Douglas David D’Andrea, the son of the late Rocco V. and Eulalie D’Andrea, passed away on Saturday, October 13, 2018 from an automobile accident near Ketchum, Idaho.
He was born on September 8, 1956, and grew up in Riverside, CT, attended Riverside Elementary School, Eastern Junior High and graduated from Greenwich High School in 1975.
He was an accomplished athlete, an outstanding wrestler, and the star pitcher on the baseball team. At a young age, Doug was written up in Sports Illustrated for his pitching abilities.
He graduated from Dean Jr. College in 1977, worked for over 15 years with his father at Rocco V. D’Andrea, Inc. as a land surveyor. In 1993 he moved to Ketchum, Idaho, where he worked in construction as a master craftsman, where he demonstrated his creative talents. He worked with his friend Spyder at Spyderworks constructing and installing cabinets, and drove limousines to the airport in his free time.
He was proud of the time he volunteered at the Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, NY. Besides the love Doug had for his family and many friends, playing golf, the New York Jets and the New York Yankees, he had great culinary abilities and always had something cooking, or a roast in the oven.
In the past several years, his favorite pastime was growing and harvesting his peppers. His 9th generation hot peppers were his “babies”. He started them from seed every year, growing the plants and sharing the produce after drying, jarring and freezing the peppers.
On September 27, 2013, Doug had a Hole In One at the Bigwood Golf Course in Ketchum, which was a great thrill for him and one of his ultimate goals.
He was very involved with and proud of his participation with The Camp Rainbow Golf Tournament which benefitted Idaho children with cancer, and their families, as well as many other charitable events.
Survivors include four sisters: Florence (John) Verrier and children Leslie (Kerry), Gavin, and Elizabeth (Matt) Holcomb of Old Greenwich, CT; Eulalie “Lulu” (Phil) Walklet and children Eric (Chey), Nick (Lauren), Courtney and Caleigh (who had a special connection to Doug as his god-daughter) of Fairfield, CT; Alicia (Doug) Melillo and children Andrew and Sarah (Travis) of Stamford, CT; Laura (Bob) Keane and children Maxx, Chelsea, Samantha of Fairfield, CT.
Also included are four brothers: Tony (Martha) D’Andrea and children Craig and Christopher of Riverside, CT; Ron (Emily) D’Andrea and children Kathryn, Becca and Matthew of Darien, CT; Leonard (Mary Lou) D’Andrea and Denise L’Hommidieu of Stamford, CT; and Donald (Suzanne) D’Andrea and children Morgan and Sydney of New Canaan, CT and his deceased brother Rocco’s wife Mary D’Andrea and children David (Angela) and Meghann of Eagleville, PA.
In addition, there are 21 nieces and nephews, and seven great nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother Rocco and parents Rocco and Eulalie D’Andrea.
A service will be held at 12:30 pm, Sunday, November 4, 2018 at The First Congregational Church of Greenwich, 108 Sound Beach Ave, Old Greenwich, CT.
There will be a brief burial of ashes immediately after the service, followed by a reception in the Church hall.
If one wishes to make a donation in Doug’s memory, please consider:
Camp Rainbow Gold @ Camprainbowgold.org, Lustgarten Foundation for
Pancreatic Research@ www.lustgarten.org, or BCRF-Breast Cancer Research Foundation @ bcrf@ bcrf.org or online at www.woodriverchapel.com