Robert David Andrew Jr.
December 21, 1963 – July 1, 2018
Robert David Andrew Jr, age 54 of Clinton, CT, loving husband to Cathleen French-Andrew and caring father to four children Nicolas Andrew, Brianna Valerio, Marcus Andrew and step-son Robert Bragaw, passed away on July 1, 2018 in his home surrounded by the love of family and friends after a courageous battle with cancer. David was born December 21, 1963 in New Haven, CT to parents Robert David Andrew Sr. of Branford, CT and Martha McNeil Petitte of Cordova, TN. He graduated from Guilford High School in 1982 and was a Volunteer Firefighter for the towns of Clinton & Guilford, CT for over 23 years. David was a resident of Clinton, CT for 24 years. He married the love of his life, Cathleen French in 2010 and lived a cherished life with his love and his adorable puppies, Alex, Nico & Lily. David was an accomplished drummer and was a member of numerous Connecticut bands: Johnny Law, Tomorrow Just Started, Late for Dinner, Kelly Tamale Band, Rock Bottom and many more. David will be most remembered for his smile that could light up a room, his gentle heart and selflessness, his passion for classic horror flicks and his unparalleled ability to tear it up on the drums! In addition to his wife Cathleen French-Andrew and his children he is survived (and will be dearly missed by): Brother Kevin Andrew, Step-Father Leonard Petitte Jr, three step-siblings Kevin Petitte, Leonard Petitte III, Sister Lennace Petitte, five grandchildren, countless cousins, nieces and nephews as well as four aunts Barbara McNeil, Patricia Heldenfels, Marlene Beeler and Robbie Andrew. David's family would like to express their deep gratitude to the Swan Funeral Home staff for their wonderful and thoughtful care. Per David’s request a memorial service will be held late June, 2019. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the Clinton, CT Fire Department.
Robert David Andrew Jr.
August 26, 2018
I wish I knew where to start. I met Dave when I joined the fire department in 1991. What a great guy. Too many stories I could tell but I remember many nights that I’d see a red probe and bronco slowly making there way down the road with blue lights flashing. Entered many burning buildings with him. Very sad loss and another great friend gone way to soon. Rip brother.
July 10, 2018
My condolences go out to Daves family. I worked with Dave for many years and shared many laughs with him during that time He will be missed by all who got to know him. Rest In Peace Dave.
July 5, 2018
I loved this man- my favorite cousins son. I photographed their wedding at St Martins. To this day it wast the best wedding I have ever photographed
A bonus to that was the great time we all had there
We shared many dinners together - birthdays etc.
Dave will be missed by many but he left a big hole in my heart
Rock on Dave.
July 5, 2018
David was the grill master at our engagement party in Aug 2017. I brought my apron just in case and he was honored to be part of our event and contribute. Wearing the apron was an added bonus! This is one of the many photos that express the amazing individual David was. I will be forever indebted to Cat and David for allowing me to be part of their lives and creating these memories! With love, Carlene and Angel ❤️
July 5, 2018
The morning after David died, I sat down and wrote down what I would say if given the chance to speak at his memorial. Since his celebration of life party will be held a year from now (perfect for the Rocker everyone loved so much!!) I thought I'd share part of what I wrote here:
When I first met David in 3rd grade, he was as a child exactly who he grew to be as a man. A sweet, kind, funny, gentle, pleasant guy. My childhood memories almost all include David~
Sledding and making snowmen
Playing hockey at Ofreddy’s until after dark
Playing red light green light, hide and go seek, and any other game we could involve ourselves in until after dark
Christmas mornings running to each other’s houses to see what Santa brought us
Making homemade ice cream and jousting with the Geary’s
Playing in our pool for endless hours until we were pruned and starving. Running in circles to create powerful whirlpools, counting somersaults, and screaming underwater to see if we could make out what the other one was saying. We would get in that pool if it was 64 degrees.
Running up to Grampa Bill, Grandma Gina, and Barb’s house to see the latest Barbie stuff and grab a snack
Hanging out with Ratty and Eyebrow
Goofing off at the bus stop in the mornings
And of course...music! Listening to music together, standing in his basement watching him play the drums when he got his first drum set, and KISS!
Finally getting to meet his TRUE LOVE Cat
Our friendship began in the innocence of childhood. It was pure and fun and uncomplicated and it always stayed that way. With my family, he was the happiest part of my happy childhood. Rock on David, I love you.