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Stephanie Mosher
Nov 04, 2021
In Share Your Memory
Surrounded by love, Andre was covered in the blessings of everyone who could attend his party. He had his “babe parade” hugging and kissing him, cuddling and giving him all the warmth and connection he wanted. To keep everyone light, because even at his own death, he was aware of other people’s feelings and wanted to break the tension, he wore his Waterton shirt that said “stay calm & play dead”, the dark humour is something he was known for. I think everyone appreciated how he could laugh and be easy in any situation. When the doctor performing his final procedure asked him for the last time, if he was sure he wanted to proceed, Andre was unwavering. He was brave, calm and smiling. I asked him what he was feeling in that moment, he replied “I’m ready, I’m at peace and I feel loved” The doctor pushed sedation and Andre made jokes until the sedation quieted the room. The three of us present with him said our goodbyes and let him know it was ok to go. We played the same song we invited everyone to listen to and held his hands and stayed with him as he slipped away. As in life, Andre was generous in death. Two families, two people who’s kidneys were failing them were given the ultimate gift of life. Through his carefully decided on, conscious end, he saved two people. What a gift. What a man, what a beautiful way to complete an equally wonderful life.
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Stephanie Mosher
Nov 04, 2021
In Share Your Memory
After reading all the blessing flags to Andre, I asked him to share a message to all of you. Those who were able to attend his party and those who could not.
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Stephanie Mosher
Nov 04, 2021
In Share Your Memory
When my water broke on Saturday, my first thought was that I am going to miss Andre’s party. I knew Andre wanted to meet my child though, so I stayed home and focused on relaxing my body to let it do what it was made for. at 5:10am on the 24th, Theodosia, my daughter was breathed into the world in my home, surrounded by love, into my own hands with no medical intervention. By 8pm, she was in the hands of Uncle Andre. He said, “thank you for coming to meet me before I go” we smiled as we held each other and dear Theodosia (pronounced Thea-Doja) and our tears of joy fell. We spent his final evening reminiscing about the past, fantasizing about the future and being present to each other and the duality of life and death. I had never felt so full and so empty as I did the day she came into the world and my empty belly contracted as I hugged Andre and the oxytocin flooded my body. Nursing our children does that, oxytocin is the love hormone. I felt it so fully in connecting with my babe and Andre. My body was physically empty, my heart was full and in only a few hours, Andre would be gone. The gravity of the situation hit me yet the peace, gratitude and perspective all helped me ground in and be strong with and for Andre.
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Stephanie Mosher
Oct 19, 2021
In Share Your Memory
Andre, you’re filled with so much love Whenever we meet you’re quick with a hug Always there when I’m in need One of my dearest friends indeed A master of tech, you are a true geek Which you shared graciously with the Light Stalkers clique You challenged our creative and technical grace With colour, perspective, and negative space You still poke fun that I hate the outside You forgive me when I am preoccupied You patiently help me with computer stuff And make me laugh when things are tough When I watch Monsters Inc., I think of you And orange-flavoured chocolate, to which I say “ew” The kids still refer to you as Deadpool And all the dogs love you cuz you’re so calm and cool Walks, photo shoots, and costume parties Lunch dates and family dinners so hearty I raise a glass of Chateauneuf du Pape To one of my most favourite chaps I’ll remember you in spring, when we go on our bikes I’ll remember you in summer, when my backyard grows I’ll remember you in autumn, on colourful mountain hikes I’ll remember you in winter, by the fire as it snows In a lifetime we will lay eyes on thousands of human beings, across rooms, on the streets, inside buildings. In most cases, nothing will come of it. But I am eternally grateful something was formed by our crossing paths. I cherish our friendship to the depths of my cold, dark heart. We love you, dude. Kim, Jason, Max & Emmy
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Stephanie Mosher
Oct 18, 2021
In Share Your Memory
When I say that Andre and I ‘clicked’ right away, it isn’t just a play on words since our introduction was in a portrait session. We clicked personally as he clicked my picture and showed me the me that others see. We were fast friends and connected on our love of photography, storytelling, hikes, dogs, adventures, and date nights. It seems to me, Andre is like a magnet for good people, good stories, and good vibes. His warmth, great conversation and fire-hydrant like attraction from almost every dog known to mankind has made him a fast friend to many as well as a deep friend to some. Like me :) My Andre has always been there to share ideas, give me insights, tech help (because I am hopeless) and be up for a new adventure. We have summited peeks, gazed at the night sky on camping trips, forged for macro photos of mushrooms on many walks, enjoyed old fashioned’s on date nights and created memories over the years. All of them I cherish and smile at when they pop up in my phone memories. He has been a constant in my life since we met, and I love him deeply. When I think about how I will foster a sense of adventure and curiosity in my children, I think of Andre and how he does it so naturally. So, for me, putting this book together is selfishly compiling stories of his adventures and his beautiful spirit so I have a piece of him to share with my family as it grows. Andre notices the small things - Where others look to a horizon to bask in the setting sun, Andre is noticing that we are being followed by a group of land grouse who have trailed for a half a km. When he takes a portrait - he doesn’t see the model in front of him like other photographers do, trying to capture a perfect moment for a headshot, he pulls the person out of themselves and sneakily clicks the shot to see who they really are. I can say he showed me a version of Me I never see - a beaming, happy, silly me that responds to our conversations. The me that looks at him when we crack jokes and no-one could ever see of themselves, because who is that genuine in the mirror? seriously. Andre is one of my best friends, a genuine and caring person who has always had my back - like he has the back of so many. He is solid, he is pure, he is hilarious and brilliant. He is my friend, and I am thankful to see he is that same Andre for everyone else who has shared in this collection of his adventures and antics. -Stephanie Mosher
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Stephanie Mosher
Oct 18, 2021
In Share Your Memory
I came to know Andre back in 2010 when I started a new job. Part of my duties was the management and maintenance of all IT matters. Andre was the company’s outside IT consultant. From the very start, we established a very strong rapport. As we continued to work together, we discovered many areas of common interest, the principal one being photography, with both of us coming from a strong background in film photography. The photography discussions grew over time, frequently taking up most of our conversations. I admired all facets of his work and was frequently inspired to do more myself. We also shared a background in martial arts, him in Judo and me in Karate and Taekwan-do. One the things I admired about Andre was his ability step into any situation and establish a rapport with the people involved, from the lowest employee to the CEO. Without fail, people respected Andre and his advice. Andre also had a mischievous side to him. I remember one time in particular at one of the company Christmas parties (Andre was considered one of the family). The party was dinner and a murder mystery, which included audience participation in the form of a murder trial. The audience was asked to volunteer people for various roles, and before I knew what was happening, Andre volunteered me to act as the bailiff, all the time showing this trade mark mischievous grin. And the next year he volunteered me to be the judge (you’d think I’d have learned my lesson the first time). Andre was also very generous to his friends. One year my son was coming back from Toronto to Alberta for vacation and wanted to know where he could rent a road bike. I passed this question on to Andre, and rather than pass me on to a bike shop, he offered to let my son use his highly valued carbon fibre road bike at no charge, as he was going be touring in Nova Scotia for 2 weeks. That is generosity! From his photography adventures to his bicycle tours, Andre lived a rich life, a life that I witnessed being gradually taken away from him as his health deteriorated. Throughout this period, he never failed to inquire about the health of my family, particularly when my daughter suffered a brain bleed 3 years ago. And since I’ve retired, he was always available for lunch or a quick text or phone call and always asked about how I was doing in retirement. He cared about his friends, even though he was going through a world of pain. Andre, I admire your decision to follow your own path, and I will always be grateful to have had the opportunity to know you and proud to call you “friend”. Peace be with you. David McWhinney
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Stephanie Mosher
Oct 18, 2021
In Share Your Memory
I first met Andre in 1977 or 78, when he lived next door to my grandparents. Whenever I visited there, Andre would take a sneaky peek through the fence to see what I was up too. I was a bit of a Tom-boy and not really interested in what I suspected was Andre’s developing massive crush on me. Naturally I did what any self-respecting Tom-boy would do, I waited for him to peek through the fence and then would try to poke him with a stick. I was pretty mean to him, but we were very young, and I wasn’t very wise. My memories are few of our time together, then we moved away and our lives drifted apart. One very lucky day our paths crossed again. Adults now, I was very happy to meet Andre and catch up with the stories of our lives. He had turned into this amazing man. Gone was the geeky little kid and in his place stood a cycling, hiking, stuntman, photographer of beautiful scenery and even more beautiful women. Andre always took the time to stop and see me when he was travelling through Merritt on one of his many adventures. We would go fo a coffee or a drink and catch up. It was during one of these meetings that Andre reminded me of how mean I had actually been to him when we were kids. I apologized profusely, not ever having a reason or excuse to act in such a way. In that moment Andre taught me two things. First, the things we say and do to each other count and can still be felt years later. Secondly, my friend had forgiven me, an act of such grace I value to this day. During our last meeting Andre complained of some pain in his knee, little did we all know, this was the beginning of some very hard times. We lost touch when he left the social media site that we used together. I was not aware of Andre’s battles during this time. I thought of him every now and then wondering what adventures he was up to, unaware that he had chosen to quietly and privately fight his fight over the last few years. Which brings me to today, Andre reaching out to inform me of his condition. I was overwhelmed with grief to hear his news, and unlike him, I have not had time to process it fully and be at the peaceful place he is today. I am grateful to have crossed paths with such a fine man and gentle soul. His words to me will forever be cherished along with his memory. Every year as long as I shall live, I will be honoured to share my birthday with the memory of Andre, his great life and his great gift to me. Kindness and forgiveness. Dawn Armitage
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Stephanie Mosher
Oct 18, 2021
In Share Your Memory
So many of us have been fortunate to hear colourful accounts of Andre’s time in the northern Manitoba forests, with his trap lines and his knowledge of the denizens of the woods. We have heard of his exploits as a stuntman. We have listened as he related epic accounts of bicycle rides through the mountains, along the coasts, across the Moab, and both up and doing down frightening slopes. The narratives and photos from his hikes through terrain such as Waterton have been delightful. We know of and have witnessed the art he has created in his pursuits of perfection in the field of photography, indoors and out. But I have also learned of a trait that may be lesser known — Andre’s skill in foreseeing the future. For many years, Andre diligently managed the IT networks for an organization I had the privilege of leading. Throughout, we enjoyed lengthy conversations about myriad subjects, and in particular the developments in the IT sector, of which I was otherwise largely ignorant. In the summer of 1999 or so, we were discussing budget needs for the coming couple of years. I was whining about the demands the Office software developers were placing on our hardware. With each issue or update of the Office programs, more and more processing and memory capacities required ongoing updates of our hardware. Andre told me that the cycle was coming to a quick end, that the concerns would no longer be about capacity but about security. This was many months before I heard or read anyone else in the industry concerned with network security. He engaged in the necessary research and had us well prepared to withstand the onslaughts that followed. A prophet! Neil Tidsbury
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Stephanie Mosher
Oct 18, 2021
In Share Your Memory
My husband Nick and I met Andre through my husband’s bike shop. Over the years, Andre became a friend and a great caretaker of our dogs when we went away. We got together socially on occasion and always looked forward to stories that Andre had to share. He is a great storyteller as well as a talented photographer!! His connection with animals is obvious to anyone and it was always a pleasure to see what special care he would take with our dogs. When we found our Enzi had bone cancer, Andre was the first person I called. With a heart as big as Andre’s, it is no wonder he has so many people who love him! Godspeed Andre. Until we meet again. Much love, Nick and Suzanne Lynem
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Stephanie Mosher
Oct 18, 2021
In Share Your Memory
I met Andre while volunteering with Beakerhead where he smoothly included me in conversations, plans, events. To me it seemed magical to feel connected, to be accepted, to belong, and it was all through Andre. Thank you so much for the mini-adventures shooting together. Thank you for expanding my world. If your spirit decides to blend with a tree ------- I would water you. ------- As you have nurtured me. So much love, Cynthia
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Stephanie Mosher
Oct 18, 2021
In Share Your Memory
“In the outdoors, one of Andre’s favourite icons to photograph is the fire hydrant at Waterton Park. Until he mentioned it to me, I had not noticed it. Like the others, I was focused on the mountain range and lake beyond. Maybe this a metaphor for how Andre thinks. Others not seeing what is bright and colourful right in front of them. The bright red juxtaposed against the majesty beyond. Thank you Andre for opening my eyes to what is in front of me. Subjects, focus and depth of field, attributes important in life and for the camera. My mentor and my friend, Andre, you mean the world to me. -Love Victor”
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Stephanie Mosher
Oct 18, 2021
In Share Your Memory
My connection to Andre spans a lifetime and I feel so lucky to have benefitted from our friendship. As a child, I loved to go to the convenient store across the street from my childhood home in Airdrie. The owner Perry was always a welcoming delight, and my father spent a lot of time there talking sports with friends. I remember Andre as one of the kind, familiar faces my brother and I would see when we stopped in to get a treat. Fast forward to my adult life, Andre was an instant friend when I started a new career with Alberta Beef Producers, where he worked as the IT consultant. Over the years, he’s shared with me his adventures of biking and hiking, always supported by beautiful photography he captured along the way. We’ve shared stories of relationships and loss, and always bonded over the dogs in our lives. Whether it be long chats at the office and over dinner at banquet events, or running into each other at a theatre performance, Andre has always been someone I could count on for great conversation and insight. When I lost my brother, Andre offered rare words of comfort that only someone who has experienced such personal grief could begin to understand. I will hold these moments close to my heart.
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Stephanie Mosher
Oct 18, 2021
In Share Your Memory
The best summer weekends always involve throwing on a pair of hiking boots and trudging up a mountain with Andre. Which doesn't sound appealing to everyone, I know, but there is nothing as satisfying as hiking up mountain passes and summits with someone who is in perfect harmony with you. Here is why I call Andre my favourite hiking buddy and a close friend: 1) The Car Ride Before and After the Hike Andre came into my life during a time when I was struggling and hesitant to be vulnerable with anyone. While driving to and from our hikes, I slowly opened up due to his kind, caring, and connective nature. The car became a safe space to discuss everything and anything. Andre is not afraid to show his friends and family unconditional love. It is one of the main reasons that his community is so strong and plentiful. 2) Rolling With the Punches During one of our hikes we spent 2.5 hours looking for the trailhead in a maze of logging roads. When we (finally) found the trail, it started pouring rain, leaving us no option but to find shelter and wait it out. This should have been a miserable experience. However, Andre's eternal optimism, humour, and love of adventure made this one of my favourite hiking trips to date. It has become a story of legends. After the storm we hiked to the summit and Andre took beautiful photos of the summit. Andre can make every situation a positive experience. 3) Bringing the Adventure to Our Day-to-Day Lives Andre makes sure that the people in his life know he is thinking about them. From texts to spontaneous phone calls to coffee hangouts to bike rides, he soon brought the spirit of our hiking adventures to the city. Even to this day in a wheelchair, Andre is always up for anything. Our recent adventures involve a waitress at Swans proposing to Andre (and was serious about it), meeting all the dogs Andre is friends within the neighbourhood and planning a fundraiser for the SPCA. This all goes to show that nothing takes down the fearless Andre. This message is not a goodbye to Andre. He is there every time I put my hiking boots on. In every car ride. In every summit and trail I hike. His zest for life encourages me to live my life with a sense of adventure. He reminds me to be kind, fearless, and connective with every person I meet (and of course, dogs). To show unconditional love to friends and family. The gift of knowing Andre has made me a better person and will continue to do so for the rest of my life. Cheers, Andre. I love you my dear hiking buddy Hanging out after a hike
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Stephanie Mosher
Oct 18, 2021
In Share Your Memory
What is a life well lived? Hard to define, but we know what one looks like. It’s mostly about memories and this picture prompts a lot of them. We’re at Ione Falls on Sandra’s great 10-day bike tour, Kootenay Kruise 2011. Andre, always reliably cheerful, is on the right, sharing a rest stop with good friends. The KK is one of many bike and hike experiences with Andre to treasure, including Berg Lake and the Icefields Parkway. In the height of the Rockies, I remember camping with Andre and friends by Berg Lake, lying in tents on a quiet night, listening to the crack and splash of Robson Glacier calving icebergs across the Lake, and much closer, listening for the approach of the resident porcupine with a taste for rubber in case we needed to defend our footwear. On the Berg Lake Trail, we had the thrill and chill of getting close up to mighty Emperor Falls; and on the edge of camp, water-sculpted Toboggan Falls. Out of camp, on the way to one of Andre’s favourite places in the Rockies, Snowbird Pass, we passed through what Andre aptly named “Marmot Village”. (We all know Andre loves dogs, but marmots, really?) Those friendly, curious, relatively large ground squirrels, are now amongst the most skillfully photographed critters in a home rock pile. Andre has cycled Jasper to Banff on the Icefields Parkway many times, and I went with him a few of those times. One memorable time on an EVCC (Elbow Valley Cycle Club) trip with Andre, we ran into terrible weather near the Discovery Centre. It was your classic wet, cold, horizontal, late summer snowstorm. With wet road grit thrown up against wheel rims, the steep descent was risky and brutal on brake pads, that is for those of us who used brakes. Andre and Sandra were in high gear pedaling all the way around the keyhole to keep up with the four-wheel traffic – crazy need for speed! So that’s a bit about Andre the great hike-bike companion. But consider that he is also a professional “techie” in the best sense of the word. He is very knowledgeable and generous about two technologies in particular: IT (Information Technology) and photography, both vocations and careers. He is a diligent techie, building a sustainable IT business while keeping his client’s information efficient and safe. He is able to reach beyond the core technology operational issues and hardware-software processes (hard to do considering the huge and ever-changing scope), and connect to business goals and operations. He helped me with advice and client trust to make a practical difference in my business. Thanks Andre! Then there is photography. Andre was helping so many of us with our photography that he generously decided to form and lead a club, Light Stalkers, aiming to improve everyone with group assignments, discussion, field trips and studio sessions – all free. He led us to study subtle colour, lighting and contrast ideas, and it was on colour and lighting that I think he really excelled. Always the entrepreneur, he developed a nice business focussed on photography services to the local live theatre community. Thanks Andre! I think Andre is a natural fit to the Epicurean philosophy of life. Epicurus taught that a life well lived has a goal of happiness gained from living a self- sufficient, full life, surrounded and interacting intellectually and ethically with close friends. (Dogs were not mentioned.) Merv Matson
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Stephanie Mosher
Oct 18, 2021
In Share Your Memory
Andre, in about a decade of volunteering together, with approximately a million photos taken between the two of us in each other's presence, the irony is not lost on me that our only real picture together had to be snuck in over these last months. I guess it's a fact that being so good behind the camera means having fewer instances in front of it... which is demonstrably (and THANKFULLY) not true based on all these other photos, but is certainly true of us theatre folk. Shame on me for not realizing sooner, and consider this lesson learned. I will forever be grateful for the opportunities we had to collaborate together; you have been one of my favourite people to dream and scheme with in the theatre community, imagining creative new ways to take promo photos, brainstorming shoots for massive sets, and watching you work your magic as you captured peoples' spirits through headshots and production stills. I've said it once, and I'll say it again, you can ALWAYS tell when a picture is "an Andre". In more recent years, your friendship has been a real gift to me as we took coffee dates to discuss life, love, and all the mysteries of the world. Your ability to put my frenetic brain at ease and to just dive right into ANY topic has been joyful and so appreciated, and you have shared so much of the wisdom of your 57 years that I will carry with me always. As your incredible energy is redistributed, I'll watch for it and hold it close in all the moments that remind me of you; the flourish of an unfurling lighting dish, the rolling of an omniwheel, the way cyclists rub their butts after sitting on a too-pointy bike seat, when a stranger encounters a puppy on the streets, when someone makes a wicked innuendo and gets that sparkle in their eye, and in the million headshots that I know I will continue to see for years and years to come... you'll be everywhere, my friend. Thank you for our friendship, I'll cherish it forever. Love, Alex
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Stephanie Mosher
Oct 18, 2021
In Share Your Memory
Photographers spend more time behind the camera than in front, which leads to the reason for my choice in photo. I was one of many who learned the art of painting with light as a member of the Light Stalkers Photography Club. Andre was our intrepid leader who generously and patiently shared his immense knowledge of the science and art behind taking great photographs. I have so many photos that I associate with Andre, but as I scanned my collection, it was obvious we were busy capturing smiles other than our own. This photo resulted from a Lightstalker challenge called Red. Colour assignments were one of my favorites and I will never forget the joy and laughter as members of our little club shared their inspirations. Andre’s voice is forever imprinted in my brain whenever I hold a camera to my eye, including such wisdom as, “The best camera is the one you have with you!” This is not to say my friendship with Andre only revolved around photography. Andre and I actually met while working at Science Alberta Foundation in 2000, another organization that greatly benefited from Andre’s IT talents. Over the last 20 years, he has grown into a trusted friend whose depth of empathy and kindness places him in rare company. Andre, you make people feel safe and cherished, and this is why my dear friend, we will carry you in our hearts and minds for the rest of our lifetimes.
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Stephanie Mosher
Oct 18, 2021
In Share Your Memory
Wildflowers are many things to many people Colourful, beautiful, and amazing are words that often are used Those little flowers can stop you in your tracks Saying “holy smoke” - I never experienced anything so wonderful. In their prime the colour and texture is flabbergasting, but there is so much more Many creatures are touched and nourished by their character and make-up From (IT) bees to (Cycling/Hiking) butterflies all draw strength from their soul Oh, the photographer is in heaven amongst a wildflower meadow. Wildflowers have a goal that is often not seen or obvious Creating a future through contact with all who are fortunate to experience An adventure in the AG wildflower patch that is like no other Lifechanging you might say to a tomorrow better in so many ways Seasons change and we think wildflowers fade and are gone But fool you they will many times over and so they should For a wildflower patch creates hope for more beauty that we know will come Andre Goulet – thank you for being my wildflower friend. August/2021 Ronald C Cherlet
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Stephanie Mosher
Oct 18, 2021
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I first got to know Andre in the fall of 1997 when my co-worker, Nadine, introduced him to me at our newly formed rehabilitation clinic on 14 street in Calgary’s Beltline. At that time, our clinic was in need of having a front reception desk built and Andre volunteered to help me build it. It was during the desk construction that I first learned about Andre’s superb character. The thing I noticed most about Andre during the building of the desk was his calmness and positivity. Even when we ran into issues building, he always stayed grounded and focused. While we were working together, he told me stories about being in northern Manitoba when he was young, and how he’d dealt with all kinds of adversity, from having freezing hands while being out in the bush in the winter to dealing with work and life adversities. To this day, Andre always spins a positive note off of the challenges he encounters. I find this to be a very admirable attribute. Soon after our first meeting, Andre became our clinic’s IT consultant, and our friendship grew from there. When in his presence, Andre often tells us about his biking and photography adventures, always with a big smile on his face. One day when he was helping us at the clinic, I was rambling on about how I needed a dog sitter for my dog, Henry. Andre immediately volunteered and took care of Henry while we were away on holidays. When we came back home, I could tell that the two of them had bonded strongly. As a matter of fact, I think Andre could dognap Henry, and he wouldn’t even notice or care that I was missing. Each time Andre visits, Henry is more excited to see Andre than when I would come home from holidays. Henry always does a full body wag that is over the top with joy when he realizes it is Andre at our front door. He always gets down to Henry’s level and sits with him for at least 10 minutes, with Henry wagging crazily and giving dog kisses to Andre. Nobody I know gets such a strong welcoming from Henry. We are always so happy to see Andre!
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Stephanie Mosher
Oct 18, 2021
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An Avalanche of memories, cycling packages and maps , a few hiking notes and photos have now covered by basement floor for weeks. It has become very clear that I have been extremely fortunate to have crossed paths with you over the last 15+ years including the many Elbow Valley people you also brought to the table. Firstly, something that you did for son Dallas. I have attached a picture of the Football Coffee Table Book you put together for Dallas in his grade 12 graduating year. Centennial High School home of the Coyotes. Friends and family alike have always commented on how fantastic the cover picture looks. We call it: “Game Day Calm before the Storm”. At the time who knew in 2019 he would be a Vanier Cup Champion with the University of Calgary Dino football program also his graduating year. By the time you read this he will be aware of your life cycle and more. Added value to this small gesture from you now priceless. Takes up a permanent spot beside his U of C championship ring. Day 2 Any Spring Fling; Redroofs Road. I believe you are aware of the real definition here. “MY” Greek Mythology book say’s “Go as fast as possible on the downhill, Big Ring stand-up power required to max your momentum on uphill”. Rinse & Repeat this roll coaster sprint till the end. Nothing to do really about the modest 7.5 km. Everything to do with blowing up your HRT average for day which I seemed to do regularly. Why? For the rush, exhilaration, laughing our asses off at each other at the end, while doubled over our handlebars sucking air. Once again, Priceless. Recovery, a coffee shop, maybe a cinnamon bun around the next corner, Hopefully! So Much Fun! Penticton Gran Fondo; Super Super Hot! You could see the heat haze wave across the roads especially in climbs. Seems to me my only mistake made was to lie down in the park after the event. Bad idea. Should of kept moving. Good thing you were around to organize the carry of my seized-up body and drop me in the lake. Yes, I Was Cooked! Let’s go with I was much better later after a few drinks and some salty appetizer. Pretty sure I was quite content not to move for a while until all my senses came back. Worth every minute! Glacier Nation Park (Montana) – Go to The Sun Road. My first time at this ride, I had really never ridden that kind of up and down mountain style road before. Mountain biking doesn’t really count here. By the time you read this, I will have asked you this question in person. “How did you and other’s talk me into this”? Did we really just go for pie and probably coffee in St. Mary’s just cause we could. I actually have handwritten notes telling myself that. Maybe I was delirious. Bottom line, still the best pie ever, Right! There are so many more stories to tell, conversations to have. Everyone who is contributing to this celebration endeavor I’m sure would agree. So many moments in time not to be repeated, but never to be forgotten. I’d like to think we’ll get another chance to do it all again and more. Save me a spot. Kerr Boath (AKA “Special K”) God Bless my friend!
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Stephanie Mosher
Oct 18, 2021
In Share Your Memory
I first met André through cycling with the EVCC. He enjoys all the challenges riding a bike affords, uphill grunts sure, but what he really loves is like the stunt man of his yesteryears, speedy descents. The long roll down a portion of the BJ highway going south gives him such a buzz. With all the technology to secure details of top speed and video to boot, reliving it gets him almost as high each time. Everything about cycling proficiency, cadence, body position, when and how to shift, braking ratios on wheels he sucks up like a sponge. I gained most of my insight into photography through André’s passion. His one-on-one times while cycle touring got me to buy a better camera and auxiliary equipment. When he started up his photography club I happily joined. His non-competitive approach is so refreshing. He set challenges we shared our successes and quandaries. His own results were the best. I was his gopher on some shoots. It's a delight to see how a pro of André’s calibre conducts business. He uses his excellent communication skills to get great results from both the talents and supporting cast. His encyclopedic knowledge of the craft shines through with his thousands of fabulous images. Coffee chats with André run the gamut from politics, travel, bikes, vehicles, best coffee and how to brew it and current state of our lives. Our mutual love and adoration of dogs is always a major component. His understanding of dogs, their gestures and how they think makes it so easy for him to befriend them and work with them so they can be less stressed and a valued companion. On a ride in B.C. André had noticed a dog on the side of the road. We rolled back to get acquainted and in no time there is André lying prostrate in the middle of this deserted street while a black puppy was head over heels in full play mode with his BFFL. André is always happy to share. Need to know some dog training techniques, have questions concerning your camera or photography, or things in the always changing IT world, André is your man. I think back and visualize some happy times in various locales. A few examples, looking out from a high mountain ridge in Kananaskis over an incredible scene of dynamic clouds, waving conifer trees, the full range of fall colours in deciduous leaves with jagged rocks and a beautiful blue river below; there I am holding a reflector in one hand and a strobe light in the other inside a vintage 1950’s recreation trailer while André is shooting through the rear window to produce a great poster for a live theatre event in Calgary; lying in a cramped position with a leaf blower causing the material of the model’s dress to wave in the breeze and seeing the results published in the Italian edition of Vogue then recalling snowshoeing in thigh high pristine sparkling snow then later waiting for the moon to get into position for a night shot over Lake Louise in February; spinning down a country road talking to a local farmer about his life on the prairies near Camrose and then sharing flavourful borsht cooked up by the locals. All of these because André invited me to share some of his world. Thanks very much André.
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