Andrew George Belotti
April 23, 1948 - August 11, 2020
Obituary for Andrew George Belotti
Andrew George Belotti, 72, peacefully passed on August 11, 2020 after fiercely fighting a second round of cancer. Born in New Jersey on April 23, 1948, Andy was the son of the late Joseph and Mary Belotti and older brother of the late Joseph Belotti.
After graduating high school in 1965, Andy joined the ROTC. His squad was called to serve in December that same year. After 18 completed missions, helping to lead his squad, he earned the rank of Green Beret. The drive and determination to reach such a distinguished milestone no doubt helped him persevere during other challenges in life. Being part of this elite group and the pride for his country certainly nourished him. His pride was evident, from his great war stories to the flags flying high above his home.
His strength helped him survive 18 months as a POW during the Vietnam War. For his time and leadership, along with his sacrifice, Andy was awarded multiple Purple Hearts, a Silver Star, a Distinguished Service Cross, Rank of Captain and a new set of teeth giving him a smile he claimed to be that of Burt Lancaster. He later joined the New Jersey State Police.
He moved his family to Pennsylvania to help his uncle run his construction company where he learned the business from the ground up. Armed with experience and knowledge, Andy moved to North Carolina in 1990 and formed Andy Belotti and Associates, LLC. It was his work ethic that had him overextended far past his prime to see his projects to completion. Up until a few days prior to his passing, he was still enjoying coffee and barking orders at his crew while estimating new jobs.
Another love of Andy’s was “the little guys”, how Andy referenced children. They made him smile, he knew how to make them laugh and they gravitated towards his infectious kindness. PopPop found joy helping the grandchildren with projects, refinishing old toys and heading to Lowe’s for a class that he could share with them.
Andy will continue to be loved and cherished by his wife Diane, sons Steve, Rob and Jason Belotti, daughters Dana (Lee) Hiner, Jayme (David) Roof, Nikki Gajowski, and his six grandchildren, Nicholas Belotti, Alayna, Allie and Logan Roof and Kennedy and Edwin Hiner.
There wasn’t a person, young or old, that wouldn’t be met with “I got a joke for you”. They were always colorful, occasionally witty and only sometimes, truly funny. Andy had a story for every occasion, situation, and close encounter. Be it clients, friends, bar buds, or even a stranger, if he had a receptive ear or audience, he would share a life experience that anyone would swear was written in a Hollywood Movie.
A private memorial service will be held at Renaissance Funeral Home, 7615 Six Forks Rd, Raleigh, NC 27615.
Andy had a passion for supporting St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital and the Wounded Warrior Project. The family would be grateful for any thoughts of gifts or donations be made in Andy’s honor to these wonderful organizations:
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