Andrew Baird LinbeckAugust 29, 1964 ~ November 8, 2017 (age 53)
Andrew Baird Linbeck died peacefully at home on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 surrounded by his family. Andrew was preceded in death by his beloved parents, Connie and Leo Linbeck, Jr. and by his mother-in-law, Roseann Johnson.
Andrew was born at St. Joseph Hospital in Houston, Texas on August 29, 1964. He graduated from St. Anne Catholic School; St. Thomas High School; the University of Notre Dame, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in the Program of Liberal Studies; and the Executive Management Program at the Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University.
On July 28, 1990, Andrew married Shanna Shields, and together they built a life of love and faith, welcoming three cherished daughters and making many happy memories at the farm and on family trips.
In 1987, Andrew entered the financial services industry, working at Kidder Peabody, Paine Webber, and The Redstone Companies. In 2002, he co-founded Salient Partners, which is now a national financial services firm with more than 200 professionals. Throughout his career, Andrew worked tirelessly to serve his clients well.
An active community volunteer, Andrew had a special commitment to many Catholic organizations and schools, including Catholic Charities, St. Vincent de Paul Society, Alliance for Catholic Education, St. Mary’s Seminary, St. Thomas High School, Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart, and Margil House of Studies, which was founded by his great-aunt and godmother, Mary Nell Davis, and which he led after her death in 2008. Andrew’s devotion to Venerable Antonio Margil de Jesus, a 17th century Franciscan priest who founded missions throughout Texas, was a source of comfort and strength to him during his battle with pancreatic cancer.
Andrew had a gift for building and sustaining friendships. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing, swimming, riding, barbecuing, and any other activity that combined his love of the outdoors with his love for family and friends. A witty and generous host, he also enjoyed having guests over to watch Notre Dame football, play cards, and work puzzles.
Andrew is survived by his wife Shanna, their daughters Savanna, Miranda, and Danielle, his five siblings and their spouses: Tammy Casey (Bob), Leo Linbeck III (Ellen), Betsy Garibaldi (John), Patrick Linbeck (Bayard), and Mary Clark Granberry (Chris), stepmother Bette Linbeck, father-in-law Rob Johnson, brothers-in-law Trey Shields and Robby Johnson, and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews.
The Linbeck family would like to express our sincere thanks to Dr. Gauri Varadhachary, MD and her team at MD Anderson Cancer Center and to Dr. Daniel Von Hoff, MD and his team at TGen in Phoenix, AZ, whose extraordinary care gave Andrew the blessing of an extra year of life, and gave us the blessing of an extra year with Andrew. We also thank Houston Hospice and its excellent staff, Andrew’s wonderful home care coordinator, Kathy Killian, and Andrew’s exceptional caregivers Annette, Michelle, Kristina, and Deborah. We also convey our deep gratitude to Shirley Capellan for her longtime dedication to our family and her loving care of Andrew during his illness.
The rosary service will be at six o’clock in the evening on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at St. Anne Catholic Church, with a reception following in the parish hall. The funeral Mass will be at ten o’clock in the morning on Thursday, November 16, 2017 at the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in downtown Houston. The burial will be private.
The family suggests memorial gifts to Margil House of Studies, P.O. Box 310944, Houston, TX 77231, or online at antoniomargil.org/donate, Myotonic Dystrophy Fund c/o Greater Houston Community Foundation 5120 Woodway Drive, Suite 6000, Houston, TX 77056, or the charity of your choice.