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Andrew Huyler Ramsey, age 22, of Weston, Mass., died on July 25, 2017, in Dublin, Ireland. Andrew was the son of Peter R. Ramsey and Isabel B. Phillips, residents of Weston. He had just completed an exhilarating summer program abroad at the Gaiety School of Acting-National Theater School of Ireland, where he studied “Acting Through the Eyes of the Irish Playwrights.” Just a day before he was scheduled to fly back home to Boston, Andrew suffered a grand mal seizure followed by major head trauma which led to his death. Despite these unthinkable circumstances, Andrew had just told his parents that Ireland had treated him to the best summer of his young life. He had already planned to return to Ireland to pursue his master’s degree.
Andrew's short but very full life was filled with medical challenges from birth: dozens of ambulance rides in the middle of the night to the ER for anaphylaxis, multiple intubations and helicopter med-flights to ICU, and then as a teen, a new diagnosis of epilepsy. Despite these obstacles, Andrew was fearless in living a life of artistic risk, and never used any of them as excuses. He plowed forward with stunning resilience and amazing success.
A rising senior at the University of Cincinnati – College- Conservatory of Music (CCM), Andrew had been on the Dean’s List every semester of his studies. He was a gifted actor and writer with an edgy wit and engaging personality. His stage presence, loyalty and work ethic were unmatched, as his classmates, teachers, coaches, fellow actors and artists lovingly recall. Richard Hess, Head of the Acting Department at CCM, wrote, "Andrew always made me laugh and I loved watching him grow as a person and artist. He lived big, he approached life big, and he brought a big heart to every moment. He could be deeply sensitive, despite his love of a good argument. He could be incredibly awkward one moment, and then elegant the next. He was always thoughtful.” And he loved doing side-splitting imitations of Donald Trump (see Youtube: “Andrew Ramsey Interview with Donald J. Trump”).
Andrew graduated in 2014 from the Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Natick, Mass., a conservatory high school where he passionately pursued preparation for theater for two-and-a-half years. Prior to Walnut Hill, Andrew attended Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass. During grades 6 through 8 in the Weston Middle School, Andrew eagerly participated in theater productions each school term. At an early age, Andrew displayed a powerful interest in storytelling and imaginative play acting. After one particular rehearsal as a third grader playing the role of the Artful Dodger in "Oliver!," Andrew told his Dad, “I love my theater life!” For a number of summers, he participated in shows offered by Merrimack Junior Theater, the North Shore Music Theater, and Weston Drama Workshop. He adored his theater “family.”
Andrew Huyler Ramsey is survived by his parents, Peter R. Ramsey and Isabel B. Phillips of Weston, Mass.; grandmother, Winnie M. Phillips of Due West, S.C.; step-brother, Stephen J. Freeman of Voorheesville, N.Y.; uncle Christopher V. Ramsey of Albany, N.Y.; uncle, David G. Phillips V of Mt. Pleasant, S.C.; and three cousins, Mary Elizabeth Phillips, Isabel G. Phillips, and D. Gardiner Phillips VI, also of Mt. Pleasant, S.C.
Andrew’s family will be welcoming visitors to their home at 180 Summer Street in Weston on Saturday, August 12, from 2 to 6 p.m., and Sunday, August 13, from 2 to 6 p.m.
They ask only for your presence to share memories of Andrew. No food or flowers, please. If you would like to visit at a different time, feel free to contact Isabel by email at dr.isabelphillips@gmail.com.
The family invites all to a Memorial Service for Andrew to be held on Saturday, September 30, 2017, at 5:30 p.m. at St. John’s Chapel on the campus of Groton School in Groton, Mass. Later, on Thanksgiving weekend (Saturday, November 25, at 4 p.m.), all are invited to attend a Celebration of Andrew’s Life at the Weston Community Center, Weston, Mass.
In lieu of flowers, please consider supporting one of the following organizations: University of Cincinnati-College-Conservatory of Music (Acting Program), 290 45221 CCM Boulevard, Cincinnati, OH 45219 (ccm.weshareonline.org); Walnut Hill School for the Arts, 12 Highland Street, Natick, MA 01760 (www.walnuthillarts.org); or Weston Drama Workshop (www.westondramaworkshop.org).
Published on  August 10, 2017
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