Rocco V. D’Andrea, 90, a lifelong Riverside resident who founded a leading engineering and surveying firm in town, died Monday, Jan. 20, at Greenwich Hospital.
He died of natural causes, his family said.
Born on Feb. 1, 1912, in a house on Apache Place in Riverside, Mr.
D’Andrea was the son of the late Anthony and Philomena D’Andrea.
Mr. D’Andrea graduated from New York University in 1935 with a degree in
civil engineering and until his retirement owned Rocco V. D’Andrea Inc., a
surveying and engineering firm he started in 1947. The firm, now being led
by one of his sons, remains involved in a majority of new construction in
Prior to starting his business, Mr. D’Andrea worked for the U.S. Army
Corps of Engineers. He was working on the construction of new locks in the
Panama Canal for two years before he was called to serve in World War II.
During the war, Mr. D’Andrea attained the rank of first lieutenant and
served in Japan and the Philippines as a combat engineer. He received five
combat ribbons and two U.S. Army commendations and assisted in the
rebuilding of Japan after the war.
Mr. D’Andrea dedicated his professional life to the advancement of the
surveying and engineering professions, his family said. In 1967, he
co-founded the Connecticut Association of Land Surveyors and served as its
president. He also served as president of the Connecticut Society of
Professional Engineers, and the Land Surveyors in Private Practice.
In 1988, Mr. D’Andrea was recognized as Surveyor General-North America by
the New England section of the American Congress of Surveying and Mapping
for his contributions to the land surveying profession.
In Connecticut, Mr. D’Andrea was appointed in 1971 by Gov. Thomas Meskill
for a five-year term on the Board of Registration for Professional
Engineers and Land Surveyors, representing both professions. And in 1979,
Gov. Ella Grasso appointed Mr. D’Andrea as the first person to serve as
chairman of the state Board of Examiners for Professional Engineers and
Land Surveyors. He stepped down from the position in 1995.
In Greenwich, Mr. D’Andrea was a member and past president of the Lions
Club of Old Greenwich. He was an avid vegetable gardener and golfer, who
once scored a hole-in-one and campaigned for improvements to the town’s
public golf course.
Mr. D’Andrea is survived by his wife of 56 years, Eulalie D’Andrea, and 10
children, including four daughters, Florence Verrier and Alicia Melillo,
both of Old Greenwich, and Eulalie “Lulu” Walklet and Laura Keane, both of
Fairfield; and six sons, Anthony L. D’Andrea of Riverside, Rocco V.
D’Andrea Jr. of Collegeville, Penn., Ron D’Andrea of Darien, Leonard
D’Andrea of Stamford, Douglas D’Andrea of Ketchum, Idaho, and Donald
D’Andrea of Fairfield.
Mr. D’Andrea is also survived by three sisters, Josephine Caruso and Rose
Callahan, both of Riverside, and Edith DeBeradinis of Stamford; and 21
He was predeceased by a sister, Asunta D’Andrea.
The D’Andrea family will receive friends on Friday with an open casket
from 4 to 5 p.m., and a closed casket from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Leo P.
Gallagher & Son Funeral Home, 31 Arch St., Greenwich.
There will be a funeral service held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Heart
Association, 5 Brookside Drive, Wallingford, CT 06492.