In Memoriam


In Memory of

Andrew Tessitore

October 21, 2018


Andrew Tessitore, 76 Architect, husband, father, and grandfather Devout husband, father and grandfather Andrew Tessitore died in his home on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018, following a long-fought battle with leukemia.

The son of two Italian immigrants, Anthony and Josephine, Andrew grew up in Brooklyn, N.Y. He graduated from New Utrecht High School and the New York Institute of Technology with a degree in architectural technology. Fueled by a passion for drafting and structural design, Andrew worked tirelessly to become an architect.

He joined the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in the early 1960's and worked there until his retirement in 2008. Andrew survived two separate terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center that, as for many New Yorkers, had a profound and lasting impact on his life.

As an architect, Andrew was instrumental in the design and planning of our city's major airports, including extensive work at Newark Liberty International airport.

With his wife Rosalie, Andrew moved to New Springville in 1973, where he began his true life's work, raising and providing for his family. Andrew's greatest love was to spend time with his children and grandchildren including, most notably, watching and coaching them in sports. Andrew spent several years coaching at Mid-Island Little League, and some of his happiest moments were watching his sons play sports and later in life watching his grand-daughters participating in softball, basketball and soccer.

Andrew was a fanatic Mets fan who would rarely miss a game and would often schedule his day to make sure he was able to watch his favorite team lose. He was also a passionate dog lover. His loyal companion and best friend was Shakespeare, a black and white Shih Tzu, who was often seen by his side walking the streets of New Springville.

Andrew is survived by his loving wife, Rosalie; two sons, Anthony and Michael and their wives, Kimberly and Tracy; five granddaughters, Emily, Angelina, Kelsey, Maggie and Anna; brother, Albino; sister, Elisa, and numerous loving nieces and nephews.

Visitation is from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. today, Tuesday, Oct. 23, and Wednesday, Oct. 24, at Casey Funeral Home. Funeral service is 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, at Our Lady of Pity Church. Entombment is at Moravian Cemetery.


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