JOSEPH DEROSA

August 26, 2022

JOSEPH DEROSA

Joseph DeRosa – Of West Palm Beach, FL, died suddenly,  August 26th, at Mass General Hospital at the age of 52. Cherished son of Gerardo and the late Louise (Capodilupo) DeRosa. Loving brother of Sal DeRosa and his wife Kim of Billerica. Beloved uncle of Rachael and Daniel DeRosa. Also survived by many loving aunts, uncles, cousins and friends who were like family in Florida. Relatives and friends are invited to calling hours in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn from 9-11:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 3rd. A graveside service will follow at 12: 30 p.m. in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Joe’s memory to Saint Anthony’s Society 203 Endicott St., Boston, Massachusetts 02113

Joseph DeRosa – Of West Palm Beach, FL, died suddenly, August 26th, at Mass General Hospital at the age of 52.                        

Born in Boston, Joe was raised in Roslindale. He graduated from Hyde Park Academy in 1988 and continued his education at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI, graduating in 1992.

He moved to Florida to pursue a career in hospitality. He started working in hotels, then worked in clubs and eventually became a restaurant owner.

Joe was very proud of his Italian heritage. He loved living in Florida, but he was still a Boston guy and he loved Boston sports. He inherited a love of cooking and a talent for it from his mother.

Joe was a member of St. Anthony’s Club in the North End. He did not make it back to Boston often, but he was sure to return every August for St. Anthony’s Feast.  It was his time to celebrate and connect with family and friends in Boston.

He arrived on the first night of Feast weekend. Unfortunately, the next morning he suffered a heart attack and passed away at Mass General Hospital.

Joe has been described as a wonderful friend. He loved people and was kind, generous and accepting of others. He was known to mentor people starting out in the industry. His smile and genuine care for other people made him someone worth emulating.

He was the cherished son of Gerardo DeRosa of Woburn and Roslindale, and the late Louise (Capodilupo) DeRosa. Loving brother of Sal DeRosa and his wife Kim of Billerica. Beloved uncle of Rachael and Daniel DeRosa. Also survived by many loving aunts, uncles, cousins and friends in Florida who were like family.

Relatives and friends are invited to calling hours in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn from 9-11:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 3rd. A graveside service will follow at 12: 30 p.m. in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Joe’s memory to Saint Anthony’s Society 203 Endicott St., Boston, Massachusetts 02113

 

Relatives and friends are invited to calling hours in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn from 9-11:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 3rd. A graveside service will follow at 12: 30 p.m. in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Joe’s memory to Saint Anthony’s Society 203 Endicott St., Boston, Massachusetts 02113

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  1. Our hearts break to learn of this terrible loss. Our sincerest condolences to Gerry, Sal, and the entire DeRosa family. We hold you all in our hearts always. Chris, Tony, Khryss Lynn, and all of the Nazzaro Family.

  2. A wonderful soul who’s life touched many and made everyone’s day brighter…. ❤️🌹 May God rest his soul. 🙏

  3. Gerry, Sal, and Family, my condolences may Joe’s life and memories of him sustain you all through these trying times now and forever

    RIP

  4. My Sincere Condolences to the Darosa Family. Joe you will definitely be missed by Thousands. First Met Joe at the Red Brick Hotel & Club Downtown Providence over 35 years ago. Then when I moved to West Palm Beach Antwyon and I and Charlie Ran into into joe at the Holiday Inn we’re Joe was Bartending. From Blue to The Restaurant to Mac Daddy’s with the Monday Lobster 🦞 Roll. Rest Easy My Brother. One Love. Peace ☮️ Love and Unity. Gone But Joe will Never Be Forgotten.

  5. Joe, I didn’t know you as long as others did, but in the years that I did you always brought on a smile and great vibes about you. I remember our first meeting and you went out of your way to get that phone to me.since our meet ups were always epic. Always smiling. Crazy contagious. I know I, your friends and family will miss you greatly. You see it everywhere. Big hugs to everyone

  6. Antonietta Torra and family

    Gerry and Family, Our sincerest condolences for your loss. Know our heart and prayers go out to you and your family. May your fond memories give you peace and comfort. Felicita, Antonietta and Giovanni Torra

  7. Maria Torra and family

    Gerry and Family, Our hearts are saddened by the loss of your son, Joe. Know we are thinking of you and praying for you and your family. We wish you peace for your heart and comfort for your loss during this most difficult time. With sincerest sympathy, Alberto, Maria, Michael and Rocco Torra

  8. I do not even know where to start on what a great friend Joe has been for over 30 years. One of the kindest, loving, helpful friends anyone could ever ask for. When Joe left for Florida I can’t say I was happy, because I felt I was loosing a great friend, but I was wrong! I flew down to Florida for almost 10 years straight every March and October. I could not have made a better choice for my Best man at my wedding!!! After starting a family I could not go visit as much, but seeing Joe so happy in his new home in West Palm, and seeing soooooo many people that loved him down there. I realized he was supposed to be there. My life will never be the same anymore, there will always be something missing from now on. Let’s all remember and celebrate Joe for being the get person he was! Everyone’s best friend, love you Buddy tell your Mom I said hi!!!

  9. Ninetta Torra Caggiano

    Gerardo, I am sorry to hear about the loss of your son. Please accept my deepest condolences.
    Ninetta Torra Caggiano

  10. To Sal and the rest of the DeRosa family, I’m sorry to hear of this tragic loss. My memories of Joe are that of an intelligent, kind and extremely likeable guy. I was deeply saddened when I heard of his passing. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and anyone who has been a friend of Joe’s throughout the years .

  11. Lawrence Roberts

    To the DeRosa family, condolences for your loss.
    Damn Joe! Gone waaayyy too soon. I wish we coulda seen each other over the last few years…We met in the early 90’s and were housemates for a while when me and JP moved to WPB, FL in ’94. You knew my soul and bought me one of the best bday presents I’ve ever recvd…a dictionary!:-) I’ll never forget you…
    Peace and love always my dude….

  12. Claudia Pizzarelli

    Joe it was an honor to know you. You were the 1st person that hired me into the service industry (blue martini WPB) and gave me a chance with no experience. You had a contagious energy- always sweet, understanding & very caring. Sending my wishes to your family during this difficult time. Your legacy will live on but west palm will not be the same without you. I hope you’re grillin n chillin in heaven. Xoxo Claudia

  13. You have made such a great positive impact on everyone’s lives during your journey on this earth. Your Community will miss you dearly and you will never be forgotten. Thank you for being so kind and understanding. Until we meet again, rest in heaven.

  14. Franny and Johnnie Gouveia

    Sal, Kim, Rachael, Daniel and of course Gerri. We are so sorry to hear about Joe and his passing. Even though we didn’t know him well, We always looked forward to seeing him at the feast. He was always friendly and fun to chat with at the Club. Our hearts go out to you all. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. May his memory live forever in your hearts. RIP Joe. Gone too young.

  15. Oh Joe. Honestly beginning this is the hardest part you are going to be missed by so many. Your selflessness and your heart for other people is something that will always live on. I truly hope you know how loved and cared for you are by all of us. The memories you’ve given me like flipping my first beer pong table losing to you and Chris is something I’ll take with me forever. From grill and chills to pawn shop, then to eating the best lobstah roll I’ve ever had at Mac Daddy Subs, you were the glue to this community, until we meet again my good friend, rest easy.

  16. My dearest Joey

    I could never have the words to thank you enough for everything you have touched my life and soul with! You always were there to take a walk with me, cheer me up to walk to my favorite place, RH!!! Came in early to simply sit with me just bc u know I needed it! An ear to constantly listen and always have no end to the story/problem to hear. I will miss the trips to see the rocket launch on the rooftop, they were my favorite!!!! I always love your trips back home to BOSTON FOR THE FEAST, send me all the pics of your family and the traditional values that were so very special to you! Which I loved so much! Especially your Dad at Blue stopping by to say hi!!!! Reading me my rights! Lol Joey you me and I have no words for how much you touched my heart!!!! I love you forever and will rock that Boston hat you brought back for me and my boys!!! Until we meet again my friend!
    Dana

  17. Joe, to know you was to love you. Not only will you be missed, but you will be remember forever by all those knew you.

  18. This has been such a sad time for all who knew Joe. It is hard to come to grips that the guy I knew since his birth basically as we grew up living next door to each other and we all played outside as kids growing up, is now gone. We did so many things to gether as kids. Summer camp up in NH to sledding down our street in the winter. As adults we each had our own lives and did not get to see much of each other. A life long friend is now gone. I will always remember the great person you were and how many people’s lives you touched. You will be missed

  19. Our condolences to the DeRosa family. ..

    I have great memories with my cousin Joe, both in Boston and Florida. He brought a smile to everyones face and always lit up the room. Thank you Joe for being a great friend and family to me. Thank you for introducing me to my beautiful wife. May you Rest In Peace Cuz, we will miss you greatly…The Pilloni Family

  20. Victoria and Paolo DiGiovanni

    Joe I am going to miss you and that beautiful smile. You were an awesome person. I could go on and on but most of all you will be missed. You are now with your mom Rest In Peace and watch over your family. My deepest condolences to Gerry, Sal, and family.

  21. Joe. Man. This is so crazy I’m writing this. You were such a light in my life when I was going through such a dark time. Always joking, always happy regardless of things going on around you. We went to my first Red Sox game together. You had me on a Starbucks binge for a few months lol your grill n chills are some of the best memories I have from west palm. You had me drive from Miami to west palm to try Mac Daddy & it didn’t disappoint at all. You impacted everyone because of your selflessness & kindness. I hope you know how much everyone loved you back. Until next time. Rest In Peace ❤️

  22. Raffaella Murano

    A tutta la famiglia DeRosa vanno le nostre più sentite condoglianze per la perdita di Joey.
    Joey, ora che sei un angelo veglia suoi tuoi cari.
    Con affetto, Raffaella Murano e Roberto Ticchioni insieme ai figli Davide, Olivia e Vittoria.

  23. From the days of blue martini to the pawnshop night clubs days Joe you were truly always a professional, a kind and beautiful souls never too busy to take 5 minutes of your time to talk to me about anything I appreciate it the support and the appreciate it you always show me everitime I use to see you and talk to you.
    your were truly one of the kind in this world and for that and many more attributes the makes you a awesome and beautiful soul you will be miss my friend.

    REST EASY MY FRIEND. 🕊🙏

    RIP JOE DEROSA 🙏

  24. Dear Sal and Gerry – I am so terribly sorry to learn of Joe’s sudden passing. What a shock. My heart goes out to you both. Please let me know if there is anything I can do for either of you.

  25. Maurizio “Moe” Fabbo

    Joe….

    I’m going to miss seeing you and hanging out at the feast. We always had a lot of laughs, including Friday night when we walked back to the hotel from the club.
    Watch over your father, brother and family now.
    Until we meet again my friend.

  26. Joe,

    You were such an amazing and selfless person. I am truly happy that I was able to meet you and be your friend. I always enjoyed being around you. You were so welcoming the first time I met you and I knew after that moment you were truly someone special. I appreciate everything you did for everyone around you and I wish I didn’t have to say goodbye. Even after you’re gone the thought of you and who you were as a person continues to bring happiness to those that you impacted over your entire life. I love you bud and I will always tell people about the amazing person you were. Thank you for everything.

    -Shaun

  27. You were a very special part of our Church House Inn family in Providence 1986-1992….My Mother and everyone loved you…… Joey could do no wrong…
    …..They dont come any sweeter and kinder than Big Joe DeRosa….

  28. 😢Going to miss your Thanks Buddy Messages for helping out at MAC DADDY SUBS
    😢Miss your love for the Patriots and our banter about the Dolphins
    😢 going to miss our stories about Blue Martini days !
    😔 Miss you asking for the inside scoop on F1 miami 🤣
    BUT most importantly going to miss YOU for being YOU! One of the kindness people I’ve encountered in my life . Never judged me for being me and gave me a job when others didnt ! Take your much needed rest my friend !

  29. Jennifer Capodilupo

    I don’t know where to begin. You made my childhood so fun and happy. It always made my day to know I would be going to see Salvy and Joey. The best memories I have are of the holidays shared together, and I was hoping that soon this would happen again. You have touched so many with your kindness and how accepting you are. You always would respond back to me about anything and everything even though you had so much going on. I will miss your smile and your infectious laugh and your overall personality. God took you too soon and we all will miss you so much. It was an honor to say you were my cousin. Til we meet again. I love you.

  30. Le più sentite condoglianze da parte della mia famiglia.
    Mi spiace non averti più rincontrato ma porterò per sempre con me il tuo sorriso.
    Un abbraccio grande a tutta la famiglia De Rosa.

  31. My sincerest condolences to the DeRosa family.

    I can remember so many good times in Scouts with Joey and Sal.

    He will be missed. May his Memory be Eternal.

  32. It’s painful to know that I won’t be able to see you, talk to you or hug you again. I have wonderful memories of you, of the beautiful person you were, and I hope that those who knew you have learned to be a little more like you were…if each of us took an example from your way of being, the world would certainly be a better place.
    I love you and will forever hold you in my heart.
    Your cousin, Ivan

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