Thanks for this guys and thanks Robf for the signpost here from AAOC
I originally posted this news on that site following contact from his girlfriend on the airgun bbs.
I refrained from posting a valediction on the airgun bbs as I knew Paris wanted to do that herself and this she has now done. She too told me that Andrew was on this forum with the nickname I gave him "The Talented Mr Ripley" as he owned a Ripley rifle when he first appearred at Woodview range in Co Durham.
I am gonna miss my mate as I'm sure many others will too and I am glad he touched my life.
I said a prayer for him at Thorndell last Sunday in the spot where I last saw him. A lovely balmy day and a distinct "presence in the wind and it holds all departed" (Runrig).