DARIEN, Conn. — Andrew Heath McWilliams of Darien died suddenly on Feb. 4. He was 36.
Andrew was born April 15, 1980, in Essex Fells, N.J. to Alexander (Sandy) McWilliams and Jane Sala McWilliams. He graduated from West Essex High School in 1998, where he excelled as a student-athlete, and went on to earn a bachelor's in history from Colgate University and played varsity football. He began his career in the financial services industry with Chapdelaine, moved to Creditex, and was a bond broker for Tullett Prebon in New York at the time of his death.
"Andrew (the Tuna) could walk into a room and immediately transform it into a place where you wanted to be," said his obituary. "He had boundless energy and an infectious sense of humor. Second to family was sports … playing sports, watching sports, and talking about sports. The New York Football Giants just lost their most ardent fan! A magnificent host and amazing chef, Andrew made their home the destination of choice for gatherings of family and friends."
He is survived by his wife of eight years, Kelley, and his three children, Tanner, 6, Mackenzie, 4, and Paige, 18 months. In addition to his wife, children, father and mother, he is survived by his stepmother Cindy McWilliams; brother Alex and his wife Kim McWilliams of Chatham, N.J., brothers Thomas and James McWilliams of Basking Ridge, N.J.; and nephews and niece Alexander IV, Tucker, and Madeline of Chatham as well as in-laws Dick and Dotty Krant and brother-in-law Trip Krant of Osterville, Mass.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, Feb. 9 at 11 a.m. at St Luke's Episcopal Church in Darien followed by a private family internment.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to an education fund to be established for Andrew and Kelley's children. An education fund has been established for Andrew and Kelley's children. Checks can be mailed to the McWilliams Education Trust, c/o Rachel Zarghami, Esq., Cummings & Lockwood LLC, P. O. Box 120, Stamford, CT 06904, or contributions can be made online via McWilliams Education Trust .
For more information, visit the funeral home website at www.lawrencefuneralhome.com .