Thomas DeRosa

Thomas Edward "Tom, Tommy, Pottie" DeRosa

Tuesday, March 18th, 1941 - Thursday, November 12th, 2020
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Thomas Edward DeRosa (Tom, Tommy, Pottie) was born on March 18, 1941, in Yonkers, New York. He passed away in Ottawa, Ontario on Thursday, November 12, 2020.

Tom lived a full life with his wife Beatrice (Bea), children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, brothers, nieces, nephews, and friends throughout Canada and the United States. Tom was a lover. A dog lover. A beer lover. A spicy food lover. He was an outdoor enthusiast, who left his hiking boot prints across Canada and the US with his wife Bea and dogs Buster and Jack. He was a supportive and loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, and a good friend to us all. When his wife Bea was diagnosed with Alzheimer's, his love and care for Bea, during very trying times, reinforced what an amazing human being he truly was.

He is painfully missed and survived by his family: Bea, Jack, Susan, Brad, Kaitlyn, Brendan, Luke, Ryan, Cindy, Simon, Matthew, Conner, Max, Michelle, Rick, Gina, Matthew, Samantha, Alexa, Brody, Tom, Kim, Ava, Tommy, Mellisa, Johnny, Michelle, Aubry, Patricia, Jeffrey, Lauren, Jeffrey, Harry, Linda, David, Amy, Betty, Anthony, Michael, Karen, Bob, Peggy, Steve, Stacy, Dennis, and Rob.

"We loved you every day you were here and will miss you every day you are not."

A celebration of Tom's life will be held both in-person, and remotely at Hulse, Playfair, and McGarry on December 5th at 2:00 pm EST.

Should you wish to attend in person, please call the funeral home at 613-728-1761 by December 3 to register your attendance, as space is limited. COVID-19 protocols will be observed, masks are mandatory as well as physical distancing.

For those who will be attending remotely, this is the Zoom Link and technical support provided if needed.

Donations in Tom's memory can be made at the Humane Society or to the
Alzheimer Society of Ottawa.

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  • Celebration of Life

    December 5, 2020 | 2:00pm
    December 5, 2020 2:00pm
    Central Chapel of Hulse, Playfair & McGarry
    315 McLeod Street
    Ottawa, Ontario K2P 1A2
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Lindsay Anne Gratton

Posted at 10:46pm
You are all in my thoughts, love you all. Xoxo
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Kathy Nayduk

Posted at 03:58pm
I would like to send my deepest Condolences to the family and friends of Tom. I truly miss see him and jack I would go up to Toms apartment to cut Jacks nail and we would chat for a bit when I would visit, molly and I miss seeing jack and Tom out back jack as molly would hang out and sniff the grass together. as Tom and I would sit on the cement wall chatting. His big smile is definitely missed

Lynda Millar

Posted at 12:46pm
Tom & Bea have been long time members of the Millar/Morton families. We met Tom when he came to Bells Corners to work at Computing Devices. We shared the joys of raising our families, going to their weddings, having grandkids, lots of moving and changing jobs, sailing holidays from coast to coast, many summers at their 'cabin' and then motorhoming across the states when we reached our senior years.
Tom & Bea were there for me when Scott was diagnosed with Alzheimer's and when he left us in 2011. I will think of him with Scott and Jock & Irene planning a sailing trip in the North Channel. Wait for me - I'll be there soon. Love Lynda

Neal Armfield

Posted at 01:37pm
I have hundreds of photos and videos of Tom and Bea (and Buster and Jack) and have uploaded a few that highlight some of our fun and adventures. Marlene and I met Tom and Bea at our resort in Arizona and we all had an instant connection. One of our common interests was hiking and exploring the beautiful desert vistas near us including a wonderful week in Sedona Arizona laughing, hiking (and getting lost) or finding the best pubs. The four of us had an almost daily tradition of gathering near sunset for happy hour. We would tell our dog Annie "lets go see Jack" and she would run out of our house, tear down the street to Tom's house and run up on their deck to greet Bea and to romp around with Jack as we all settled in to enjoy the sunset. Tom loved his dogs and even helped manage the local Golden Rescue organization. One of the photos I uploaded is of Tom & Bea marching in the Fiesta Bowl parade with their Golden Rescue group.

I have many wonderful memories of campfire gatherings, parties, dances, work projects (including Habitat for Humanity house building), trips to explore nearby attractions, going to air shows, all-day hikes to new locations, telling stories at our happy hours and of the four of us just enjoying life!

I will always cherish the memories of our time with Tom and Bea and his wonderful, often irreverent, sense of humor.
Rest in Peace my dear friend!

Rob Pratel

Posted at 10:40pm
I have just uploaded wonderful pictures and memories of my childhood with Tom, Bea, Rusty, and many other loved ones. I believe there’s very few people that have entered my life that will mean as much to me as Tom Derosa has. The memories that I have shared and experienced with Tom are something that can’t be replaced....that can’t be recreated, or duplicated. Those type of memories are ones that I try to create with my own son, because I hold them so close to my heart as things that have helped create who I am today.
Tom was my dads best friend, but through that friendship he became my Uncle Tom and one of my best friends. As I think back to my travels to Miner Lake to spend time with Tom and Bea, or Vancouver, or our dinners at The Station Grill, or fishing trips in Muskegon or all over the world.....what I remember the most was the true friendship that I had with Tom. He loved me, and always told great stories of our times together. Tom would go out of his way to come and see me in Green Bay and he would always tell one memorable story that I will never forget and hold close to my heart. It didn’t matter wether I had saw Tom for when we were in the same room it was like no time had passed.
Tom loved our dogs (especially Rusty), and it led Tom and Bea to get their own Golden Retrievers in retirement. I’m so glad Tom had Jack through all the heart ache in the past few years.
Tom was such a great man.......he is and will always be missed. I wish I could have had our week together this summer in Minocqua like we had planned. I would have loved to make more memories with Tom and my parents/Robert. I would have loved to have one more beer, or make nachos, or just sit on the porch and reminisce. You will truly be missed Tom.

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