Andy passed away unexpectedly on April 10, 2021, at the age of 63.
He was born on December 29, 1957, in Miami Beach.
An alumnus of North Miami Senior High – Class of 1975.
He was married to Linda, the love of his life. They resided in Davie.
Andy retired in April 2020 after 45 years at the Miami Herald – Pressroom.
Andy was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, uncle, nephew, cousin, and friend. He will be greatly missed, but ALWAYS remembered. He lives in all of us and in our hearts forever.
Andy is survived by his wife, Linda. Children: Lisa, Andrea, Andrew (Marina), John, and 8 grandchildren. Loving parents, Don (ACE) and Mildred Morris of Boynton Beach. Siblings: Doug (Eva) Morris, Peter Theis, and Patricia (Kenneth) Grimsley. Cherished family, friends, neighbors, and Herald co-workers.
We celebrate his life and love for each of us. His humor and laugh will continue to uplift all of us as we go forward. Always in our hearts and memories.
Andy will be remembered by all of us in many special ways. Each of us holds a story of a special time with him. Our family would be so appreciative if you could share on this tribute page your love for him, special memories, stories, and any pictures you may hold dear.
All arrangements made by Guiding Light Cremations and Funerals
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Andy, my dear brother, I celebrate your life and your love. The reality of losing
you at this time is so hard to imagine. So unexpected. We all think and hope
it won’t be one of our loved ones we have to give up in life any time soon. I am
glad that there wasn’t a time when we were together or on the phone that We
didn’t express “I love you” I am so thankful that we had our friendship, sibling
memories and love for each other and our family that helps us all realize that
every minute was the best. Such cherished memories I have of us growing up.
Our many activities with Mom & Dad (camping, boating, fishing, too many to name)
Our adventures as kids. Our relationship. Watching each other grow into adults and life’s challenges. Loved your humor, laugh, wit and smile. I am blessed and will always hold you deep in my heart and memories. “I Love You” xoxo
If you have an opportunity, ask any family member about Andy’s love for cars
and the stories will be never ending. As a kid, he took a perfectly painted new bike
and removed parts he felt were unnecessary and painted the bike over. That should
have been a clue when Mom and Dad gave him a car and he took a perfectly working engine out and substituted It with a new one, hoping Dad wouldn’t notice. Have to laugh at those comments when you picture that. Andy loved taking things
apart. I never asked him, but I bet he knew how many bolts were in an entire automobile because he probably in his lifetime had already taken each one of them out in some way. You have to love how much he loved the excitement of mechanics. His smile as he shared each story with us.
On a serious note, our sibling tie grew tremendously when our youngest brother,
Pete became seriously ill a few years back. I am so thankful that Andy was there
for Pete and I. Watching Andy over those few months,with Pete. Spending time with him in that hospital reality gave me a new respect for him and the strong, wonderful person he was. It was a truly difficult time with the not knowing. We learned a lot together, but most importantly all of us grew even stronger in our relationship with each other.
Our summer adventures with our oldest brother, Doug were so busy and exciting.
We all shared a love for each other, as well as the adventures we could come up
with during our summer days. Camping – gas dune buggies – slot cars – mini biking -fishing – mango and cherry fights – bottle collecting for deposits…..testing for sure all of Mom and Dad’s patience – – all “4” of us. But, lots of love. So blessed to have such wonderful Brothers and parents.
As adults, I know we have all become so close in our sibling relationship with each other, that the loss of Andy is a challenge we are together on, but sad to have happened. Doug and Peter, know I love you both so much and that we have been so lucky to have had our years with Andy. The fun we had. The love we shared. Always remember him for the special brother he was and what we shared together. Truly to be missed, but always with us. Love you guys. xoxo Patty
Patty, I wanted to mention the memories you wrote about Andy & your family brought tears to my eyes. The Love the two of you shared will be forever in your memories! I Love You So Much Patty and I Know the Loss you feel in your heart. Andy will truly be Missed!
My Love and Hugs are sent to your Mom and Dad and Peter, MY HEART ACHES FOR THE LOSS OF ANDY. All My Love Always!! Gina
Family photo with Mom & Dad, Andy, Doug, Peter and Patty
I worked on Andy’s crew at the Miami Herald for about 3 years. He was a great teacher. He knew his job very well and will also help his crew with whatever was needed. Goodbye my friend. Condolences to the family.
Andy was a great guy and great pressman. I met Andy in 1988 when I started at the Herald. He was always upbeat, and you could tell that he loved the job. We used to mess with him when he would walk by someone would just randomly say, “ yeah and a ‘69 Camaro.” Andy would immediately stop and want to know what we were talking about and we’d all laugh. He would just shake his head, laugh and continue working. He was always willing to jump in and give you a hand whether a problem was on his press or yours it didn’t matter. That was just the way he was, GREAT PEOPLE! From the entire Burke family to yours Linda, you have our condolences and prayers. Godspeed my friend.
Andy & Linda (3/2015)
So sorry to hear of his passing. We worked together in the Herald pressroom for many years. Andy was always helpful whenever I had a question about cars. I always rode a motorcycle to work and at least once or twice over the years when my bike broke down he gave me and my bike a ride home in his truck. I can still picture that old truck in my mind. It didn’t look like much, but it was a real workhorse.
I came across this photo and thought everyone else would enjoy the memories of this old ford
April 23, 2021
One of the nicest guys I had the pleasure of getting to know at the Miami Herald he will be missed .
Rest in peace
I worked with Andy at the Herald as well. When we put in new offset presses (twice) and had difficulty running them, Andy was a star in leading the way. He was smart and technical and a wonderful leader. Just a great guy and colleague. I was so sad to see his obit in this morning’s Herald. My deepest sympathies to his family and friends. Joe
To Millie & Don, Patty & Ken, Pete and Lauren (and All Other Family Members), When Patty informed me of Andy’s passing I was heartbroken. So many memories flooded my mind and my heart. The emotions from childhood days of not too long ago engulfed my being, I knew Andy as if he was another brother. He was kind, soft spoken, always busy doing something, he would always make it a point to say “Hello”. Everyone treated me like a member of their family and I enjoyed the many times I was there to visit Patty and talk to “Patty’s Mom & Dad” they were my second family, I have always Loved the whole Family from the first time I met them! Of all the many many times of being invited to Patty’s house, I have only one regret, of not getting to know Andy better! I had always heard of all the fun vacations and trips, along with the many family outings they went on. Always a Very Close Family. The Love, the Closeness, Support they gave one another was (and still is…) such a beautiful family bond! I have Always Loved each and every member of the Beautiful Theis Family.
My deepest sympathy to Andy’s family and friends. You Left a Forever Lasting Impression In My Heart. May God welcome you Andy to his Kingdom called Heaven! May You Rest In Heavenly Peace! Love Always, Gina
Andy was a large part of my pre teen years, Teenage years and He was my Older Brother, my Brother in law he was such a big part of my Family and life back in the 80’s and 90’s he was such a great person he was in my Wedding he worked with my Dad at The Miami Herald, lived accross the street and was always there to lend a hand, I missed him when he & my sister divorced, I loss touch over the years we moved to Tennessee I still have a very close relationship with my Neice Andrea & Nephews Andrew”Drew” & John Michael.my great Nieces & Nephews. I see Andy in all of them John & Drew do things, and I look at them and think Omgosh Andy! So crazy how much he lives through them.He will be missed tremendously. My Dad said I will never forget Andy he helped build our house everytime I open the door I think of him. My mom & Dad are heartbroken Andy was like a Son to them & taken away too young and will truly be missed by all that knew him. Until we meet again Andy I will carry your precious memories in my heart.
Linda, Our deepest sympathy’s for your loss of the Love of your life, Andy will truly be missed by Family, Friends and all of us who worked with him at the Miami Herald for the past 40 years. At work Andy was the “Go to Guy” when there was something wrong and no one could figure it out, Like Patty said in her post about Andy knowing how many bolts in a car, well Andy had this incredible memory he would know which Fuse or circuit board, and what size bolt was needed to get the press back up and running. He had a personality like no other, you just wanted to be around this guy as it was contagious. The one memory that sticks out for me was one time in a bar he came up to me and I had only known him from far away at work and he says to me “would you stop staring at the woman over there, she’s my wife”.
From all of us who had the pleasure of knowing Andy we want you to know he will be missed but never forgotten!
My Dear Andy
I have known you most of my life. I spent many many days at your house must have drove your parents crazy. You were a truly great man, father, brother(my brother from another mother) and husband. You will be truely missed. My heart goes out to all the wonderful family members (whom I love very much) that loved you. You will be missed greatly. Heaven gained a special angel and we loss a special man.
Rest peacefully Andy. I will miss you.
I worked with Andy for 9 years . He was a great pressman and a really good guy rest in peace