Andrew Ladores, 49, passed away on June 2, 2022, in Birmingham, Alabama.
He was born on January 23, 1973 in Brooklyn, NY, to Kenneth Fishbein and Joan Ross.
He graduated from Plantation High School in 1991 and went on to earn a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology, Master's Degree in Social Work, and Juris Doctorate from the University of Florida, Florida International University, and Florida A&M University, respectively.
Andrew was born with cystic fibrosis (CF), a genetic, incurable multi-system disease. He was not expected to live to see his first birthday but he defied the odds throughout his 49 years on this earth. He had a successful real estate business in Florida before he decided to go to law school in his late 30's while his lung function was nearing the single digits. He did not let an impending lung transplant stop him from pursuing his dream of becoming an attorney. He required the lung transplant during his second year of law school, and recovery from the lung transplant was complicated and arduous. Yet he persevered, and after taking two medical leaves of absence, he returned to finish law school strong, earning a position on the law review, and graduating with Honors in 2014. He started his second-career as an attorney at the ripe old age of 41, and loved every minute of his work, helping clients until the day he died.
Andrew married Sigrid Ladores on September 25, 1999 on the beaches of Ochio Rios, Jamaica. They traveled the world and learned to navigate a life filled with hospitalizations, surgeries, and pain. Yet, they did not let CF dictate what they can or cannot do. Given that most men with CF are born infertile, they went through 13 cycles of fertility treatments to make their two beautiful sons, Asher (age 14) and Cooper (age 6). They were the light of Andrew's life. He was happiest when he was watching Asher play baseball or scooter, and listening to Cooper play the piano brought him incredible joy.
Andrew lived fiercely. He was passionate and opinionated -- especially when he witnessed injustices in the world. He was also a loud sports fanatic. He loved sports - all sports - and he would talk day and night with his brother, Bill Plaschke, who is a leading sports writer for the LA Times. Andrew and Bill are "Little" and "Big" brothers, a top pairing of the "Big Brothers Big Sisters of America" youth mentorship program. They have been brothers for over 40 years, and Bill served the role of not just "brother", but also father figure and best friend.
As much as Andrew talked (and he talked A LOT), he was also a gifted listener and a guide to friends and family who counted on him for advice about all sorts of things. He was generous with his time and energy. Even as he faced the daily onslaughts of CF, he also raised money for a very special camp for children, adults and families with CF. He credits Sunny Shores Sea Camp for saving his life and shaping him into the person that he was. He was one of the original campers, and over the 4 decades, he evolved into teen camp counselor, Executive Board member and ultimately the President. Sunny Shores was a big extended family for Andrew and he took his role as mentor and role model seriously.
Andrew is survived by his wife Sigrid, sons Asher and Cooper, mother Joan, father Kenneth, brothers Bill and Michael, and the many members of Sigrid's side of the family (*Andrew chose to change his last name from Fishbein to Ladores in honor of his love for Sigrid and her family -- yes, it is unusual, but so was Andrew).
Andrew is preceded in death by his mother-in-law Elma who loved Andrew as her "Cano" son (Filipino word for "American"), and his maternal grandparents, Leo and Sally Rosenwasser.r
The memorial service and celebration of life for Mr. Andrew Ladores will be held on June 10, 2022 at 3pm with visitation at 2-3pm at Currie-Jefferson Funeral Home (2701 John Hawkins Parkway, Hoover, AL 35244).
Memorial donations can be made in Andrew's name to Sunny Shores Sea Camp, https://sunnyshoresseafcamp.org