This week, Bay State Brawlers Roller Derby lost a treasured member of our community when Andrew Newton, known to us as Stellarsaurus Wrecks, passed away unexpectedly.
Andie’s love for skating was visible to anyone who saw him circle the track during a free skate – headphones in his ears – bopping to the beat.
He was incredibly encouraging of his league mates, very often taking extra time to meet newer skaters for a skate date, or spending a day making signs for another skater, just because. Andie and his infectious enthusiasm for derby were fixtures at Bay State games and events throughout the past few years. He was the ultimate fan, with a voice that could be heard- loud and proud- above the din, cheering for his friends (never jeering!).
We will miss him.
It is hard to talk about depression and suicide, but it is necessary. No one understood that like our friend, who was open and transparent about his struggle. It shakes us that much more then, perhaps, that his struggle would end this way.
The stigma of mental illness is real and challenging. As a result, depression can be infinitely deep and terribly isolating.
Andie believed, “We are each of us angels, with only one wing, and can only fly when we embrace one another.” Heeding his advice, we are reaching out to embrace one another, and encourage you to do the same. Andie’s number, 324, will be officially retired with our league in our dear friend’s memory.
At the request of his family, donations to honor him may be made to To Write Love on Her Arms. https://twloha.com/