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November 26, 2008 > Obituary: Remembering Tommy Andrew

Obituary: Remembering Tommy Andrew

It is with a heavy heart that I have to announce the passing of our beloved emcee, Tommy Andrew. For any of you who have come to our Saturday night movies you will no doubt remember his jokes, his sing-alongs, and his overall jovial manner that added so much to our shows.

When I first volunteered at the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum (NESFM), it was Tommy who gave me my first task and made me feel totally at ease with whatever I was doing. On Saturday nights when he was generously donating his time elsewhere, I've had the honor of substituting for him and trying to come up to the high standard he set. I wasn't always up to that standard but whenever I'm up there now, he'll be there with me giving me the strength to always do my best.

Tommy was a roller skating champion in his youth so this past Saturday we saluted him by adding an extra short comedy to our program. We showed The Rink (1916), with Charlie Chaplin in a wonderful roller skating sequence.

We love you and will always miss you so much, big guy!

Michael

"If you would like to honor Tommy's memory, please make a tax-deductable donation to local non-profit organizations that he volunteered and worked with: Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum, 37417 Niles Blvd., Fremont, CA 94536 pr@nilesfilmmuseum.org and Music For Minors II, 37141 Second Street, Fremont, CA 94536 czilli@aol.com"

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