Compiled by Robin Jovanovich 


OBITS-DeRoseJames DeRose

James DeRose died May 2, 2015, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. He was 84.

Born December 16, 1930, to James DeRose and Louise Bastone DeRose, he grew up in the Bronx. After attending Mount Saint Michael High School, he graduated from Fordham University.

During the Korean War, he served as a news reporter and was awarded the commendation ribbon for meritorious service for his work with the Korean Civil Service Command.

In January 1955, he married Barbara Glavin, and after two years in Huntington, they settled in Rye, where they raised their five children. 

Mr. DeRose had a long, successful career in the forest products industry, working at International Paper Co., Hudson Pulp and Paper Company, and Indian Head, and serving as Chairman of Eastern Coated Papers.  

He was a longtime parishioner at Church of the Resurrection in Rye, as well as Our Lady Star of the Sea in Ponte Vedra, where he lived for the past twenty-two years. 

An avid golfer, he played at Apawamis Club and Sawgrass Country Club. He was also a member of Manursing Island Club. 

He was predeceased by his wife Barbara, his daughter Maddi, and his sister Judy. He is survived by his sons Paul (Agnes) and Jimmy (Helen); his daughters Leslie (Michael) and Kris (Walt); his son-in-law Cal; his brother Lou; and sixteen adoring grandchildren who referred to him affectionately as “Pop Pop”. 

A private memorial will be held in Ponte Vedra. Donations in Mr. DeRose’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.



George De Filippo

George N. De Filippo, a lifelong resident of Rye, and a person whom all recall as a man who put his family and community before himself, passed away on May 5, 2015.  

Born on December 6, 1930, he was the son of Gelsomino and Elizabeth Melillo De Filippo.

After graduating from Rye High School, Class of 1948, he went on to join the Navy, faithfully serving his country during the Korean War. He returned home and began serving Rye as a member of the Rye Police Department. His career spanned 37 years, ending with his retirement on December 30, 1992.
For many years, Mr. De Filippo also worked as a realtor with John T. Henningsen Real Estate and then Sotheby’s.

Mr. De Filippo was a dedicated volunteer, serving on both the Rye Boat Basin and Recreation commissions. For over 20 years, he supported Garnet Football as a member of the “Chain Gang”.

In addition to golf, he enjoyed boating and walking from his home on Sanford Street to town.

On July 17, 1988, he married the former Margaret Brent, who survives him, as do his three children: a daughter Caryn of Harrison, and two sons, Thomas of Stanton, Ky. and James of Port Chester. He is also survived by four grandchildren: Lindsey Garcia of Mamaroneck, Michael De Filippo of Providence, R.I., Amanda Chaney and Holly De Filippo, both of Stanton, Ky.; and four great-grandchildren: Boone and Lilly Chaney and Ty and Alison De Filippo.

The City Council, at its May 6 meeting, asked for a moment of silence to remember the late, great George De Filippo.

A mass of Christian Burial was celebrated May 9 at Church of the Resurrection.

Donations in his memory may be made to St. Jude’s Children Hospital.


In Memory of Fred Hunziker

A Memorial service for Frederick John Hunziker Jr., who served as Mayor of Rye from 1982-1986, will be held May 30 at 2 p.m. at Christ’s Church in Rye. A reception will follow in the Parish Hall.

Donations in Mr. Hunziker’s memory may be made to Christ’s Church or Suncoast Hospice (Coral Team), 5771 Roosevelt Boulevard, Clearwater, FL 33760.


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