Alfred J. DeRosa, Sr.

July 16, 2012

U.S. Veteran

US Navy

World War II Veteran

ALFRED J. DeROSA, SR. – in Woburn, July 16th. Beloved husband of the late Gloria (Balestrieri) DeRosa. Devoted father of Alfred DeRosa, Jr. and his wife Joanne of Lowell and Marie Tumbarello and her husband Anthony of Woburn. Dear brother of Lenora “Sis” Roberts of Woburn and the late Charles “Sonny,” William “Dell,” and Thomas “Tim” DeRosa. Loving grandfather of Alfred DeRosa III and his wife Carrie, Adam DeRosa and his wife Amy, and Eric DeRosa and his wife Melissa, and step-grandfather of Amy and Michael Tumbarello. Also survived by 5 great-grandchildren: Katelyn, Joshua, Jenna, Mia, and Jonathan, and several nieces and nephews and their families. A memorial service will be held in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Friday, July 20th at 12 noon. Burial of his ashes will follow at Calvary Cemetery, Woburn. Relatives and friends are invited to call at the funeral home from 11 to 12 p.m. Friday, prior to the service. Donations may be made in his memory to the Hospice of the North Shore and Greater Boston, 70 Walnut Street, Wellesley, MA 01923.

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OBITUARY:

Alfred J. DeRosa, Sr. of Woburn passed away peacefully at his home on Monday, July 16th, surrounded by his family, following a lengthy illness. The husband of the late Gloria (Balestrieri) DeRosa, who died in 1999, he was eighty-five years of age.

Born in Woburn, Al was one of five children of the late Charles and Annie (Tedesco) DeRosa. He attended Woburn schools and was a proud veteran of the US Navy, having served aboard a floating dry dock in Guam, repairing ships damaged during the war.

Following his honorable discharge, Al went into the family business, DeRosa, Inc., along with his brothers, Thomas “Tim” and William “Dell” DeRosa, contracting for plowing and excavating jobs.

Al and his wife Gloria moved to Lowell in 1957, where they raised their children. For many years the family enjoyed summers at Hampton Beach, and in more recent years the grandchildren were included in the fun. Al was always very involved with his family and was an avid Patriots fan.

Along with his beloved wife Gloria, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Charles “Sonny,” William “Dell,” and Thomas “Tim” DeRosa.

Surviving are a son, Alfred DeRosa, Jr. and his wife Joanne of Lowell, a daughter, Marie Tumbarello and her husband Anthony of Woburn, and a sister, Lenora “Sis” Roberts of Woburn. He was also the loving grandfather of Alfred DeRosa III and his wife Carrie, Adam DeRosa and his wife Amy, and Eric DeRosa and his wife Melissa, and step-grandfather of Amy and Michael Tumbarello. Also surviving are five great-grandchildren: Katelyn, Joshua, Jenna, Mia, and Jonathan, and several nieces and nephews and their families.

A memorial service will be held in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Friday, July 20th at 12 noon. Burial of his ashes will follow at Calvary Cemetery, Woburn.

Relatives and friends are invited to call at the funeral home from 11 to 12 p.m. Friday, prior to the service.

Donations may be made in his memory to the Hospice of the North Shore and Greater Boston, 70 Walnut Street, Wellesley, MA 01923.

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  1. George, Maria & Jared. (Grandma also) We want you to know our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Marie, please remember we are always here if you or Anthony need us. You both are saints, Al loved living with you. He was a happy man even as he left to go to heaven. God bless

  2. Marie & Anthony,

    Sorry to hear about your father. He will be surely missed.

    Karen,Bryan, Mingo & Eric

  3. Marie & Family,
    I am so sorry for the Loss of your Father. Your in my thoughts & prayers at this very difficult time.
    My Deepest Sympathy,
    Patty Andersen

  4. Beverly (Balestrier) Johnston

    Our sympathies are with the children, grandchildren and sister of Uncle Al.I remember him courting my Aunt Gloria and saw way back then that he brought laughter and friendliness to children to the family. He was fortunate to have faithful daughter Marie tend to his care all these years.
    Love,
    Niece Beverly (Balestrier)Johnston

  5. Dear Famuily, So sorry to hear about the passing of Uncle Al. He was a very high spirited person, full of laughs. My sincere condolances are with the family.
    His Niece, Lorraine Woods

  6. DeRosa family, I am sorry to hear of the passing of Uncle Al. I hope that all the fond memories will help the family get through this sad time. My love to you all.

    Love,
    Heather

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