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Beaches Chapel by Hardage-Giddens

1701 Beach Blvd, Jacksonville Beach, FL

OBITUARY

Andrew Charles Lavender

July 22, 1965August 3, 2019
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Andrew Charles Lavender, 54, of Neptune Beach, FL, passed away unexpectedly at his home, on August 3, 2019. He was born in Middletown, NY and graduated from Seneca Valley High School after which he served in the US Navy. Andy had a 29-year career in Law Enforcement, most recently serving as a Corporal in the Jacksonville Beach Police Department. He is remembered for being a kind man, great friend and exemplary police officer. His absence will be felt by the citizens and community of Jacksonville Beach indefinitely. He had a passion for hunting in Montana and coaching his son’s football team in both Pop Warner and at Fletcher High School. Andy was preceded in death by his father, Deane Lavender and is survived by his mother, Jane Lavender; children, Erika, Nicolas and Caelen Lavender; sister, Kendall Lonon (Ron); brother, Kirk Lavender (Mercedes); numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and countless friends and colleagues. A service to celebrate Andy's life will be held 11:00 am, Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at the Church of Eleven22, San Pablo Rd. and Beach Blvd. To honor his memory, please send contributions, in lieu of flowers, to K-9 for Warriors @ k9sforwarriors.org, Blue Help @ bluehelp.org, or C.O.P.S. @ concernsforpolicesurvivors.org. Arrangements are entrusted to HARDAGE-GIDDENS FUNERAL HOME, 1701 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville Beach, FL. Words of comfort and condolence may be shared at hardage-giddensbeacheshchapel.com.

Services

  • Celebration of Life Wednesday, August 21, 2019

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Nancy R. (Kutak) Lewis

August 22, 2019

I babysat for Andy when he was an infant, my senior year in high school. Rev. Deanne Lavender was the minister at the First Presbyterian Church in Monroe. I remember the family fondly . We reconnected here on FB. I was sorry to hear of Andy’s passing. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to the whole family including Jane, Kirk, Kendall and their families. I watched the YouTube video of the Celebration of Andy’s life. May the family find peace and comfort knowing so many care. God bless. RIP Andy. Thank you for serving your country and your community. Well done, good and faithful servant.

Abigail Turner

August 21, 2019

The Turner family will always miss you. We shared some really good memories with each other, they will stay forever in our hearts. Fly high Andy. We love you❤️❤️

Thomas Shirley

August 17, 2019

Andy and I attended the Police Academy together Almost 30 years ago. I Am trully going to miss you buddy. God bless you and your family.

Shannon Desmond

August 14, 2019

I have known Andy for many years, personally and professionally. No matter what, I knew I could depend on him, he was my friend, my colleague and my hero. I was on assignment in San Diego and received a call from Andy one evening asking if I was ok. The emergency signal on my JBPD portable radio had gone off. I quickly phoned home and as suspected, learned my son and his friends had keyed the radio playing cops and robbers. I phoned Andy apologizing profusely. Andy told me not to worry he would take care of it. Needless to say, he spoke to the kids and in doing so impressed upon them the results of a bad error in judgement and made them life long respectful young men of me and law enforcement. My son was devastated to learn of Andy's passing, as am I. God Bless you Brother in Blue, rest easy. I know I will see you again. 💔

Aaron Altman

August 13, 2019

Hey guys I’m glad you’re putting this memorial service together but I’m wondering why you put it on a Wednesday??? This man was loved by thousands of people in the Jax beach community. Many of them have daily jobs that they cannot get out of on a Wednesday without taking a personal day. Friends out of town that can’t take a personal day and travel during work. So I guess I’ve talked to about 300 people that won’t be able to make it to his memorial service because it’s during the week and not on a Saturday. Can we please change his memorial to a Saturday service so all of his friends can make it ??? I think this great man deserves all of his friends make it to his final service. Thank you and God bless

Heather Hinshelwood, MD

August 10, 2019

I worked with office lavender when i did tactical EMS support as an emergency medicine resident. Those were a rough few years for me. Officer Lavender was there for several of my bright spots. His stories of undercover busts were hilarious (the one about the massage parlor was the best) and he was very kind on the job. One weekend my sister and I were fortunate to go to a Switchfoot concert in Jacksonville Beach. We ran in to Andy working at one of the bars and he was kind enough to shorten our wait. My sister still remembers him and his kindness to this day.

I can not tell you how sorry I am for your loss and I have been praying for Andy and you all daily.

Sharon West

August 9, 2019

May God bless you and be with your children always. Lori you know we are here anytime for you and the boys we pray for peace that only god can can give.

Sheila Boman

August 9, 2019

Thank you for your service to both our country and our town. To your family, prayers and comfort during this most difficult time.

Maggie Jo Hilliard

August 8, 2019

As a new assistant state attorney, we had to do ride-along duties for learning. I was so lucky to meet Andy, who happily took me along on a few night rides in Jax Beach. I don't think I learned much about the law or my job, but I did learn some new words and jokes. I gained a friend, and loved hanging out with Lavender and his JBPD guys in my years living at the beach. Andy's humanity, kindness and humor brought joy to every person he met. He was a protective, gentle giant, loved by so many people. His uproarious laugh is unforgettable, and I can hear it still. The world is less bright now. Sending my love to his family, friends and community.

Sylvia Osewalt

August 8, 2019

Andy was one of my favorite JBPD officers. He always had a smile for everyone and made everyone smile. He was one of a kind gentle giant and will be sorely missed! The memories shared here are a testament to a wonderful person. RIP Andy until we meet again!!

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