Richard M. 'Dick' DiAndrea

Date of Death: 10/25/2019

Dick DiAndrea

December 19, 1941- October 25,2019

Dick DiAndrea, 77, Altoona, passed away on Friday at his home following a brief illness.  He was born in Altoona, son of the late Michael Anthony and Helen V. (Prosperi) DiAndrea. 

A lifelong resident of Altoona,  Dick is survived by a son, JR DiAndrea (Rachel) of Altoona; 3 daughters: Pam DiAndrea of Duncansville, Paige Bast (Christopher) of Altoona and Krissy Miller (Jamie) of Bellwood; 4 grandchildren: Dante DiAndrea, Ava and Sam Miller and Ellis Bast; a brother Michael A. DiAndrea (Linda) of Springfield, VA.; and a sister, Karen Fiore (Bob) of Altoona.  Dick is also survived by his partner Angie and his beloved Yorkie, Mia.

He was a 1959 graduate of Altoona High School and a member of the Buccinese and Cesare Battisti Clubs and the UVA.

 Dick showed his love of this community through endless volunteer work.  He served on the board of AMED for many years as well as the board of Lakemont Park and Easter Seals.   He was a champion of Sister Paula’s soup kitchen and helped to launch Christmas Carol; a charity that has been helping to give area families a Christmas during a time of need for nearly 50 years.  

Dick’s passion for music began at an early age.  He volunteered his time after school to offer a

closed circuit radio show for the Veterans at the VA home.   Soon after, he was hired at WTRN in Tyrone and would ride his bike all the way there after school daily.   He would later tell people the bike ride wasn’t hard at all.  He felt like he was flying because he couldn’t wait to get there.  

He then helped launch a new radio station, WEND, a long stint at WFBG, where he started Bandstand.  After years spent behind the mic, Dick worked as a radio sales manager and general manager. He founded a very successful advertising agency and would later find his way back behind the microphone once again at WALY and WFBG.  Near the end of his career, he was named Broadcaster of the Year by the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters, an honor that touched him deeply.

Dick’s short time with us was a life well lived.  His passions in life were many.  There were many things he truly enjoyed, and spontaneity was one of his greatest traits. He was an amazing family man who treasured his family.  His adoration of his grandchildren was evident.  He enjoyed food and cooking, movies, travel and gardening.       He LOVED to laugh and made sure that he and those around him did so daily.    And of course, he loved music.  The oldies were his favorite genre, but he kept up with modern music as well and would often play the YouTube video of new music that he discovered for visitors.  

A humble and simple man, he never met a stranger.  Even those who experienced only a brief encounter came away feeling like they knew him for years.  He made every person he met feel important and he truly loved spending time with people. 

The family will be receiving all those whose lives were touched by this great man from 3 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 29,2019, at The Stevens Mortuary, Inc., 1421 8th Ave., Altoona where a vigil for the deceased will be held.  A funeral Mass for Dick will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019, at Sacred heart Catholic Church, Altoona.  Committal will be held at Calvary Cemetery.

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