1954 - 2007
"You gave me the World. I give you the Universe."
was born in August 1954 in Neptune, New Jersey, the second of
five sons born to Joseph and Elizabeth Aufiero. He was predeceased
by his father, Joseph, and his dearest brother, George, also known
as his shadow. He is survived by his heartbroken mother, Elizabeth
Flanly, his big brother, Joseph, and his wife Patty and their
son, John, his “Irish Twin” brother Raymond who was
born just 10 months after Drew. Ray and his wife Kim are the parents
of Dean, Tony, James, Nikki and Phillip, and his “baby brother,”
Dr. Patrick Aufiero, along with his wife Diane are the parents
of nephews Max and Tyler.
Drew’s early years were spent in Neptune and Asbury Park,
where his first job was bussing tables to Mrs. Jay’s, which
would later become the Stone Pony. He was one of the “fabulous
four,” a group of four friends consisting of Tommy Matthews,
Anne Furlong and Kevin Chandler. Together, they did A LOT of what
everyone was doing back in the 60’s, and they had a blast
Andrew was a CFI Certified Master II Carpet Installer and was
the Technical Services Manager of Atlas Carpet Mills of Los Angeles,
California and New York, New York. Working for Atlas, he traveled
extensively throughout the United States overseeing the installation
of some of the finest carpets made in America, installing in many
of the most prestigious places in the world. Andrew was first
CFI certified as a Master Installer, No. 220, in October 1994
in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was the immediate Past President
of the International Certified Floorcovering Installers Association
(CFI), past President of the New Jersey Chapter and a recipient
of the Charlie Gress Award, one of the highest honors an installer
can achieve. Andrew and his wife traveled extensively throughout
the United States for CFI, teaching and training carpet installers.
Prior to working for Atlas, Andrew and his wife Cynthia owned
and operated Hometowne Flooring in Bradley Beach where he proudly
installed flooring expertly for thousands of customers throughout
New Jersey; most predominately along the shore area in Monmouth
County. He started in the carpet business in 1971 and worked for
various retailers in New Jersey and California.
The thing that Andrew did BEST was love his family, especially
his wife, Cynthia. A hopeless romantic, he placed her on a pedestal
when he met her and never took her down. Their children, who all
adored him, are: Autumn and her husband Craig Pittelli, parents
of granddaughters Savannah and Isabella, Anneliese Aufiero and
William Powell. He had HUNDREDS of friend who loved him and will
be missed by all.
A celebration of his Life was held in August 2007 in Columbus,
New Jersey. In lieu of flowers, Andrew requested donations be
made to the International Certified Floorcovering Installers Association
(CFI), Kansas City, Missouri.