Some of you may know Andy Sorensen from running into him down at Ship Creek (he was that guy who was unbelievably friendly, helpful and happy, always willing to help a newbie). I never heard a nasty word from him about anybody (except once when he said about another fisherman: "He's a know snagger..."). You may have known him better as "that dumb Swede" (he liked to laugh at himself), or the guy who handed out his own personally-tied Ship Creek salmon flies, which he nicknamed "The Shag Rug".
Others of you may have known him from the local fly fisherman's association. Andy was a busy guy, a stay home dad to his 2 young boys, Eric and Jake, and a loving husband to his sweetheart Rebecca.
On the board here, he was "Sketch".
I'm sorry to tell you that Andy had a heart attack about 2 weeks ago and passed away yesterday. He was a dear friend. He made the early morning 6 a.m. runs to Ship Creek 100% more fun for me, and others who happened to fish next to him.
I will miss the heck out of him. Here's a photo our friend Rolland took of us last summer on a great day in early June. There's a fund started to help Rebecca deal with out-of-pocket costs of his hospital stay. You can contact me if you want to contribute.
Thanks for remembering Andy.