Monument honoring Andrew Vathis placed in front of South Hill Albertson’s

Friends and family of Andrew Vathis gathered Saturday to honor him with a memorial in the South Hill Albertson’s parking lot.

Vathis was killed after being hit by a car while crossing 57th Avenue in January. He was a South Hill icon who worked at Albertson’s for 26 years. He was a member of the Ben & Jerry’s Coneheads Hoopfest team and a competitor on various Special Olympics teams.

To honor Vathis, his family and friends put up two signs that say “Andrew’s Crossing” at the intersection of 57th and Hailee Lane.

“He always had so many nice things to say about everyone,” said Tracy Cassel, “and such a great smile.”

Albertson’s also placed a rock monument and a brass plaque at the front of the store to remember Andrew.

If you enter the Albertson’s parking lot, you may also noticed the road into it has a new name as well.

It will now be known as “Andrew’s Way” and has a double meaning, because he had a special way about him.

“We need more Andrew’s,” said Jamie Sijohn, a friend of his, “we need more people that step up and care, and care for their neighbors, we need more of that in this day and age.”

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