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Andrews, Daniel J. July 23, 1948 - October 12, 2020

Dan Andrews passed away on October 12th, surrounded by his loving family.

Born and raised in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, Dan graduated from St. John’s University in Brooklyn in 1970 and launched a career in the news business as a photo caption writer at United Press International. It ultimately led him to a spot as UPI’s Bureau Chief in City Hall’s hallowed Room 9 press corps, covering Mayor Ed Koch.

Dan moved from Manhattan after getting married in 1973 and put down roots in Queens, where he raised his children and went on to serve for 23 distinguished years as press secretary to Borough Presidents Claire Shulman and Helen Marshall.  When he retired in 2013, the New York Daily News noted that Dan “may well be the longest serving government spokesperson in the city.”

Dan was an esteemed member of the Silurians Press Club, the NY Press Club and the Narrowbacks.  He loved his 30 plus years as part of the Inner Circle organization, serving as its program director for two decades.  He was also a proud Honorary Battalion Chief of the FDNY.

But more than anything, Dan was a kind and decent man of faith, and a beloved husband of 47 years to the love of his life, Deirdre, an incredible father to Jerry and Alison, loving father-in-law to Johannes and Maura, and doting “Pop-Pop” to Anna, Billy, Matthew and Catherine.

A wake for Dan will be held Thursday, 10/15 and Friday, 10/16 (2-4, 7-9) at McGrath’s Funeral Home, 20 Cedar Street in Bronxville. A funeral mass will be celebrated Saturday at Corpus Christi Church, 31-30 61st street in Woodside, Queens.

In remembrance of Dan, the family asks that any charitable donations be made to either St. Patrick’s Home for the Aged and Infirmed in the Bronx or the NY Firefighters Burn Center Foundation.

Calling Hours:  2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm Thursday and Friday

Mass: 10:30 am, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020, Church of the Corpus Christi, Woodside, Queens

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    Peter W. Bolioli, Jr says

    Rest In Peace my dear Friend. A life too short but well lived. My deepest condolences to Deidre, Allison, Jerry and all the family. With Love, Peter

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    Adriana Grech says

    Our love and deepest sympathies to Deedee, Jerry, Allison And all the family on the passing of Danny. May your hearts be comforted with the memories of his loving life.
    Love always, Adriana and John

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    William Vasallo says

    Kind, good natured and warm. A group of us met weekly for breakfast. He went out of his way to tell us how much he enjoyed it. For me and my wife, it was a privilege to have known him. We’ll miss him every morning morn. Maria and Gil

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    Katherine (Katie) Thompson says

    My deepest sympathy to the. entire Andrews family, Dee, Jerry, Alison on the passing of Danny,
    it was a great pleasure of having known him, I hope you find great comfort from your dear friends and family who will share your loss. One thing I will remember of Danny, while I was living with Anne and Jim is that I got to go into the city to see a performance of the Inner Circle. May he RIP,
    Love Katie

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    Katherine (Katie) Thompson says

    My sincere sympathy to the entire Andrews family, Dee, Jerry and Alison. It was a great pleasure of having got to know such a great talented man. I hope you fine great comfort from your friends and family who will share your loss. One thing I shall always remember of going into the city to see a performance of the Inner Circle, which I truly enjoyed. RIP Danny, you will be missed by all who knew you

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    Morry Alter says

    Jerry,
    So sorry to learn of your dad’s passing. I did not know him, but I know he had be a good guy to raise a son like you.
    Peace,
    Morry Alter

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    Mary Contessa says

    Deidra & Family:
    There are no words to express our condolences! Dan was an amazing, intelligent, funny person! I described him as my Rock @Boro Hall! I know he was suffering & how difficult it must have been for all but especially him. He was a proud man! Although we didn’t see each other often, when we were together it was like no time passed!!! Love to you all! Now he will be my rock in Heaven along with too many others!
    Love, hugs & prayers
    Mary Contessa & Jesse

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    Hugh Weinberg says

    To Dan and his Family:

    I’ll always remember Dan as a great friend and mentor in the Queens Borough President’s Office. As a colleague for fourteen years, he always offered sage advice and kind words, especially in difficult times. Most importantly, he was a kind and decent man, which is increasingly rare these days. And he was a great Dad, as anyone who knows his kids will tell you.

    Rest in Peace, Dan!

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    Sylvia and Koshin Egal says

    To Jerry and Family,
    We were very saddened to hear of your father’s passing. . May he Rest In Peace. We know that you will greatly miss him, and we hope you find comfort and peace in loving memories. You are in our prayers and hearts.

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    Paulie Mcgovern says

    Danny you lived a beautiful life, had a beautiful death and one could only imagine how beautiful your afterlife will be! You will be missed, cya later alligator!

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    L. Egal says

    To The Andrews Family –

    Our deepest condolences. It’s been more than two decades since Jerry and I moved into the freshman dorms at Marist College. It was there that I first met Mr. Andrews and had the opportunity to observe his distinguished presence as a father and gentleman. I’ve had the opportunity to continue to observe his lasting legacy in the way Jerry carries himself as a father and husband. That in itself is the greatest gift a parent can provide their child.

    Rest In Peace, Mr. Andrews.

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