Andrew John Dawes, 104 Leech Rd, Greenville, PA passed away at his home, on January 4, 2017 from diabetic complications.  He was born in Ft. Worth Texas on February 21, 1966 to John and Ardath Dawes. He was 50 years old.

He attended Greenville High School and Corinth Christian Academy.  For several years he owned and operated Valley Guitar Center in Sharon, PA and was known as a gifted guitar player.  Recently he operated an on-line business.

Andrew had a unique artistic ability evident in his paintings, collages, mobiles and other projects.  He was an avid reader and watcher of educational and documentary content on YouTube. He could converse on almost any topic – except sports.  He also used his creativity in writing meaningful poems and songs sharing his Christian faith.  He was involved in AA, volunteering his time, leading meetings and reaching out to others and Andrew was often seen around town riding his motorized bicycle.

He is survived by his parents, brothers David and wife Dorothy of Arlington, Texas, Mark and wife Beth, of Sharon, PA, a sister Elaine and husband Jeffrey Darville of Cranberry Twp, PA; 5 nieces and nephews.



  1. Randy & Sylvia Kuhn Randy & Sylvia Kuhn
    January 7, 2017    

    My deepest sorrow in hearing that the Lord has called Andy home. I’ve spent a lot of time with Andy, discovering and rediscovering our spiritual connection with God. I know I’ve grown spiritually through our lengthy conversations and pray that I might have helped him in some way. Andy has made countless friends in AA; some of whom who have already passed and will be holding that great AA meeting in heaven. May God grant you comfort in these difficult time. One thing we had discussed often was our passing from this life on earth to eternal life with Our Father. Andy often exclaimed that we shouldn’t feel sorrow, but rather rejoice in the fact that our loved ones are now in the presence of Our Creator who presides over Heaven and earth.

  2. Barbie Holdren and Andy Moore Barbie Holdren and Andy Moore
    January 7, 2017    

    So sorry for your loss. Andy and I had a lot of good times. He will be greatly missed. Now. he is playing his beautiful music in Heaven.

  3. Dawes Association president, Janie Melton Sihilling Dawes Association president, Janie Melton Sihilling
    January 8, 2017    

    Sending deepest sympathy in the loss of you son, Andy.
    Janie Melton Sihilling
    Dawes Association President

  4. Jeff conner Jeff conner
    January 8, 2017    

    I am sorry for all of you. Drew was a good friend to have. I know he was a good brother and son to his family. Share and keep the memories.

  5. Sherri Robinson Sherri Robinson
    January 8, 2017    

    So very sorry to hear of Drew’s passing. I have a lot of good memories of Drew from our teen years. Praying for God to give your family peace and comfort during this difficult time.

  6. Linda & Bob Haslett Linda & Bob Haslett
    January 8, 2017    

    May the Lord give you comfort and peace during this difficult time.

  7. Carolyn Miller Carolyn Miller
    January 8, 2017    

    So sorry to hear about Andys passing. Always had a guitar in hand if not close by. Have good memories of our teen years. Quiet and gentle soul. May Gods peace comfort you all at this time.

  8. bobby w riggs bobby w riggs
    January 9, 2017    

    though i have tears in my eyes my heart rejoices knowing the lord has called you home ,and thank you for sharing the musical gift god give you and the transformation seen through out our families and friends ,praise god for you and your family

  9. Sean McConnor Sean McConnor
    January 12, 2017    

    My condolences to your family. I got to know Andy as an acquantaince through the Valley Guitar Shop and Bruce Dunkle, a mutial friend. Andy worked on a couple of my guitars. He was a very skilled craftsman and talented musician. My sympathies during this tough time. Glad to have met him.

  10. Bruce Dunkle Bruce Dunkle
    January 12, 2017    

    Andy was my best friend during those formative adolescent years. He was easy to be around because of his kindness, creativity, and mostly his fantastic sense of humor. Music was a common bond, and we were serious music critics at the age of 13. We wrote scripts for adventures that we would act out on a portable tape recorder. I lost touch with Andy for several years, but when I found out that he had his own guitar shop, I had to stop by. I had an electric 12-string guitar that needed some work, and Andy worked his magic. The guitar never sounded better, before or since. During this time we had a chance to catch up and do a lot of “remember when…”. I’m thankful I was able spend some time with Andy. Having a kindred spirit such as Andy for a friend is something I will always cherish.
    You have my deepest sympathy.

  11. Anonymous Anonymous
    May 7, 2019    

    I’m so sorry to hear of Andy’s passing. We dated years ago and although we went different directions I will always remember what an interesting and kind person he was. I can still play a 12 bar blues turn around thanks to him patiently showing me over and over. He had so much love for music and teaching other people about it. I’ve never heard anyone that could play Stevie Ray the way he could. We had a lot of good times together and I hope he is still playing music on the best vintage guitar ever. My sincere condolences to his family.

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