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Pearl Harbor worker's death is second tragedy for family

Joefrey Andrada Sr. Joefrey Andrada Sr.
Zeny Agcaoili Zeny Agcaoili
Norma Paz Norma Paz
WAIPAHU, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Joefrey Andrada Sr. came from a tight-knit Filipino family whose members are drawn even closer after his tragic death.

Andrada came to the U.S. from his native Philippines in 2005. Family members said by 2007, he had been hired by Healy Tibbetts Builders.

Andrada was working for the contractor at Pearl Harbor's Middle Loch when he and 30-year-old Justin Saragosa were killed by a falling 10,000-pound buoy.

"I cry because you know why? He is a good man. That's my cousin, he's a very, very -- a wonderful man," said Zeny Agcaoili, fighting back tears.

Andrada was the youngest of six children. Relatives said he enjoyed his work, but also remained close to his siblings and his extended family.

"He was very loving and very supportive to everybody else, especially our relatives," said Andrada's oldest sister, Norma Paz.

Andrada's death is a double tragedy for the family, adn his especially for his wife, Marlene. She was in the Philippines for her mother's funeral when she got the news that her husband was dead.

"I cannot eat dinner last night because my mind, you know -- we're shocked already," said Agcaoili.

Andrada's siblings and cousins say he looked and acted younger than his 42 years, but was often the one they sought for advice. He also was always ready to help out, especially when a party was involved. 

Now he's gone, and his family is doing trying its best to cope.

"You know that -- (it's) like we cannot accept," said Agcaoili.

Andrada's wife and son returned from the Philippines Thursday. The son also works for Healy Tibbetts. Andrada also leaves behind a daughter.

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