont be able to engage in any of these argurments with Helgeson again. . . I wont forget you.
  • Kyle Irion (View Email) on May 29, 2005 at 1:40 PM
    Oh where to begin, Andrew was one the greatest guys I had ever met. I am sad to say i only went to Blair for my freshamn and sophmore years, but im prowd to say i was andrews friend for those 2 years and the next 2 years even when i was away. Im always going to remeber the days in gym class where we would talk about hockey and how you couldnt play because you couldnt find skates to fit your enourmous feet. Also Mr. Freeman during NSL in 10th grade always joking when we should have been paying attention. And who could forget lacrosse where you would suprise everyone when your take a shot to the groin and stand back up and ack like it didnt hurt, you were a monster, you let nothing stop you. I really am going to miss you and you will always be in my heart. "Tower" will never be forgotten. My condoluences go out to his family and other friends.
  • Katie on May 29, 2005 at 12:41 PM
    Even though I didn't know Andrew that well,
    I always heard great stories of him and Keri. Whenever she talked about him, I knew that she loved him very much. RIP and I give my condolences to all of Andrew's friends, family, and girlfriend.
    Camp will not be the same without him.
  • Chris Ramirez (View Email) on May 29, 2005 at 12:00 PM
    I played with Andrew on the Stingers soccer team for several years. Together, the offense could never get past us. He was one of the most gentle and kindest kids I have ever met. I will always remember him saying, "man I need a haircut." I don't know why he was taken, but this can only teach us to enjoy every day like it was our last. You were a good friend Andrew, RIP.
  • Anonymous on May 29, 2005 at 10:35 AM
    How did it happen? He was such a great kid and I'm just astonished that something like this could happen so suddenly?
  • WC on May 29, 2005 at 2:15 AM
    Lately it just isn't the same. Something has felt missing. Everyone talks about it. It is great, it is big, it's the sight of a big man that walking through the hallways we see. We wanna talk to him, we wanna laugh with him, we wanna play with him...lately i find myself wishing i could've spent more time with you, to get to know you, so you can meet me, so i can ask you how you are, how you feeling, let's lift weights(look at him he's turning green!)... you will be missed...que en paz descanses big country looking...
  • Jordan on May 28, 2005 at 9:59 PM
    I knew Andrew back when I was at Takoma. I have no idea how I met him, because he was a grade older than I, but I do remember hanging out with him at Blair, waiting for our buses home. I hadn't seen him for almost three years until fall lacrosse, and it was great catching up with him a bit. He was still that genuinely nice, fun guy to be around. My condolences to his friends and family--he will be missed.
  • Beth on May 28, 2005 at 9:48 PM
    I knew Andrew way back in middle school at Takoma Park . I moved away after 8th grade, but during those years I knew him he was always so upbeat and friendly. High school is a crazy time and unfortuanately we didnt keep in touch. But when I heard this news, I couldnt believe it. His life will not be forgotten, and I keep his family and friends in my prayers and close to my heart. God has definitely been sent an angel. Rest in peace
  • Brian Salant (View Email) on May 28, 2005 at 7:00 PM
    Andrew...
    We have known each other for many years, and I can't help thinking that you are one of the most fun people I have ever met. There could never be a time when we would hang out and we wouldn't be smiling or laughing about something. I remember last summer at the ChampCamp sitting in a restaurant eating dinner that you were one of the funniest people I had ever eaten with. We couldn't keep a straight face for more than three minutes.
    I remember your passion for life, the way you enjoyed everything you did and everyone you met, and the way you lit up a room when you walked into it. The Andrew Helgeson I remember was usually not quiet for too long, but always able to have fun and make others around him happy.
    I will never forget the game of poker we all played with the lacrosse team last summer. When you sat down and won 30 dollars in three hands, having never played the game before, sometimes not even knowing what cards you had, and laughing the whole time as we watched in awe.
    Being fellow goalies with you was a great experience, as you could always cheer me up after a bad game. We always talked about shooters around the county, different styles, and other goalies we faced. Just last month when we played each other, I remember hanging out on the sidelines having a half-hour conversation with you about lacrosse like we had never left off from last summer.
    Congratulations on being all-county, I knew you and I could rock the all-county teams senior year. I still can't believe you and i won't be playing together again in future. I will miss you deeply and remember always.
  • Class of '05 on May 28, 2005 at 6:50 PM
    Some of us knew you and some of us didn't..
    Not everybody gets to know everyone..especially in a place like Blair.
    Some of us used to see you in the hallways; laughing, smiling, and socializing..We will miss that. My heart goes out to your closest friends and family.god bless you and may you rest in peace.

    Class of '05
  • Emily on May 28, 2005 at 12:08 PM
    I realize I'm just saying what everyone else has said, but I can't help feeling like I need to tell the world how much Andrew Helgeson touched us all. I didn't know Andrew personally, but he was a friend of many friends, and I would always see him around school. He was always smiling or laughing, and he really made an impression on me. Andrew, I hope you're in a good place, because you truly deserve it. You are a shining star. Lots of love to you and your family.
  • Sarah Rosenblatt (View Email) on May 28, 2005 at 10:04 AM
    I haven't seen Andrew since 8th grade at Takoma Park, but I remember him as being an amazing guy, and it seems like that is still true. I can tell he'll never be forgotten. God bless.
  • Kaiti Jones (View Email) on May 28, 2005 at 8:52 AM
    I've known Andrew for many years... Never went to school with him, didn't live near him, but we shared so many great times together in OCBT. Andrew was mostly a stage hand but sometimes starred on stage. I will never forget him and all of the fun times we had together. He was the only person backstage who watched me while I was dancing, and the only person to notice when I stopped breathing. We were very, very close and I miss him very much.
    I still Love you!
    ~Kaiti
  • Jessica on May 28, 2005 at 8:17 AM
    Although I didn't know you that much. I saw you in the hallways with your friends. It is so tragic that a young life must end so soon. RIP
  • Sophmore on May 28, 2005 at 12:16 AM
    Even though I didn't know Helgeson personally, there is no way you could miss him in the hallways. He was always the kid with a smile on his face, so did all his friends. The big kid in the hallway who everyone knew and had to hug and/or say hello to. There is no way you could go through a semester without noticing him. It will never be the same without you.
    R.I.P
  • Molly (View Email) on May 27, 2005 at 11:54 PM
    I dont got to blair, but I went to middle school with Andrew. And I really dont know what to say. Andrew and I were friends. I always remember him being so "cool" and funny. He was always cheeful and in a good mood. I can't believe he is gone, but I am so moved at how many responses I see on this page. I wish the best to the Helgeson family and all of Andrew's friends, and I want you to know you raised a wonderful son who, even in his short life, was a good person. You are all in my heart tonight, and Andrew- you especially, I know your spirit is good and is with us to help us all along.

    Much love,
    Molly
  • Ginny Billhimer (View Email) on May 27, 2005 at 11:44 PM
    I did not know Andrew personally, because my kids were not involved in sports. But I knew Andrew by sight because I saw him so often when attending events, dropping off, picking up, etc. He was one of those kids a parent notices because he was so clearly having good natured fun; the type of person where you ask your child, "who is that boy?" because you are impressed by the charisma. And you say to yourself, "see, there are a lot of good kids going to this school," and you feel good. My sincere condolences go out to Andrew's family and close friends, and prayers to Andrew where he is now. He has clearly boosted the kindliness of lots of people in his time, and probably will continue to do so.
  • Emily on May 27, 2005 at 11:41 PM
    Wow. I didn't know what to say. I am a dance student at jane bittner's dance center. Jen Helgeson was such a beautiful dancer. The whole family contibuted to the OCBT productions. I remember last year in the Nutcracker when he was my father when i was a party girl. when it came to the child/ parent dances he was my partner and i remember we had such a hard time because of our HUGE height difference. i remember after the camp days at camp JCC when we would all hang out in the teen center. Kerri and Andrew would always goof around. It was such a shock to me. i didn't even believe it at first. why do the worst things come to the best of people. Every day at camp this year i will think of him. God bless him, and his family.
  • Matena Kamara (View Email) on May 27, 2005 at 10:43 PM
    Hey Andrew,
    although i didn't really know once in a while i saw you in the hall way and that was about it. My heart and my sympathy goes out to your family. Everyone has to go some day but i'm really sorry that yours ened soon. I know the time you spent down here you left a huge mark on peoples herats. I believe that you are in a better place, just know that the whole blair family is watching over you. No one lives forever so until then til we meet again.

    yours truly,
    matena
  • Joey Tyser (View Email) on May 27, 2005 at 10:24 PM
    I LOVE YOU HELGESON(#9)! Even though I only knew you for a year, through lacrosse and the time we together spent after school you became like and older brother to me. You were always there for me and in a way you still will be. You were a great student, friend, and lacrosse player, the team and team room will never be the same (esp. locker boxing). I just wish I could have gotten a chance to say goodbye. I know one day I’ll get to see you again but until then all I have are the wonderful memories of the time we spent together and the “tough love” that you inflicted upon me. I will continue to pray for you and your family. We love you and miss you Andrew, may you rest in peace.
  • Erik Kojola (View Email) on May 27, 2005 at 9:50 PM
    Andrew I will never forget you. You have meant so much to me in that past four years. You were a caring friend, fantastic athlete, and just a fun guy. You excelled at everything you put your mind to be it school, sports, yearbook or just making people laugh. Without high school and lacrosse would not have been the same.

    I first met you in the summer going into ninth grade when I tried out for the MSC stingers. I remembered you because you were the other big scandanavian guy and talked to me when I knew no one else on the team. Then when I tried out for the Blair team I was sitting putting on my cleats feeling a bit lonely as I didnt know anyone. Then up you walked and came and talked with me. That moment really meant a lot to me and began a wonderful four years.

    We've had so many great memories playing lacrosse. We played together all year round on every team and in every league. Whenever and wherever I was playing you wanted to play. I admire the great work ethic and dedication you had. Pain was irrelevant to you and you would use whatever body part needed to make a save. You had an amazing high school career and at times you were nearly unbeatable, like all those Sherwood games. I was always comforted having you in the cage behind me to make up for any of my mistakes. I am so proud that you made All-County and represented Blair lacrosse so well. You would have been a great college player. Playing without you and continuing on will not be the same or as much fun.

    In the locker room and in the hallways you could always make people laugh or lighten up the team. You were full of jokes and always put a smile on my face. I enjoyed goofing around with you and admiring the great shoes that you wore. I always had fun when we hungout and will miss those huge hugs you gave. You were a sincere and caring person. You always wanted to make sure people were ok when you knocked them over. Everyone enjoyed your company.

    You will allways have a special place in my heart. I offer your loving family my largest condolences and that your memory will be preserved and carried on.

    With love,
    Erik Kojola
  • Nicholas Tucker (View Email) on May 27, 2005 at 9:38 PM
    Helgeson was always a great guy. He was always quick to laugh, crack a joke, and generally have a good time. I feel truly honored to have had him as a friend and, of course, find it truly tragic that such a thing happened to such a caring, genuinely nice guy. I will continue to keep him and his family in my thoughts and I hope that all of this is some solace to a family rightfully grieving.
  • Anonymous on May 27, 2005 at 9:34 PM
    They say that truly great men die young to live forever, and Andrew, you're no exception. You will live on forever in the hearts and souls of the people that you have touched. It has been truly an honor to know a man like you for eight years. Rest in peace.
  • Nora Onley on May 27, 2005 at 9:12 PM
    I only knew Andrew through CAP, and I didn't get much of a chance to talk to him this year, but he was always friendly and could make you laugh no matter what. He is going to be missed but we'll never forget him.
  • Roxanne Shorrock (View Email) on May 27, 2005 at 8:36 PM
    I barely know what to say. I have so many great memories with Andrew in yearbook, almost too many to list here. When I first heard of Andrew's passing, I refused to believe it. Now that I've shed a considerable amount of tears, it is still hard to accept that he is in fact gone. I remember the last time I talked to Andrew, I asked him for a dollar... I never got a chance to pay him back. I did my first yearbook spread with Andrew. We had such a good time walking around looking for photo ops... I remember one time we took a bunch of pictures only to realize the camera had no film in it. Each time I think I'm done crying, more tears seem to come. You always made me laugh... it deeply saddens me to know that I'll never again be surprised by you coming up behind me to throw me over your shoulders. The injustice of this is appalling... I just cannot believe you are gone.

    I'll miss you, Andrew. I will never forget you.
  • Ooze on May 27, 2005 at 6:53 PM
    Even though I didn't know you, these comments make me believe you were a great guy. Sorry man. R.I.P.
  • Luis Fernandez (View Email) on May 27, 2005 at 5:07 PM
    Andrew was an amzaing human being for the short time that i knew him. I played with andrew on the stingers soccer club last year, and he always had a positive attitude and was always encouraging. I was glad to have met andrew because he had a big heart and was such a good person. Andrew will be dearly missed, and will be in our hearts forever.
  • Edwin on May 27, 2005 at 5:06 PM
    man... one of the funniest guys ever... could a smile on anyone's face that's how i remember
  • Melanie Thompson (View Email) on May 27, 2005 at 3:58 PM
    Andrew --
    In the four years that I knew you, you never said one negative thing to me. Instead, you were always there to spread laughter or give me a big hug. When I heard about your death, I couldn't move. I couldn't even cry because I didn't believe it. The only comfort this news brings is that you are in a much better place. Believe me, down here you are loved and missed. We'll never forget you.
  • Osei Kwakye on May 27, 2005 at 3:50 PM
    Andrew was always making the people around him smile. You will be surely missed.
  • Jen Nguyen (View Email) on May 27, 2005 at 1:55 PM
    Well where do i start?? When i first heard about your death, i couldnt really cry, i just sat there staring at nothing at all thinking noo it couldnt be.. but i guess it was.. You are my 5th friend in 2 years that has passed away. and its a lil bit easier for me to finally admit that you are gone now you are joining them and i hope you befriend them like how you did me.. all i can think about now is the memories that i had with you... i remember those days when you would see me after gym and you would try to hug me while you were dripping sweat.. i remember when i would always jump on your back and you would give me piggy back rides... i remember you trying to throw me in the trash can... i remember the day before you died, you were in a hurry to get home but i MADE you sign my yearbook and you said "ok jen just for you"... i remember jumping on your back for the last time before you passed away.. know that you'll always be remembered and that everyone loves you very much...
  • Nelle (View Email) on May 27, 2005 at 1:54 PM
    R.I.P. God will keep his eyes on your family and friends. WE will all miss you. have a nice time were you are and we all know that, that place is heaven.
  • Will Dreher on May 27, 2005 at 1:19 PM
    Andrew....we were friends for years, big guy, and I've never enjoyed any time more than the time I spent with you. Your laughter and comedic acts lit up every room you were in. I was always happy to talk to you, however briefly, about anything. I will always remember your big heart and teddy bear tendencies. Your signature in my yearbook will be treasured. To all of your family, I give my condolences and sincere apology for a life that was cut far too short. I will continue to pray for you and your family, Andrew. Rest in Peace.
  • Maura Druhan on May 27, 2005 at 1:06 PM
    Rest In Pease Helgeson. you seemed like such a awesome and amazing guy and the world is going to be a little sadder without you here. it seems like yesterday that i was marking down your blocks in goal. you where an amazing goalie and a amazing guy, and i wish that i got to know you better but i dont think anyone will ever forget you and the way you could light up a room with your smile.
  • eager to donate on May 27, 2005 at 12:51 PM
    Anybody know if some kind of a memorial fund has been set up?
  • Jason Meer on May 27, 2005 at 12:37 PM
    Helgeson, no other upperclassman was more responsible for my adjustment to high school than you. Last year when I was a freshman, you hung out with me during Pericles rehearsals even when there were other "cooler" people for you to talk with. I always felt comfortable around you and you continued to greet me in the halls. Those times during Pericles will always be cemented in my mind; you were a great guy and I stand with those that will miss you greatly.
  • Paul Grossman (View Email) on May 27, 2005 at 12:25 PM
    Andrew,
    Where have you gone, big guy? Leaving us alone with the memory of your superior intelligence, winning smile, and straight up look you in the eye aproach to life.
    We talked just yesterday. You told me your goals for freshman year: make the team, do well in school. You promised to report back in a year's time. I want that report, Andrew. I want to know that whatever team you're playing on, you'll be doing your best to make it a winner. Just as you've done for all of us, here. Somehow, I know you will, Andrew. RIP
  • Bill McManigle on May 27, 2005 at 12:08 PM
    I didn't know what to feel about Andrew's death when I heard about it. I didn't know what to say or how to act. I was just shocked and confused for a while.
    Helgeson was such an amazing person to so many people. He was so loved and he touched so many people it's astounding. He was one of the most fun-loving, genuinely nice people I've ever met.

    Above everything else, I'll always remember his laugh in Physics class. We worked together in our last project of the year, on the Life and Times of Albert Einstein. He titled it himself, saying that "doing a project on 'The Life and Times' of someone is great. No one knows what it really means, but it sounds impessive." He also wore an amazingly goofy wig.

    The last thing he ever said to me was that I was a cool person and if he didn't get a chance to talk to me at graduation, he would miss me next year. I told him I would miss him too.. I just didn't know missing him would hurt so badly so soon.

    Rest in peace man. I miss you incredibly and I know you're somewhere better now, looking down at all of us, cracking jokes about how we miss you so much. Maybe you're even still rocking that Einstein wig.
  • Ellie Blalock on May 27, 2005 at 11:12 AM
    I still remember playing CAP basketball with Andrew and how no one on our team scored a single point when we played him because he was like a wall. I honestly can't remember ever hearing anyone talk badly about him. Andrew was an amazing athlete and person, and we will all miss him so much.
  • '04 on May 27, 2005 at 10:52 AM
    I can't believe he is gone
    he was such a good guy, always laughing and making fun of everything.
    I met him when I was a sophmore in gym, and he used to make fun of me 'cause I was smaller than him, and we ended up the same way last year, when I was a senior and 9 inches smaller than him.
    We will always remember him not only for the smell he always left in the gym locker room, but for the great guy he was, a good friend, a person who anyone could talk to, and the big guy I could never defeat in our little wrestling fights.
    MAN!! that is hard to believe the big guy is gone.
    So long 'Drew', Rest In Peace.


  • dom on May 27, 2005 at 10:34 AM
    Andrew was just an incredible guy. i cant say anything that hasnt been said already but i will miss you man -DD
  • I am so sorry on May 27, 2005 at 10:10 AM
    I'm sad to say that I did not know Andrew Helgeson personally, yet I find myself here with tears rolling down my cheeks as I scroll down this page.

    The things people are writing about him are unbelievebly beautiful. It's as if all of these comments are going into a mosiac of his life, each color combines completing his spirit.

    With each comment a light will shine through the mosiac of his life blanketing Andrew with love.

    stay strong
  • mark goodman on May 27, 2005 at 10:10 AM
    we should definitely retire his number
  • b on May 27, 2005 at 10:08 AM
    rest in peace
  • Lansing Freeman on May 27, 2005 at 10:03 AM

    My heart hurts now, which makes me remember all of the times that my face hurt from laughing so much with him.

    I think about last time I saw him, Tuesday just after school, when he picked me up on Blair Boulevard and swung me around like a goalie's stick, exulting that his exams had finished and that sort of thing. Like everyone else, I think about our last time together, and I wish I could have said more than whatever I did say. So I'm warmed to read what others write, and I'll join.

    Andrew was the biggest ray of sunshine I've ever known, and I'll miss him with tears but remember him with smiles.
  • Richard Helgeson (View Email) on May 27, 2005 at 9:27 AM
    Dear Friends, I cannot express how much of a comfort it is for Rita, Jennifer and I to see and read all the wonderful thoughts people had of Andrew. I am so happy that Andrew had so many friends and acquaintances that recall him with such affection. Andrew was tremendously special to us and it is heartening to know that others felt the same way. Andrew always had a kind word to say about everyone he met and he so wanted to get them to laugh and lighten-up. He was supposed to go to his girlfriend's prom at Wootten on Friday and Blair's on Saturday. He was looking forward to all having a good time. The last thing he would ever want is to be the cause of any unhappiness and sorrow. Remember Andrew for the fun-loving and sensitive young man he was.

    Andrew was on top of the world Tuesday night after the Lax banquet. He had gotten an award Monday, learned that he was 1st Team All-County on Tuesday and knew he was to receive the Terry Hicks Scholarship on Wednesday. He had one more exam and then it would be proms, graduation and summer lacrosse. He worked as a camp counselor for six/seven year olds for two years and again this summer – then off to college (with an academic scholarship) for accounting (like the old man) and, of course, more lacrosse.

    It is well-known that Andrew loved everything Lacrosse; it is comforting to know that he obviously enjoyed other aspects of school and others loved him. Please cherish your children no matter what – have a kind word and encouragement for them always; just like Andrew had for them.

    Please post your names with your comments - I want to remember all his friends. Thank you.

    Richard, Rita and Jennifer Helgeson

  • The Mahoney Family (View Email) on May 27, 2005 at 8:47 AM
    To the Helgeson Family, Blair H.S., and friends;
    We read about Andrew Helgeson's passing on a lacrosse website forum, we offer our condolences to all. The lax community obviously lost a great brother...Helgeson in our prayers...R.I.P. Sincerely,
    The Mahoney Family of Shoreham Wading River NY (SWR #17)
  • Nick on May 27, 2005 at 2:28 AM
    I never knew him and barely spoke with him, but witnessed his charisma brighten many a dreary hallway. The one time I did speak with him I was in my freshman year, he in his sophomore, and was in the SAC with a friend...he just walked over and started talking. How random, I thought. We had like a 20 minute conversation about god knows what, and that was it. That was all. I guess he was just like that, and what a way to be too. I never knew him but I feel for those who did and for his family. May he rest in peace.
  • Brent Piper (View Email) on May 27, 2005 at 12:14 AM
    I played soccer with Andrew on the stingers for years. He was a great teammate. I will never forget in games when one of our teammates parents would yell, "Go Bigfoot GO!" to Andrew. Andrew was not only a good teammate but a good person. He will be missed dearly. RIP.
  • R.I.P. Andrew on May 26, 2005 at 11:58 PM
    Wow, I don't even know where to begin. So, I'm just a random freshman and I didn't know Andrew personally at all. But I've definitely seen him in the hallway almost every day, and he's always been surrounded by friends and having a blast. He seems like the kind of guy that every girl would want to have as a friend, like he's always there with a hug or a joke to cheer you up. And, judging by the comments below, which I can't read without crying, he definitely was. I've passed by him and his friends on my way to class a lot, and I know I've often wished that that's what my group of friends would be like when I'm a senior. He just seems like the kind of guy everyone wants to be, popular, funny, liked by everyone, incredibly athletic, etc. I've never even spoken to him and this has affected me so much, so I can't even begin to imagine what this must be like for his friends and family. As a fellow member of Temple Emanuel you will be terribly missed there as well as at Blair, and I can tell that you were loved by so many people. Rest in peace, Andrew.
  • BCC Lacrosse on May 26, 2005 at 11:28 PM
    A few of us knew you from playing on your summer team, and a bunch of us knew you from playing Fall ball on the Blair-BCC team, but we all knew and respected you from the game we played in our tournament. Your an amazing goalie, and from what we experienced with you also an amazing guy. You seem like the ultimate teammate from the way you guided your team and how they acted around you. Our thoughts go out to Andrew's friends and family, and most of all to Andrew who had so much ahead of him. May you rest in Peace.
  • John C on May 26, 2005 at 11:11 PM
    Andrew was someone special. Athlete, scholar, friend. I first met him in 7th grade and he was just so friendly. Helgeson, God bless and RIP. You will be missed by many.
  • Gillian Couchman on May 26, 2005 at 11:07 PM
    Me and Helgeson shared a semester of weight training together. We would mostly sit and talk, usually about random things. Mike would make fun of me and Andrew would stick up for me afterwards. Helgeson would tumble around on the matts that were layed out on the floor and have the time of his life. He would just chill, he was so big, yet he was really good at rolling into a little ball? ha. What a happy guy, we love you.
  • Scott on May 26, 2005 at 11:06 PM
    It's still so unbelivable. On Tuesday night he is fine and laughing and the next morning he is gone. I didn't know him as well as many others, but even the couple of months I did know him Helgeson was such a nice guy. I'll miss you Helgy.
  • To Andrew on May 26, 2005 at 10:40 PM
    R.I.P--------<3
    my heart is filled with love.
  • Katherine on May 26, 2005 at 10:35 PM
    Though I didn't know Helgeson personally, I have talked to him throughout my years at Blair, and have always found him to be an incredibly fun-loving and upbeat person. I'll always remember him as being the eternally happy, goofy, and crazy kid who threw food at lunch and dumped people in trashcans. More importantly, I'll remember him as a solid athlete with a warm heart: when a new kid came to Blair earlier this year, Helgeson immediately befriended him, despite other people's opinions or thoughts. I know that he touched many lives and may he rest in peace.
  • Molly Martinez on May 26, 2005 at 10:14 PM
    i still cant believe it. its so surreal. Andrew was one of the nicest, most lovable people most of us will ever know. When ever i saw him, it made my day. Blair wont be the same.
  • alexa gabriel (View Email) on May 26, 2005 at 10:08 PM
    Andrew--you were incredibly cheerful and funny. Your ambition and dedication to everything that you did was incredible, even if it was drinking large quantities of vanilla extract in Statistics or weighing 20 dozen eggs. From french class to lacrosse to Chips to everything inbetween, you have been an bright spot and an inspiration in all of our lives. To the Helgeson family and Keri, I send you my deepest condolences in this time of mourning. The Class of 2005 will sorely miss one of its best. Rest in peace, Andrew and never forget that you are loved so much.
  • kc on May 26, 2005 at 10:04 PM
    may angels lead you home
  • Andrea and Larry Glaser on May 26, 2005 at 9:51 PM
    Andrew - Our son, Aaron, was fortunate enough to know you as a soccer teammate and friend for 8 years. You were always an ideal team player and a hard worker who inspired others to give their best at practices and at games. We also know you were a wonderful student, brother, and son. We feel blessed to have had you in our lives. Rest in peace....
  • Max Czapanskiy on May 26, 2005 at 9:51 PM
    Ever since meeting Andrew in seventh grade, I've thought he was one of the most charming, outgoing people I knew. My fondest memory of him is from my bar mitzvah when we sang Elvis karaoke style. I'll miss you Helgeson. I hope the Helgeson family can find some solace in all the wonderful comments his teachers and fellow students have left here. Rest in peace my friend.
  • Zach (View Email) on May 26, 2005 at 9:47 PM
    jolly green giant-
    hope you're havin fun wherever you are. we're all gonna miss you big guy.
  • Stephen Kohn on May 26, 2005 at 9:28 PM
    Andrew was one of my best friend on the MOCO team all summer and hell, i was supposed to shoot on him this summer to warm him up for college ball. what an all around awesome guy he was.
  • Joanna Pinto-Coelho on May 26, 2005 at 9:20 PM
    andrew, i'll always remember our afternoons on the bus together all throughout middle school and our years together in CAP. we all adore you and miss you so much. you'll be in my thoughts when i walk across the stage next thursday. rest in peace.
  • R.I.P on May 26, 2005 at 9:11 PM
    Even though i didn't know Andrew personally i knew him through the hall ways and through other people. You could never miss him- he was so tall. Everyday he was always in the same section in the hallway right near the library with his friends-always having a good time. I literally saw him everyday and that makes me feel that i really knew him especially by the way he acted.The last time I saw him was on friday when it was the seniors last day. When i heard that he died i was in complete shock. It's too hard and sad for me to believe that it was him. My sister knew him very well. Last year she directed a show and Andrew starred in one of her episodes. He was hilarious in the episode. When i told my sister she immediately burst into tears. Seeing all of his friends crying was really difficult. I have never experienced knowing somone that died at my school.I know what it feels like to lose someone so close to you and all of sudden their gone. I had a cousin that died at the age 15 a few years ago and when his birthday and date of death comes i cry soooo much. My friend tells me that i shouldn't celebrate his death. I should celebrate his life and be thankful that he was here. We should do the same with Andrew. We should be happy that he was the guy that he was and that he was here. I really believe that people shouldn't cry because that's something that he wouldn't have wanted.I know that god has taken Andrew into a safer place and is taking care of him. I also know that he is shining down on us.I want to give his family and friends my blessings and wish them the best. We will miss you Andrew R.I.P. Much love!
  • Kedamai Fisseha (View Email) on May 26, 2005 at 8:10 PM
    I knew Helgeson for a good three years and I'm far away right now so I feel like I need to write something.

    Good guy, always had something to say. Lotta people used to treat him awkwardly, but he never held himself back from starting a conversation.

    Whatever Helgeson ever had to say to me was bound to be interesting. His ideas, his stories- he got me through many Period 2's.

    I can't say too much, but send condolences to his parents and his sister(he always used to talk about his family) and to his friends.
  • anonymous on May 26, 2005 at 7:53 PM
    I never knew you, but from the comments below it seems that you were an incredible person. May God take care of you and the many who love you.

    "Don't stand by my grave and weep,
    for I am not there, I do not sleep.
    I am a thousand winds that blow,
    I am the diamond's glint on the snow,
    I am sunlight on ripened grain,
    I am the gentle autum's rain.
    Don't stand by my grave and cry,
    I am not there, I did not die."
    ~Unknown Native American

    "Life is eternal: love is immortal;
    and death is only a horizon;
    and a horizon is nothing save the
    limit of our sight." - unknown
  • Irrelevant (View Email) on May 26, 2005 at 7:41 PM
    I remember the first time i saw Andrew Helgeson in the hallway, it was like walking past a wall. A wall that smiled back at me. It was one of the first times that an upperclassman had acknowledged my existance, much less smiled at me. I remember talking to him and about how he was not allowed to play football because he was "too small". He will be greatly missed by all. Rest in Preace, Andrew.
  • Dominic McDonald on May 26, 2005 at 7:22 PM
    Andrew was a very pleasant person. When I heard about this, this afternoon, it was sad to hear that he was gone. I used to play soccer with Andrew on the Stingers club team, and my prayers are with him and his family. I am so sorry to hear that he has passed away now.
  • Colin Martin (View Email) on May 26, 2005 at 7:08 PM
    Ya ben is right dont mourn his death but celebrate his life RIP love u helge
  • rene on May 26, 2005 at 6:54 PM
    didn't know who u were, but after seeing your pic, i 've realized i've seen u around, if u could only see the lives that have shattered due to ur absence you woudn't be surprised because u have spread your love to all these people who knew you and people who got to know you through other's comments. i know life will not be the same for everyone who knew you, we'll miss u, RIP..andrew
  • Suzie Adjogah on May 26, 2005 at 6:54 PM
    Andrew~
    I've known you for so long that it seems I can hardly remember back in the day when I met you, but even at age 9 you were as goofy, kind, intelligent, and promising as you were up until the moment you left us. If I was ever feeling lonely, upset, or just plain crappy, I could go to you and your cheek-to-cheek smile and witty humor would lift my spirits right back to where they belonged. That's why I'm not too worried about you now: wherever you are (be it heaven, a sea of spirits, or reincarnated as someone new) I know you're not lamenting the short time you spent with us. You're remembering all of the happy times you had and the accomplishments you made because you know how deeply you touched each and every person you came across during your short lifetime. May you rest in peace and contentment . . .
    ~Suzie
  • Ben Dean (View Email) on May 26, 2005 at 6:22 PM
    Andrew Helgeson was often misunderstood. On the outside, he was huge, goofy, and always smiling. On the inside, he was kind, very smart and very ambitious. He was a guy who excelled at almost everything he did. So many people are affected by this tragedy, his family, friends, and everyone who knew him. But instead of mourning, we should try and celebrate the inspirational life of Helgeson. Death is another part of life; it was not the death that was the tragedy, it was the timing, the circumstances, and the loss. May we all pray for his family and loved ones and may he rest in peace.
  • Christina Ji on May 26, 2005 at 5:44 PM
    Helgeson, we're all gonna miss you so much. You were one of the nicest, sweetest guys around. Thanks for all the LAX memories, letting me drive your car, playing "catch" with me, and dumping me into a trashcan. We're not gonna be same with out you. Love, spillz
  • pc on May 26, 2005 at 5:05 PM
    Although I did not know you, I will keep you and your family in my prayers. RIP Andrew
  • mogge (View Email) on May 26, 2005 at 4:10 PM
    Man o' man -- Andrew was one of the most unique students I have ever known. Reading the other comments -- let's me know that he had the same impact on everyone. So possitive, so kind, and so goofy in an incredibly endearing way. What a great guy. Larger than life. You should be smiling in that picture above -- we all know what it looks like -- Oh, I see it now. "Thanks Mr. Mogge". No, thank you Andrew.
  • aislyn on May 26, 2005 at 3:51 PM
    i didnt know you that well, but i know you will be missed and remain in out memories forever. you have gone on to a better place and those you love know that you are watching them. Rest in peace andrew
  • Martino Choi on May 26, 2005 at 3:26 PM
    I've known him since Takoma Park. I guess I really got to know him the summer after 8th grade, when we were among 20-25 middle school students selected for a biotech program. He was undoubtedly the largest guy there, but he was also the only guy after the first day to have met and talked to everyone. When he saw me in the halls, he would always say hello. He will be remembered as the most down-to-earth, coolest guy I've known, enthusiastic about everything and friendly towards everyone. RIP, Andrew.
  • Hilina (View Email) on May 26, 2005 at 3:14 PM
    My condolences goes out to Andrews family, friends, and anyone he's ever made laugh. I didnt know Andrew but from what i hear and hes a sweet guy who was a terrific lax player. whenever i saw him in the hallway, he was always laughing and/or making everyone else laugh. Again, my condolences goes out to Andrew's family, friends, teammates, classmates and anyone who's ever met him. R.I.P Andrew, you'll be missed.
  • Sonia on May 26, 2005 at 3:10 PM
    Andrew, i still dont wanna believe that your not here anymore. i loved so much. u were so funny in yearbook. i think one of the last times u were in class w/ us u were trying to kill a fly that'd been flying around our room. i loved u for doing things like that. i loved your orange shoes. your an amazing guy. i didnt talk to u outside of school very much but i'll still miss you as if i've known you forever. i dont know. this world is sadder w/ out your goofy self here w/ us. i love that your a giant. and i loved your huge hugs. thats it. RIP Andrew. i'll miss you.
  • The Rubacky Family (View Email) on May 26, 2005 at 2:58 PM
    We had the opportunity to travel wih Andrew last summer with the County lacrosse team. The Lacrosse Community will miss him greatly. This might seem trite to mention Andrew's lacrosse accomplishments but it was a big part of his life. His goalkeeping skills were awesome. As we played against some of the very best players in the country it was always very comforting to know that Andrew was defending our goal. He was a real gentleman, as well as a smart and promising athlete...an all-around great guy!! What a tradgedy this is! Our very deepest sympathy goes out to his entire family and to all his friends.

    - Bill, Jeannie, Jenn and Caz
  • rip on May 26, 2005 at 2:57 PM
    i wish i got to know you better andrew, and ill never forget that hour or so we chilled afterschool. you were crazy funny man, and i know youll live on forever in everyones hearts.
  • deep loss on May 26, 2005 at 2:53 PM
    God bless you Andrew and you family...you were loved my MANY!
  • mark goodman on May 26, 2005 at 2:40 PM
    its hard to beleive that i was one of the many people who saw him the night he died. the last thing i remember of him was him laughing his head off. everyone misses you and wishes they could have you back. im all the better for knowing you will always miss your goofy antics, the locker room is gonna be one hell of sad place next year. we love you man. R.I.P.
  • sarah robinson (View Email) on May 26, 2005 at 2:31 PM
    Thank god for Helgeson, who could always be counted on to reality check the entire yearbook staff with his unbelievably sweet and optimistic demeanor when things got overly stressful. He was truly a beacon of happiness and humor for us all. It won’t be the same without him. I was so proud to read about his successes, especially on the lacrosse field. I remember when he started playing as a goalie and people thought he would be much too gangly to succeed. Guess he proved everyone wrong. My heartfelt condolences to his family, friends, and everyone else he touched.
  • carmen canavan (View Email) on May 26, 2005 at 1:53 PM
    my heart goes out to all of the people that have been affected by this tragedy. rest in peace andrew.
  • close to the heart on May 26, 2005 at 1:52 PM
    I think the lacrosse team should retire Helgesons Jersey #9 will always be in our hearts. He wore it so proudly. To the entire school , thank you for your kind remarks...Andrew you are and always will be truly loved!
  • Hannah on May 26, 2005 at 1:38 PM
    I will miss Andrew a lot. I don't know how to express my feelings or what to write. Its just so sad...
  • shaagnik on May 26, 2005 at 1:34 PM
    i wish i had gotten to know him better he was totally awesome whenever i talked to him...
  • adam on May 26, 2005 at 1:33 PM
    I will never forget my freshman year when andrew thought the point of soccer was to knock down as many people as possible during a game. Every time he kicked the ball he managed to fall down and he scored one of the goofiest half-field goals i've ever seen. i'm going to miss that big goofy smile and that laugh.
  • Colin Again (View Email) on May 26, 2005 at 1:32 PM
    I hope Valhalla is good man i no ur havin a good time up there
  • Colin (View Email) on May 26, 2005 at 1:30 PM
    I love u helge im gonna miss u alot and i cant wait till next season so u can see me score and all one day ill be with u and ill get to hear that laugh i cant wait for that
    Mr. and Ms. Helgeson im sry for your lose and to Kerri im really sry for your lose too i no he loves you and always will
  • Remember on May 26, 2005 at 12:40 PM
    I always saw Andrew in the halls and everyone around him was always smiling, i liked that about him. i didn't know andrew as well as i would have liked to but he was a friend to alot of people who will miss him. My guess is he would like to have people remember him by how he lived. Alot of people said he was funny, swett, and an amazing person, people will remember you like that Andrew. RIP.
  • Adedeji Ogunfolu (View Email) on May 26, 2005 at 12:08 PM
    I knew Andrew since the 9th grade. He was in my P.E. class, and we always used to make fun of him because he used to sweat a lot. Then I had him in Precal and Calc, and it was amazing how he seemed not to put any effort into anything those classes, but he excelled at everything. That's how talented of a person Helgeson was. He would've been successful in anything he did. I guess everyone is having so much trouble understanding this because he was just such an amicable person. He was so chill about everything, and never gave anyone trouble. It is good that all I can think of are positive things about him. We will all miss you Helgeson, and we love you so much man.
  • shish kabob on May 26, 2005 at 11:38 AM
    i dont even know you andrrew but i just wanna say that you are an important person to each and every person. you are an inspiration for me to achieve my goals because you did before your death. i hope to see u upstairs and tell The Lord I said hi. i feel so bad for u and ur family because next week you could have got your diploma but i no by God's grace there is something SO MUCH BETTER in store for u upstairs. peace man
  • JOsh (View Email) on May 26, 2005 at 11:20 AM
    Helgie's the beast. One of the coolest, funniest guys I've ever met. I'll miss him.
  • Neil Hofman on May 26, 2005 at 10:54 AM
    Andrew, knowing you in high school and through religious school has been so much fun. You were always someone that anyone could talk to or joke around with. You were loved by everyone you touched and we will all miss you greatly.
  • D on May 26, 2005 at 9:20 AM
    Andrew, ive known you for seven years and there wasnt a cooler goofier guy. When Sebi said that on the PA, i was sitting next to your desk in English. Go in Peace
  • Catherine Rogers (View Email) on May 26, 2005 at 8:29 AM
    Its so sad... I've seen that guy in the hallway and wished not to get on his bad side. Its so sad but everyone must remember that even though he had a really good life down here God must have a bigger plan for him in Heaven and couldn't wait for him to live his life. Its still sad but at least he is in a better place now. I know he will be deeply missed and I didn't even know him.
  • charlie mongoose on May 26, 2005 at 8:14 AM
    Andrew was like a best friend. i remember the time we would sit outside his house and play with his volleyball. sometimes we traded the soccer ball and volleyball and played with each others. i'll miss you son!
  • caroline (View Email) on May 26, 2005 at 4:02 AM
    Andrew is why i am where I am today. He was so selfless and amazing. I'm not sure if he will ever know his impact on my life but I will never forget. I still can't comprehend how someone so good can be taken so young but i just wish i thank him for his time here and tell him that i love love him as his "sister"
    I will love you always
  • Cynde, Preston and boys (View Email) on May 26, 2005 at 3:21 AM
    Andrew: My family and I have known you since kindergarten. We are terribly saddened and shocked to hear that you are no longer amongst us. You have brought joy and peace, fun and laughter, to our lives. For the gifts you have given to us we will always be thankful. It is with heartfelt sadness that I write this message to you and to your very dear family.
  • Jack Eisen-Markowitz on May 26, 2005 at 2:57 AM
    Andrew, we weren't the best of friends, but I've known you since middle school and I've known you as nothing but a hard worker, a good friend, and a happy, cheerful guy. I have nothing but the utmost respect for your commitment to everything that have you done and the lasting impression that you have made on so many people.
    When I heard the sad news this morning, I was shocked and I couldn't believe it. Since then, the day has seemed surreal, and I have never been so speechless. My heart goes out to your family, friends, and everyone you have made an impression on, and most importantly, may you rest in peace.
  • '04 on May 26, 2005 at 2:29 AM
    damn dude, i literally saw you the other day, driving, nodding your head to some music, and i dont even go to blair anymore. Thats insane. RIP
  • Avi K (View Email) on May 26, 2005 at 2:15 AM
    Faint memories of spending my best moments of each day in the SAC with Andrew among a crowd of goofy and fun friends, laughing and making fools of ourselves, that is how I will remember him. My thoughts go out to his family and friends in these tough times, and I only pray that he's in a better place than we. My heart goes out to all the people who he won't get to make laugh or smile anymore in the years to come. I only wish I had known him better and that we all could have known him longer.
  • Jon Keng (View Email) on May 26, 2005 at 2:14 AM
    I knew andrew for a number of years from playing soccer with him. It warms my heart to see so many people who are nearing the end of the school year to come to this and write in memory of him.

    Our hearts go out to the Helgeson family and anyone else who has been fortunate enough to make this young man's acquaintance. We love you, Bigfoot.

    You always brought a smile to my face... and always will.
  • Colin on May 26, 2005 at 2:04 AM
    I love u alot helge u will always be in our hearts and thoughts. although I've only known you for a year i still think ur the coolest i will not and refuse to mourn i will more like to say i will celebrate your life and how much you mean to everyone. LAX was great and we will always remember you. i (colin) will always remember that one time in the team room when stavish turned out the lights and all the seniors ganged up on me and you five stared the heck out of my back and it left a huge bruise for 2 weeks... all i could think about today when i heard was you laughing and having the greatest time of your life i will always cherish that i hold u sooo close to my heart as i do with all the other LAX boys and girls and my close friends i love u and will miss you but i will always no that you are up there watchin me play and do well in life and LAX i will also wear the #9 proudly next year love u man RIP
    p.s. Valhalla must be great
  • rip on May 26, 2005 at 1:39 AM
    reading everyone's comments was amazing. it made me cry and i didn't even realize i was doing it until i tasted the tears. it seems to me that the thing about andrew was that he was an exact definition of golden. this golden mane, a golden laughter, and a golden heart to go with all of that. I think everyone would agree that where ever you went, the place seemed warmer and brigher. Well you have entered all our hearts, and we are all the better for having known you.
    R.I.P
  • Castner on May 26, 2005 at 1:27 AM
    As a goalkeeper, he bailed me out more times than I'd like to admit. As a friend, he always kept me laughing. You will be always missed and never forgotten, Andrew Helgeson. The wall of 'Helge will always stand.
  • Aaron on May 26, 2005 at 1:23 AM
    It takes a minute, you sit and you here the news, and you feel nothing, no pain, no sorrow....nothing. And you sit and think, and wonder, and question, and blame, and reminisce. And it hits you like a wall, the way andrew would play both soccer and lacrosse. Id known him for 7 years, playing soccer with him as more than just a teammate. I thought this was another one of someones jokes, andrew- dead no way. I just hope that it was a smooth, painless transition, as you make your way to somewhere better. Rest in peace.
  • Hokuma on May 26, 2005 at 1:10 AM
    Even though i didn't talk to you much, you always managed to make me happy. Every time i would see you in the halls you'd say "Wut up Fidan's little sister" and that would always make my day. You were the sweetest and the nicest kid that i had ever met. It is so hard to acknowledge the fact that one of you friends, who had so much going for him died. I was in shock; this couldn’t be happening, but sadly, it was.

    You were a great guy, always smiling and happy. I wish i could have gotten to know you better, but im just glad that i got to spend those few minutes talking to you at school, and that I got know you at all. I will never forget you!

    Thanks for everything.
    RIP Andrew, you will be greatly missed.
  • an old friend on May 26, 2005 at 1:00 AM
    Andrew: I went to school with you in white oak for a year and this comment only goes to show how your life and our losing you deeply affects us all. Judging by the rest of the comments above and below this one, i can tell that you have touched peoples lives for the better. i can only hope and pray that God has sent you to a better place, and rather than grieving, i rejoice because i'm sure that God is just bringing you home to His kingdom a little earlier than we all expected.
  • Renee on May 26, 2005 at 12:52 AM
    I can't believe it. I still remember in elementary school when Helgeson entered midway in the school year as a new student. He won everyone over with his goofiness...and his foot size. I remember sitting next to him tracing our feet. In every memory I have of him, he was always laughing and smiling. God bless you Helgeson and RIP.
  • lida on May 26, 2005 at 12:50 AM
    andrew was one of the most fun, good natured and easygoing people i knew, he was always doin something crazy to make people laugh. im gonna miss his big bear hugs and goofiness and how sweet he could be. i cant believe i was just talking to him last week about seeing him at prom. this is unbelievable...he was gonna do so much with his life!! God bless you Andrew. rest in peace, we all love and miss you so much!!
  • emily-kate hannapel (View Email) on May 26, 2005 at 12:45 AM
    i first met hegleson this year in yearbook. we were competing in a media cup and like always, no one volunteered. It was a swing dancing competition. Finally, i said i'd do it. hegleson volunteered to be my partner (hegleson swing dancing? wierd), he said he'd done it once or twice. before the competition,i was nervous, but hegleson promised we'd be fine. we were amazing--he threw me in the air, tossed me under his legs--the entire time we were both laughing so hard. we were making fools of ourselves, but having the best time. this is how i choose to remember andrew-- i'll never forget you, whether it was dancing in yearbook or making fun of dan in law, you were the best.
  • Hannah Fegley on May 26, 2005 at 12:30 AM
    I am finding myself sitting here in front of the computer screen trying to formulate my thoughts into words, and I am finding myself utterly speechless. I've known you since 7th grade; I remember when I had a huge crush on you and than you dated another girl, and I was so upset. And I've known you in high school, in CAP and Yearbook. I saw you yesterday.

    I have that feeling where everyone is running and I am sitting still. It doesn't feel real; it's too sudden, too unexpected. There was so much going for you and you seemed so content with life.

    You were such an honest, genuine, kind, trusting, and understanding person. When I would stress out in yearbook you could come over to me, put your hands on my shoulders, and tell me everything would be okay and to relax. You always noticed when I was stressed out, and you had a way of calming me, even if the proofs were late or people didn't turn their sports pages in on time.

    My thoughts go out to your family. Thank you for every laugh you brought me and every moment we shared.
  • : ) on May 26, 2005 at 12:28 AM
    they say when you loose someone the first thing you miss is their smell. i dont think anyone who visits the team room will have that problem.
  • Schuyler on May 26, 2005 at 12:23 AM
    I feel like I’ve said this a million times to different people today but I think it’s worth saying again, because it’s one of my favorite things about Helgeson. I first met Helgeson the summer after sixth grade in a cooking course, French pastries to be precise. Can you imagine that, me and Helgeson making pastries? Man, Helgy, I remember making truffles with you and getting chocolate all over the place and making a tremendous mess. And I remember in ninth grade when we would ride home on the bus we would sing Broadway show tunes to Joey...I’ll never forget times like those bro. And now, I can’t believe that you’re gone – I’m going to miss you so much...miss your goofy smile and your laugh and your big burly gentle giant self. Hashem knows you’ll be in my heart forever.
  • Anthony Glynn (View Email) on May 26, 2005 at 12:23 AM
    I remember when I went to Blair one night and saw Andrew and this guy Chris Z there. A game just ended and we were waiting for the play to open. We all walked over to these two girls and macho Andrew, in his red and black letter jacket, says some aweful pickup line that gets the five of us cracking up. I don't think he got anyone's number, but they definitly liked him. Halfway through the play we left. It was pitch black outside and we went to my house and played basketball in my driveway and ate cheesecake. Man, he loved that cheesecake.
    ... That's how I'll remember him.
  • Paddy on May 26, 2005 at 12:19 AM
    I'm so glad I had a chance to play lacrosse with you for two years. You honestly had the biggest heart on our team and in the team room it was always about having fun and playing our hearts out. It sucks I didn't see you much outside of lacrosse, but just from those couple months you made a huge impact on me. I looked up to you all season... rest in peace Helgeson
  • Nik Reineke on May 26, 2005 at 12:18 AM
    Andrew,
    i remember on the first day of practice you looked at me and said, "your really twitchy, Im gonna call you squirrel." When you did that it made me feel like i belonged. I had hoped that by the time you came to visit the team my senior year, you could see how all of us freshmen whipped Blair LAX into shape. I guess now you can watch every step.
    Im gonna miss you Helge. Now that your gone i dont have anyone to mess with. Everyone thought i was crazy whenever i took you on, but i knew you didnt really want to hurt me. Ill make sure that the team room is full of laughter next season, but i dont think it will be the same without a lumbering goof dancing to Mike Jones. Ill miss you helgison but i know ill see you again some day. Until then, may you rest in peace.
  • Dan Cate (View Email) on May 26, 2005 at 12:11 AM
    I worked at camp with Andrew for 2 summers. Every time I think about him, I think of him with 6 little 1st graders climbing all over him, and him loving every minute of it. I once asked him if he was sore from all of that, and he said "sure, but they are having a great time, and thats what matters." This was the kind of guy he was, always putting everyone else before himself. Andrew, you will be missed so much by everyone to whom you've had a truly profound impact on. I'm still and will always be your #1 fan!
  • Brian Matheron (View Email) on May 26, 2005 at 12:08 AM
    I graduated in 02 and Andrew played lacrosse with me. He was such a great kid. It's terrible that such a nice, smart, talented sweet kid has to go so early. Condolances to all of his friends, family, and classmates. I count myself lucky to have known him for even a short period of time.
  • Vicky Dean (View Email) on May 26, 2005 at 12:07 AM
    Helgy, You were an amazing friend, classmate, and athlete. We love and miss you so much. You were always happy and fun to be around, you always put a smile on my face. Your life was one that touched nearly everyone you crossed, and I will never forget that or you. I enjoyed every minute of every class that we had together and every minute of lacrosse we shared over the past two years. And dont worry, I wont tell anyone when you were scared of me during the girls guys game ;)... Im sorry to all friends and especially to the Helgason family for this tragic event and that it had to occur. I also thank the staff for getting us together so quickly to share your knowledge of this event with us and keep us updated. Thank you everyone and try and celebrate his life and eat a lot of food (its what he would have wanted)...Andrew everything we do is in memory of you.
  • Tiffany C on May 26, 2005 at 12:05 AM
    God bless you forever, Andrew. You've made us proud. So much love to you and to anybody who needs it to get through this.
  • jingwei on May 25, 2005 at 11:54 PM
    RIP Andrew, we had some good times in physics class. I know you're in a better place right now.
  • Kiran on May 25, 2005 at 11:39 PM
    This all seems so surreal. I can't believe this actually happened. One night we're at the lacrosse banquet, and the next day.. wow. I'm so sorry I never got to say goodbye to Helgeson at the banquet. I was thinking to myself as I was in the car home that I should've said goodbye because I didn't know if I would ever see him again. And now..I won't ever have the chance for another hug or another talk.
    Helgeson- you will always be in my heart, and I miss you so much. Rest in peace (I KNOW you're in heaven, maybe I'll get the chance to see you again someday?)
  • Phil Roberts (View Email) on May 25, 2005 at 11:34 PM
    i remeber this one time during HSA week last year when i was sitting alone and really bored... he came over with his portable dvd player and we watched pirates of the carribean... i didnt know him that well but we had many moments like that... andrew... youre the man.... you always made me laugh...
  • Michael Firrisa on May 25, 2005 at 11:31 PM
    Andrew, the first time I saw you was in Middle School, Ms Whites histroy class. You were the biggest goofball, haha. You were the only person who made her laugh often. Ever since those days you had greeted me with a smile and a warm hello. I will never forget the sound of your voice saying, "Sup Mike."
    The last time I saw you Andrew, you were licking a lollipop. You were wearing some crazy strap on your head, Mr. Grossman said something about it, but I forgot what. The day was Thursday, May 19th. We were all excited to leave AP Stat ans enjoy out freedom. Today I learn that you died, TODAY!!! Jesus Christ! Andrew, my heart is heavy tonight. I wish that I could kick, scream, and cry an ocean for you and get it over with. Instead I have a burden in my heart and a sick feeling in my stomach. God bless your soul Andrew. I can't think of a person who deserves to see heaven more than you. I pray that your family and friends find a way to live on and know that you are in a better place. "God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away," Revelations 21:4. May you always find rest in God's grace and love. I love you and will miss you Andrew, until we meet again up there, good bye my friend
  • Ben Lutz (View Email) on May 25, 2005 at 11:28 PM
    I can still remember the times at Potomac Lax, where you would always tell me how much I've improved as a lacrosse player. You were one of the few guys that believed in me man. It felt very eary today, realizing that the guy that sat next to me in English class was actually gone. I'll always remember you man. From your hilarious antics to your team spirit to your kind heart. #9 will live on forever.
  • Mark Adams on May 25, 2005 at 11:19 PM
    I've known you since 6th grade and I'll never ever forget you. It's finally hit me and I feel miserable. Rest In Peace.
  • Annie on May 25, 2005 at 11:18 PM
    i still can't believe this is real. andrew, you are an amazing person to have known and especially to have met senior year. you were always the one to make everyone laugh...it's so surreal..rip andrew..we'll all miss you <3
  • Michael Novello (View Email) on May 25, 2005 at 10:54 PM
    The time I spent with Andrew was really few and far between, but they were some great moments that will stick with me forever. He always had fun in whatever he did. I remember working with him on his fight scenes in Pericles, he was always laughing, loved to learn new things, and brought joy to everyone around him. He was an amazing lacrosse player, actor, student, and just a wonderful person. RIP Andrew. We will all miss you, pray for you, and remember you. All of Blair will treasure you in our hearts.
  • Devon on May 25, 2005 at 10:52 PM
    Rest in peace, Andrew.
  • Lauren Briese on May 25, 2005 at 10:48 PM
    Andrew, I still can't believe this has actually happened.. I can't believe I'll never see you or laugh at your jokes again. Thank you for being a great friend when I was new to Blair, and playing wallball with me, and for continuing to be my friend. I will miss you so much as will everybody.. I hope and I'm sure you know how much everyone cares about you
  • Michael Bushnell (View Email) on May 25, 2005 at 10:31 PM
    It was a pleasure and an honor to know him and to be his friend.
  • Katie and Joe Kohn (View Email) on May 25, 2005 at 10:23 PM
    Our son played on the MontCo lacrosse team with Andrew this past summer. We all respected him greatly as a player, a person, and a friend. He was intelligent, witty, talented, and down-to-earth. We were impressed with his maturity. He had a beautiful relationship with his family. We enjoyed so many wonderful conversations with his parents and had many good laughs with Andrew. It is heartbreaking news to learn of his passing away. We will always feel blessed that we were fortunate enough to have known him, even if for such a brief period of time. Our love and concern for all his family and friends.
  • hannah on May 25, 2005 at 10:22 PM
    WE Will Miss You Andrew Rest In Peace
  • Rainy Days on May 25, 2005 at 10:19 PM
    R.I.P Andrew, look at it this way, your in a much better place now looking after all of us. God Bless.
  • Yoki on May 25, 2005 at 10:13 PM
    We miss you Andrew. RIP.
  • Tanu (View Email) on May 25, 2005 at 10:12 PM
    rip Andrew,I miss you.
  • Rohit (View Email) on May 25, 2005 at 10:00 PM
    rip andrew, miss ya man
  • elisabeth on May 25, 2005 at 9:44 PM
    i didn't even know him at all.

    this still has hit me.

    as usual (but it can't be said enough), RIP.
  • Jamie Platky (View Email) on May 25, 2005 at 9:43 PM
    blair boys lax will never forget andrew helgeson....we'll miss you
  • stephen on May 25, 2005 at 9:38 PM
    that sucks
    no more worries he is in a better place
  • RIP on May 25, 2005 at 9:38 PM
    This is such a sad thing to encounter. I will miss you. But you will not be forgotten.
  • Sarah on May 25, 2005 at 9:36 PM
    My deepest sympathy to all of Andrews friends and family. Everyones thoughts are with you.

    RIP Andrew
  • keith on May 25, 2005 at 9:35 PM
    rest in peace helge
    my prayers go out to his family
    were all gonna miss you man
  • Phuson (View Email) on May 25, 2005 at 9:14 PM
    My friend and teammate, you'll always be in my heart bro. He was a caring friend and an amazing lax player. Four years of playing iwth this goof, I've watched him grow. Theres a lot I'll about him too many to list but lets stay strong because he would of wanted it that way. Lets not mourn his death but celebrate his life.
  • a friend on May 25, 2005 at 9:07 PM
    man...
    i thought they were joking or had made a mistake when they said that you were gone... although we werent close personal friends, we talked a few times, and you always has a smile on your face... you were an amazing athlete, student, and person...
    Rest in peace, andrew
  • Erica H on May 25, 2005 at 8:32 PM
    Andrew was like my brother. He was awesomely goofy, totally loveable. This was just really shocking and upsetting.
  • Ed on May 25, 2005 at 8:26 PM
    I'll miss you Andrew...

    Rest In Peace
  • Maggy (View Email) on May 25, 2005 at 8:00 PM
    You always knew how to put a smile on people's faces. Thank you for wearing my ridiculous wig and being my favorite Albert Einstein!
  • Erica on May 25, 2005 at 7:54 PM
    I miss you Andrew. Rest in Peace. You'll always be remembered. Thoughts and prayers go out to Andrew's family and friends.
  • Lax Player on May 25, 2005 at 7:52 PM
    You'll be missed Helgy.
  • Stephanie Biggs on May 25, 2005 at 7:51 PM
    I knew Andrew very well, and he was one of the most amazing people I will ever meet. I will miss him so much, and I cannot believe he is gone. He always knew how to cheer someone up and make them feel good about themselves. He was up for doing anything crazy, as long as he was making everyone laugh and have a good time. It's hard to believe that I will never get another hug from him, never get to have another long chat with him. But I will always treasure the time that we did spend together, the time he spent so well.
  • Lemon Extract on May 25, 2005 at 7:39 PM
    Remember the good times buddy.
  • Good Bye Blazer on May 25, 2005 at 7:37 PM
    I didn't know you, but whenever I saw you in the hall you were always laughing and enjoying yourself. It's as if Blair has lost a family member. You will be greatly missed and never forgotten. I'll pray for you and your family. RIP.
  • hoy on May 25, 2005 at 7:35 PM
    helgie, i will hold you close to my heart for the rest of my life. You were my boy, and always will be. I'm gonna miss everything about you man, your the goofiest kid i've ever met and i love you for that. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, may they find strength in the fact that you were loved by so many. RIP
  • Katie Schlebecker on May 25, 2005 at 7:30 PM
    Rest in peace Andrew, you will be missed.
  • dipset on May 25, 2005 at 7:26 PM
    R.I.P Andrew. Let God Bless your soul!
  • dipset on May 25, 2005 at 7:26 PM
    R.I.P Andrew. Let God Bless your soul!
  • Peter on May 25, 2005 at 7:19 PM
    RIP Helgeson. I will miss you very much.
  • Jeff Lee (View Email) on May 25, 2005 at 7:15 PM
    I knew Andrew back in the Takoma Park days, and I just want to say that it is a terrible loss and I send my condolences to all that knew him, because u all know just as well as I do how good-hearted of a person he was.
  • friend on May 25, 2005 at 7:07 PM
    Rip Andrew
  • :( on May 25, 2005 at 6:58 PM
    rest in peace...
  • Meaghan on May 25, 2005 at 6:55 PM
    Altough I didn't know you that well, I know the impact you had on my friends. I am grateful for your love for them. RIP. You won't be forgotten.
  • tang on May 25, 2005 at 6:55 PM
    he was about to graduate...
    RIP man, i barely got to know you...
  • roxy on May 25, 2005 at 6:54 PM
    rip andrew

    i miss you
  • RIP on May 25, 2005 at 6:44 PM
    pray for andrew and his family. he was a great guy.
  • Lena on May 25, 2005 at 6:43 PM
    The fact that I will never be able to see you again is too painful to think about. You were one of the nicest guys I had ever had the pleasure of knowing. Me, along with everyone else that knows you, will miss you dearly, Helgeson! RIP Andrew.
  • John on May 25, 2005 at 6:42 PM
    You were a big guy with a bigger heart. I'll miss our talks in the the hallways.
  • John Willmott (View Email) on May 25, 2005 at 6:42 PM
    RIP Andrew.
  • ........... on May 25, 2005 at 6:41 PM
    why is "Great loss" in quotes? it is a great loss

    this is so sad.. why do these things happen to great people =
  • Good Bye on May 25, 2005 at 6:38 PM
    Goodbye my friend...
    You were exemplary in all of your duties as an athlete and student.

    Rest in Peace. We will all miss you.
  • Jamie Binns on May 25, 2005 at 6:35 PM
    We love you Helgeson.
  • BIG COUNTRY on May 25, 2005 at 6:30 PM
    Man Helgeson u were a brother to me and i know u were allways there for me. i will miss u and the joy u allways brought to everyone. We will never forget u and try our best to make u proud. R.I.P Andrew Helgeson; the best Lacrosse player ever at Blair and one of the greastest people ever born
  • Lillie on May 25, 2005 at 6:14 PM
    RIP Andrew, you were an incredible person.
  • I Think in Pink on May 25, 2005 at 6:10 PM
    My sympathaties to Andrew's friends and families.
  • dan han (View Email) on May 25, 2005 at 5:57 PM
    rest in peace
  • Elissa Fischel (View Email) on May 25, 2005 at 5:55 PM
    I'm so sorry to Andrew's family and friends. Although I didn't know him personally, I often used to see him in the halls, always smiling or with a friend. This is an enormous loss for the entire school, and I wish everyone the best.
  • Classmate on May 25, 2005 at 5:53 PM
    RIP Andrew...
  • Will Sprecher on May 25, 2005 at 5:47 PM
    Rest in peace. We all love you very much and we will hold you in our hearts forever.
  • Christina on May 25, 2005 at 5:40 PM
    he was such an amazing guy. its sad to see such a good person leave us like that. my thoughts and prayers go out to his family.
    i love you andrew! i'll never forget the AP comparative exam bear.
  • Tom Meyer (View Email) on May 25, 2005 at 5:39 PM
    we'll miss you andrew. rest in peace.
  • I did not really know him on May 25, 2005 at 5:33 PM
    Although I did not really know Andrew as a friend, I know of him and had talked to him once or twice. And I could tell he was the type of person who was always enjoying himself and making sure the people around him were having fun. To those who did know Andrew, I am sorry for your loss.
  • christina on May 25, 2005 at 5:27 PM
    he was such an amazing guy. its sad to see such a good person leave us like that. my thoughts and prayers go out to his family.
    i love you andrew!
  • RIP Andrew Helgeson on May 25, 2005 at 5:25 PM
    What a tragic loss. Its so sad to know that he was so close to finishing high school and graduating. I dont even wanna know how upsetting this must be for his family. It sucks how life is just so unexpected. One day you could be enjoying yourself, and then the next day you're gone, just like that. Life is, unfortunately, unfair. And as sad as it is to say, bad things happen to good people. Thoughts and prayers go out to the Helgeson Family.
  • Such sadness on May 25, 2005 at 5:15 PM
    Such sadness. He was about to graduate too.
  • Anonymous on May 25, 2005 at 5:14 PM
    rest in peace.
  • Julyssa on May 25, 2005 at 5:10 PM
    RIP Andrew, you were amazing. We miss you so much.
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