Dedicated to the memory of Andy

This site is a tribute to Andy, who was born in Solihull on November 12, 1980. He is much loved and will always be remembered.

Andrew Lindup was my son and he was 36 years old when he was killed on the 15th December 2016. I still cannot believe he has gone and that I will never see him again.

This tragedy has left a huge hole in our lives that will never be filled. 

He was clever, smart, funny, vibrant, engaging, kind, caring, fit and hard working. He was an I.T. Manager at Islington Council and was well thought of at work, in fact he has been awarded the EPIC Departmental Employee of the Year (EPIC being Exceptional People of Islington Council).

He was also a Qualified Personal Fitness Trainer.

He had a mass of friends, and he was well liked and to show how much he was thought of there were more than 250 people at his funeral and around 400 people at his wake. There were tributes coming from all directions.

A friend of his, an air traffic controller at Melbourne Airport, Australia, finished his shift, walked across the terminal and flew to London just for the funeral and returned to Melbourne the next day. Another friend flew in from Tel Aviv to pay his respects. People came from all over the UK.

That’s how much people thought of him. 

On that terrible day of the accident Andrew was walking to the gym at 7.15 in the morning to work out before flying to Berlin with some friends that very afternoon. Berlin was one of his favourite places, and that weekend his plan was to start to arrange the move to live and work in Berlin.

That was all stopped by the actions that happened that day.

The driver of the vehicle that hit Andrew never stopped. I don’t know why but he never stopped. His actions following the collision are unforgivable, they were callous and cowardly and despicable. He never even braked. He must have known that he had hit “something”, but he never stopped. He did not look back, he did not try to help my son and he did not call for help.  He tried to cover his tracks. He killed my son and destroyed my family that day.

During his interview, the Interviewing Officer said he was full of remorse. He asked for his condolences to be passed to his victim’s family.

Where was his remorse during the 15 days he was hiding?

I have said from the beginning of this tragedy, that if the driver had stopped and tried to help I could have almost forgiven him.

I cannot forgive him now. He has ended the life of someone who cared for life.

 

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Tribute to Andrew A former Tutor to Andrew. I have just read your very moving tribute to your son Andrew. It has prompted me to offer my deepest condolences and heartfelt sympathy to you and your family at your unimaginably painful loss in such a despicable manner. The loss of a child in any circumstance is that which all parents most fear and dread. The prospect of such an event is too agonising to anticipate and I have blocked out such thoughts as emotionally and almost physically unbearable. I had the privilege to be tutor to Andrew for one year at Solihull College. I thoroughly endorse all those qualities you attribute to him even though one year is a short glimpse into some-ones abilities and character. At that time part of the role of a group tutor was to introduce other group members and generally acclimatise students to new and unfamiliar surroundings. One of the activities was for the group to agree ground rules of acceptable behaviour expected from colleagues from the outset of the course. These ground rules were suggested by individuals and then discussed by the other group members until a satisfactory wording could be agreed upon and be written up on a flipchart for future reference. ‘Be respectful and caring of others’ was the first hesitant contribution made by Andrew. It was a start and the only unedited rule to be agreed upon and written onto the flipchart. Many more suggestions were made by other students however Andrews opening contribution very much set the tone and character of that group for the year. Thanks to all of them but in particular Andrew for making that group a privilege to meet and tutor for a year. Best wishes Rob Connolly
Sent by Rob on 08/10/2018
Thank you for setting up this memorial to Andy. We hope that you find it a positive experience developing the site and that it becomes a place of comfort and inspiration for you to visit whenever you want or need to.
Sent by Brake on 04/09/2018
I am I and you are you, whatever we were to each other that we still are. Speak to me in the easy way which you always used. Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight? Life means all that it ever meant, it is the same as it ever was.
Extract from a poem by Henry Scott Holland
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