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Andrew M Redfearn

October 4, 1976 — October 9, 2023



  • KENT, OH – Andy (Andrew) M. Redfearn, 47, passed, October 9th, at his residence.
    He was born October 4th, 1976, in Ravenna, OH to Michael D. Redfearn & Diana R. Brown.
    Andy loved to make music, namely, by playing the guitar. He enjoyed spending time with his friends who knew him as “Redman” on his CB Radio. He liked to hike and bike on trails & spend time outdoors. He was a gifted and talented musician. He was interested in sciences & was always tinkering with something. He had no arrangements or
    requests for his passing. That being said, his daughter wanted to take the opportunity to tell his story in the hopes
    that his passing is not in vain.
    Andy was an addict. He had been battling addiction since he was 15 years old. His drugs of choice were heroin,
    meth, pills & alcohol. As he got older, his battle with addiction only got harder. He then had a daughter (Andria
    Lesho-Wilson) with his at the time girlfriend (Wilma E. Wilson) when he was 21 years old. From then on, his life
    took many sharp turns both for the worse and for the better. There were times he was a sober, kind, present and
    loving person to his family. He had great strides of sobriety and with that, so much freedom. He found peace in
    creating, tinkering & spending time with his cat Spooky. He tried new things & wanted to explore. Unfortunately,
    that did not last. Most of the time, the drugs had made him absent.
    He missed a lot. He was in prison when the love of his life (Wilma) passed away. He missed out on a majority of his
    daughter’s milestones; graduation, college, marriage, and having a daughter of her own. He was alone. He was
    afraid. He had lost nearly everything. His daughter & her wife had re-connected with him a few months before his
    passing. He learned of his granddaughter, his daughter-in-law, and the many other things he had no knowledge of. In
    that moment, he had owned up to his mistakes and admitted his failures. He also admitted that death was nearing
    Recently, he had been diagnosed with severe kidney failure and was nearing end stage. The combination of his past
    had caught up to him. It was killing him. That all came to an end on October 9th. He was found by a friend. Testing
    revealed he had methamphetamine & fentanyl in his system.
    Nobody knows for sure what happened in his apartment in that late night or early morning. However, one thing can
    be certain. The drugs he had turned to & the people who provided them for him were not there & they did not love
    him. They were not there to shield him from prying eyes & ears. They were not the ones who answered the phone
    call, spoke with the coroner, made the arrangements, or contacted family and true friends.
    While he may have been an addict, that is not all he was. He was a son, a partner, a father, a friend. He was
    someone. He had a life. He had so much yet left to live.
    Please, we beg of you, choose life. Choose life while you have the time to live, not when death is knocking at your
    door. You are loved. You are worthy. You are enough.
    Survivors include his daughter Andria Lesho-Wilson, daughter-in-law Rose Lesho-Wilson & granddaughter Aurora
    Lesho-Wilson of Deerfield, uncle Garry Redfearn of Windham, Aunt Vicki Gilpin of Ravenna, cousins; James
    Redfearn of Ravenna & Lisa Murton (Redfearn) of Windham; and many extended family members & friends.
    Andy was preceded in death by his father Michael Redfearn, uncles Roger & Myron Redfearn, former partner
    Wilma Wilson, and his mother-in-law Deanna Wilson.
    The family would like to thank those who have taken the time to be kind & courteous to Andy and treated him with
    respect and as a person, even after leaving this life.
    A Celebration of Life will be held from 12pm-5pm, Saturday November 18th, 2023, at Charity Lodge #530, 2380
    State Route 225, Deerfield, OH 44411. Food and refreshments will be served. All are welcome.
    Cremation has taken place. Arrangements have been entrusted to Dean’s Funeral Home in Sebring. In lieu of
    flowers, memorial donations may be made to his daughter for a family fund & to assist with expenses via cash,
    check made out to Andria Lesho-Wilson or venmo: @Andria-WilsonRedfearn.
    SAMHSA’s National Helpline: 1-800-662-4357
    Suicide & Crisis Lifeline: 988
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