Andrew C. Picone
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AGE: 85 • Florham Park
Andrew C. Picone, 85, of Florham Park passed away on Monday, July 22, 2013 at home surrounded by his loving family. Born in Madison, NJ to the late Carmen and Rose Picone, Andrew, known by his close friends as Andy and family as Sonny, attended Madison High School where he played both football and baseball. He married his grade school sweetheart Louise (Dimps) and moved to Florham Park where he has resided for the past 60 years. Andy was a larger than life person, he really never met a person he didn't like and once you met him you had a friend for life. He was always positive and always there lending a helping had to anyone in need. Andy was also someone who could not help but get involved. He was a true example of what a volunteer stands for and donated his skills and talents to make a difference. After completing service in the U.S. Coast Guard, he joined the Florham Park Volunteer Fire Department in 1956 and gave over 50 years of unselfish service to his community. He served as Lieutenant, Captain, and was elected as an Assistant Chief, Deputy Chief and then Chief of the Department. Andy was a strong advocate for fire safety. In 1957, Andy was one of the founding volunteers of the Borough of Florham Park Fourth of July Parade. He served several years as head of the parade and festivities. Andy was a true believer in giving back to the community, to save money he designed and constructed the additions to both firehouses in town, events that were accomplished with volunteer labor by members of the department and outside contractors saving over a quarter of a million dollars to the taxpayers of Florham Park. While serving as Chief, Andy wanted to acknowledge the sacrifices made by his fellow volunteer fireman and instituted the Life Insurance Program to protect the volunteers and their families and the annual Chief's dinner to honor the Volunteers for their service throughout the year. In collaboration with former Mayor Ralph Loveys, Andy had a vision for a gathering place for people in Florham Park to come together as a community. On his own he designed and together with volunteer labor, the Gazebo next to the borough hall was built. As an acknowledgement of appreciation for all he did for the Borough of Florham Park, Andy was honored to be the recipient of the Florham Park Jaycees Man of the Year award in 1989. Andy also served many years as the borough's first full time Building Inspector and Sub Code Official during a period of rapid expansion and development; he established a requirement that all multi family housing units have sprinkler systems. As a member of the American Society of Building & Construction Inspectors, Andy was deep respected by his peers and won an award for his accomplishments from the Association. A familiar face around the sports field, Andy was a driving force to build sports facilities in Florham Park, building the first dugouts in town at Boro Field. He coached both football and little league baseball in the community. The "Rough Riders" were his pride and joy. After retiring, Andy continued to give back to the community. Andy was an active member of the Holy Family Church where he served as an usher for over 50 years; a staple at the 7:00 am mass. In one of his final contributions to the community, he contributed to the development of the senior center a place for seniors to meet and hold activities. Andy was the founder and host for the West End Garden club.
Andy is survived by his beloved wife of 65 years Louise (nee Yuliano), his son Biff and his wife Nadine of The Woodlands, Tx and daughter Rosemary and her husband Jim Solden of Florham Park. He is also survived by 4 grandchildren, Nick, Melissa, Andrew and Alyssa and 3 great grandsons, Aiden, Dylan and John. He is also survived by a sister Rose Gero, brother in law Pete Siciliano, sister in law Rosemary Granato and daughter in law Diane Picone. He was predeceased by his sister Natalie Siciliano. Andy leaves many nieces, nephews, cousins and great friends whom he always enjoyed spending time with and was never without a smile or a joke.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend viewings Thursday, July 25, between 6pm-8pm; Friday, July 26, between 2pm-4pm, 7pm-9pm. Burroughs, Kohr & Dangler Funeral Home, 106 Main St., Madison, NJ. There will be a funeral mass on Saturday, July 27, 2013 at 10:00 am at Holy Family Church, 1 Lloyd Ave, Florham Park, New Jersey. Burial will follow the mass at Gate of Heaven Chapel Mausoleum, Gate of Heaven Cemetery, 225 Ridgedale Avenue, East Hanover, New Jersey. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Andrew can be made to the Florham Park Volunteer Fire Department or a
Burroughs, Kohr & Dangler Funeral Home
106 Main Street Madison, NJ 07940
Published in Daily Record on July 25, 2013