Anthony Francis D’Andrea
February 18, 1926 ~ August 28, 2015
Anthony Francis D’Andrea passed away on Friday August 28, 2015 after a brief illness. He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Ruth M. D’Andrea, as well as his children Anthony G. D’Andrea and his wife Karen, Mark D’Andrea and his wife Joann, Jeffry D’Andrea and his wife Eileen, his daughter Mary Calabrese, as well as his four beloved grandchildren, Nicholas and Jake Calabrese, Maggie D’Andrea and Anthony M. D’Andrea, all of Norwalk. He is also survived by his two sisters Carmella Pavia and Marylou Dulemba of Stamford and many nieces and nephews. He was pre-deceased by his parents and his younger brother Rocco D’Andrea.
Born in Stamford on a table on Stillwater Avenue on February 18, 1926, he was the son of Anthony J. D’Andrea and Assunta (Suzie) Rosati- D’Andrea. Tony, nicknamed “Bushy” (because of his full head of hair) by his childhood friends, graduated from Stamford High School in 1944. After graduating high school, he joined the United States Navy serving with distinction in the Pacific theater and participating in many battles, including MacArthur’s triumphant return to the Philippines during battle of the Leyte Gulf.
After the war, he began working at Electrical Sales and Service in Greenwich, and eventually became the owner operator of the business. After selling his business he worked for P. Sabini and Company until his retirement.
It was through his love of singing and the theater that he met his wife Peggy when they were both performing in a production of “A Streetcar Named Desire” in Greenwich. They married in 1957 and settled in Norwalk where they raised their four children and were very involved in community life.
Tony was known for his gregarious personality and hard work ethic. He was a member of many community groups and very active in St. Mary’s Parish where he was a member of the choir for over 30 years. He was a member of the regional vocal group “Yankee Male Chorus” and toured with the group throughout the New England states. He was an avid bowler and was a member of the St. Martin’s Club with his childhood friends from the “West Side” of Stamford.
In retirement he spent happy years traveling to his home in Vermont with his wife. He then spent many years caring for her at home. In recent years, he enjoyed his garden, growing his tomatoes, spending time with some of his childhood friends, and listening to his grandchildren laugh and sing.
Friends may call Friday, September 4, from 5:00 to 8:00PM in the Collins Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, September 5, at 11:00AM in St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 203 East Avenue, Norwalk.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to The Notre Dame Convalescent Home, 76 West Rocks Road, Norwalk, CT or Norwalk Boy Scout Troop 19.