The Milne/Smeed Connection

Family Stories Past and Present

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Andrew Charles Buffrey

Andy Buffrey 1981 – 20144307_102043646286_3162709_n

For almost a year, I have followed and reported on the adventures of cousin Andy as he travelled across Europe cycling, skydiving and fundraising for a special needs school. When he reached Hemsedal, Norway he decided to stay and work there. After a brief trip home to Gloucestershire in October to visit his family, he returned to Norway to settle in. His Facebook page showed how much he was enjoying his time there.

Yesterday, we received the tragic news that he had died in a cycling accident on his way home from work. Postings on his Facebook page reflect how highly he was regarded by all who knew him.

These are the thoughts of his Mum, Wendy:
“It does not seem to matter where in the world our son Andy Buffrey went, he made an impact on others. He made every second of his time with us count.
His thirst for knowledge and new experiences and the odd beer or two was endless. He Lived his life the way he wanted without compromising . Though his loss has devastated us we would not have changed him or any of his ambitions.
This last year Has seen Andrew at his very Happiest, he was as many of you have said ” living his dream”. Believe me when I say I am humbled at the support, love, and help we have been receiving from you all xx Thank you”


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Cousin Andy

After biking through Europe on a fundraising campaign for a number of months, Andy has decided to settle for a while in Hemsedal, Norway. He is an electrician by trade and has taken a one year contract at a ski resort. He will post updates about his experiences on his blog and Facebook page.
He is presently visiting family in Gloucestershire before starting his new job and is shown here with nephews Archie and Logan.