Andrew Edward Crapol ("Andy") was born in Williamsburg, Virginia, on July 11, 1978, the son of Ed Crapol and Jeanne Zeidler. He was blessed to have an older brother Paul, and sisters, Heidi and Jennifer.
Over the next thirty years, Crapol – as he is known to so many of his friends – led an exceptional and compelling life. As a child, Andy and his family had a birthday tradition of singing "The Internationale", clenched fists held high and proud, to celebrate the coming of each new year – an early sign of his coming academic success and worldly curiosity.
From his earliest days, Crapol loved soccer – "the beautiful game". He remained an avid fan of the Liverpool Football Club in England throughout his life.
Andy attended Lafayette High School, where he was elected president of the student body and was a star four-year member of the men’s soccer team. He was a young renaissance man with an insatiable appetite for learning, both inside and outside the classroom. Crapol also had an insatiable appetite for food, a beautiful characteristic and obviously the result of his need for calories to fuel his energetic life.
Andy spent his university years at the College of William & Mary. He majored in economics and was a beloved member of the nationally ranked William and Mary men’s Division 1A soccer team. During his senior year, Andy won the Coach's Award, which has been renamed "The Crapol Award."
After graduating, Andy spent time exploring a legal career in London and Washington, D.C. He soon returned to school and finished his Juris Doctorate in 2005 at the University of Virginia School of Law.
Upon completing his degree, he joined the prestigious international firm Debevoise and Plimpton and practiced first in Washington D.C., and then in New York City.
On January 5th 2009, Andy and Allison Simmons, his beloved longtime girlfriend, were happily married in New York City town hall, with their families in attendance.
There is not enough space on the Internet to delve into Crapol’s achievements, stories, adventures, friendships and loved ones. The mold was broken with Andy Crapol, and we were all enriched by his time with us. The Liverpool Football Club anthem has become an ode to Crapol’s well-lived life and his contributions to his innumerable friends and family: "You’ll Never Walk Alone".
When you walk through a storm
Keep your chin up high
And don't be afraid of the dark.
At the end of the storm Is a golden sky
And the sweet silver song of a lark.
Walk on through the wind,
Walk on through the rain,
Tho' your dreams be tossed and blown,
Walk on, walk on
With hope in your heart
And you'll never walk alone,
You'll never walk alone.