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“I shall miss you, Uncle Andy! I have a lot of warm memories of the times we were all together... ”
1 of 9 | Posted by: Travis Joyce - somerville, MA

“I am so saddened to hear of Andy's passing. He was like a brother to me. He always supported me and more so when I remarried after Rosie died. I will...Read More »
2 of 9 | Posted by: Tony Ruggerio - Revere, MA

“Adam, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your dad. My thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time. ”
3 of 9 | Posted by: Beth Schlaich - Ashby, MA

“Adam, I'm so sorry for the loss of your father. Please know you are in my thoughts and I wish your family peace during this tough time.Love, Jeannie ”
4 of 9 | Posted by: Jeannoue Crane - Tewksbury, MA

“WISH WE HAD BEEN CLOSER THESE PAST YEARS,BUT MY THOUGHTS WERE WHEN WE WERE KIDS GOOD TIMES;YOU,GUY,ROSEMARIE,MARY,JOANIE,& ME.GOD BLESS YOU. COUSIN...Read More »
5 of 9 | Posted by: JOSEPH MARTORANO - TEWKSBURY, MA

“My uncle and my Godfather, you are loved by all of us and will miss you dearly. We had great memories down the Cape and will treasure them always&...Read More »
6 of 9 | Posted by: Lyn Murphy - Beverly - Family


7 of 9 | Posted by: Joe Martorano - Tewksbury, MA

“I wish I could be there in your time of need. My uncle was an amazing person. I always knew him as Uncle Bunzo! He was the one who entered a contest...Read More »
8 of 9 | Posted by: Lisa Lake - Oviedo, FL - Family

“Good Bye, Love you always ”
9 of 9 | Posted by: Chris Ruggerio - Greeley, CO


Mr. Andrew M. DeFrancesco died at home on Wednesday, November 14, 2018. He was 87.

Born on May 8, 1931 in Boston he was a son of the late Charles and Emily (Maffei) DeFrancesco. Raised and educated in East Boston he graduated from East Boston High School where he played on its baseball and basketball teams. Andrew honorably served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict and was stationed in Germany. He met Medford native Tanya Z. Kolligian while both studying at UMass Amherst and the pair were married in Holy Trinity Armenian Church on Brattle Street in Cambridge on May 20, 1962. They settled in Lexington where they would raise their family and have been residents of Waltham since 1994.

Andrew earned his first Bachelor's degree in English Literature from University of Massachusetts Amherst. He worked as a draftsman for many years before earning his second Bachelor's degree in architecture from the Boston Architectural Center where he later taught.

His professional career was long spanned in architecture. Andrew worked for various companies before establishing his own firm, AMD Architects and was still working until recent weeks.

Following his love for his family, especially the grandchildren whom he adored, Andrew was most content playing golf. He belonged to Meadowbrook Country Club in Reading and played many rounds as well at Falmouth Country Club. His love of things out doors also included skiing and membership in the Woburn Sportsman's Club and he had a keen eye for photography. Andrew loved following the New England Patriots and was a loyal fan of the Celtics in the era of their 'Dream Team'.

In addition to his wife of 56 years, Tanya, he leaves their children, Adam M. DeFrancesco of Waltham and Nicole S. Leone (Frank) of Newton; his grandchildren, Samantha, Sofia and Joseph Leone and Jakob DeFrancesco; his brother, Guy DeFrancesco (Dorothy) of Saugus; his brothers-in-law, Mark Kolligian (Nancy) of Franklin, Tony Ruggerio of Revere, and Gerry Roy in California; his sister-in-law, Judy Kolligian of Jamaica Plain; nieces & nephews.

He was also the brother of the late Rosemarie Ruggerio and Mary Roy.

Family and friends will honor and remember Andrew's life by gathering for calling hours in The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street (Rte. 20), Waltham on Sunday, November 18th from 2 to 5 p.m. and again on Monday morning when his funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Burial is private.

Memorials in his name may be made to St. Jude's Children's Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675-8517.