Lifetime Lawrence resident Sal DeRosa dies


Salvatore ‘Sal’ DeRosa died in his Lawrence home on Feb. 27. He was 86.

Born on May 22, 1925, DeRosa lived his entire life in Lawrence and was born and died in the same house.

A proud World War II veteran, he served in the U.S. Army Air Corps 448th Bombardment Group and the 8th Air Force “Mighty 8th” Division. DeRosa worked for half a century as a mechanic and driver for Independent Coach bus company.

He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars John J. Oliveri Post 1582 in Inwood and the American Legion in Cedarhurst.

DeRosa was predeceased by his wife of 61 years, Selma, who he looked forward to being reunited with, family members said.

He is survived by sisters Faustina Camp and Angela Broadhead, both of California, four children Joseph and his wife Anne, Steven and his wife Ellie of California, Michael and his girlfriend Lynn and Donna and her husband Michael Puliafico, grandchildren Felicia, Allison, Nicholas, Natalie, Michael, Betina, Shayna and Sal and several nieces and nephews.