Loren J. "Andy" Andreo, 93, of Manchester, beloved husband of 62 years to his devoted wife Margaret M. "Peggy" Andreo, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021, at his home surrounded by his loving family.
Born in Manchester, he was the son of the late Domenick and Mary (Fracchia) Andreo and was a lifelong resident. Andy was a graduate of Manchester High School, had served in the U.S. Navy. and following his service graduated from Bryant College. A lifelong love of football, he played with the Manchester Merchants for 3 years. Shortly after graduating from Bryant, he opened his first entrepreneurial endeavor Maple Market in 1951, which later evolved into Andy's Market setting him on the path of owning and operating several independent grocery stores over the span of more than five decades. This provided the foundation for his entrepreneurial spirit, having invested in many other entities, including bowling lanes, liquor stores, professional sports teams and was one of the original investors in the "Superman" movie franchise.
He also built a real estate portfolio, including residential and commercial, starting in the mid-sixties through recent years, that has grown into a thriving family business, Andreo Family Enterprises.
A founding member and communicant of the Church of the Assumption, he was a great supporter and benefactor of both Assumption School and East Catholic High School, having received the St. Joseph Medal of Appreciation from Archbishop Henry Mansell. Andy has also held various positions as a member of the Connecticut Vocational Board of Education; director of Glastonbury Bank and Trust Company; treasurer for the Dewey Investment Company; director East Hartford Chamber of Commerce; member East Hartford Rotary; director Connecticut Food Stores Association, and Man of the Year 1984; and board member of the Holy Apostles Seminary in Cromwell. He was the recipient of the Bryant University Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2020. He was also a member of UNICO, and director Hartford County Sheriff's Office Foundation. He truly enjoyed spending his summers in Westerly, Rhode Island.
Andy is survived by his children and their spouses, Loren Andreo Jr. and his wife, Janet of West Simsbury, Michael Andreo and his wife, Victoria of Tolland, Mary Randazzo and her husband, Paul of Glastonbury, Karen Marandino and her husband, Dominic Jr. of South Windsor, John Andreo and his wife, Karen of South Windsor, Ann Brazel and her husband, David of Glastonbury; his 22 grandchildren, Loren III and wife, Katja, Melissa and husband, Joseph, Meghan and husband, Chris, Michelle and husband, Bill, Dana and fiancé Michael O'Sullivan,Paul and wife, Rebecca, Matthew and wife, Katlyn, Michael and wife, Tori, Margaret, Christina and husband, Brendan, Andrea and husband, AJ, Dominic III and wife, Alyssa, Lauren, John Jr., Jennifer, Nicholas, Christie and husband, Steve, Jacalyn, Katherine and husband, Dominic, Peter, Patrick and Kara and her fiancé Kyle Almeida; and 19 great-grandchildren; special friends Thomas Moriarty and his family, Norman Yester, Kenny Rider and Thomas Brazel; and many loving nieces and nephews. In addition to his loving wife, he was predeceased by his sister Gentila "Sandy" Pawloski.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, Nov. 29, at 11 a.m. at the Church of the Assumption, 27 Adams St., South, Manchester, followed by burial in St. James Cemetery. Please meet directly at the church.
Family and friends may call at the John F. Tierney Funeral Home, 219 West Center St., Manchester, on Sunday, Nov. 28, from 2 to 7 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to East Catholic High School, 115 New State Road, Manchester, CT 06042 or the St. Francis Foundation, 95 Woodland St., Hartford, CT 06105 or Bryant University, 1150 Douglas Pike, Smithfield, RI 02917.
For online condolences, please visitwww.tierneyfuneralhome.com
Published by Journal Inquirer from Nov. 27 to Dec. 1, 2021.