Eddie Andreini was born in San Gregorio, Calif., on March 28, 1937, to Italian immigrant parents Angelo Andreini and Rosina (Guerra) Andreini. He was the younger of two children, joining older brother Angelo Jr. Eddie’s parents worked on a ranch in San Gregorio. His father farmed the fields while his mother was hired as the ranch cook.
He entered his first year of school in San Gregorio at the age of 6, speaking only Italian. Eddie graduated from Half Moon Bay High School in 1955, served in the Army and worked until starting his own business as a general engineering contractor alongside his brother Angelo, with his parents’ support.
Eddie learned to fly at the early age of 16 by tricking his dad into signing paperwork, saying it was school-related. Eddie met with Frank Sylvestri, and his love of flying began.
Eddie met and married the real love of his life, Linda Bertolacci, on July 14, 1963. Together they ran two local businesses in Half Moon Bay and contributed to their community through volunteer and many community efforts.
They started a family by welcoming Ed Jr. and Mario, and continue to work with their family today.
Eddie is preceded in death by his parents, Rose and Angelo, his brother, Angelo Jr., and sister-in-law Fabian (Bettencourt). He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Linda Andreini, their sons Ed Jr. (daughter-in-law Sandra) and Mario (daughter-in-law Gina) as well as his beloved grandchildren, Courtney, Dominic, Emma, Sabina and Nico Andreini, his brother-in-law Richard Bertolacci, and many nieces and nephews who adored him.
A memorial Mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 13, at Our Lady of the Pillar Catholic Church with a celebration immediately following at the I.D.E.S. Hall.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to our local Boys and Girls Club of the Coastside.