Thomas J. “Tim” DeRosa

September 6, 2002

U.S. Veteran

US Army

World War II Veteran

DeRosa, Thomas J. “Tim??? – of Rockport and Bradenton, Florida, formerly of Woburn, September 6th, beloved husband of the late Margaret R. (Callahan) DeRosa. Devoted father of Charles A. “Chuck??? and his wife Linda, and Thomas Jr. “Tim??? and his wife Kathleen, all of Woburn, Richard and Robert “Rob???, both of Boston, and Robyn McGilvary and her husband John of Bedford, NH. Brother of Charles “Sonny??? of York, ME, Lenora “Sis??? Roberts, and Alfred DeRosa, both of Woburn, and the late William P. “Del??? DeRosa. Also survived by 8 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, and his dear friend and companion, Carol Johnson of Rockport. Funeral from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Monday, September 9th, at 9:15 a.m. Funeral mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, at 10. Calling hours Sunday 4 to 8 p.m. Interment will be private. Donations may be made in Tim’s memory to the Woburn Boys and Girls Club, Charles Gardner Lane, Woburn, MA 01801.

OBITUARY:

Thomas J. “Tim??? DeRosa, well-known Woburn businessman and community leader, passed away at the Seacoast Rehabilitation Center in Gloucester on Friday, September 6th, at the age of eighty-two. He was the husband of the late Margaret R. (Callahan) DeRosa, who died in 1979.

Born in Woburn and brought up in the Salem Street area, he was the son of the late Charles M. and Anna (Tedesco) DeRosa. He graduated from Woburn High School with the class of 1939 and attended Rindge Technical School in Cambridge.

A veteran of World War II, he served with the Army Corps of Engineers in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater of Operations.

In 1946 he started a business with his brothers, DeRosa Inc., a company which specialized in site development and heavy equipment operations. He retired from the business in 1982 and moved to Bradenton, Florida in 1984, but continued to spend every summer on Cape Ann.

Tim was very involved in a variety of civic organizations in Woburn, including the Woburn Lodge of Elks and the Kiwanis Club, of which he was a past president. Through the Kiwanis Club he was at the forefront of various successful fundraising projects, including Operation Pride. A charter member of the Boys Club of Woburn, he served on its Board of Directors and actively supported the club for many years. He was very involved in organizing the Woburn Little League and was instrumental in building Weafer Park as well as the original Library Park ball field in the 1950’s.

An avid golfer, Tim held membership in the Andover Country Club.

In addition to his wife Margaret, he was preceded in death by a brother, William P. “Del??? DeRosa.

Surviving are four sons, Charles A. “Chuck??? DeRosa of Woburn and his wife Linda, Thomas Jr., “Tim??? DeRosa of Woburn and his wife Kathleen, Richard DeRosa and Robert “Rob??? DeRosa, both of Boston; a daughter, Robyn McGilvary and her husband John of Bedford, NH; two brothers, Charles “Sonny??? DeRosa of York, Maine, and Alfred DeRosa of Woburn; and a sister, Lenora “Sis??? Roberts of Woburn.

He was the beloved grandfather of eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He also leaves his dear friend and companion, Carol Johnson of Rockport.

The funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Monday, September 9th, at 9:15 a.m., followed by a funeral mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, at 10. Interment will be private.

Calling hours at the funeral home are Sunday from 4 to 8 p.m.

Donations may be made in Tim’s memory to the Boys and Girls Club, Charles Gardner Lane, Woburn, MA 01801.

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  1. Betty (johnson) Russell
    A life well-lived cannot be diminished by death. The beauty, guidance, and inpiration Tim gave us will shine on as brightly as ever. Tim will forever be in my heart.
    I will miss him geatly. He was the best.
    With Deepest Sympathy

  2. Please accept my deepest sympathy. Enjoyed knowing and working with Timmy for 50 years. My thoughts are with the family. Harry Cohen

  3. Brenda Callahan Uncle Tommy always laughing the good times we had on Court Street.How he was ready to go find us turkey on thanksgiving ,because Aunt Margaret had cooked that Italian stuff that none of the Callahan kids wanted any part of ! We will always remember him with love and a smile.We will miss him greatly.

  4. Bert and Kathleen Russell
    We will always remember Tim’s kindness and thoughtfulness during our visit to Rockport for Elizabeth and Robin’s wedding, and later when he and Carol visited our home. He was a happy person, who never knew a stranger. Tim had a life that was “well lived” and we feel fortunate to have met him.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

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