Andrew (Andy) William Pietrafeso of Golden, Colorado, died on the 19th day of March 2020, at 70 years old, after a decade long battle with early onset Alzheimer's and dementia.
Andy was born in Denver at St. Anthony's Hospital on the 12th of June, 1949 to Michael and Dorothy Pietrafeso. He grew up in the Denver metro area, was an alumni of Wheatridge High School Class of 67 and attended Arapaho Community College. Andy was known for wearing many hats, from loving husband and devoted father, to business owner extraordinaire. He started his early career with Mastercraft in Denver as the President of their retail division and then moved towards his calling in restaurants. Andy moved to own and operate multiple Italian restaurants throughout South and West Denver including Pastas, Pasta's II, Pizza +, Cappuccinos, Cappuccino's North and Maggio's. Providing jobs, creating lasting memories and relationships at his restaurants, was only the surface of what his restaurants offered. Andy's legacy was being able to provide a homely and family atmosphere wherever he went. Helping relationships flourish, coaching and mentoring his staff like family, providing security for so many encompassed his passions as a business owner. As a result Andy found himself surrounded by previous staff and loving support from all of those he encouraged to grow. As if 6 restaurants wasn't enough, Andrew was also a successful realtor working for Van Schaack and then Coldwell banker for over 20 years.
Above all Andy was a loving family man with a huge heart and a constant desire for adventure. During the Fall and Winter you could be sure to find Andy and his family at the Broncos game every Sunday. His devotion as a Broncos fan, having season tickets for over 40 years, never missing even the coldest of games with family in tow contributed to the passing down of traditions to his children that they practice to this day. He was known around the Broncos games for his incredible tailgate parties, and amazing food from his restaurants that he shared with anyone who came by. He enjoyed sharing all of his passions with his family and friends by hosting parties, going to concerts, dancing and cooking for everyone.
Andy loved a crowd but always made time for his family. Some of his family's favorite memories of him include many skiing trips, father and son tucking down the mountain the entire way, mother and daughter enjoying a hot cocoa all while enjoying the beauty that is nature. Snorkeling trips, watching Andy be the first to run to the sand and play as a child would, building sand castles and listening to Jimmy buffet as he and Debi sipped on fruity drinks while watching their kids play. Our fishing trips to George Town that didn't always result in lots of fish, but came along with some great barbecues and of course the fun of Andy singing and dancing to any tune that was playing his head. Picking our yearly destination trips to a hotel on a beach was one of our most anticipated family times, knowing the adventures that were to come with each trip.
Andy leaves behind the love of his life, wife and mother of 42 years Debi Pietrafeso, his two children Trevor Pietrafeso and Marissa (William) Page and his beloved grandson Forest Page. He also leaves behind his brother Michael (Barb) Pietrafeso, along with many other family members and friends. He was preceded in death by his father and mother Michael and Dorothy Pietrafeso.
Due to current circumstances, it is unknown when the family will be holding a celebration. They plan to share the information when they are able to. In remembrance of Andy, for the time being, you can put on some of his favorite music and dance for him (The Beatles, Jimmy Buffet, Neil Diamond, Billy Joel).
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