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JOSEPH D'ANDREA

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JOSEPH A. D'ANDREA, 88, formerly of Rye, NY passed away peacefully on Monday, September 2, 2013 in Vero Beach, Florida. Joseph was born March 2, 1925 in Brooklyn, NY to Joseph & Mary Grace (Don Angelo). He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Pamela and four daughters, Pamela Russek, her husband Robert of Virginia Beach, Va., Mary Lou Di Giorgio, Christine McNeill, her husband John of Brewster, NY, and Claire Oakley, her husband David of Charlotte, NC. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Melissa, Michael, Christopher, Lindsay Tilley, her husband Jeffery of Reston Va., Kelley Welsh, her husband Eric of Philadelphia, Pa., Kevin, Joseph, Sydney and Lucas. He is also survived by his two great grandchildren, Jackson and Nathan Tilley, and sister, Anna Maini with many nieces and nephews. Joseph served in the Army during World War II. At 19 years of age, he started at the beaches of Normandy, advanced across Europe with George Patton's 3rd Army, and ended with the liberation of the Buchenwald Concentration Camp located near Weimar, Germany. After the war, Joseph attended and graduated from St. John's University where he received his Bachelor's degree in Accounting. It was at St. John's where Joseph met and married his wife Pamela Saitta. With her support and dedication, Joseph was able to continue his education at St. John's at night to achieve his law degree. After obtaining his law degree, Joseph was initially hired by the Arabian American Oil Co. where he quickly established his investment banking skills in the oil and gas arena. He later went on to join Lazard Freres & Co., where he became actively engaged in the oil and gas merger and acquisition department for over a decade. In 1962, Joseph left Lazard to become an independent financial consultant which eventually lead to the acceptance of the position of President and CEO of Westrans Industries. In 1975, Joseph, on behalf of its shareholders, arranged for the sale of Westrans to the French owned company, Elf Aquitaine. In 1976, he joined the Wessley Energy Corporation as a consultant and director which eventually lead to the successful sale of that entity in 1980. Since 1980 and up to his official retirement in 1997, Joseph held various consulting positions in the investment banking industry, including being CEO of the Hoenig Group Inc. for several years. Joseph was a man who had strong convictions and loyal passions for his family and friends; strengths he managed to instill in those who were given the privilege to know him. He wasted few words; yet he would never let you leave without you having full understanding of what you just encountered with him. We will miss his love; we will miss his wisdom, and we will especially miss his sense of humor. Services: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 7, 2013 at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Vero Beach. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the Indian River Medical Center Foundation at 1000 36th Street, Vero Beach, FL 32960. Online condolences may be sent at www.coxgiffordseawinds.com

Published in the TC Palm on Sept. 5, 2013
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