Little Falls: Mr. Robert “Andrew” Little, 88, a longtime Little Falls area resident and businessman, passed away on Wednesday, May 4, 2011.
Mr. Little was born on February 13, 1923 in Little Falls, a son of the late Gordon D. and Frances (Race) Little. He was educated in Little Falls Schools and graduated from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA. Andrew married the former Esther Davy on June 22, 1946 in the First Presbyterian Church in Little Falls. They enjoyed a loving union of 52 years until Mrs. Little’s passing in 1998. He especially enjoyed their Elderhostel vacations together.
Andrew enlisted in the United States Army in 1943. He was a veteran of World War II, and was honorably discharged in 1945. He was a recipient of the D Day Battle Award and as a part of Patton's 3rd Army, fought in the Battle of the Bulge. He also was awarded the Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster because he was twice wounded in battle in Germany. He subsequently lost the medal and Rep. Sherwood Boehlert was instrumental in locating his military records, which had been lost in a fire at the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis, MO, which allowed him to receive a replacement. Rep. Boehlert presented Mr. Little with the Purple Heart, stating, “I’m honored to award Mr. Robert Little with the Purple Heart he earned defending our nation during World War II. Mr. Little has made countless sacrifices on and off the battlefield for his fellow man, and deserves to be recognized. It’s a privilege to award Mr. Little his well-deserved Purple Heart Medal.”
Mr. Little was the Owner/Manager of Andrew Little & Sons Lumber Co. in Little Falls. He, at one time, was employed with Herkimer County Trust. Andrew was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Little Falls, Dolgeville Masonic Lodge, Little Falls Civic Club, Little Falls Rotary, and Little Falls Historical Society. He was a former Chairman of the Northern District of the Boy Scouts of America, and received the Silver Beaver Award. He was part owner of the trotting horse Breezy Knoll Elite. He enjoyed raising the horse and watching her race. He was a member of the U.S. Trotting Association.
Andrew is survived by his loving family, sons, Andrew Little, II and his wife Julie of Dolgeville, and The Reverend David G. Little and his wife Jo of Nicholson, PA, and a daughter, The Reverend Heather Little-Andrade and her husband Stephen of Dighton, MA. He also leaves his beloved grandchildren, Peter Little and wife Julie Beth, Nathan Little and wife Keari, Emily Little and husband Jesse Tafoya, Nolan Little, Jesse Andrade and Raquel Andrade, a sister-in-law, Margaret Marcy, and many great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins.
In addition to his parents and wife, Esther, Andrew was predeceased by a brother, Gordon Douglas Little, Jr.
Relatives and friends may pay their respects on Monday, May 9, 2011 from 11 am – 1 pm at Enea Family Funeral Home, 24 W. Monroe Street, Little Falls (315-823-2424).
Mr. Little’s funeral will commence at the funeral home at the conclusion of calling hours (1 pm), and will be conducted by his son, The Reverend David G. Little. Burial will immediately follow in Church Street Cemetery, Little Falls.
In lieu of floral offerings, donations may be made in Andrew’s memory to Little Falls Hospital, 140 Burwell Street, Little Falls, NY 13365. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. The family is being served by Harry J. Enea, Funeral Director.
To add to Andrew's online memorials, please visit our website at www.eneafamily.com on the Internet.