Andrew Lee Wong

07/08/1963 - 05/28/2020

Obituary for Andrew Lee Wong

Andrew Lee Wong, age 56, passed away on Thursday May 28, after a full and vibrant life.

Andy was born July 8, 1963, in Jerome Idaho to parents Sam and Annie Wong. He and his younger brother John grew up working in the family’s restaurant, which started him on a lifelong love of food and creating fantastic meals. According to Andy, he was always in the back cooking or peeling potatoes, while his brother was up front taking the money, a pattern that Andy swore continued into adulthood. As a kid he loved the mountains, and often went camping, hiking, hunting and skiing.

Andy married Sally Lloyd on July 1, 1989. Their son Alex was born on August 17, 1992. Andy loved his family to the fullest, and he poured all his love and passion into being an amazing husband and dad. He was extremely caring and supportive, putting the interests of his family above his own, and constantly found unique ways to bring happiness to those around him. One cannot describe how so very proud he was of his son Alex, and we are grateful that Andy was able to see his son graduate from medical school.

Andy completed his bachelor’s degree in Chemistry at the University of Idaho (1985) and his doctorate in Physical Chemistry at the University of Utah (1990). He started his career at Procter & Gamble, and after positions in several corporations he created his own company focused on product innovation. He had a unique talent of drawing out amazing ideas from groups of people with different mindsets, allowing creativity to flourish.

Andy brought passion and vibrancy to everything he did, whether ballroom dancing, running marathons, traveling the world, or throwing big parties that involved food from around the world. Just hours before he passed away, he was taking a dance lesson with his wife Sally, as always, doing what he loved.

Andy is survived by his wife Sally and son Alex, his mother Annie Wong Thomason and her husband Bruce, his brother John Wong and his husband Greg Combs, numerous in-laws, nieces and nephews, and countless friends.

There will be a small, private memorial service at Webster Funeral Home.

On June 13, there will be a virtual celebration of life to allow Andy’s extended family and many friends to gather together to honor this amazing man. Details about the celebration, and how to share your memories/photos are available on this public Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/AndyWongMemorial/
(you do not need an account to view the page).

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Andrew Lee Wong Memorial Scholarship with the GSBA Scholarship Fund, 400 E Pine, Ste 322, Seattle WA 98122. To make an online donation, simply go to thegsba.org.

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Sally, Alex and family- We are very sorry for your loss. Andy always made me and everyone around him laugh. I met him in graduate school in Utah. We had a really good group, but Andy was especially adept at everything. A really smart and kind soul- he certainly was a great person to be around. Even when something would not work on the challenging experiments he was running; he would yell out some exclamation (not repeatable) but always had his big smile- and it would only make him more resolved to make ihis experiment work, which they inevitably did. At late night we would take breaks from work play Nerf basketball in basement of Chemistry building , arguing and inventing new rules. He use to buy rice in grad school in 50lb bags- who does that? He was very entrepreneurial with his thinking- taking ownership in everything he did. I learned a lot from him - he was always positive, thoughtful, funny and really good with the big picture on everything. I hope the memories and celebration of his life helps bring comfort. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.
- Mike Weaver
The world will be a different place now. Andy was a special person and you two a wonderful couple. God bless and help you and his entire family through this tragedy. The world has suffered a great loss.
- wand rohs
Dear Sally, I was devastated to hear of Andy's passing. I recall the lively gatherings at your home with the EDL crew and Andy serving as chef and host along with you. He was a terrific person. Words cannot adequately capture our sorrow for the loss of such a fine man. I am sending love and support to you and Alex.
- Judy Rogers
I am so very sorry to hear of Andy's passing and so grateful to have known him. I worked with Andy when I joined GP in 2009. He was extremely knowledgeable and thoughtful and pushed those around him to think deeply about their work. He had great passion and curiosity and I found myself reading constantly to keep up with him. During the two years we worked closely together, I studied more, learned more, and was more fulfilled than I've ever been in my career. Moreover, I got to know a genuinely good person. My fondest memory of Andy was the night he came to our house in Atlanta for dinner after a long day of meetings. He showed up with wine, groceries, and gifts for our kids and then cooked us an amazing meal. We had such a great time talking about life, wine, food and family and I realized how much he poured his energy and enthusiasm into everything he did. I am so fortunate to have known him and I am heartbroken for Sally, Alex and all who loved him.
- Jason Ippen
Dearest Sally & Alex and all of your family - I am so saddened to learn about the sudden loss of Andy. May you know that many friends are praying that God will heal your broken hearts. May your hearts have peace in knowing that he loved you so much. My memories of Andy is that he always had a smile and a willing heart to help others. Andy was an example of how we all should always enjoy life and help others. We can all honor Andy by extending his example of love to others. May God give you peace and comfort knowing that he touched so many lives and those who knew him were better and blessed by God. I imagine that Andy is in Heaven Waltzing and dancing with the other Angels. Diana Gibbs
- Diana Gibbs
Dear Sally & Family, Andy was one of the first leaders to reach out to me as a younger hire . Always with bold humility he stoked fires within people and within myself. He planted the seeds of responsibility we should have for one another, and he helped to open and empower many eyes and hearts. We are stronger, and I am a better sister / mother / friend / mentor because of Andy. For that I am forever grateful.
- Su Chang
Andy had a huge, loving, open heart. He was one of the most generous people I have ever known - generous with everyone he knew. His smile and laugh lit up the room. He was always willing to try the new experience and share that experience. I remember playing cards every week... Andy letting me drive his corvette around Salt Lake City... playing with our boys as toddlers down in the creek and on the bulldozers... It was a joy to share Andy and Sally's travels and dancing vicariously over Facebook. Andy was courageous too, always speaking his mind thoughtfully and opening up himself to others. There is a hole in our lives.
- Sally Hunnicutt
Unfortunately, a tragic and unexpected loss leads one to reflect on individuals who have touched our hearts and shaped our lives. I knew Andy was someone special and unique as soon as he arrived at the U and joined the Harris research group. His passion for learning, his intellect, work ethic, humility, infectious smile, playfulness, and joyous laughter are some of the enduring qualities I remember and cherish. I witnessed Andy's personal strength, resilience, and agape love for family when his father tragically became ill. It was clear to me as soon as I met Sally that she and Andy were soulmates and adored each other deeply and equally. His love knew no end for Alex, his brother John, and mother. Alex...he was so proud of you. What is there not to love about Andy? My heart grieves for Sally and Alex, and their extended family. God bless them and Andy. Peace my dear friend.
- Mike Hunnicutt
Our families grew up together. We had many great times and alot of great laughes. You will be greatly missed by your friends! We will cherish the memories of years passed in our hearts forever! We love you! RIP ANDY.
- Susan Murray
One of the nicest guys I've ever known. And generous to all-- especially to those of us who kept Sally so busy and away from home so often. A Prince of a human.
- Kate Rousmaniere
Dear Sally and Alex and Family , Andy was an inspiration for me as we worked for many years at P&G and post P&G days. His passion for what he believed in , his creativity and his transparency always stood out in all his engagements. He was very proud of his family and Alex accomplishments. It's a terrible loss for all of us. We pray his Soul Rest In Peace and God give all of you strength to bear this big loss. Andy will live in our memory forever. Shekhar Mitra
- Shekhar mitra
We have lost a precious soul. Andy was a wise, kind-hearted, caring person with a quick smile. I got to know him during our Consulting Pairs training and work. He was such a compasionate person. He will be missed by many. Sally, Alex, and family, I am so sorry for your loss.
- Marilyn Teal
Dear Sally and Alex, we are heartsick for your loss of Andy, a wonderful husband and father and all around human being. Although its been many years, we will always remember the good times we had as part of the P&G family. Andy and I bonded over our love for cars and Rottweilers. He took me on several car shopping trips, scaring the heck out of the salesperson during the test drives. Judy and I still smile at the picture of Andy holding our infant daughter Lauren, next to our Rottweiler Baron. Lauren was only 4 months older than Alex, and still talks about Andy's pot stickers. Andy made the world is a better place and it was a privilege to have known him. Deepest condolences, Greg and Judy
- Greg and Judy
Dear Sally, Andy's family and friends - I had the privilege of working with Andy at P&G's Asia-Pacific American leadership team. I cannot fully process the news that we've lost such a warm, talented and big-hearted person. I pray for you all and for him. With deepest sympathies.
- Tony Saldanha
Andy was an ally for those of us who didn't have a voice at Procter& Gamble before allyship was a term. I only hope that his family and friends find comfort in the memory of the good he did while here. He was a "class mate of mine in the 1997 Consulting Pairs" at Mason Business Park.
- Michael Chanak
I grew up with Andy in Jerome and he was always willing to help others. He will be deeply missed and my thoughts and prayers arewithhis family and friends
- Laura Hill Novak
I'll always remember our college days at the University of Idaho. Andy was always full of life, always had a smile on his face, and was just a great guy to have as a friend! Prayers and condolences for Sally, Alex, and John.
- Jim McKean
We send our condolences to Sally and Alex and the family as we share in their grief. I am glad we had the chance to know him and I was happy to help him with his bolero and other favorite dances. Our hearts pour out with prayers for those left behind. God bless.
- bonita brockert
To Sally and Family - My heart aches for all of you. Andy was 'one of a kind' a very, very special kind of person who gave 100% to everything he did, was always willing to help when needed, and so positive about life. I miss him already. Pat Pope
- Patricia Pope
My favorite memory of Andy was his smile. Always there and it made you feel special. His cooking was wonderful. When Dick &I brought mom and Harry to visit Charlene all Andy did was cook one wonderful dish after another. He did not stop for 3 days. My life is better knowing him and his example of a great man. Sally & Alex my thoughts and prayers are with you
- Mary Weidmaier
Andy was the Energizer Bunny for cooking, golfing dance.... everything
- Jim Long
Dear Sally and Family, I am very sorry for your loss. I can't even imagine what you are experiencing. Acknowledging your loss with sympathy, Susan Takigiku
- Susan Takigiku
I will always remember when Andy and Sally were preparing to perform a dance dressed in those wonderful pirate costumes she had made herself. At the beginning Andy reached down and pulled out his sword and held it high and I remember thinking, "I wish I had thought of that". Another time he was cooking on two grills at a party and never burned a thing, he loved to cook. He was generous with his time helping out with the Dancing With The Stars Downs class and with the other group lessons. He was a good man. I will carry his memory with me and was lucky to have known him. Richard Chappell
- Richard Chappell
Praying for Sally and all Andy's family and friends. I will miss his always smiling face and friendly demeanor.
- Edna Smith

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