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DeRosa, John December 8, 1944 - September 10, 2023

John Sebastian DeRosa, of Tuckahoe, NY, age 78, passed away peacefully on September 10, 2023, surrounded in prayer by his loving wife and children. John was born in The Bronx, NY, on December 8, 1944 to Carmela and Modesto DeRosa, joining two older siblings Juliana and Richard.

John is survived by his beloved wife, Denise Dziorney DeRosa, his children, son John DeRosa, Jr., daughter Dana DeRosa DeFeo and husband Paul DeFeo, and grandchildren, Guy DeFeo, Marisa DeFeo and her fiancé, Todd Benvenuti, brother Richard DeRosa, and nephew Gregory DeRosa and family. His loving sister, Juliana DeRosa, pre-deceased him 3 years ago.

John’s greatest passion was his beautiful family; his 2 children and 2 grandchildren, were his shining stars! John never met a stranger, he enjoyed life and was filled with enthusiasm, a big smile, and a big heart! In addition, his lifelong joy of cooking from an early age led to a career he developed in the restaurant industry, preparing and serving many delicious meals from various establishments he created in the NY area. He proudly served with much love his family, friends, and patrons. His son John followed in his footsteps. John and his wife Denise shared many wonderful times traveling in Europe, cruising and enjoying their retirement in Florida, where many new friends were made.

Please join us in celebrating John’s life. Visitation, Friday, September 15th, 5-8 p.m., McGrath Funeral Home, 20 Cedar Street, Bronxville NY. A funeral mass will be served, Saturday, September 16th, 9:45 a.m., St. Joseph’s Church, 15 Cedar Street, Bronxville. Interment to follow, Mt. Calvary Cemetery, 575 Hillside Avenue, White Plains.

In lieu of flowers, donations in John’s memory may be made to:

Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Eden Hill, Stockbridge, MA 01263

St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place,
Memphis, TN 38105

Diabetes Research Institute Foundation, 200 S. Park Road, suite 100
Hollywood, Florida 33021

Calling Hours:  5 to 8 pm, Friday, September, 15, 2023

Mass:  9:45 am, Saturday, September 16, 2023, St. Joseph's Church, Bronxville, NY


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    Jack Harari says

    My Family and I were deeply saddened to hear about the passing John. Please accept our heartfelt condolences. In the time we’ve known John, it was evident that he was a remarkable man. His kindness and genuine care for those around him were qualities that will leave a long-lasting impression on all of us. John and I always said that we would meet in person and go for dinner and play some ping pong together. I loved talking about the Yankees with John. John’s memory will forever be etched in our hearts. We are here to support you in any way we can. John’s spirit lives on in the hearts of all who had the privilege of knowing him. May you find solace in the cherished memories you shared together & draw strength from the love and support of those around you. We have been praying for John and will continue to pray for John that he rests in peace. We will continue to pray for you and your family that you find comfort. May John rest in peace.
    With Heartfelt sympathy,
    Jack and Esty Harari and Family

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    Mickey Gulla says

    John was a wonderful person. Loved our visits from Ohio. He is at peace and watching over you. My sincere condolences to the family. Love to all.

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    alfred gino baratta says

    My love for you knew no limits.

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    Maria Calderone says

    Rest in peace, John.
    Denise, John left lasting memories for those who were fortunate enough to know him. In this time of grief, he would not want us to mourn his los, but instead celebrate the full life he lived. I will miss him.

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