Obituary: Andre Simonpietri
Andre Simonpietri died near his Glenshire home on March 13,2011, a week after turning 18.Andre was a phenomenal freestyle skier who has won a Jonny Moseley USSA Far West Award, 3rd Place Big Air Sports Illustrated Next Snow Search and 1st Place USSA Junior Olympics Overall Halfpipe. He was invited to the Open Qualifier of the Winter Dew Tour Halfpipe competition for the past three years. He was born in Marin County and moved in 1995 to Truckee, where he began skiing with his father at the age of 2. A natural on skis, Andre entered his first mogul competition at age 5 and was winning J5 1st place awards skiing for Alpine Meadows Freestyle Team by the age of 9.A resume he wrote for himself in the 9th grade reflects his passion for the sport: andamp;#8220;An objective for the 2007/2008 ski season is to consistently land difficult tricks on snow which include switch 12’s and under, switch and straight 7’s, right 9’s, and switch 7’s both ways in the pipe. To qualify for the Freestyle Junior Olympics and Nationals; I want to finish first in my division and in the top 5 overall for all the events I enter. I also plan on attending the US Open, Aspen Open, Big Bear Open and hopefully WSI in Canada.andamp;#8221; Many kids and professionals looked up to Andre and were inspired by his natural abilities that it was an honor to share the podium or stand atop the halfpipe with him. But none loved and admired him so much as his little brother, Austin, who wrote this about him recently:andamp;#8220;The competition that he loved and did the most was the Halfpipe. Andre always had a go to run just in case the conditions weren’t conducive for his biggest tricks. He started his run out dropping in forward and boosting 10-15 feet out of the pipe with corked-out 540 tail grab spinning left. His next hit was a right-side corked out 900. Then on his third hit he did a left-side corked-out 900 tail grab. After he stomped that, he went into his 4th hit, which was an ally-oop flat spin 360 Japan grab, which he landed switch and went into his last hit and took off switch (backwards) and did a switch corked-out 900. Andre performed this run in the Dew Tour qualifiers in December, 2008 and finished in 7th place qualifying for the tour and competing against the best halfpipe skiers in the World.andamp;#8220;Andre skied with style and fluidity that can’t be matched, and he put his style into every little turn, flip, and spin. He just made everything look so easy and effortless. Brotherly love. See more here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kvSGcyZ4vLA.andamp;#8221;Amber, his lovable sister, wants Andre to be remembered as a smart child and respected kid. Her fondest memories are having trampoline sessions with him, teaching her the basic skills that are the foundation of all tricks on the snow, and soccer matches in which Andre and Amber teamed up against Austin. andamp;#8220;Who schooled who, depends on who you talk to,andamp;#8221; she said.Andre attended Glenshire Elementary, Alder Creek Middle School, Forest Charter School, Truckee High School, Custom Learning Academy, Sierra High School, Cold Stream Alternative School and Placer Community School. He loved arts education, especially drawing, PE, skateboarding at the park and, most importantly, his friends including the girls.As a child, Andre was fascinated by nature, bringing home blue-bellied lizards by the dozens. Once, on a July 4th camping trip at Donner Lake, he and friends even found a scorpion and a bat’s nest.Parents of his friends remember him as an incredibly kind and caring kid who was patient enough even at the age of six to teach younger boys to ride a bike for the first time without training wheels.andamp;#8220;Whatever he did, he made it look easy,andamp;#8221; one friend wrote. andamp;#8220;He had the rare gift of bringing others to participate in life’s joys.andamp;#8221;His mother remembers that he could play the piano simply by listening to chords, a talent he revealed one day by surprising her when he sat down and played. From skiing to skateboarding to fishing, where he literally felt his way through the water with a finger on the line, Andre was in tune with his environment. The last fishing trip he did with his dad in the Fall at Prosser Creek, he caught a 5-pound German Brown 24andamp;#8221; on an Ultralight Ugly Stick using a Panther Martin Spinner on 6-pound test. It was largest trout trophy fish he had caught.There was a timeless quality about Andre that will be remembered and missed by those who knew him. He couldn’t relate to the rules and boundaries around our society; many he challenged along the way. He would say, andamp;#8220;It’s OKandamp;#8221; or andamp;#8220;Why is everyone making such a big deal? Just relax. Everyone can be so uptight.andamp;#8221; It was refreshing to see the world through Andre’s eyes. He wanted to live without boundaries and rules. He was a beautiful, big blue-eyed boy and became a beautiful young man whose capacity for love and acceptance engendered him to many. He was possessed of a talent that was untapped and sadly misunderstood. His passing has inspired spiritual leaders to share their awakenings with others. It has created a catalyst to new beginnings, which will encourage others to see their passion of great brilliance within.Andre embodied limitless abilities, and one of them was mystical in nature. He sought to understand what he couldn’t see. A new humanity is coming, and these children will be our guiding lights. For more information about a future blog on the catalytic effects of Andre’s passing towards the shift of enlightenment and truth, please check back to his Care Pages for updates.Andre is survived by his mom and dad, Susie and Ange Simonpietri of Truckee. His brother, Austin, 16, will always remember his brother as the andamp;#8220;fun-loving dudeandamp;#8221; he looked up to; his little sister, Amber, who was born when he was eight, was the love of his life and will forever protect her; his grandmother, Theresa Cilia, 91, of Corte Madera, uncles and aunts John andamp; Barbara Cilia of Sebastopol, Joe andamp; Erin Cilia of Novato and many cousins in the San Francisco Bay Area and throughout the world in Corsica, Malta and Australia.His dog, Shadow, was with him to the end.We will miss him tons, and we wish him well on his journey, knowing he is with us in sprit.From the family, thank you to friends, spiritual leaders and family across the world for their love, trust and support. The service was beautifully enlightening, meals have been made with love, and the flowers are of Spring andamp;#8212; New Beginnings.Friends have set up a care page for Andre Simonpietri. Visit http://www.carepages.com, search for Andre Simonpietri and scroll down the page to find his name. Feel free to contribute your thoughts or memories about Andre. Donations can be made to: Truckee Tahoe Community Foundation, and add in Memo: Andre Simonpietri; or LTF for Teens, mailed to: PO Box 366, Truckee, CA 96160 or online at TTCF.net, click on Donate Now, scroll down and check Make a Gift in Memory and enter Andre or LTF for Teens. Love, Trust andamp; Forgiveness for Teens is a fund that will support teens in their journey of self-reflection of light.
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