Andrew Patrick Sakura, aged 17, died from injuries suffered in an automobile accident on Saturday, March 8th 2008 in Torrance, California. Andrew was born at Kaiser Hospital in Harbor City, California on March 25, 1990 to Karen and Bruce Sakura of Rancho Palos Verdes. He attended Town & Country Preschool, Silver Spur Elementary School, Palos Verdes Intermediate School and would have graduated from Palos Verdes High School in June. After graduation he was accepted to and planned to attend Santa Clara University, where he was interested in pre-medicine. Andrew was full of life, and loved many people, things, and activities. He played soccer from age 5 and played at all levels from AYSO to club and varsity high school soccer. He loved his Mustang car and Ducati motorcycle. He enjoyed dirt bike riding, trap shooting, playing Airsoft and Playstation. He was an acolyte at his church for 5 years, and had been active in their youth LOGOS program. But above all he enjoyed being with his friends and family. A viewing will be held on Tuesday, March 18 at Rice Mortuary from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Rice is located at 5310 Torrance Blvd., Torrance. The funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 19 at Rolling Hills United Methodist Church, 26438 Crenshaw Blvd., (at Palos Verdes Dr. North) Rolling Hills Estates. Please consider carpooling since parking at the church may be limited. Interment will follow at Green Hills Cemetery and a reception will be held at Palos Verdes High School immediately following interment. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to the Palos Verdes High School Track and Field Project. Checks may be made payable to Sea King Capital Project and mailed to Sea King Capital Project, Andrew Sakura Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 818, Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274.

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  1. Dr. & Mrs. Sakura, Words can not express how deeply saddened I am to hear about your loss. Although I did not know Andrew personaly, I was deeply touched as I was a patient of yours. My heart is broken for your whole family, I too suffered the tragic loss of my newborn son shortly after his birth in November 2007. No mater how long we have our children on loan to us from God, they are still our children and we will never ever forget them. Stay strong for him, with time life does get a little better your heart will never be the same, you will learn to live with a broken heart. From one grieving parent to another, my thoughts and prayers are with your entire family.

  2. Dear Mr. and Mrs. Sakura im a freshman at pv high who played soccer with andrew for a short period of time. although i only got to talk to him on a few ocasions, i really learned something from him. he was always determined to be first and ahead of the pack, and one day when runing to the light house i found myself in competion with him. of course he won but afterwards he told me with that famous smile that could light up a room that i’ll get him next time. Andrew was always a nice kid was alwyas willing to help out when others would not and those are qualities that have inspired me through this day. i know that with all the letters your reciving it will be hard to read this but just know that andrew is still with us in spirt and that he will lead us to a bright today and a brighter tommorrow “Hold on to the things that mean the most to you. Because once you lose them, that’s when you’ll know how much they really meant to you.” -andrew sakura

  3. Dear Mr and Mrs. Sakura, I went to Silver Spur Elementary School, Palos Verdes Intermediate School and i was in the boy scouts for a short period of time with Andrew at one point in time i was really good friends with andrew when we went on the catalina trip we bunked together and i will never forget that i am so sorry for your loss i cant even imagine how hard this must be for you, But always remember though he may not be here physicaly he will ALWAYS be with us in out hearts, minds, and spirts. He is in gods hands now and he is looking down on us all smiling for how strong everyone is.

  4. Man, its crazy to think what happened. but i know you are in a better place. you were a well loved guy and you were so great! the last memory i have of you is smiling your heart out and trying to help me win a teddy bear at the street fair. i wish i got to know you better. i really do. Im going to miss you. -Ari

  5. Andrew was the boy who always made me smile. I feel blessed to have gotten to know him this year through Spanish and calculus and of course airsoft. I love him dearly and always will. Dr. and Mrs. Sakura, your son was an amazing boy and you should be proud of him. I can only imagine how incredible you both must be to have raised such a beautiful gentleman. You are in my prayers. Andrew is our angel now, and he will forever be in the hearts of those whose lives he touched. God bless, Dani

  6. I was so sorry to hear about Andrew. I know our son, Doug, really enjoyed playing soccer with him last summer, especially winning Pegasus Cup! I’m praying for the Lord’s comfort for you and for all who knew and loved Andrew. Sincerely, Vauna Armstrong

  7. Andrew, You are truely missed. I hope you are in a better place watching over all of us. Rest in Peace Hun, I love you!

  8. Dearest Bruce and Karen, Throughout the years we here at RH Barbers have watched Andrew grow from a small child into young manhood. We have observed that you both have been so loving, caring ,patient and kind toward him. We never heard a harsh word or rebuke from either one of you even though at times you could have. I can remember when Andrew was little how he hated to get his haircut he would intentionally make his body go limp in the chair or try to slid out he was wild like that. The last time we saw him was on that faithful Saturday we still joked about it with him. We cannot believe the news of him passing. Karen remember when he was about 6 and he didn’t want a haircut so he punched you in the chest and elbowed me in the stomatch then I told him to get out of my chair. He came back into the shop apologizing and crying the same day. The last time we saw him we still laughed with him he still said sorry. We all have cut Andrews hair for every Cotillion, every formal, and every prom he attended. Andrew always promised us a picture…. well we are still waiting. Andrew may not be able to come back to us but someday we will see him again in heaven. We will always love you and miss you Andrew….Josie and The Shop

  9. Dear Mr. and Mrs. Sakura, I am the mother of a varsity soccer player at West High in Torrance. I was deeply touched by the story of your son’s untimely death. My son is just turning 16 next week and this is a fear we parents have for our boys. I watched your son play and was amazed at his agility and spirit. I can only say I am so sorry for your loss and in my heart I can only hope you can find peace in your grief. Please know that West High soccer team held a moment of silence for your son and your family is in our prayers. My sincerest condolences, Cyndi Williams

  10. Karen and Bruce, I still remember Andrew in Kindergarten with Katie. His sweet little face. I worked in their classrooms at Silver Spur and remember helping him. My heart hurts for you. I have suffered great loses but none as great as this. I light a candle for Andrew every night. Take care of each other. Cynthia Marler

  11. Dear Bruce and Karen, I feel privileged to have shot trap with Andrew. I will always remember how well he shot doubles and easily beat all of us old timers. I pray that God wil quickly heal your pain.

  12. Sad or sorry does not cover how I feel for you. As a parent and grandparent, only by the grace of God have I not had to deal with this. I am your neighbor, know you only as a neighbor,but my heart bleeds for you. There is a song, “I Can Only Imagine”, we must rely on our faith and imagine Andrew in heaven guarding the goal for God. When God gives us our children, we may think we have them forever, but they are really on loan for us to care for until he calls them home. I pray for your strenth and your faith to lead you through this tragic event. And I pray you receive many blessings.

  13. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I truly know how difficult this is. We lost our beautiful granddaughter, Casie Leeann Hyde (an only child)December 2, 2005 in an automobile accident. May God bless you and all of Andrew’s family and friends.

  14. Andrew was a student in my 7th grade Social Studies class at P.V.I.S. As a teacher it was easy to like Andrew, because of his excellent understanding of concepts and his interest and knowledge of events in European history during class discussions. He was well liked and respected by his classmates. On a personal level, I enjoyed his sense of humor and the seemingly continuous smile on his face. I remember teasing him about the sweatshirts he frequently wore. We joked about his presumed closet full of sweatshirts, mostly black, that he must have at home. It was a pleasure knowing Andrew as a student, and even more so as a person.

  15. Dr. and Mrs. Sakura: Although we have never met, my family and I have been deeply affected by this tragic accident of your beautiful son, Andrew. You have our deepest sympathy, but, we know that your grief goes way beyond what words can ever express and it’ll take much more than words to mend your broken hearts. Knowing that Andrew lived life to the fullest each day should bring you some comfort. Please allow God to wrap you in His arms at this time for He knows how deep your grief is. We all know that only time will heal your broken hearts and, hopefully , knowing that Andrew is with Jesus where there is no pain, also helps. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your families, as well as, all of Andrew’s friends. If we could all live life, as Andrew did, we are sure to keep his spirit alive. May God’s Grace give you strength during this very difficult time. The Nishikawa Family

  16. Andrew will be remembered by everyone. He had a nice smile and was a great goal keeper. See you later Andrew. Love you.

  17. Karen and Bruce. Your sorrow is beyond words, but not beyond the caring and sympathy of friends. We are touched and saddened by your loss.

  18. Dr.and Mrs.Sakura, I’m so sorry for the unspeakable loss of your son, Andrew. May God comfort you today and always. Sincerely, Carol Grove Kaiser Harbor City

  19. Dear Dr. and Mrs. Sakura, I was a long-time patient of yours, Dr. Sakura, and recall, vividly, one visit when you took me into your office so you could show me Andrew’s picture. You were beaming with pride and joy when you spoke of this precious addition to your family. While I never met Andrew, I know a couple of friends of his from high school, and have shared in their grief over his loss. May the loving memories of your beautiful son bring you comfort. God bless you and your wife.

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