Andrew Early Obituary, Death – Andrew John Early, a distinguished figure and former Chief Fire Officer, left behind a legacy of service and dedication that will be remembered for generations to come. On Saturday, 19th August 2023, at the age of 77, Early passed away peacefully in Strathcarron Hospice, leaving a void in the hearts of many. Born and raised in Ayr, Early’s commitment to public safety and his community led him on a remarkable journey that spanned decades.
He earned numerous accolades throughout his life, including the Queen’s Fire Service Medal (QFSM), highlighting his exceptional contributions to the field. His educational pursuits culminated in a BSc and MIFIRE E, demonstrating not only his practical expertise but also his dedication to continuous learning. Early’s professional journey took a significant turn when he assumed the role of Chief Fire Officer, a position he fulfilled with unwavering diligence and passion. His leadership was marked by a commitment to innovation, modernization, and the wellbeing of his team. Colleagues remember him for his ability to inspire and guide, always leading by example.
Beyond his professional achievements, Early was a beloved husband to Maureen and a much-loved brother. His bond with his late sister Nora Wight remained a source of strength throughout his life. He was a proud uncle to John and took immense joy in his role as a great-uncle to Lewis. As we reflect on Early’s life, let us remember his profound impact on fire safety and emergency response, a contribution that undoubtedly saved lives and protected countless communities.
His legacy will continue through the lives he touched, the knowledge he imparted, and the example he set for future generations of firefighters and leaders. In this time of mourning, our thoughts are with his family, friends, and all those whose lives he touched. While Andrew John Early may no longer be with us, his memory will forever remain a beacon of dedication, service, and inspiration.