Published 12:30 pm, Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Andrew Passarelli, 90, died Sept. 10.
Born on April 5, 1921, in Ielsi, Campobasso, Italy, he was a sergeant in the Italian army during World War II and was sent to Russia. He was among the few Italian soldiers who made it back to Italy.
He worked as a tailor, as were his father Michael and three brothers. After the war, they all immigrated to Maracay, Venezuela, where Andrew became the chief tailor for the Venezuelan Air Force.
He and his family later immigrated to the United States, where they settled in Westport in 1957. In Westport, he opened a tailor shop across from the train station, which was known for his customized men's suits. He ran the shop more than 30 years and was recognized by the Westchester/Connecticut Tailoring Association with awards for his tailoring.
Survivors include two brothers and a sister, Emilio Passarelli of Campobasso, Italy, Gaetano Passarelli of Westport and Gabriella Palange of Ielsi, Italy, and their families. He was predeceased by his wife, Benedetta; a daughter, Frances; a son Michael, and a brother, Pasquale.
A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, in Assumption Church, 98 Riverside Ave., Westport. Memorial contributions may be made to the Jewish Home for the Elderly, 175 Jefferson St., Fairfield, CT 06825.