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Yea,  Andy was the best!   the first time I met Him I felt like I knew Him all my life Ya Know....  R.I.P. Andy....





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Another good man gone, RIP.

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No pop ups!  Thanks TB and Millcity!

This made the Santa Rosa Press Democrat as full blown obit.  It did include a picture as well, but it was a pain to get it here.

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Aug 13, 5:11 PM EDT

NYC skateboarding pioneer Andy Kessler dies at 48
By ULA ILNYTZKY
 
        
NEW YORK (AP) -- Andy Kessler, a trailblazer during New York City's nascent 1970s skateboarding scene
and a designer of skate parks who was admired by boarders on both coasts, has died. He was 48.
Kessler died Monday after suffering a heart attack following an allergic reaction to a wasp sting,
said Moose Huerta, a close friend and fellow skateboarder.
He was dismantling old wood on a shack in Montauk, Long Island, when he was stung, said Tony Farmer,
a skateboarding friend and West Coast native who now lives in Brooklyn.
Kessler got his start in the 1970s with a loose-knit group of skateboarders and graffiti artists known
as the Soul Artists of Zoo York. They skated all over Manhattan's Upper West Side, where Kessler lived.
Central Park's Bandshell was a favorite spot.
In the 1990s, Kessler persuaded the city's Parks Department to build a skateboard facility in Riverside
Park. He went on to design other skate parks in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Montauk.
Huerta said Kessler also developed a zeal for surfing in the past decade.
"The two groups are completely different from each other," he said. "But the level of friends, and how
he transcended age and demographics with the people he touched, was amazing."
Kessler had no health insurance in 2005 when he took a spill on his board and dislocated his femur. When
he was unable to pay a $51,000 medical bill, several dozen surfers, skaters and artists - Julian Schnabel,
Mickey Eskimo, Zephyr and Wes Humpston reportedly among them - helped raise the money with a benefit party,
Farmer said.
When he healed from the injury, he hopped back on his board, Farmer said.
"Flowing through traffic, timing lights, shooting reds, dodging pedestrians ... dude just had the streets
so wired," Farmer said. "Suffice to say, he was an amazing cat."
Huerta, who was too young to have skated with Kessler during the early days, said the sport started as "a
counterculture activity" but never carried the cache that California skateboarding did. But Kessler didn't care.
"He did it out of love," he said. "He didn't receive anything out of it. It spoke to him."
In 2008, Kessler was featured in a documentary, "From Deathbowl to Downtown: The Evolution of Skateboarding in
New York." The producers, NCP Films, described it as "an anthropological overview of skating's epochal shift
from the parks and pools of the 70's, to ramp skating in the 80's, to the street ascendancy of the 1990's as
seen from a New York-centric perspective.
It is scheduled for international release on DVD on Sept. 15.
In addition to his love for the sport, Huerta said Kessler's first big success was orchestrating the building
of the city's first skate park, near the Hudson River. At the time of his death, he was trying to update the
Montauk skate park he had designed about a decade earlier, Huerta said.
On Friday evening, surfers planned to paddle out together and circle around Ditch Plains Beach in Montauk in
remembrance of Kessler, Huerta said. Friends also planned a get-together Saturday at the Autumn Bowl, a semiprivate
warehouse facility in Brooklyn that was one of Kessler's favorite hangouts.
Kessler's burial is scheduled for Sunday at Cedar Park Cemetery in Paramus, N.J.





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Not enough Andy in it but...

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This last segment was the most identifiable for me - in Minneapolis. we had city
pools and lots of hills.    We had the most fun (late night) skating the hills.


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Cool I didn't know what that movie was about but Kess usta tell Me about some of the crazy places He skated over the year's & it will be cool to see them...

R.I.P.  Andy.....


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Juice TV....

http://www.juicemagazine.com/JUICETV-ANDYKESSLER-RIP.html



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If you care to donate to Andy's funeral expenses, you can do so below.


http://andykessler.kcdcskateshop.com/


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He was a cool dude (I know he would hate this comment, but, f-it).
R.I.P. Andy

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Got this from Glen...

Paying Tribute to the Skateboarding Icon Andy Kessler - NYTimes.com?

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/17/nyregion/17skate.html?_r=2&hp


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WEST COAST MEMORIAL for ANDY KESSLER by Juice Mag....

http://www.juicemagazine.com/ANDYKESSLER-MEMORIAL-WESTCOAST.html


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Photo's from Armondo of the paddle out & the service....

























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I thanks  all for the kind words for the great loss that the whole Skateboard community from the East coast to the West has lost. Not only me I lost a friend,a mentor , but I send my condolences to all of you for his loss. I thank all the kind PM's and e-mails, and phone calls. I truly do.
It's been a non stop week !
BTW I didn't took the pictures from the paddle out, (friday in Montauk NY),
I just took the ones from the service ,
And I'll say this , there was only one Andy Kessler.
I thanks everyone,
But again, not just me ,WE all have lost a big one !

peace
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A tragic loss for all. Especially his family of long time supporters and friends who loved and cared for Andy through all of the shit in his life. He came out the other side to do wonderful and inspiring things. R.I.P.
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I have been at such a loss of words about Andys passing. To think of all the things that we go through in life, and all of the things that Andy has gotten through and do. To be taken out by a wasp sting is almost beyond comprehension. As some time has gone by I think the only sense I have been able to make of this is that he was so truely not only loved but respected by so many many people. Those shots of the paddle out says just that! But the other thing is that as a life long skater his life could have been summed up as just that but for the NY Times to have printed so much more about him and his impact on others is a testement to his acompleshments as more than just a skateboarder! I've known Andy since I was 11 and I'll miss his stoke for life! L8R BRO!! RIde on!
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