A ‘full-throt­tle’ life

Fam­ily hon­ours loving, so­cial young dad lost too soon

Gatton Star - - NEWS - Me­lanie Keyte me­lanie.keyte@gat­ton­star.com.au

ALL An­drew Elvidge ever wanted was a fam­ily of his own to love but now his six-month-old daugh­ter will grow up never know­ing her fa­ther.

Andy, as he was known in the com­mu­nity, was killed in a sin­gle-ve­hi­cle crash on Septem­ber 2, leav­ing his par­ents, brothers and part­ner mourning the man who gave them equal mea­sures of joy and trou­ble.

His mother An­gelique Rhodes said life with Andy was al­ways “full-throt­tle”.

“He kept me on my toes ev­ery day of his life,” she said.

“I re­mem­ber when he was three, I went for a shower and looked up and he’d pulled the light fit­ting out from the roof to see how elec­tric­ity worked.

“I loved the chal­lenge... I don’t know what’s go­ing to chal­lenge me now.”

Like most young men, Ms Rhodes said the 22-year-old lived like he was bul­let­proof and couldn’t re­sist some­times stir­ring up trou­ble.

“An­drew had to push ev­ery limit known to man,” she said.

“He def­i­nitely did push a lot of but­tons,” his younger brother Nick agreed.

“But he pushed it in a way that made us all bet­ter peo­ple.”

De­spite th­ese cheeky habits, his fam­ily said Andy was a so­cial but­ter­fly who made friends eas­ily wher­ever he went.

“He’d give you the shirt off his back,” said his fa­ther Kings­ley Elvidge.

“He was just that type of per­son who would help any­body if they needed it.”

Nick cred­ited his brother with bring­ing their neigh­bour­hood to­gether, just by rid­ing his bike along the streets and be­friend­ing res­i­dents as he went.

“(Andy would) teach any­one he could find any­thing he could get his hands on,” he said.

“All the kids, he taught them how to ride a bike, help them fix their bikes, ev­ery­thing.”

Ms Rhodes said if one good thing could come of the fam­ily’s an­guish, it was the re­minder to savour the lit­tle things in life.

“Al­ways tell your mum and dad you love them be­fore you leave,” she said.

“We al­ways part with ‘I love you’ be­cause life’s too short not to say it.

“But most of all, I hope they re­mem­ber to just slow down.

“You’re not bul­let­proof.” Andy’s fu­neral will be on Thurs­day, Septem­ber 14, at 2pm at Fern­vale Com­mu­nity Hall, fol­lowed by a gath­er­ing at the Fern­vale skate park.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

PUSH­ING LIM­ITS: From age two to 22, Andy Elvidge was up for a chal­lenge.

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