Andrew Scott “Drew” Foxwell, 28, passed away and began his forever journey on June 8, 2017, after a short illness, at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Md.
His final days were spent surrounded by family and friends whom Foxwell had touched in some small way throughout his life. He was holding his Jeep keys, and by now he is riding the beaches above with his beloved Sassie Queen, and being welcomed by Pop Pop Barney and Mimi, and meeting his grandfather Clarence Heckman for the very first time.
Born Oct. 25, 1988, Foxwell enjoyed his computers, technical gadgets and electronic toys, but not nearly as much as he loved his Jeeps. From the beginning, he had a little red Jeep Wrangler to ride in, then his beloved ’99 Jeep Cherokee XJ that he called “Clifford” (the Big Red Dog), and finally his blue 2005 Jeep Wrangler, in which he is riding the forever beaches and off-road trails.
He loved summers, heading to Assawoman with the dogs, beach bonfires with his friends, and taking his Jeeps through whatever ditch, field, beach or woods was available. Occasionally he did find that Jeeps don’t always overcome the obstacles.
In his early teens, he was perturbed that his family made him attend classes with them to become scuba divers. Who would have thought that he soon surpassed them in his knowledge and skill, and found joy while diving and snorkeling? Through the years, they went to Florida for an unplanned vacation, as well to Jamaica and Puerto Rico. He travelled on his own to Canada and several more times to Puerto Rico.
Foxwell had an unbelievable love of all animals. Although the family brought many pets into their home (“the Menagerie!”), he thought of them as his own and took very good care of all. But none were his pride and joy like his shepherd, Sassie, and his dingo dog Charlie, his constant companion and travelling buddy.
He is survived by his loving parents, Lee and Rex Foxwell of Frankford, Del.; brothers, Troy Foxwell and his wife, Carolynn, and their son, A.J., of Salisbury Md., William Mountz and Jason Mountz of Selbyville, Del.; paternal grandmother, Louise Foxwell of Laurel, Del.; uncles, Roy Heckman of Fort Mill, S.C., and Barney Foxwell and his wife, Donna, of Pittsville, Md.; aunt, Dawn Pollitt and her husband, David, of Laurel; his fiancée Kacey Wroten, and her family, also of Laurel; and his many cousins and extended family members.
The family can’t begin to mention the many friends that Foxwell touched, or was touched by, in his shortened life. His relationships with coworkers at the Bull on the Beach at 94th Street, and Jules at 118th Street, both in Ocean City, Md., were just phenomenal. His lifelong friends from
grade school, Southern Delaware School of the Arts, Sussex Technical High School and Delaware Technical Community College; and especially his best friend, Tim, who he met at the beginning of college and found that he lived just a few miles away.
Foxwell was greeted in heaven by his maternal grandparents, Clarence and Betty Heckman; his paternal grandfather, Barney Foxwell; and his cousin, Jacqueline Heckman. Although many family pets were awaiting his arrival, his German shepherd, Sassie Queen, was at the front of the line.
His parents expressed their thanks for all the messages and prayers for Drew. His many friends who traveled hours just to spend a few minutes with him at the end were unbelievable. And, finally, the ED staff at AGH, the staff at Hopkins Bayview, and the fantastic staff at Hopkins Cardiac CCU and Neuro CCU all took such good care of the Foxwells’ son, especially Dr. Will Applefeld and Jay, RN, in CCCU and “Dr. Tom” and Marizel, RN, in NCCU.
“Go with God, our son; finally pain-free, running on good knees, in a dent-free Jeep with the top down and the doors off. From the moment we found out you were coming to that day we all join again for one big extended family reunion above, we have and will continue to love you with all our hearts.”
A funeral service was to be held June 13, 2017, at Bishop-Hastings Funeral Home, Selbyville, Del. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Saving Carolina Dogs Rescue; 117 Shaw Ave.; Cranston, RI 02905 or www.savingcarolinadogs.com, or to Penguin Swim c/o AGH Foundation; 9733 Healthway Dr.; Berlin, MD 21811.