Andrew Morrison 1973-2021

With sadness, love, and profound thanks for the time that we had with him, we are sorry to let you know that Andrew Morrison passed away at Vancouver General Hospital on Thursday, October 14th due to complications associated with cancer.

This news will come as a shock to many. Andrew was fighting an extremely aggressive cancer and it moved fast. Sharing that publicly was not what he wanted. He never wanted to see pity in anyone’s eyes when they were talking to him. He wanted to be treated the way he had always been treated.

Andrew leaves behind his wife, Michelle Sproule, and his two sons James Morrison and Alexander (Pip) Morrison. He also leaves his mother Laura West, his brother Alexander Morrison, and his sister Kate Sinclair Duncan as well as many extended family and friends.

Andrew was a father, husband, and friend as well as a writer, skateboarder, historian, campfire builder, road tripper, dog owner, and Canucks fan. He was gentle, full of love, and always up for adventure. He was fiercely dedicated to his work and his community, but there was nothing in the world more important to him than his family, particularly his sons James and Pip.

Andrew and his wife, Michelle, were best friends, parents and business partners. They built Scout together and to them Scout was never a job, but a privilege and an opportunity. The way they saw it, Scout was a channel to support the people they admired: wave makers, risk takers, and independent spirits who got out there to foster a sense of connectedness within and between our communities. That will not change.

As Andrew and Michelle planned, Scout will remain a voice for small businesses, emerging artists, and real people who want to enrich the world around them.

Instead of focusing on the frustration and sadness we feel about the fact that he had to leave us too soon, we – his family – choose to celebrate the good times we shared while we were together. In that spirit, Michelle has compiled a small gallery of photos below. Please have a look and remember what a beautiful person Andrew was.

Rather than ‘share’ the news of Andrew’s death on social media, we encourage you to go to a local and independently owned restaurant, brewery, bar or café and raise a glass in his honour. That’s the way Andrew would have wanted it.

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There are 124 comments

  1. I am so very sorry to learn this sad news. Scout is a terrific achievement and a legacy. My condolences to his family.

  2. Because this was kept private, it’s such a sad surprise. Sending deep condolences to the entire family, our F&B community, and everyone whose lives Andrew touched.

    He certainly was a special person and everything described here. He will be so missed

  3. I’m am in tears. My condolences Michelle. Please let me know if there is anything I can do.

  4. Gutted. Such a huge loss to this community. Andrew and I would talk about his vision back when he was a waiter, and his drive to achieve it always inspired me to push harder on my own. We dreamed, debated, and collaborated on so many things in the early days, and even when we disagreed it was with a pint in hand and a laugh right after.

    The legacy Andrew leaves casts a large shadow on those that will follow him in his work on building and supporting this community. We all have some heavy lifting to do to catch up.

    I’ll miss you Andrew, thank you for all that you did.

  5. In shock and so saddened by this terrible loss. Condolences to his family and friends.

  6. I am genuinely shocked and saddened to hear this devastating news. My condolences to you Michelle, your sons, and all of Andrew’s family and friends.
    Andrew and Scout gave me my “professional” historical writing start. Andrew had confidence in my ability to tell stories, before I had the confidence in my own ability. I will forever be grateful for that.
    I am going to raise a glass to him right now in one of the many excellent Mount Pleasant watering holes!

  7. This is heart breaking news. My thoughts are with you, Michelle. Every interaction I ever had with Andrew was inspiring and energetic.

  8. This is so sad!

    I will miss Andrew – always ready to listen and he put up with my bad jokes.

    Always enjoyed his way of looking at the world – glad I got to play some golf with him.

    Rest easy Andrew and love to your family – you left us more enlightened and more open-minded.

  9. Andrew is a great person. Never had a ton of interactions but the ones I did, he was very respectful and professional. Definitely a massive loss for everyone that knew him. My heart goes out to his family and friends.

  10. Cheers, Andrew for doing it your way! It’s a shock to hear and such a loss for your family and the culinary community but will raise a glass and toast you and the legacy you have left. Thank you for all you did.

  11. Brilliant write up, for a man that truly brought with him to this earth health and purity that aren’t seen often enough.
    That beauty, for me and my time with Andrew (Shakey then nicknamed) has always been something I’ve cherished and will now more so than ever.
    I’ve missed him for years and having messaged again with him after such a long break was really wonderful.
    I am fortunate, and so appreciate having had him in my
    And am fiercely proud to be able to call him my friend.
    Thankyou for this great article Scout…
    Love you Andrew

  12. So sorry to hear this news. Sending condolences to all his friends and family. His voice will be missed.

  13. Sending you love with this horrible loss. Andrew was a shining light in our city. Shocked and so sad to hear this

  14. Andrew was a fierce ally. He will be greatly missed. Much love to your family.

  15. One of the kindest men I ever met, with so much energy, and a dedication to family and to our city that was (and remains, through Scout) unparalleled. I am so sorry for you loss, Michelle, and for the loss experienced by your two boys. Such a gutting loss for all who knew him, had every been given the opportunity to speak with Andrew (always cheerful, always engaged), and through Scout had become familiar with Andrew’s good works.

  16. Sad news. Always enjoyed time spent with Andrew. And no better supporter of our industry, and its people. He will be missed. Much love to Michelle, James and Pip. ❤️

  17. Oh no! So sorry to learn of this! The local food scene and industry will be diminished by his passing. My condolences to Michelle and the rest of Andrew’s family.

  18. Andrew was a true gentleman and scholar of the culinary world and beyond. You can say what you like about the man but he lived a full life many of us will never come close to and leaves a legacy in this city that will exist forever. Love and strength to Michelle and the kids and everyone who loved Andrew in his personal and professional life – which is thousands of people. We won’t see his likeness again anytime soon.

    Rest In Peace my friend.

  19. Michelle, to you and your family my deepest condolences. I will hold in my heart Andrew’s impish smile and boyish nature. He was a tireless champion of our industry. I have eternal gratitude for the support he gave to all of us who dreamed and started our own businesses. My glass is raised in his honour.

  20. Deep condolences to you, Michelle, and to your family and dear ones. Andrew’s early work (waiterforum) helped me to connect with what would become my hospitality industry family, during a mid-life career change. I am grateful for having met him.

  21. Lighting incense in a cottage in Japan to help him on his journey. Such a shocker, such a loss, such a tribute, such a life ~ raise the glasses and raise your game. Go live live live.

    PS recalling right away sharing the stage with him at Pecha Kucha all star, quite a night + railtown life, invisible alleys, shining a light…

  22. I’m so sorry Michelle, fucking fuck Cancer. Andrew and I went back to the days of Waiterblog. I will miss him dearly.

  23. My deepest condolence to his family and friends! Words can’t describe the loss and sadness.

  24. So gutted. I met Andrew on a press trip to Yosemite and surrounding land. We shared an AirBnB and travelled the area with a small group of travel writers. Spending time with Andrew was one of the greatest experiences of my life. He was a fellow skater (and epic one), a talented impersonator (Christopher Walken), a man with so, so much anthropological and ornithology knowledge, but above all just the kindest, gifted story teller. I could, and did, listen to him tell so many stories that blew my mind. We talked a lot about family and raising children. This is such a loss. Fuck. My heart goes out to Andrew’s boys, Michelle and family.

  25. Terribly saddened by this news. Condolences to all who knew and loved him.

  26. Michelle
    Andrew’s smile and legacy will live on in all the pages of scout as in his children and your heart. His infectious smile was always a bit mischievous and could make you smile. I am saddened to hear of his passing but will definitely go to a local pub to toast his beautiful memory

  27. I was so saddened to read about Andrew’s passing, but so content to see what a very excellent life he led. This is a devastating loss and all I can is that I’m so happy he crossed my path. Andrew saw things in my talents that I couldn’t see for myself and I will always be extremely grateful to him for coming into my life when he did. Much much love to you and your boys, Michelle.

  28. I can’t tell you how devastated I’m to hear this. He took all of us along such a wonderful journey.

    Much condolences to his family and friends.

  29. I am so sorry to hear this news. We are deeply saddened, and wish you and your family much love.

  30. Thank you for the images Michelle, they tell a beautiful story of a wonderful person who will be sorely missed. I’m so sorry for your loss. Hugs and prayers to you and your family.

  31. Truly a pioneer in so many ways – mad respect to all his accomplishments. Will raise a two-hander of a toast to him tonight Michelle.

  32. Such sad news, his insight into and support for Vancouver’s food scene was unique and real. As a photographer I was always amazed and delighted at the synergy between Michelle’s photos and Andrew’s writing, I will absolutely miss that, as will the entire Vancouver restaurant community.

  33. So, so, so incredibly sorry for your family’s loss Michelle.

    So many fond memories during the hey daze of my PR career… I think the best is when Andrew did Christopher Walken at Tinhorn Creek – there may have been some wine involved.

    One could always expect a witty comment, lots of kindness and sometimes a brattiness – all loved and respected equally.

    My thoughts are with you.

  34. So sorry to hear this. My condolences to Michelle and family. As a lifestyle writer, Andrew and Scout were (are) always the ones to watch. Far too young. This makes me sad and angry.

  35. I’m so utterly shocked and devastated to hear this news. Andrew was truly one of a kind, always with a wickedly clever turn of phrase—but also driven by a real passion and devotion to the industry that continued to spur him and Scout to great heights. Our love and heartfelt condolences to Michele the family.

  36. Well this sucks, I didn’t know him but I know that he was the driving force behind this website and I’m sure he would have been a rad guy to have a beer with. Rest in peace Andrew and condolences to you wife, kids, friends and family. And F U cancer.

  37. Andrew was a legend, a true pillar of Vancouver’s restaurant scene. A great writer, a positive and throughtful reviewer. Such a great loss – sincere condolences to Andrew’s beautiful family

  38. My thoughts and condolences go out to Andrew’s family.
    I knew Andrew through the Canadian Culinary Championships where he was our Judge Invigilator for many years. He kept the chefs in line with skill and charm and made we closeted judges’ lives much easier. He was always a joy to be around — even if he was a Canucks fan — and we will miss him dearly at our annual event.

  39. Andrew was such a great guy, whom I really respected and admired and I’m so sad to hear this news.
    Sending lots of love and courage to you Michelle, the boys, family and the scout team.

  40. I’m so sorry to hear of this news Michelle. You and Andrew have worked so hard and succeeded at making Vancouver more interesting, more diverse and more delicious. Thinking of you and your sons.

  41. I am so shocked and saddened to hear this news. My deepest condolences to you and your family, Michelle. I got into food writing in large part because of Andrew: he was such an inspirational presence (and champion) within the restaurant scene and such a talented writer. I will be forever grateful for his influence, guidance, and incisive wisdom. He will be missed by all.

  42. Deepest heartfelt condolences. His departure came much too soon. Love to the family. ❤️

  43. Was very sad to hear this today. My condolences to you, Michelle, and your boys. It was nice getting to know Andrew in the Tofino Food & Wine Festival Days. He was a good man and a good friend to many.

  44. Hello, My name is Reid Hunter I knew Andrew from a time that goes way back to the early 90s skateboarding and hanging out at TURB or MacDonalds for the unfamiliar . I was close with his brother Alex and we had many mutual friends. Years ago I had read an article On one of our friends James Lindsay “Jamer” that Andrew had written about him after he passed on. It was a wonderful read and I enjoyed it very much.
    My condolences to his wife and 2 boys. To his mother and siblings. Also his close friends.


  45. I don’t know Andrew, but I’ve been an avid reader of his work for 20+ years, starting when he worked for the Westender and through all his endeavours since. He help inspire my love of food and passion for the independent restaurant scene. He had a way with words, he created a visceral experience where I could taste the food he was describing and I hung on his every word. His his passing will be felt throughout the industry. My deepest condolences.

  46. Fuck cancer.

    Andrew and I worked together at my first restaurant job, he must have just been back from uni in Cape Town and was living across from Market Square. We had some great times and late night shenanigans and he will be missed.

    Condolences to his family and all of those who knew and loved him. Rest in Power.

  47. Moving here from the island 7 years ago, Scout helped me discover some of the best of my new home. Though I did not know Andrew, the beauty of who he obviously was shone through in what he created… I wish you whatever peace and comfort you can garnish in what must be incredible pain. He shared more than he knew, and I will be thinking of his family tonight.

  48. So deeply sorry, Michelle. Thank you for your lovely words and for the beautiful pictures.

  49. Such a shock. I’ve been following along since the Waiterblog days. An inquisitive, whipsmart, and generous spirit. We will toast the adventures taken on his guidance with warmth and appreciation. Sending strength to his people.

  50. Michelle and family, I’m deeply sorry for your loss. Andrew was a champion of the independent restaurant, and always supported the small guys. He wrote a heart-warming tribute of my restaurant Cru, nine years after it closed! He will be sorely missed, but his legacy will live on. Love,

  51. I did not know the man but Vancouver has lost an important voice re the hospitality/food scene, and therefore the city’s cultural health. RIP Mr. Morrison.

  52. So, so sorry and sad to hear this news. Andrew was such a wonderful mentor to me and I’m so grateful for the support and kindness you both showed me over the years. I owe Andrew a lot. Thank you.

  53. Fucking tragic. Always enjoyed the off chance of running into him at some restaurant or bar late in the evening after work because it meant a great conversation on a myriad of interesting and off beat topics could be had. My condolences to Michelle and family.

  54. I am so sad to learn that we have lost a beautiful soul. Andrew was a thoughtful and generous writer who never hesitated to support new ideas and new restaurants, he is also honest and passionate about what he does. This is such a shock, true condolences to the family. Andrew, I will miss our conversation and your wisdom, rest in peace my friend.

  55. Michelle, I am so sorry. I know what a fantastic team you were, and how gracious and smart and kind Andrew was. I am so glad you had so many great adventures together. You reach a certain age and you know a lot of people who die, but this one is a real gut-wrencher. The height of unfairness. Head up, forward into the breach, Michelle. I can’t imagine what it’s like for you and your kids.

  56. Andrew – you created community, you championed people, you inspired movements. I am eternally grateful for all the opportunities you afforded me early in my career. Thank you for letting me write for you. I loved working with your son at Savio. You raised great kids. Michelle my sincerest condolences to you and your family.

  57. A shadow across my heart.
    My deepest condolences to the family, but know this he made a difference! Our industry lost a giant, a great supporter over the years, truly one of the greats.
    -Andrea just do it!!

    Thx Andrew

  58. This is such a sad shock, and a deep loss to the restaurant community and beyond. My sincere condolences to all who knew and loved him.

  59. What a huge and shocking loss. Sending so much love your way Michelle, James and Pip — cannot imagine how difficult this is to lose Andrew – an amazing person. You’re all in my thoughts 💔❤️

  60. One of the utmost trusted names in food in Vancouver, this gentleman will be dearly missed. My sincere condolences to Andrew’s family and friends. F**k cancer.

  61. Sending you and your family strength and solace during this time. RIP Andrew. Thank you for your dedication.

  62. Your photos Michelle, capture the light of his living soul. They are a forever portal back to who Andrew was and the energy we all felt when he was around. My condolences to your family and the infinite community mourning his brutal loss. 🧡

  63. Michelle this is heartbreaking- I am so very sorry for your loss. I felt a kindred spirit in Andrew (and you!) upon first meeting and I know without a doubt that he will be sorely missed in Vancouver. These photos are absolutely beautiful and moving. ❤️

  64. Sending so much love to the family. Always loved serving Andrew – so supportive and kind. I loved when Michelle came and worked in the dish pit at KT. Class act that couple ♥️

  65. Fuck Cancer.
    We has some fun times together at food events outings back in the day when Scout was just starting out. I had/have much respects for him and his writing. A great voice for the Vancouver food scene and a friendly human all around. All my condolences. Gone Way too soon.

  66. I’m incredibly saddened to hear this. Deepest condolences Michelle and family❤️
    When we first started Painted Rock Andrew’s generous attention and profiling had a profoundly important impact on connecting us to our broader restaurant/ culinary community. That bond continued to be reinforced over the years. A gem of a person to know and work with. He will be truly missed.

  67. Discovering Andrew’s writing through Scout inspired our love for Vancouver’s food scene even though we live out in Abbotsford. We’ve dined our way through most of the restaurants ever listed on the Scout 25, nourishing many friendships in the process. I’m so sorry to hear this tragic news and of your loss of a man so widely and dearly loved.

  68. Very sad news to hear. Andrew contributed so much to our community. He always listened and seemed to truly understand so much about this industry. We are a sadder place without him. Condolences to the his family, he loved you all so much.

  69. Incredibly sad news. I’m so sorry for your loss Michelle and family.

    Thank you Andrew. Your words and support did so much for so many scrappy small business owners like myself. What a legacy.

    Too soon.

  70. My sincere condolences to Andrews family during this very difficult time.
    I was unaware and this is a shock to lose such a young vibrant man.
    I enjoyed many a laugh over a few drinks at Gold Medal Plates as a fellow judge and will raise a glass and enjoy some local fare in his memory this weekend.

  71. It meant so much to this young aspiring writer to meet Andrew in-person when he spoke to our Publishing class at CapU some 11-12 years back. I’d already admired his work at Scout and his real-world insight made a big impression. Feeling gratitude as well as sadness; sending condolences to his friends, family, and followers.

  72. Disbelief. Shock. Sadness. It hits hard when one of your peers is gone so unexpectedly.
    Andrew always brought something new to the conversation—wine, a restaurant opening, a question, or a comment—that enriched the debate.
    A Fond Farewell to a Friend in Hospitality. Andrew will be missed.

  73. I’m sad, friend. Coming up together in this industry, maturing and changing careers.You were always available for advice and a good laugh. We had similar perspectives on food and service, you were a lot more forgiving than I at times about service. ; ) We shared a deep love for Dinosaur Jr… I am sad that I never got to hear your backstage stories.

    It comforts me to picture you raising a glass with our dear friends that we lost before you. I know you are lookin’ out. Our community will be doing the same for Michelle and the boys, respecting their wishes to be grateful for the time we had with you. We will continue to support SCOUT as SCOUT has always supported us, with a deep love of community, unwavering loyalty and sincere gratitude.

    🥃To you, Andrew!

  74. Learning about Andrew’s life, it has made me feel immensely proud that I too was a server in this industry. That was 25 years ago, at the Cafe Fleuri in Le Meridien Hotel (now Sutton Place). Looking back, I now appreciate every over 15% tip, every amazing buss-boy/girl working in my section, every frantic 5 minute meal before or after the rush, and even every time I got stiffed, so I can curse the assholes with the shift crew. This industry has been so good for so many people… Thank you Andrew for making it better.

  75. So shocking that Andrew left us way too soon. He was such a huge voice and supporter for the local F&B scene. Condolences to Michelle and family

  76. The saddest news.

    I didn’t know Andrew but am forever grateful for his work at Scout. It changed the way I experienced Vancouver during my years in the city. Sending light to his family and friends.

  77. OMG, the Vancouver food scene has lost a gem. This is a strong reminder for us to live each day to the fullest, which I suspect Andrew did. Scout is a lovely legacy, and it will continue to flourish.

  78. Shocked and saddened to hear this news.

    I met Andrew years ago while working at Boneta and never a kinder, more humble patron there was. Sitting at the bar with a pint and a smile is how I’ll remember him.

    My thoughts and love go out to Michelle and the boys. I’m so terribly sorry for your immense loss.

  79. I’ve had the pleasure of spending time with Andrew over the years, he was a kind person and a staple in creating food culture in Vancouver. A true van-lifer too! He will be dearly missed, condolences to Michelle and the family.

  80. This is such sad news. Andrew was such a warm, engaging person and a strong voice for the hospitality community. His presence will be missed but his impact will live on. My condolences to his family and close friends.

  81. A great life lived by a true mensch. Fortunately, Andrew’s legacy means he will not be forgotten. Condolences to everyone that loved him.

  82. Never met Andrew, but I read a lot of his articles and loved what a personal experience he made each of his pieces.

    I’ll miss connecting with the familiar voice of this stranger.

    Vaya Con Dios, Andrew

  83. My deepest condolences to you and your family Michelle.

    I remember the first time I met Andrew was at Lumiere and Feenie’s where I had just been hired as the restaurant PR. I didn’t know anything about restaurants at the time but Andrew inspired me to want to learn it all. We became colleagues and friends, and I remember him talking to me about starting Scout, and the vision he had to create something truly special for the city. I was in awe of his courage to blaze a trail, and I think many of us are where we are because the two of you took those first steps ahead of us. One thing I know for sure: our city is forever better because he was in it.

    I feel blessed to have known him. To have felt the reward of his smile. To experience the gentleness of his nature. Rest In Peace, Andrew.

  84. I first met Andrew in high school, always in the journalism room across the hall from my locker and the darkroom. Ines is my best friend and I spent many nights drinking beer and debating with Andrew. There was never any doubt that Andrew would become something great, that he would make it as a writer, and he did. He was always reading and always writing (or talking about reading and writing) and he was smart and clever with the most infuriating wit. I send my most heartfelt condolences to his family. This news comes as such a shock. I dedicate the next step of my journey to you old friend. You worked hard and did great things. I raise my glass. xo

  85. So sad to read this, but grateful that you shared with the community because we all care and we are your fans. Lots of love to you and your family.

  86. Grateful to Andrew’s dedicated to this community. Sending my love to you and your family Michelle x

  87. What a terrible shock, and what a great loss to Vancouver’s restaurant community. Sending so much love to Michelle and the kids. Andrew, I will raise a glass to you tonight. Thank you for your kindness and unwavering support of our local restaurants. You will be dearly missed.

  88. Goddamn. Never met the man, but as a service-industry guy and a writer, I sure appreciated what he did. RIP.

  89. Awful news. I feel like I learned a fair amount from him just by observing his love for Vancouver, for food, and for the industry and the people in it. Never a sour note – just love and solid values, each and every time he wrote a post.

  90. What an exceptional human we have lost! The wry wit, the clever play on words, the youthful energy, the deep thoughtfulness, the determined advocate, the adventurer, gentleman, and dedicated family man.
    We are so very lucky to have shared meals, drinks, and conversation with Andrew.
    Sending love and blessings to you and the boys, ❤️🌲🍺

  91. I am shocked and saddened to hear of Andrew’s passing. And my condolences to his bereaving wife, Michelle, and his sons, James and Pip.

    I knew Andrew in a professional sense as a fellow food journalist. I have strong memories of his wit, depth of knowledge… of him being the smartest guy in the room.

  92. I am so incredibly shocked and saddened to hear this news. So much love and support goes out to his family and friends. Such a devastating loss for everyone. He did so much for the Vancouver restaurant community, and championed local writers to contribute to one of the coolest publications this city has ever seen. Rest peacefully Andrew. Thank you for making this city a better place.

  93. Such sad news, an absolute champion pushing Vancouver forward on so many levels. Andrew was always lifting those around him up and a true example of work-life balance. Our condolences to Michelle, family and all who loved him.

  94. An absolute legend. Always will be. Andrew is the reason so many independent entrepreneurs had a successful start to their businesses. From the hundreds and hundreds of businesses and thousands of people positively impacted, he sure has unbelievably special legacy

  95. The beautiful tributes here are such a glowing testament to how incredible Andrew was. I’ll forever be grateful for his support and work. My sincere condolences to Michelle and the boys.

  96. I am heartbroken for your family, am so sorry for your loss of Andrew far too young.

    I didn’t know Andrew, but have followed what you both built with Scout since its inception. I worked in the restaurant industry for almost a decade in my twenties, and then in publishing–I have always deeply admired what you did for the restaurant community and this city, that you created something so needed, with its own voice, and managed to earn a living and raise a family while doing so.

    Thank you for all you’ve given. I hope you are supported in your grief and that you continue this work, eventually, if you choose. Thank you for sharing a bit about Andrew and your family with all of us.

  97. So terribly sad and shocked to hear of Andrew’s passing. Much love to you all. He was a force in the industry and touched many of us throughout the years. The outpouring of support and love is a testament to his legacy and impact.

  98. So very sorry to hear – our deepest condolences from the VCC family to yours. Love that in this difficult time, you invite us all to celebrate Andrew by getting out there to visit our local restaurants and share good meals with friends and family. Will do so tonight, and raise a glass in his honour…

  99. Never got to meet Andrew, but as a fellow food and wine writer, always admired his writing.. even sent in a fan letter after that horrendous, so-called critic left and Andrew replaced her at the Westender.. hope all the support you receive carries you through..

  100. I never met Andrew in person but I had some bits of correspondence with him over the years and was a member of his forums and then followed and read Scout Magazine.

    I have had periodic visits to Vancouver and they were enhanced by what I learned from his writing about the restaurant, beverage and food industry. I visited many restaurants and had wonderful food experiences that I might have otherwise missed. I also appreciated learning more about the challenges of starting, running and maintaining a restaurant. While Andrew provided reviews, he also provided context, analysis and always in a wonderful story telling manner.

    Many people world-wide are rethinking the traditional idea of restaurant reviews and how to make analysis more relevant. It is easier to critique a restaurant in the media and then ‘let the chips fall’ than to acknowledge the immense effort, imagination, vision and sheer hard work to start and sustain a restaurant. I knew that Andrew and Michelle’s goal was the latter and they did it very well and that will continue.

    Andrew’s background in the industry and his writing skills provided a way for restaurants and other food related businesses to expand their base of people that knew about them. I felt that Scout had developed into such an informative site and wished that I had something similar in my own province.

    “How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard”. A.A. Milne (Winnie The Pooh). Each dear person in our life makes a space in our hearts. When their lifespan is shortened, we have the joy of having or knowing them and the bittersweet pain of remembering when they’re gone. All of this is to say that I am so, so saddened by his passing and wanted to salute and acknowledge his gifts he gave us while he was here. I didn’t know him personally but feel like I have lost a friend.

    My sympathy and condolences to Michelle and their sons. From reading many interviews that he provided over the years, I could tell of his true partnership with Michelle and his pride and joy in his sons.

  101. I’m so sad to hear this news, what an unanticipated loss. My heartfelt condolences to Andrew’s family and friends. I’ve enjoyed reading Scout since the beginning.

  102. I was so sorry to read about Andrews passing. Many years ago I had the joy of getting to know Michelle and Andrew and James and Pip when they all used Gordon House child care. My heart goes out to you all.

  103. Our deepest condolences, Michelle.

    Andrew was there three months before we opened. He was there before the tables and chairs, and before any spirits were even distilled.

    Since 2013, Scout has been an integral part of our success welcoming us into a community of like-minded small business owners, as well as discerning Vancouverites thirsty for all things new and cool.

    Andrew will be missed dearly but we know he will live on in the Scout community. We are so grateful for your support and we are always here to support you in return.

    We raise a glass in his honour. 🥃

  104. So sad to hear this Michelle, such a shock, such a sweet family. Thank you for sharing the wonderful photos of Andrew and your boys, they were clearly his pride and joy. I will raise a glass in his honour tonight, what a legend, all my love, my heart goes out to you all. Thank you for all your support over the years, you and Andrew were such a force, here for you Xxxxxxxxxx

  105. Andrew’s influence on independent producers of food, drink and experiences was profound. We admire his warmth, wit and passion for so many things, most of all his family. We treasure the time we spent with him and send our heartfelt thoughts to Michelle, James and Pip. Michelle, your photographs say it all.

    Virginia, John & boys

  106. Thank you for sharing this information so eloquently with verse and photos…
    It seems like yesterday we were sitting at the bar at the Beach House watching the Canucks. I was a shitty friend and was too busy all the years since for Andrew. I am gutted.

    What a special soul on so many levels.

  107. My deepest condolences to you Michelle and your sweet boys. Very heartbreaking. Always admired both you and Andrew (such a thoughtful and fantastic writer) and the incredible work you did together and the community you helped build. Rest peacefully, Andrew. Beautiful photos of a life well lived.

  108. We are so so sorry to hear of Andrew’s death. It was so fast, so unexpected for all of us in the UK. We send our love to Michelle and her boys and all our Canadian family.
    Colin and Jane( Brighton)

  109. I never met Andrew but he was clearly a remarkable person who created richness in his community and for his family. I have never met Michelle or Pip, but James is my son’s friend and I have found it hard to not be affected this sad event. My condolences to Michelle, James and Pip.

  110. Andrew was the glue that brought us together as a community. His commitment to the workers in our industry and not just the flash of the opening night or an award was a difference maker. We will miss his nurturing and enthusiastic support and his ability to rally the troops for a good cause. Too fucking soon.

  111. I remember so very vividly when Andrew would come for a visit and sit at the bar at Aurora on Main Street before Scout was even born. In those moments, our tiny kitchen always sparked to life and the boys were instantly enlivened; without a doubt, their brother was in the house. I was the fresh one, new to everything, and it was the first time that I experienced the very particular fellowship that can grow from a small business built on Community, capital C. It was the first time that I became aware of the power of hospitality not just in how we work but in how we live . . . how we exist with one another. Thank you so much Andrew and Michelle for sparking the magic and expanding our world. We salute you and will continue to salute you. Together, you have created a perpetually life-giving space here for us to anchor — many of us complete strangers mind you, and many who have moved away. You’ve built something that will continue to spur us into beautiful action in countless different ways. xx

  112. What a loss, to Andrew’s family in particular, but also to his larger family in the food world. His work has mattered and made a difference. My own connection with Andrew has been limited through the years but always occurred in lovely fun ways centering around food and wine. I will always remember him for his joyous pleasure in great food and beverages, and for his loyalty and service to Vancouver, the city where I became a young woman. Andrew, salut. Rest peacefully. My condolences to Michelle on your loss. Tonight we will raise a glass.

  113. I am so very sorry to hear of your family’s deep loss and the loss to the community. I feel like I knew Andrew from his wonderful writing. Thinking of you and we will keep reading and appreciating your wonderful, positive outlook on Vancouver.

  114. I am so sorry and embarrassed I did not notice my iPad did an autocorrect of “Scout” to “Sprout” when I left my condolences.