David T. “Dave” Andrezzi

Hornell, New York

David T. “Dave” Andrezzi – 95 – of 77 Elizabeth St., Hornell, died Monday evening (March 4, 2024) at his home, following a long illness.

Born in Brooklyn, NY on September 11, 1928, he was the son of Thomas & Rosalia (Puccio) Andreozzi.

Dave grew up in Brooklyn and at the age of 16 enlisted in the US Army Air Force after forging his parents’ signature on the US Enlistment Consent form. He was a Veteran of WWII serving primarily as a member of the Military Police. Dave was stationed at many places throughout the world including the United States and Japan. He was honorably discharged after serving 2 years with the US Air Force/Army and 3 years as a member of the US Air Force Reserves.

After being honorably discharged from the military, Dave returned to Brooklyn and eventually moved to Hornell. He worked for a time at Stern & Stern Industries and later was employed for about 30 years at the former Erie Railroad, Erie-Lackawanna Railroad and Conrail in many capacities, primarily as a Lineman.

Following his “retirement” from the railroad, Dave began working for Maple City Dodge in Hornell as a driver and parts deliveryman, retiring with over 25 years of service.

Dave was a member of Our Lady of the Valley Parish and a communicant of St. Ann’s Church. He was an avid fisherman who enjoyed fishing in lakes, streams, ponds & rivers. In his youth while living in Brooklyn, Dave was a talented boxer and remained a boxing fan for the rest of his life. He was also a lifelong Yankees fan and never missed watching a game. He even attended some games at the old stadium with some of his grandchildren.

Dave was known as “Poppy” to his grandchildren and great grandchildren, who he always enjoyed spending time with, and to many around town, he was known as “Grandpa Dave.”

He was married to the former Mary Cartella who died July 8, 1996. He was also preceded in death by his brothers, Anthony Andreozzi and Lawrence Andreozzi.

Surviving are his children, Rosalie (Steve) Muhlollen of Hartsville, Joann Kuhn of Hornell, Mary Angela Andrezzi of Hornell, David Andrezzi of Hornell, Valerie Burch of Arkport, Thomas (Heather) Andrezzi of Casselberry, FL and Ann Marie Dailey of Hamlin, NY; his sister, Nancy Cartella of Hornell; his brother, Francis Andreozzi of Lake Havasu, AZ; his in-laws, Carl (Mary) Cartella, Lou (Beth) Cartella; 13 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; several nieces & nephews.

The family of David T. “Dave” Andrezzi will receive friends on Sunday from 4:00 PM until 6:00 PM at the Dagon Funeral Home, 38 Church St., Hornell, NY. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday at 1:00 PM at St. Ann’s Church with burial in St. Mary’s Cemetery next to his wife, Mary.

Dave’s family request that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his name be made to Care First at 3805 Meads Creek Road, Painted Post, NY 14870. Memorial forms will be available at the Dagon Funeral Home.

In recognition of Dave’s service to his country during WWII, the American Flag at the Dagon Funeral Home will be flown at half-staff.

5 Responses to “David T. “Dave” Andrezzi”

  1. Shawn Hogan says:

    Rest in Peace, my good friend. I always enjoyed our conversations, especially the stories of your life.
    I feel blessed to have known you. My sincere condolences to his lovely family.
    Shawn D. Hogan

  2. JT says:

    Michele and Jordan-
    So sorry for your loss. I know how much he meant to you both. He’s got the best seat in the house now to watch his Yankees.

  3. Paul MacDonald says:

    Poppy, as I knew you, I pray that you are blessed with eternal peace in heaven, you earned it. You had a life filled with loving family, friends and adventure. Thank you for your service. As a 16 year old your age was far outweighed by your duty to serve. Prayers for peace for your family.

  4. Mary (Randall) Davidson says:

    My condolences to the entire family. My father spoke highly of Dave when the worked together for a time. I was not fortunate to know him but know most of the family. He and Mary raised a wonderful family. May all the memories bring some peace and smiles to you all!

  5. Kim Clifford Wood says:

    To the Andrezzi family:

    I was sorry to hear about your Dad…. when my sister Kathy told me, the first thing I thought of was so many memories & laughter. I know God gave us memories, so when our hearts hurt from a loss, those special memories will bring a smile. What an amazing legacy your parents have left ( your beautiful Mother much too soon), and now your Dad. He will be missed very much I would run into him, usually at Stop & Shop… he always had a big smile and hug Your family has always been special to our family…. Sending you all much love and hugs. Special love to my friend Fling…. God bless and watch over you all

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