Andrew Drew "Drew" Smith

September 19, 1971May 8, 2011

Andrew "Drew" J. Smith, age 39, of Gurnee, IL, died suddenly on Sunday, May 8, 2011 at home. A small business owner, former paramedic, world traveler, recent scuba diver, Drew packed a lifetime of living into his 39 years. He lived most of his life in Gurnee but talked often of his three years near the beach in Malibu, CA. Drew was a lifetime member of Bethel Lutheran Church. Drew was born on September 19, 1971 in Waukegan, IL and is survived by his mom Eileen: dad William; brother and sister-in-law Jeff and Angela, two nephews Andy and Joshua and niece Alyssa, all of Auckland, New Zealand; grandmother Dorothy Wirtala; plus a large family of aunts, uncles, cousins, many many good friends and his dog Buddy. Visitation will be at Marsh Funeral Home 305 North Cemetery Road, Gurnee, IL on Thursday, May 12 from 5pm-8pm. A funeral service will be held at Bethel Lutheran Church 5110 Grand Avenue, Gurnee, IL 60031 on Friday, May 13 at 11 am with visitation from 10am followed by internment at Highland Memorial Park 33100 N. Hunt Club Road, Libertyville, IL Donations may be made in Drew's memory to Bethel Lutheran Church or to Cool Food Pantry in Waukegan (


  • Funeral Service Friday, May 13, 2011
  • Visitation Thursday, May 12, 2011

Andrew Drew "Drew" Smith

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Eileen Smith

May 25, 2011

Angela Nash (Lyon)

May 21, 2011

A couple weeks ago Drew popped into my mind and I went looking for him online - wondering what became of that wonderful boy I dated in high school. I didn't find him on Facebook, seems his life was too exciting and full to be bothered with such a silly thing. So sad that when I did a quick search again today I find that he just left us! His smile, and warm and fun personality are fondly remembered and will be missed.


May 16, 2011

Our Deepest condolences to the family. I met Drew over the past year or two. He was a regular dinner guest at Chili's where I work.He was always smiling and very pleasant to talk to. He will be missed.
Again our deepest sympathy to the family from the Chilis Crew that got to know him.

Donna Dallas

May 15, 2011

Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal. You have my deepest sympathy.

Darcy Marcou

May 14, 2011

Cousin Drew will be sincerely missed. I will remember him for his genuine kindness and sense of humor. With love and sympathy,

Amy Voss

May 13, 2011

Blessed are those who mourn,for they will be comforted. Matthew 5:4

Claude & Ruth Basten

May 13, 2011

Bill & Eileen, I am so sorry for your loss. May the good
Lord help you during this most difficult time.
May your dear son rest in Peace.

Mike & Debbie Seger

May 13, 2011

Bill, Eileen & Family ,
We are so sorry about the loss of your dear son, Drew.
It's hard to believe that somebody so full of life can be taken from us so suddenly.
He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
May time erase your pain, and in it's place, may happy memories remain .
With Our Deepest Sympathy and Love,

Peter Staniec

May 13, 2011

Drew truly was a good person with an upbeat spirit. He was effortlessly positive and didn't seem to have time for anything small or petty. I miss him and I'm glad that he was my friend.

Michael Bock

May 13, 2011

I am sure it has been at least 10 years since I had seen Drew. I will always remember him for who he was... Honest, friendly to all and his genuine zest for life. There are few people in life that you meet who are "real". Drew was one of them. I only knew him in High School but he did make a lasting impression on me.

I am very sorry for your loss...

Drew we will meet again someday...