Andrew Zachary Bower, 27, of Valrico, Fla., died Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011, at Brandon Regional Medical Center in Brandon, Fla. Born Sept. 14, 1984, in Pittsburgh, he was the son of Harold E. Jr. and Cheryl M. Green Bower formerly of Cogan Station. Andrew attended high school in Killarney Heights, Australia, and Brandon, Fla. He earned his GED in 2008.
Andrew worked in sales in the Tampa Bay area. He had a big heart and a gentle way about him that endeared him to a wide circle of friends who knew him as "Pugsley" or just "Pugs". He enjoyed performing as an amateur stand-up comic and rapper in Tampa clubs.
Surviving, in addition to his parents of Valrico, Fla., are his grandparents, Harold Sr. and Rosanna Wright Bower, of Cogan Station, and uncles, Steven D. Bower of Rose Valley and Ted W. Green of Cogan Station. He is also survived by his uncle, Brian S. Bower Sr. of Bethel, and aunt, Lynn Bower Young of Greenville,S.C. Andrew's three sisters also survive him, Heather N. Dallas of Charleston S.C., and Melynda A. Johnson and Kristen J. Bower of Valrico, Fla. He loved teasing and playing with his nieces and nephew, Emilee Dallas, Paige Dallas, Mariah Bower, Jeanah Johnson and Elijah Johnson.
Andrew Zachary Bower
A private graveside service will be held in the spring at Blooming Grove Cemetery where Andrew's cremains will be interred beside his maternal grandparents, Robert and Jean Beach Green, late of Cogan Station. The family suggests that anyone wishing to make a memorial tribute in Andrew's name consider contributions to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention www.afsp.org or the Blooming Grove Historical Society www.bloominggrovehistoricalsociety.org.