Andrew C. Migani

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Migani, Andrew C.
Andrew C. Migani, 93, joined his dearly beloved wife, the late Anne Marie (Lindy) Rossi Migani, on April 29, 2014. Born on January 2, 1921, the treasured son of Nazzarena Zaccagni and Ceaser Migani, he worked "from day one " in the construction business his father established in 1913. He graduated from the Ansonia High School in 1939 and attended New Haven College of Engineering while working at Farrel intil he was drafted at the end of his third year of college. Andrew served in Army Intelligence and headed up the map-making section in the 78th Infantry Division Headquarters (G-2 Counter Intelligence and G-3 Plans and Training ) during the Rhineland, Ardenned, and Central Europe campaigns. He was in the thick of the capture of the Remagen Bridge, dubbed "Miracle of Ramegan" which opened the way for Allied troops to surge into the heart of Germany, and the Battle of the Buldge. During his three and a half years of service, Andrew received the Bronze Star Medal, American Theatre and European- African Middle Eastern Theatre Ribbons, and Victory Medal among other military awards and more recently, the Connecticut Veterans War Times Service Medal. When the war was over, during his furloughs he visited relatives in Italy and received a papal blessing.
Upon the death of his father, Andrew became president of the successful Chas. Migani & Sons General Masonry Contractors in 1953 and with his brother, Charles, as a partner, he built and impeccable reputation for quality. Even into his mid-80's Andrew continued to receive calls from the grandchildren of previous customers , asking him to do work for them based on their grandparents' and parents' recommendations. He joined the Valley YMCA in 1938, captained the swimming and gymnastics teams and participated in State Gymnastics Competitions. He later captained membership drives, taught gymnastics, trampoline volley ball and badminton for over 42 years, co-chaired the building Committee resulting in a new swimming pool, served as President for three years, and was in the Board of Directors for over 60 years.
He volunteered for multiple other organizations to the enrich the quality of life of his fellow citizens. As a volunteer he served on the Board of Directors for Camp Hazen for boys (Chesire, CT), Julia Day Nursery, Derby Recreation Camp (over 20 years), Lions Club, Girl Scout Council at An-Se-Ox, and Naugatuck Real Estate Board (Associate); as a Corporator for the Derby Savings Bank and Griffin Hospital's Health Services Corporation (over 20 years); as a President of the Industrial Management Legion Post 50 (Ansonia), Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 597 (lifetime), Lower Naugatuck Chamber of Commerce, Valley United Way, Knights of Columbus (3rd Degree), Otter- Rock Fish and Game Club, and Holy Rosary Catholic Men's Club and an usher at St. Jude's Church. He was recognized for his contributions, with several Awards, among them Living Treasure Award from the Valley United Way, the Naugatuck Valley Industrial Management Leader Award, Camp Hazen Award, and Rotary Pau; Harris Fellow. IN 2010 he received the H. Richard Brew Volunteer Service Award for demonstrated character, commitment, and long-term dedication to the YMCA.
A life-long believer in continuous learning, he became a licensed real estate broker, and took numerous courses at the University of Connecticut in appraisals, land and city planning, and zoning, lie loved being with his family, the "Jolly Boys and Girls," clamming, clothes, humor, reading, people and giving advice.
Always a supportive, loving father, Andrew provided his children, who respect and admire him, a wonderful life. He leaves behind his grieving daughter, Sandra Migani Wall (John) in Ohio, two sons, Andrew C. Migani, Jr. (Barbara CiepIak) and Joseph Migani (Joan O'Riordan), both in Woodbridge, and his "chosen child," Frank Sylvester (Jill) in Wallingford. He is survived by his brother, Charles Migani (Helen) of Seymour and his sister, Mary Atwater of Oxford, 6 grandchildren Allyson Sauber and Andrew Joseph, Alexandra, Pia, Aldan, and Michael Migani, and 2 great-grandchildren Emma Jean Migani and Nicholas DeLucia, and nieces and nephews. His brothers Henry and Reno J. Migani and sisters Rose Hammill, Jenny Sylvester, and Josephine Lenahan predeceased him.
The family will receive relatives and friends at the Bennett Funeral Home, 91 N. Cliff Street, Ansonia on Friday, May 2, from 3-7 PM. On Saturday, May 3, a mass will be held at St. Jude's Church, Derby at 11 AM, followed by interment at Mount Saint Peter Catholic Cemetery, Derby. The repast will be at 1 PM at the Lake House, 337 Roosevelt Dr. (Route 34), Seymour. Gifts in his memory may be sent to the Valley YMCA (12 State St., Ansonia, CT 06401), Alzheimer's Resource Center (1261 S. Main St., Plantsville 06479 or St. Jude's Church (71 Pleasant View Rd., Derby, CT 06418).

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John T. Bennett Funeral Home
91 North Cliff Street
Ansonia, CT 06401
(203) 735-1578
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Published in Connecticut Post on May 1, 2014
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