Andrew Vathis remembered by hundreds Saturday at his memorial

Andrew Vathis remembered by hundreds Saturday at his memorial

The gymnasium at Ferris High School was packed with hundreds of Spokane residents, there to remember and celebrate the life of Andrew Vathis.

Vathis was killed last week after he was struck by a vehicle on the South Hill.

“Andrew was a kind soul, who always thought of others before himself. He never had a sense of the impossible,” One speaker said. “He could often be seen at garage sales over the summer, buying things to donate to those in need.”

Compassion was certainly his strength.

“He would stop by the fire station and give us coupons to area restaurants in case we got hungry,” Captain Todd Wood of Fire District 8 said. “He just made the world better.”

Vathis also had a passion for sports, and was well known by the Spokane teams. Gonzaga, the Chiefs and the Indians all had members there for his memorial.

He was also a huge Hoopfest fan, in which he both played and sometimes coached, year after year.

“He didn’t judge. He didn’t care what race you were or how old you where, how much you weighed or which sports team you routed for,” said another speaker.

His memorial was closed with a powerful message, asking for everyone to think of the man who hit Andrew, and send him good thoughts and strength. It was noted that he knew Andrew.

“Andrew was in his very own way, an ambassador for the City of Spokane,” it was said. “If we could all be a little like Andrew everyday, we would be happier people.”