ESSEX, Vt. — Andrew Robert Black, 23, died Thursday, Dec. 6, in his home in Essex, Vermont.
His mother, Alyssa Hughes Black, told NBC5 he purchased a firearm earlier that day and took his own life hours later.
Black’s newspaper obituary asks that in lieu of flowers, Vermonters ask that those who wish to honor Black’s life to consider lobbying legislators with the following:
“In honor of Andrew R. Black, we ask that you work for legislation that imposes a reasonable waiting period between firearm purchase and possession to provide a cooling off period to guard against impulsive acts of violence.”
Black’s obituary reads, “Anyone who knew and loved Andrew is encouraged to come and contribute their stories, memories and share in his favorite brews.”
Donations can also be made to the Green Mountain Club, as he was an avid hiker.
There will be a public viewing Dec. 13 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Corbin & Palmer Funeral Home on 9 Pleasant St. in Essex Junction.
Lawson’s Finest Liquids, the brewery where Black worked, is hosting a celebration of his life Friday, Dec. 14, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at 155 Carroll Road in Waitsfield.
Black graduated from Essex High School in 2014.
A passionate fan of the Montreal Canadiens hockey team, he also loved animals — especially his dog, Biggie.
In a Facebook post, Hughes Black wrote, “Andrew was a beautiful, funny, talented and kind young man. He was loved by everyone who had the food fortune to know him and he was well on his way to a bright future. We loved Andrew so much and we know Andrew loved us and our family. He was the glue that always kept us deeply connected and he was the bright joy that always kept us laughing.”