Andrew Christy: An Obituary

Andrew Christy 1949-2017

Andrew and Jackie Christy

As many of you will know Andrew passed away recently in Broomfield hospital surrounded by his family

Andrew was born in Chelmsford to part of the well-known Christy Engineering family. He was the youngest of four children. From a young age Andrew showed an avid interest in Cars and this was to remain with him throughout his life. There is a family story that the first word he ever spoke was the name of a car.

Having attended St Christopher’s School, Letchworth Andrew trained as a company secretary and then moved into the insurance industry, specialising in Motor Insurance and working first for Cornhill followed by Summit Motor policies and Amlin Insurance. As claims negotiator Andrew was able to put his increasing knowledge of cars to good use.

Andrew Christy in his Morris Minor image
Andrew in his Morris Minor

With his deep interest in motoring it is not surprising that he belonged to a number of Car Clubs including the Goldhanger Classic Car Club. Andrew always enjoyed the “Drive It” days and the display of cars in the Chequers Carpark during the Gala Weekend. In his younger years Andrew would often undertake long trips at the weekend. Many will know that his knowledge of Geography was extensive and one of his strong subjects in quizzes, it would be a brave person who overruled him in this area.  Andrew also like to support the Little Totham and Maldon shows. At one time he owned six cars including a Frog Eyed Sprite, MG Midget and MG Y Type. Many people will remember Andrew driving his Morris Minor in recent years. Andrew’s passion for Classic Cars was reflected in the arrangements for his funeral, as members of GCCC followed the hearse on his journey to Chelmsford.

Andrew and Jackie met in the Ship and Anchor at an 18+ meeting in 1979, married and moved into King St in Maldon in 1981. At the end of the 1980’s they moved to Bobbets Hole, Bakers Green. Together with Charlene and Eddie, trips with their caravan became popular events. Favourite destinations were Rendlesham Forest, Southwold and Dunwich. When Andrew became unwell with Rheumatoid Arthritis he continued to work from home but also took on new roles in the community.

Andrew – One of the Goldhanger Boys Choir

He served as Clerk to Tolleshunt D’Arcy Parish Council for 19 years and his knowledge of the operating of Local Government was extensive. Andrew also took on the role of Caretaker and Bookings Officer for Goldhanger Parish Hall, so continued to have a lot of contact with people in the village. Many will also remember Andrew walking Daisy around the village on a daily basis.

In recent years a number of men in the village have retired and a small group has developed who occasionally visit places of interest. Andrew really enjoyed this and was keen to join us on these trips. Visits to Duxford, Chatham Dock Yards and the Docklands museum were all good fun. Only in March Andrew joined us in our first overnight visit to Portsmouth dockyards and he particularly enjoyed our visit to the Mary Rose exhibition. Andrew was also a supporter of the Goldhanger Jubilee Choir and especially enjoyed the sessions the “Goldhanger Boys” performed at village events.

Andrew was a man with a wide set of interests besides his lifelong passion for all aspects of motoring. Folk Music was always something he appreciated and as a young man he was a member of the Chelmsford Folk Club. In recent years, Andrew and Jackie were enthusiastic attenders of the Cropredy Music Festival hosted by Fairport Convention. In the last ten years Andrew developed an interest in Birdwatching and often joined the village group on visits.

Andrew will be remembered as a man committed to his family and an asset to the village, he will be sadly missed by those of us who knew him.

Andrew Christy

Andrew and Jackie Christy

Andrew died on the 23rd May 2017 following a short period in hospital. His wife, Jackie, and his children, Eddie and Charlene, were with him.

The funeral will take place at Chelmsford Crematorium some time in June (date to be announced) followed by a memorial meeting  at the Friends Meeting House in Maldon and a wake at Goldhanger Village Hall. All people who knew Andrew are welcome.

Andrew was a keen bird watcher and loved being out in the open countryside with his binoculars. He was much-loved and well-respected in the village and was known for his gentle, kind-hearted manner.

reed warbler imageIt seems ornithology ran in the family; an ancestor of Andrew’s, Miller Christy, was also a keen ornithologist as well as being a Quaker

Andrew played a part in the running of the Village Hall for some years and was also Clerk for Tolleshunt D’Arcy Parish Council. Andrew retired from the latter role only last year.