McElroy Sr, Andrew
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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. Please visit www.collins-funeral.com to leave condolences.
Published in Connecticut Post on Jan. 10, 2013