John R. DeRosa

john derosa

July 29, 1950 ~ February 27, 2022

Born in: Brooklyn, NY
Resided in: Ridge, NY

John Robert DeRosa, of Ridge, New York passed away on February 27, 2022, after battling a long illness. At the time of his passing, he was surrounded by his family who loved him very much. He was 71 years old.

John was born July 29, 1950, in the neighborhood of Rosedale a section of Queens in New York to the late Adelaide and Dominick DeRosa. He was a lifelong New Yorker who loved baseball and the Yankees. He graduated from Springfield Gardens High School in 1968. After high school John went to work for New York Telephone which eventually became Verizon, he was with them for 33 yrs.

To John, nothing in life was more important than the love of his family. In 1969 John met the love of his life Lydia, they married in 1972. In August they would have celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary. In Lydia, John found a life partner who loved fiercely and shared his value of family first. During their marriage they moved from Queens to Long Island always looking for way to better the life for their growing family. During there 50 years of marriage, they welcomed three children John Michael, Deana and Christina and built a family that became the hallmark of their life.

John is survived by his wife Lydia, his children John Michael DeRosa and his partner Jason, Deana DeRosa Ortiz, Christina Tarabocchia and her husband Antonio. They have seven grandchildren Ava, Kayla, William, Antonio, Angelina, PJ and Marc. John had five siblings Jerome DeRosa who preceded him in death(Valerie), Gary,(Linda) Don,(Maryellen) Tim, (Danielle) and Joann, (Marc), and many nieces and nephews. Services will be held at Branch Funeral Home in Miller Place New York. Church Services will be held at St. Marks Roman Catholic Church, 105 Randall Road, Shoreham New York.


Visitation: March 2, 2022 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Branch Funeral Home of Miller Place
551 Route 25A

Second Visitation: March 2, 2022 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Branch Funeral Home of Miller Place
551 Route 25A

Third Visitation: March 3, 2022 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Branch Funeral Home of Miller Place
551 Route 25A

Fourth Visitation: March 3, 2022 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Branch Funeral Home of Miller Place
551 Route 25A

Mass: March 4, 2022 9:30 am - 10:30 am

St. Mark R. C. Church
105 Randall Rd.


Mt. Pleasant Cemetery & Crematory
43 Main St.

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  1. To John and family- I’m so sorry for your loss. Please know I’m thinking of you all and hoping the beauty of your memories brings you peace during this difficult time.

  2. Dearest DeRosa Family,
    My deepest sorrow, I’m sending my thoughts and prayers to all!
    Mr. JD always made me laugh, and I will treasure his kindness, as well as making me feel part of the family! With love, Tony Baldi

  3. To the De Rosa family,
    We are so sorry to hear of your loss. We haven’t talked in years but we have lots of wonderful memories that we shared. We will keep you in our prayers

  4. Our sincere sympathy on your loss. Always remember the good times with family and friends. Our deepest condolences. Tom & Lore de la Bastide.

  5. candleYou will be missed. Your love, light and legacy will forever live on in those who have loved you, called you friend or were lucky enough to meet you. God bless.

  6. candleJohn was a great guy and will be missed by his family and friends. I wish I had kept in touch but I never forgot the De Rosa family and their kindness to me when I was their brother’s roommate. Peace and all good things to you guys always.

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