William F. Andrews

September 7, 1944October 14, 2012

UNCASVILLE - William Frank Andrews, a Mohegan tribal member and past member of the Tribe's Council of Elders, passed away at age 68 on Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012, after a long illness.

Mr. Andrews, who resided in Uncasville, Connecticut, was born in New London, Connecticut, on Sept. 7, 1944. He moved at an early age with his parents, Frank William Andrews and Lydia Lenora Andrews, to San Diego, California, where he spent much of his life.

"Uncle Willie" or "UW" as he was known to his nieces and nephews and his many friends and family members, was a star athlete at Sweetwater High School in National City, California. He was a swift halfback on a league champion football team in 1961 and ranked among the fastest in San Diego County, running the 100 yard dash in 10 seconds and tying a school record in the 180-yard low hurdles.

Mr . Andrews graduated cum laude from Southwestern College in Chula Vista, California and spent several years in the airline industry. A former U.S. Marine Corps Reservist, Bill also held a small aircraft pilot's license. Mr. Andrews embraced his ancestry early in life and for 30 years studied Native American cultures on reservations of the Viejas, Sycuan, Barona and Manzanita tribes of Southern California and throughout the Southwest.

In later life he immersed himself in artwork and created numerous illustrations depicting Native American life and customs. His "pointillism" style has been critically praised. Some of his artwork can be viewed at the world's second largest casino, Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut.

Bill relocated to Connecticut in 2000 and was elected to his first of several terms on the Mohegan Tribe's Council of Elders in 2003. His work as an artist and musician enriched many of the Tribe’s programs and events, including flute lessons for Tribal children.

Mr. Andrews is survived by his mother, Lydia Andrews of Uncasville; sister Susan Smith and her husband Rick of San Diego, California; nieces Allison Johnson and her husband Jeff of Griswold, Connecticut, and Courtney Toller and her husband Mick of San Diego, California; grand-nephews Connor and Drew Johnson of Griswold, Connecticut and William Toller of San Diego, California and many cousins.

Graveside Services are scheduled Friday, Oct. 19, at Fort Shantok, Connecticut, at 10am. The family would like to thank the staff and nurses at Regency Heights of Norwich for their wonderful care.

In lieu of flowers, donations in William's memory may be sent to Hospice of Southeastern Connecticut, 227 Dunham Street, Norwich, Connecticut 06360.

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February 27, 2013

I was lucky enough to help Willie walk his final walk. It was quite a privelege to know him. There are many things Willie taught me along the way, not the least of which was his rich American Indian heritage. Willie, I have not stopped reading yet. Dr. and Student Ed

Cindy Foster

November 9, 2012

I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Uncle Willy! I remember him fondly from the many times he was at the house in Script's Ranch! Prayers for your family during this difficult time!

October 23, 2012

Sending love and prayers to the family. I hope your memories of Bill will bring a smile to your heart.
Karla Hertzog

Kathy D.

October 23, 2012

I was lucky enough to meet Willie last year and have thought of him ever since. He was a rare person who was full of life. He made everyone feel special and cared for, and asked for little in return. My heart goes out to all of his loved ones because he will surely be missed. I know his legacy will live on in all of the kind words he said, the thoughtful acts he did, and the beautiful art he created.

Joan and Jim Johnson

October 23, 2012

Bill was always very well thought of by Jim and me, and had been a friend during our visits to CT. We already miss his quick smile, wealth of knowledge, and his generosity to us.

Evelyn Smith

October 22, 2012

Sorry to hear of Uncle Willie passing my Thought and Prayers are with you.

Bruce Nielsen

October 22, 2012

Dear Aunt Lydia,
So sorry to learn of cousin Billy's passing. I recall fondly the summer of 1954 in San Diego.
We hope you are well also.

Mick Toller

October 21, 2012

Willy, you are an inspiration to your family and your people. We'll miss you, and think of you often. We're so proud that our son will forever carry your name. We love you.

Jim Poe

October 21, 2012

I was fortunate to have Bill as a friend while growing up in National City. Some of my fondest memories are of the laughter he created and the pranks he (we) played. He had a nickname for most of us, many of course were of a kiding nature. Bill was an outstanding athlete and musician. I will miss him. Rest in peace brother.

October 19, 2012

I will forever cherish Willie for his selfless acts of love he gave to my daughter during her illness. The memory of her being so engrossed in him and soaking in his spirit will always melt my heart. Willie, fly with love in your heart and be free, let your spirit soar as I know you'll always be with my little one. I'll be watching for you.... A thankful parent