Douglas David D’Andrea, the son of the late Rocco V. and Eulalie D’Andrea, passed away on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, from an automobile accident near Ketchum, Idaho.

    He was born on Sept. 8, 1956, and grew up in Riverside, Conn., attended Riverside Elementary School and Eastern Junior High and graduated from Greenwich High School in 1975. He was an accomplished athlete, an outstanding wrestler and the star pitcher on the baseball team. At a young age, Doug was written up in Sports Illustrated for his pitching abilities. He graduated from Dean Junior College in 1977 and worked for more than 15 years with his father at Rocco V. D’Andrea Inc. as a land surveyor.  In 1993, he moved to Ketchum, Idaho, where he worked in construction as a master craftsman, where he demonstrated his creative talents. He worked with his friend Spyder at Spyderworks constructing and installing cabinets, and drove limousines to the airport in his free time.

    He was proud of the time he volunteered at the Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, N.Y.  Besides the love Doug had for his family and many friends, playing golf, the New York Jets and the New York Yankees, he had great culinary abilities and always had something cooking, or a roast in the oven.

    In the past several years, his favorite pastime was growing and harvesting his peppers. His ninth-generation hot peppers were his “babies.” He started them from seed every year, growing the plants and sharing the produce after drying, jarring and freezing the peppers.

    On Sept. 27, 2013, Doug had a hole-in-one at the Bigwood Golf Course in Ketchum, which was a great thrill for him and one of his ultimate goals.

    He was very involved with and proud of his participation with the Camp Rainbow Gold Golf Tournament, which benefitted Idaho children with cancer and their families, as well as many other charitable events.

    Survivors include four sisters: Florence (John) Verrier and children Leslie (Kerry), Gavin and Elizabeth (Matt) Holcomb of Old Greenwich, Conn.; Eulalie “Lulu” (Phil) Walklet and children Eric (Chey), Nick (Lauren), Courtney and Caleigh (who had a special connection to Doug as his god-daughter) of Fairfield, Conn.; Alicia (Doug) Melillo and children Andrew and Sarah (Travis) of Stamford, Conn.; Laura (Bob) Keane and children Maxx, Chelsea and Samantha of Fairfield, Conn..

    Also included are four brothers: Tony (Martha) D’Andrea and children Craig and Christopher of Riverside, Conn.; Ron (Emily) D’Andrea and children Kathryn, Becca and Matthew of Darien, Conn.; Leonard (Mary Lou) D’Andrea and Denise L’Hommidieu of Stamford, Conn.; and Donald (Suzanne) D’Andrea and children Morgan and Sydney of New Canaan, Conn., and his deceased brother Rocco’s wife, Mary D’Andrea, and children David (Angela) and Meghann of Eagleville, Pa. In addition, there are 21 nieces and nephews, and seven great-nieces and nephews.

    He was predeceased by his brother, Rocco, and parents, Rocco and Eulalie D’Andrea.

    A service will be held at 12:30 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 4, at The First Congregational Church of Greenwich, 108 Sound Beach Ave., Old Greenwich, Conn. There will be a brief burial of ashes immediately after the service, followed by a reception in the church hall.

    Ketchum: Please join us in celebrating and story-telling the life of our buddy Dougy D. on Friday, Nov. 2 at the Hemingways, behind Apples, from 5-7 p.m.

    If one wishes to make a donation in Doug’s memory, please consider Camp Rainbow Gold at Camprainbowgold.org, Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Research at lustgarten.org or the Breast Cancer Research Foundation at bcrf.org or online at woodriverchapel.com.