He was born on June 1, 1940 in Taylor, son of the late Fred and Minnie Uritz Demech. He graduated from Pittston High School, Wilkes College, the Naval War College, and the National War College. Commissioned as Ensign in 1962, he served in the Navy for over 27 years, retiring in 1989. He was a career cryptologist and a qualified Surface Warfare Officer.
As a Navy Captain and Presidential Appointee, he twice served as the Executive Director for the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board (PFIAB) in the White House. For his service, he was awarded the nation’s highest peacetime military decoration, The Defense Distinguished Service Medal.
For two years, he was Commanding Officer of the Navy’s largest cryptologic base in Edzell, Scotland, a 1000 person overseas facility. This command won the coveted Travis Trophy (awarded by the Director of the National Security Agency) that identified it as the top communications site in the Department of Defense. For his service he was awarded the Legion of Merit. He also served as Executive Assistant to three senior flag offices, Research and Technical Officer aboard two ships, and Operations and Executive Officer at several shore stations.
He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Janet; a daughter Lesley D’Andrea, and husband Robert of Doylestown; two grandsons, Kevin and Brian D’Andrea; and a sister Carolyn Salvaggio of Forty Fort.