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Mr. Andrew J. Corrao, 91, of Essex, passed away on Saturday morning in Ledgewood Rehabilitation following a decline in health. He was the husband of the late Juanita J. (Parsons) Corrao with whom he shared 67 years of marriage.

Andy was born May 7, 1925 in Gloucester, son of the late Salvatore and Benedetta (Sansone) Corrao. He was a resident of Essex for over 60 years and previously resided in Gloucester. He was a graduate of St. Ann’s School.

He was a highly decorated WW II United States Army veteran. Serving in the Pacific theater he earned many medals, including a purple heart, for his actions in 27 landings and 3 major battles.

Andy was a fisherman who worked as an engineer on fishing boats on the Gloucester Waterfront for many years. He was later employed by Rose's Machine Shop in Gloucester. He spent his later years digging clams in the Essex River.

He loved music, and enjoyed playing the piano, organ and the mandolin. Bingo was a favored pastime along with playing chess. He also enjoyed gardening and working on home improvement projects.

He is survived by his children Christine Towle and her husband David of Florida, Andrew J. Corrao, Jr. of Essex, Salvatore Corrao of Salem, JoAnn Conant and her husband Bruce of Woburn and Kelly Corrao and his wife Diane of Essex. He is also survived by his brother Leo Corrao and his wife Dorie of Bosque, New Mexico and his sister Elizabeth Dickinson of Burlington. He is also the proud grandfather to his 13 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren and loving uncle to his many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his siblings Carl Corrao, Anthony Corrao, Salvatore Corrao, Jr., Rose Ciaramitaro and Sylvia Carmello.
Andrew’s Memorial Service will be in the Pike-Newhall Funeral Home, 61 Middle St., Gloucester, on Tuesday, August 9, 2016 at 12 p.m. There will be a time of visitation prior to the service beginning at 11 a.m. Relatives and Friends are respectfully invited. Donations in his memory may be made to The Gloucester Fisherman's Wives Association, 3 Beauport Ave, Gloucester, MA 01930 Interment will follow at Spring Street Cemetery, Essex. For online condolences and register book please visit www.pikenewhall.com.
Published on  August 5, 2016
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