Andrew E. Dellastatious Sr., 82, who founded the Washington Coal Co. in 1933, died Saturday aboard his boat at Colonial Beach, Va., after suffering an apparent heart attack. He lived in Silver Spring.
Mr. Dellastatious, who was still active in business at the time of his death, was born at Mundy's Point, Va. He was orphaned at the age of 18 months and reared by his grandfather, an oysterman.
His first job was a first mate for the old Norfolk and Washington Steamboat Co. He subsequently became captain of the company's boats, the Northland and the Southland, which were requisitioned for war purposes in 1942 by the War Shipping Board.
Mr. Dellastatious then worked as a streetcar motorman and a route manager for the Corby Baking Co., the Continental Baking Co. and the Fairfax Dairy Farm, before founding his coal company.
He was a 32nd degree Mason, a member of the Shriners and past president of Stonsbury Lodge No. 124 where he had been a member for 50 years.
Mr. Dellastatious was also a member of the Colonial Beach Marina.
Survivors include his wife, Mattie A., of the home in Silver Spring; five sons, Andrew E. Jr., of Arlington; Franklin A., of Springfield, Va.; Joseph W., of Winston-Salem, N.C.; Paul S., of Vienna, Va., and Jackson H., of Rockville; a daughter, Phyllis Shelton, of McLean; a sister Helen Frederick, of Pomuano Beach, Fla. and 16 grandchildren.