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1923 - 2015
SABETTA, ANDREW D., ESQ. Andrew D. Sabetta, Esq., age 92, of Shelton, CT, entered into his eternal rest on Wednesday March 18, 2015, in CT Hospice in Branford. He was the devoted husband of the late Lillian Mongillo Sabetta. Mr. Sabetta was born in Derby on March 16,1923, son of the late Ferdinand and Anna Sabetta, and was a lifelong Valley resident. He graduated from Derby High School, Class of 1940. He went on to attend Yale University, Pierson College, and graduated with a BA in 1944. After his service in World War II, he went on to attend Yale University Law School, and graduated with his JD in 1950. Mr. Sabetta proudly served his country during WWII in the US Navy, obtaining the rank Lieutenant JG. He served in the American Theatre, the Asiatic-Pacific, and the Philippine Campaign. As a French Language major at Yale, upon entering the U.S. Navy, he was sent to the University of Colorado and immersed into the Intensive Japanese Language Training Program for 14 months, followed by Basic Intelligence Training at the Henry Hudson School for 5 weeks. His Naval service included the Joint Intelligence Center in the Pacific, a Translator and Japanese Interpreter for the Fleet Radio Units in the Pacific, a Staff Comdr for the Second Carrier Task Force, a Staff Comdr Task Force 31, Staff Intelligence 4th Marine Regiment, Staff Comdr Fleet Activities, Yokouska, Japan, and Staff Comdr Marianas Islands, among other assignments. For his brave and loyal service he was awarded the Victory Ribbon, the American Area Campaign Ribbon, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Ribbon (2 Stars), and Navy Unit Commendation. He was awarded the Bronze Star by the Vice Admiral of the Navy, J.S. McCain, for his “tireless energy and great professional skill” and producing and interpreting special intelligence information concerning enemy forces which was of material value in the conduct of operations against the enemy. His legal career began in 1950 with United Aircraft Corp., now United Technologies, as a Corporate Attorney. He had strong desires to help the people who helped him, so he left that position to return to Derby to practice law. He was a part time Public Defender for the State of CT for over 25 years, while working at his law firm of Sabetta and Ryan. While a Public Defender, he worked tirelessly to represent and support hundreds of individuals who could not afford their own lawyer, and provided them the legal support and guidance that ultimately enabled many to improve their lives. He went on to open his own firm of Sabetta and Sabetta, with his son, Andrew Sabetta Jr. He is the beloved father of Andrew D. Sabetta, Jr., and his wife Lucy of Berlin, CT, Eric N. Sabetta, and his wife Cheryl, of East Haddam, CT, and Valerie D. Sabetta, of Shelton, CT. He is the brother of Julia Sabetta Lanzieri, of Derby, CT, and the late Matthew Sabetta. He is the cherished and beloved grandfather of Zachary Andrew Yei Joon Sabetta, and Lily Min Sabetta, of East Haddam, CT. He also leaves several nieces and nephews. He was a wonderful father for his 3 children and grandfather for Zack and Lily. He enabled his family to spend fantastic vacations together in Hawaii, Europe, and the mainland U.S. Great times were spent at the family cottage in New Hampshire skiing, sailing, hiking, and just loving life. He was a great man who truly cared about others less fortunate and about doing all we can to make the world a better place. We love you Dad. We will miss you! We will carry on with your legacy. Friends may call on Sunday from 3 to 6 PM in the Edward F. Adzima Funeral Home 253 Elizabeth Street Derby. On Monday his procession will leave the funeral home at 10:15 AM for a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 AM in St. Jude Church Derby. Entombment with military honors will follow in Mt. St. Peter Garden Mausoleum in Derby. At the request of his family, memorial contributions may be made to CT Hospice 100 Double Beach Road Branford, CT 06405. Please offer online condolences to his family at www.adzimafh.com
Published in The New Haven Register on Mar. 21, 2015
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