A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, January 19th at 10 a.m. in St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 203 East Avenue, Norwalk. There will be no calling hours.


Contributions in his memory may be made to Open Door, 4 Merritt St., Norwalk, Ct. 06854.

Andrew Radel McElroy Sr.

September 1, 1922 - December 24, 2012

Andrew Radel McElroy Sr., 90, passed away on Christmas Eve, December 24th.  Andrew was born on September 1, 1922 in Bridgeport.  He was the son of Leo and Margaret Radel McElroy. He was predeceased by his wife of 63 years, Margaret Devine McElroy and his grandson, Matthew Hazen.

He leaves to cherish his memory six children, Kathleen Hazen of South Hero, Vt., Andrew Jr. and his wife Jan, of  Fairfield, Maura Milner of Newmarket, N.H., Michael McElroy and his wife, Catherine Anne of Fairfield, Margaret (Gretta) Benson and her husband Chris of Monrovia, Md. and Marcia McElroy of Shelton.  In addition, he leaves 10 grandchildren, Jessie and Lyndsay Hazen, Drew (Jennifer) McElroy, Kara (Patrick) McDonough, Christopher, Meghan and Kyle Milner, Erin Benson and Fiona and Cecelia McElroy. He is also survived by 4 great granddaughters, Margaret and Catherine McDonough and Elinore and Clara McElroy, numerous nieces and nephews of the McElroy and Keogh clans and a dear friend, Gus Butterbach.

Andrew, affectionately called “Boze” by his family, graduated from Portsmouth Priory and The University of Notre Dame, Class of 1944.  He served during World War II as a Sergeant in the 87th Infantry Division (Golden Acorns) with Patton’s Third Army. He participated in The Battle of the Bulge as a member of the Second Batallion, Company E which suffered numerous casualties. As a survivor and a devout Roman Catholic, Andrew was forever grateful to have been given the opportunity to have a family and live a full life.  He used this gift to touch the lives of all who knew him.

He went on to work for Haskins and Sells Public Accountants during which period he earned his CPA.  Following that, he worked for Johnson and Higgins Insurance Brokers, Mobil Oil and finished his career at The New York Stock Exchange as Managing Director of  Security.  Upon his retirement in 1986, he volunteered his time for benevolent activities working at St. Thomas’ Food Pantry and The Open Door Soup Kitchen.  He was a proud member of  Shorehaven Golf Club of which his parents were early members.  He enjoyed  playing golf, tennis and paddle tennis with his buddies, “The Good Old Boys”.  Most of all, he loved spending time with his family and attending any sporting or artistic event in which his grandchildren participated.

He will be greatly missed by all those who knew and loved him. He was our “Chief”and an outstanding example of kindness, love and unselfishness which we will try to carry on in his honor.

There will be no calling hours.  A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, January 19th at 10 a.m. in St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 203 East Avenue, Norwalk..  Contributions in his memory may be made to Open Door, 4 Merritt St., Norwalk, Ct. 06854.

  1. May your soul rest in peace You were kind to us the staff at Notre Dame Nursing Home. We are praying for your family that the Lord will give them strength to go on

    January 11, 2013
    Kethrine Hinds -
  • Gretta,
    With deepest sympathy to you and all your family on the passing of your father. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Rick, Diane , Kristen, Maureen & Rob

    January 11, 2013
  • Condolences the entire family. We know how much he was treasured by all who knew him
    Ed & Marty

    January 12, 2013
    Ed & Marty Widness -
  • Marcia,
    I know your dad was a very big part of your life…he was your buddy! He will be greatly missed by all who loved him ! Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.

    Love you – Bear Hugs & Kisses!
    Earnie & Eric Wilbon

    January 14, 2013
    Earnie and Eric Wilbon -
  • To all the McElroys,
    We will be away for the service, but wanted to convey are condolences to all of you. Your father was really a wonderful man and will be missed. I guess if it’s any comfort, at least he was spared the agony of watching “bama hammer his beloved Irish!
    Cathy and Jay Devine

    January 15, 2013
    Cathy and Jay Devine -
  • The McElroy clan has lost a father, grandfather, great grandfather, uncle, mentor and and all arounnd most decent and kindest human being I have known. My deepest sympathy7 to one and all at this sad time. I,too, have lost a friend of more than 65 years, He will be sorely missed; no, he is already sorely missed! Gus butterbach

    January 21, 2013
    Gustav A. Butterbach -
  • We worked with Andy at the South Norwalk soup kitchen for many years and it was a blessing to get to know him – and love him. We now live in Maine, otherewise would have been at his service to honor him. We send deepest sympaythy to all his family.

    January 25, 2013
    Brooke and Richard Dojny -
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