Our daughter has been taking swimming lessons with Andy for two years, and what an incredible two years it has been. Andy taught me to love the sport of swimming. My friend of almost forty years.Bob. This is a huge loss for the swimming community. Andy was a beautiful soul. He was a proud purest skier, snowboarding was ridiculous in his mind yet he tolerated my kind. Thank you Andy. I will always remember him saying "keep you legs on the inside, don't ski on top of mine." It was always such a pleasure when I would run into Andy. What an AMAZING tele skier Andy is! About a year and a half ago, Robert and Andy came to Michigan to visit family. His presence and positive personality was always welcomed. My neurologist ordered me into the pool. Someone recently told me that we don't always remember what people say, but we remember how people make us feel. He was a beautiful boy very good and loving. I babysat for him and his sisters. Toll., Thank you Andy, for all the patience and kindness you shared with my children. Andy's disarming smile and warmth, along with his sister's glowing endorsement, had me convinced that Andy was the perfect swim instructor for my two young kids. I was so easily intimidated and he was so positive, open and easy to talk to. Andy taught my husband and I how to swim.... so we could try to make it through his sister’s masters classes. Andy was extraordinarily gifted in teaching swimming to little kids and super athletes alike. You will forever be in my heart and I will now forever race in your name.Thank you for everything you've done in my life, I love you so much. We send our thoughts and prayers to friends and family. Please know that I, countless young swimmers and their parents, and athletes all over the world are grieving with you. I am eternally grateful to you. Like so many of his other students, they thrived because of Andy.Our relationship with Andy extended far beyond the Millennium Pool, which enabled us to thoroughly enjoy Andy's adventurous spirit. He will be greatly missed. Assistant Professor . Name: Robert A Caplan Bob A Caplan Robert Caplan Lewis Robert N Caplan. I worked for the year book & took pictures for the "Bozo Awards" where he got "Nicest Legs" (he was a cyclist too, so he shaved!). My son Erik died in a fall from the First Flatiron 3 years ago. We are so grateful to have known Andy and miss him so much. May you Rest In Peace and know that all of the kids you taught and influenced take a piece of your spirit with them. Contact Us. It took a couple trips before he accepted my inferior method of snow sports but in the end he just loved good company on a powder day. Ron & Maryl. He had just gotten back on the snow and was so happy to be outdoors with a friend. What heavy hearts we all have with this devastating tragedy. I met Andy Caplan just after my 50th birthday in February, 1999. About a year and a half ago, Robert and Andy came to Michigan to visit family. Remembering him and his adventurous spirit and amazing explorations ! I remember my friends and I always used to say, “We’ve got Andy today!” because we understood how important our lessons with him were. I met Andy Caplan just after my 50th birthday in February, 1999. He instilled in them the value of hard work, dedication, confidence, and adventure. These 2 young boys were impressionable and Andy was such a strong, positive influence both in the pool and in life. Andy had a gentle, calm and powerful strength. Look how much progress she has made. I sold him a pair of skis and the next couple of decades were filled with many turns, single-track and smiles. LinkedIn; Our Firm. But eventually, you agreed, and over the past four or five years, I've drooled over the adventures you and Betsy have had together. May you all find peace in the midst of this pain. I love that you ate an almond butter and jelly sandwich every day at work, I love your gigantic Nalgene, I love that every time I would text you, you would invariably send me a photo of Betsy from your latest journey together -- you adored her and were so eager to share your delight. I know because I watched him do it every day for 22 years. I learned of Andy's passing yesterday when I walked into the Colorado Athletic Club to prepare for a swim. I was 26 and he was 25. Andy, you were an amazing teacher and an incredibly kind human. You will live in the kids who you patiently taught to swim. Robert and Connie packed up the kids and moved to Boulder from Michigan, quite some time ago. With heartfelt sympathy, Charmaine Kleiber. We are thankful for Andy's patience, his push and his kind smile and spirit. His absence here; his bright smile, positive energy and genuine warmth is truly missed. He taught us how to swim and how to achieve our goals. A strong friendship grew. He was such a gift and my heart breaks for his family. The stories he told about long boarding down Lehigh, jumping in front of the wild life camera's on the trails at night and surfing in Hawaii. That was my first swim lesson, but not my last—every week for the next 22 years. You taught them how to swim with strength and confidence, and you showed me how to teach with presence and warmth. Andy was one of the best parts of my childhood. I made arrangements to chat and drive them to the airport to catch their flight back to Colorado. He just shrugged it off- it was just a part of the game, when all I could think was that this wasn't supposed to be a contact sport. Such a beautiful person. receive updates when new memories are posted. They have also lived in New York, NY and Silver Spring, MD. My wife Amy and I spent 7 years as Andy's neighbor. As I look back to the pictures of Andy, I am reminded of the kindness in his eyes. Andy knew how to create the sweet spot. What heavy hearts we all have with this devastating tragedy. I just recently joined a year round team, and I would tell him all the workouts I did, and share all my times from the recent meets. I met Andy in 1996 when I began working at the Harvest House. She could not speak much, but we could see her eyes lit up with joy every time she went to Andy's lessons. He took us to TCBY after practice sometimes, and occasionally Wahoo’s for fish tacos. Glen and I met Andy years ago when we lived near him prior to having children. It feels surreal that he was no longer with us. You taught them how to swim with strength and confidence, and you showed me how to teach with presence and warmth. 303.443.8010. He was the one digging a neighbor’s car out of the snow, pumping bike tires, shoveling sidewalks and providing advice and encouragement for your outdoor adventures. 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