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Andrew Joseph Simso Jr., 91, WWII Vet

NORWALK, Conn. – Andrew "Cotter" Joseph Simso Jr., a master builder who ended his career as a foreman for the Norwalk Housing Authority, died Saturday at the age of 91. He was a World War II veteran, having served in the U.S. Coast Guard from 1941-45 on the USS Pride. He was stationed at the Greens Ledge Lighthouse off Rowayton and was a resident of Rowayton and Norwalk since 1943.

Simso was an avid bowler for Solhiem Builders at Rip Van Winkle Bowling Alley. He was one of the original founders of Brookside Boy Scout Troop 61 in 1955, a guidance and inspiration to many boys. He was a member of St. Matthew's Church.

Simso was born in Minneapolis, where he was a star basketball player and also lettered in diamond ball and football for the Boy's Vocational High School.

He is survived by three sons, Andrew and wife Diane of Florida, David and wife Pamela of Newtown, and Michael and wife Neuen of Pound Ridge, N.Y.; three sisters, Elizabeth Kozak, Mary Rolek and Patricia Donovan of Minneapolis; and six grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, three great-great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Simso was buried with full military honors at St. John Cemetery. Donations to VITAS Hospice 99 Hawley Lane, Suite 1204 2nd Floor, Stratford, CT 06614, would be appreciated.

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