In Memoriam: Andy Blyth

I write with the sad news that our beloved bard and troubadour, Andy Blyth died early this morning (July 27, 2017) at the Compassionate Care Center in Richmond. Andy had been hospitalized with breathing difficulties that turned out to be problems with two valves of his heart, one of which eventually sealed closed.  Sue and some of his family were able to be with him these last days, and more family is arriving soon. When arrangements have been finalized, we will certainly let everyone know. 

Andy was a musical, passionate, generous contributor to the whole community. A self-described “peace-nik,” his musical talent was accompanied by his deep commitment to non-violence and the triumph of love. He and his wife Sue performed at hundreds of events, teaching songs of peace to the delight of children and adults alike. Here at the church, he brought music to Wednesday Night Live suppers, morning church services, and to any class or gathering where he could serve.

I am fondest of him for bringing and helping start our “Musical Church” worship services, which engaged a whole range of people and talents in worship of a loving God. How fitting that this Sunday is another “Share Your Music” Sunday, inspired by him and now sadly an ongoing memorial to all he brought to so many. 

Andy would be the first to tell you that he had great reverence for life, but that his had always been precarious with health issues, early and ongoing. For that reason, he saw every day as a gift, each moment as precious with no guarantee. His health struggles took a great toll on heart and mind, I know, but his commitment and sure knowledge to greater ideals and all the people dear to him, were the hallmarks of this wise, funny, reflective, giving, musical muse in our midst. He has entered the mystery now, gone to that wider life and deeper love he tried so hard to reflect here with us. May God give him music and harmony and a clear, sweet voice to ring out the songs of his heart. And free of canes, and chairs, and tubes may he dance the eternal with leaps of joy.

For now, Rev. Rachel and I hope you will join us in surrounding Sue and all of Andy’s family and community with the love and care that gets us through hard times. May God grant them strength and rest from the hard work of these last days. May there be peace in the valleys of sorrow, and may the Holy Spirit carry the spirit of Andy to the heart of God.

In deep sorrow,





Categories News, Newsletter item, Pastor Log, The Arts, Weekly Bulletin | Tags: , , , , , | Posted on July 27, 2017

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1 Comment

  1. by Patrick

    On July 28, 2017

    Although I never met the man Kelly told me how fond she was of him and I’m sorry for his passing I hope it was quick and he didn’t have to suffer but it sounded like he he grabbed life by the horns and lived life fully we should all be so lucky 🙂

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