Andrew Robert ‘Andy’ Telford
June 22, 1987 – Oct. 8, 2010
Robert "Andy" Telford died at home with his family at the age of 23.
Andy was born June 22, 1987, in Brookfield, to Gordon and Susan Telford.
He graduated from Kettle Moraine High School in 2007, where he
participated in wrestling and Best Buddies and was an avid fan of Laser
Andy was an Eagle Scout and a member of Boy Scout Troop 156 in Elm Grove.
He was elected to the Order of the Arrow by his fellow scouts. He
attended the 2001 National Boy Scout Jamboree in Virginia and the 2006
Boy Scout National Order of the Arrow Conference in Michigan with his
dad. He was a member of the Sussex 4-H Club and received many ribbons
and awards for his railroad modeling projects, horsemanship, sewing,
quilting, needlepoint, basketry, rabbit showing and rocketry. His model
of Splash Mountain, a Disney World ride, won a top award at the 2008
Andy was an avid hiker, canoeist, swimmer, snowshoer, cyclist, camper and
horseback rider. He collected Disney videos and spent many happy hours
watching his favorites. He was a wiz at the computer and loved surfing
the Internet. Andy was a talented artist who worked in many media and
had his work displayed at the Milwaukee County Art Museum.
This past year, he was a cast member in the annual ACAP Player’s
production, "The Invention Convention." He was a participant at ACAP
(Adaptive Community Approach Program) and Art Links in Waukesha and will
be missed tremendously by the clients and staff.
Andy was deeply loved by his parents, Susan and Gordon; his sister,
Elizabeth; and by numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends, and his
dogs, cats and horses.
Andy touched many lives during his lifetime and his family would like to
thank everyone who loved and appreciated him. He was a remarkable young
man who faced the challenges of autism with a courage and determination
that inspired all who knew him.
Visitation will be held from 2 p.m. until the 7 p.m. funeral service
Thursday, Oct. 14, at Becker Ritter Funeral Home, 14075 W. North Ave.,
Brookfield. The cemetery service will be private.
Becker Ritter Funeral Home is serving the family. For more information,
call 782-5330 or visit online at