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Skydiving accident victim remembered

Andrew Munson (center) was killed in a skydiving accident on Sunday.
Andrew Munson (center) was killed in a skydiving accident on Sunday.

People who knew Andrew Munson, the 29-year-old Nantucket man who died in a skydiving accident Sunday on Cape Cod, remembered him fondly Monday as a charismatic, athletic man with a zest for life.

Nantucket Fire Captain Matt Dixon, 44, said he knew Munson for 10 years, first meeting him at a volleyball tournament on Jetties Beach, when they were on opposing teams.

“He was the type of guy that would do anything for anyone. He was 100 percent an athlete,” said Dixon. “He lived 200 percent every day.”

Munson was killed, along with his skydiving instructor, Eldon Burrier, 48, of West Lynnwood, Wash., in the skydiving accident Sunday in Barnstable. The incident is under investigation.

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Dixon said Munson was also a kite surfer, and “loved to teach people how to do it”

“He was truly the kind of person who could walk into a room and everyone would want to hang out with him,” he said. “He had that kind of energy.”

Munson was a loyal member of the volleyball group, which was just a group of people that would show up somewhere and play volleyball, and he was “truly amazing” at the sport, Dixon said.

“He would do these dives, lay his whole body out and do like a Superman dive. ... Even if he couldn’t get it, he would be flying through the air,” Dixon said.

Dixon said he didn’t know Andy was going skydiving this weekend, but he is “definitely the type of guy that would go skydiving.”

Christine Hoshue said she met Munson about five years ago she saw him running around in the rain, searching for his puppy, which had run away. The two worked together to recover the puppy, Hoshue said.

Since then, she said, she has seen him at the Don Allen car dealership a few doors down from her home on Polpis Road.

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“He was a good kid,’’ said Hoshue, who went to the dealership today, where glum co-workers confirmed that Munson was the person killed in the skydiving accident. “He was just so smart, so cute, and so comfortable with himself. He is super, super-nice.’’

She added, “I just can’t believe it.’’

Rich Facteau, 46, of North Attleborough, a service manager with Don Allen Ford, said Munson, a service technician, had worked at the dealership for close to 10 years.

“He kind of moved around where we needed him, if we needed him,” Facteau said. “He would do anything we asked him to.”

Facteau said Munson was free-spirited, but a good worker.

Don Allen Ford has close to 30 employees so a loss like this “hits pretty hard,” he said.


Martin Finucane of the Globe staff contributed to this report.