Andrew Montanaro passed away Wednesday, September 20, 2006, surrounded by family and friends after a courageous three-year battle with cancer. He was only 20 years old, but he was endowed with a maturity, dignity, and strength far beyond his years. At 6'5" he was a gentle, brilliant giant who maintained his compassionate nature and good humor in the face of extreme adversity. Andrew made friends easily with his crooked smile, ready wit and unique outlook on life. Upon graduation from SLO High in 2005, he attained his lifelong ambition of attending UC Berkeley. He delighted in spending time with his many friends and enjoyed computers, video games, music and movies. He is survived by soulmate and fiancee Dayna Hubbell, mother Blythe, brother Cory, and by his loving extended family. We extend special thanks to Dr. Bravo, Dr. Spillane, Dr. Femino and R.N. Holly Lucero. In addition, our gratitude to the caring staff of Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford, Children's Hospital Los Angeles and Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center. We appreciate the members of this wonderful community for their cards, calls and prayers. In lieu of tears, please celebrate Andrew's life as a blessing on the winds of time, and instead of flowers please consider a donation to the National Childhood Cancer Foundation Children's Oncology Group (www.curesearch.org) or a favorite charity.
Tributes and Condolences
Thinking of you / David Montanaro (Uncle)
One time we were talking about how we didn't really get to spend much time together and you said "..we probably missed something." Well, I miss you.
Happy Birthday Andrew / Jocelyn Montanaro (Aunt)
You would have been 26 today. You are never forgotten, and always loved. Aunt Jocelyn
Confetti and Ashes / Blythe Montanaro (Mother)
The streets of downtown Santa Barbara were covered with confetti and ashes this weekend. Fiesta and fire...and crowds of people. I could have sworn I caught a glimpse of your twin but of course it couldn't be true. I felt you were t...
Happy Birthday / Don Hubbell (Dayna's Dad )
Andrew, just thinking about you on your birthday. Wherever you are, I hope you are having one helluva birthday bash. We are both happy and sad when thinking about you. Rock On Son !!!!!
The Teacher / Patrick Burns (Andrews Student / Friend )
Man Andrew, I must have thought of you at length 30 times since your passing. And everytime I feel selfish and lazy when I don't achieve all I can and take all the opprotunities that present themselves. You were so ambitious and unphased by the cruel...
Guestbook There is an online guestbook in Andrew's name being maintained by the Tribune. If you would like to sign it, click here.
Andrew's MySpace Profile Andrew's MySpace profile remains active. You are welcome to leave comments on it, and if you'd like to see any pictures of Andrew or yourself with Andrew on this website or his MySpace, e-mail them to me: firstname.lastname@example.org.