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ROCKPORT: Robert J. DeRosa, age 77, passed away on Tuesday, November 3, 2015, surrounded by his loving family. He was a resident of Rockport for the past 20 years and a former resident of Sudbury. Robert was born in Boston on April 29, 1938, the son of the late Salvatore DeRosa and Adeline (Tomaselo) DeRosa. He spent his childhood years in Medford.

Graduating from Medford High School in 1955, he earned both a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University.

Robert went on to become a leading design engineer at Raytheon Company, retiring with over 50 years of experience and many awards. He was instrumental in the development of the Patriot Missile Defense System. He enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren on his boat. One of his favorite pastimes was spending time at his home on the beach in Rockport with his family. Robert is survived by his beloved wife of 57 years, Sylvia H. (Swanson) DeRosa and his four children, Robert Jr. and his wife, Ellen of Salem, N.H., Lynda and her husband, Don Voghel of Concord, Mass. Lisa DeRosa of Danvers, Lorna and her husband, Michael Rousseau of Marlborough; his brother, Joseph DeRosa of Bedford; 10 grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be Saturday, Nov. 7, from 9 to 10 a.m. at Douglas & Johnson Funeral Home, 214 Main St., Salem, N.H. The funeral service will be celebrated Saturday at 11 a.m. at Triumphant Cross Church, 171 Zion Hill Rd., Salem, NH 03079. Burial will follow at Pine Grove Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in Robert’s name to: St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 1123 Washington St., Gloucester, MA 01930 or to your local Salvation Army. To send a message of condolence to the family, please view the obituary at www.douglasandjohnson.com.
Published on  November 5, 2015
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