ANDREW RICHARD ROBUSTELLI, one of Stamford's favorite sons passed away on May 31, 2011 at Stamford Hospital surrounded by his family. He was 85 years old. Andy is predeceased by his parents, Lucien and Katherine Robustelli, as well as his brother, Lucien Robustelli, Jr. and his four sisters, Angela O'Connor, Susan Dooley, Anna Ganino and Edith DeVito. His beloved wife, Jeanne Dora Robustelli, passed away two months ago on April 1, 2011. Andy is survived by his nine children and their spouses: Richard and Kathy Robustelli; Robert and Patricia Robustelli; Laura and Bennett Salvatore; Andra and Randy Compo; Thomas and Theresa Robustelli; Tina and Paul Salvatore; Christopher and Bridget Robustelli; Michael and Tracey Robustelli and John and Cathy Robustelli. Andy was also blessed with blessed with 29 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren: Marc and Margaret Robustelli; Katie Robustelli; Emily and Luke Kaufman; Gregory Robustelli; Lucas and Kristen Robustelli; Amanda and Jason Price; Kristen Romano; Laura Romano; Brett-lyn Robustelli; Matthew and Michele Salvatore, Jeffrey Salvatore; Jaclyn and Matthew Gallo; Scott Salvatore; Nicole Robustelli; Meagan Robustelli; Brad Salvatore; Brittany Salvatore; Brendan Salvatore; Brooke Salvatore; Timothy Robustelli; Molly Robustelli; Max Robustelli; Andrew Robustelli; James Robustelli; Joseph Robustelli; Tricia Robustelli; Jena Robustelli; Danielle Robustelli; Krista Robustelli; Mia Robustelli; Anna Robustelli, Chase Robustelli, Alexandra Salvatore; Michael Salvatore and Ella Salvatore. Born in Stamford on December 6, 1925, Andy graduated from Stamford High School and then enlisted in the U.S. Navy to serve his country in the Pacific during World War II. In 1948, he married Jeanne, his high school sweetheart. Andy was a 19th round draft pick by the Los Angeles Rams, where he began what was to be an illustrious career in the NFL. He played in seven N.F.L. championship games - two with the Rams and five after joining the New York Giants in 1956. He was a seven-time first-team All-Pro and received the Maxwell Club's Bert Bell Award as the N.F.L.'s most outstanding player in 1962. He missed only one game in his 14 seasons and was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1971. Andy also served as Director of Operations for the Giants from 1974-1978. When he retired from the NFL after the 1964 season, Andy focused his boundless energy and business acumen on building his sports marketing company, then called National Professional Athletes. In 1965, he purchased Robustelli Work Travel in Stamford, which became the cornerstone of Robustelli Corporate Services. Forever Stamford's native son, he loved his hometown and supported a variety of local causes. His kindness, generosity of spirit and his love for his family, both immediate and extended, will long be remembered. Andy's remarkable life will be celebrated during a Mass of Christian burial on Saturday, June 4, 2011 at St. Cecilia's Church at 11:30 a.m. Friends and family may gather at the Lacerenza Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 8 Schuyler Avenue, Stamford on Friday, June 3, 2011 during calling hours from 2:00p.m. until 8:00p.m. and then again on Saturday, June 4, 2011 from 8:30a.m. to 10:30a.m. Donations may be made in his memory to Stamford Hospital Foundation, 1351 Washington Blvd., Suite 202, Stamford, Conn. 06902 203-276-5900.
Published in StamfordAdvocate from June 2 to June 3, 2011