In Memory Of Andy And Hugh Gibb.
Visit to Forest Lawn
Story and photos by Patty Rowley and Kim Sloan
I had promised Kim that even though I was getting there a day before she was I would not go see the house without her. I held my promise. We briefly stopped in front of the house and we were just silent. We had Andy playing on the stereo and we just listened for a few minutes. Then we went back to the hotel and dropped off Kim’s things. Next stop the Grocery Floral Department. We bought only 2 bouquets of flowers as we assumed that when we got to Forest Lawn there would be many flowers by Andy. We jumped on the freeway and it was a 20 minute drive to Forest Lawn. We had no problems finding it. When we got to the “Courts of Remembrance” we looked for Andy for about 15 minutes before we started following the numbers located on the bottom of the wall. We came close to Andy’s number and we stopped and caught our breath as we went forward. We had finally found Andy. We were very saddened thought to see only 1 rose in the vase. We thought for sure there would have been more. Well we fixed our flowers up and put them in the vases. The sun was hitting the wall so that we couldn’t get good pictures but we took plenty. We also knew that Hughie was buried close by so we set out to find him too. He was right around the corner. Saddened again by no flowers Kim and I went back to the Floral Department at the grocery store. We bought a few more bouquets and 2 cupcakes and some candles. We went back to our hotel and lit the candles for Andy’s Birthday. We put the flowers in the refrigerator for the next day so we wouldn’t have to stop along the way. This time we went fully prepared. Rose cutters, tape, pictures, blue bows, camera’s and camcorder’s. We made the blue bows for Andy on the night of his Birthday while sitting there listening to CD’s. We wanted Andy to shine above all as he so deserved.
Patty & Kim
Andy’s House. 5811 Oakdale Ave, Woodland Hills, CA
We had a small Birthday Party in our hotel room the evening of March 5th.
We made the bows with an “A” in the middle and brought most of the flowers. Overnight someone delivered a dozen roses. We also added the balloon.
This is Malibu Pier. While there we could understand why Andy loved it here so much. The ocean was so peaceful.
The place of Andy’s memorial stone
This was our Tribute to Mo. We wanted to do more but the Star is located where there is high volume of traffic. People said that was a nice thing to do for Mo and the Brothers.
This is the Church where the service for Andy was held.
We took out another balloon and added more fresh flowers one last time. Saying goodbye was the hardest thing we have ever had to do.
Patty(L) and Kim(R) in front of the Church.