In Loving Memory of Drew Ritzul

May 05, 1940
Bridgeport, CT
November 16, 2018
Fairfield, CT
Funeral Home

Spear-Miller Funeral Home

39 South Benson Road,
Fairfield CT US 06824


Spear-Miller Funeral Home, Tuesday 10:00 a.m.- 11:30 a.m.

39 South Benson Road,
CT 06824

November 27, 2018


Spear-Miller Funeral Home

Memorial Service

39 South Benson Road,
CT 06824

Tuesday, November 27, 2018 11:30 a.m.


Family Gathering


Homes for the Brave

655 Park Avenue,
CT 06605

Andrew (Drew) J. Ritzul

Andrew J. Ritzul (Drew), age 78, of Fairfield passed away Friday, November 16, 2018 in his home. Born in Bridgeport, the son of the late Andrew and Evelyn Ritzul, he had been a lifelong area resident. A graduate of Roger Ludlowe High School where he excelled in both baseball and basketball, Drew served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He received his BS degree in Engineering from Northeastern University where he was recruited on a basketball scholarship. He worked at Lacey Manufacturing for 38 years as a medical instrument design engineer. As a young man he was active in scouting, attaining the rank of Eagle Scout. Drew played in numerous sports leagues throughout the years, and particularly loved to play softball. His passion was old classic cars. He loved restoring old cars and helped start the local Classic Car Club. He loved attending shows and organized car cruises throughout the area. Drew loved country music and playing and building steel guitars; and was a member of the Pedal Steel Association. He was a die-hard fan of UConn Women Huskies basketball. Drew was a member of the Gaelic American Club and the Association of Navy Veterans, Port 5. He always looked forward to meeting his buddies for coffee at the Pine Creek Deli. Survivors include a brother, Richard Ritzul and his wife Judy of Tucson, AZ; two sisters, Maureen Simms and her husband Larry of Boynton Beach, FL and Mary Beth Fiol and her husband Edward of Miami, FL; several nieces and his long-time companion, Susan Oviatt of Stratford. A memorial service will be held Tuesday, November 27, 2018 at 11:30 a.m. at the Spear-Miller Funeral Home, 39 South Benson Road, Fairfield. Friends may greet the family Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. to the time of the service. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Homes for the Brave, 655 Park Ave., Bridgeport, CT 06605. For information or to offer an online condolence please visit

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18 Guestbook Entries for Andrew J. (Drew) Ritzul

  1. You will be missed. We all shared some good times at our class reunions.
    To Drew’s family, please accept my deepest condolences on Drew’s passing. Cherish all your good memories.

  2. Drew was a very special man in so many ways.
    A gracious gentleman and a loving friend. We will miss our dinners with him and Susan.
    Our deepest sympathy for your loss Ovi.

  3. Deepest Condolences to MaryBeth, Maureen and family on your loss. Drew was a lovely person who made many a trip to the store enjoyable with spending time chatting about this family and the memories we shared. His presence will be missed but he will live on in our memories.
    Deepest Sympathy,
    Suzanne Miska

  4. One the best 475th buddies. Always attended our Reunions. You will be truly missed. Our prayers and condolences are with the Ritzul family. May you experience the care, love and suport from your family and friends at this time of great sorrow…..Say hello to “Packy” for us…I know he’ll be glad to see you.

    Marshall and Ginny Breiner

  5. Drew was a good man. We used to meet at St. Mary’s to sit on the bench and talk with friends from Port 5 and town. He will be missed. My deepest condolences to his family and friends.

  6. Drew, It was so nice of you to attend my husbands wake on Nov, 4, 2018. You were such a devoted friend to Vinnie. God Bless. Madeline Sanfilippo

  7. To Sue and Drew’s family:
    Nils & I are very sorry for your loss. He was such a nice man and we are so glad we got to know him through Sue. We had many fun dinners together and he will be missed. May he Rest in Peace.

  8. Drew, my brother, with always so many miles between us, we didn’t get to see each other nearly enough. We are grieving the loss of the opportunity to see you again. Maureen/Larry and Mary Beth/Ed, you are in our thoughts at this time and we will cherish the memories of the Thanksgiving dinners we shared at both of your houses, with Drew. Much love to you.

  9. Mo, Rich, and Mary Beth,
    My heart aches for you to lose your big brother. It is apparent that he was a good brother and friend to all of you and treated you lovingly, but probably teased you along the way. He was the sweetest and most patient man I have met. He always said to me “Whatever you want.” He was so unselfish and showed me his love through his actions and his beautiful heartfelt sincere greeting cards he sent me for Valentine’s Day, my birthday, and at Christmas. I had never seen anything like that before. When he called me, he would say “Susie!” His calls at 7:33 came every night right on time. I enjoyed helping him these last few years when his legs became weak. I believe he left peacefully and entered Heaven immediately to be with the Lord, Packy, your parents, and Ralphie. I am pleased to have Ralphie’s remains safely here with me.
    I was fortunate to meet him and enjoy the last ten years with such a good man. We all feel the loss.
    Love, Sue