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Ralph R. DeRosa Obituary
WILLIAMSBURG - Ralph R. DeRosa, 69 of Williamsburg, Va., played his final golf round and passed away suddenly on Sunday, August 3. A devoted husband, father, and friend to everyone who shared his company, he is survived by Michele, his wife for almost 39 years, sons Hammel Louis "Ham" DeRosa of Los Angeles, Ca., John Nicholas "Nick" DeRosa of Richmond, Va., sisters Carol Lambiotte and Diana (Mike) MacPherson, brother in law John (Tami) Morello, nephews Mike MacPherson, Joe MacPherson, Paul Lambiotte, Tony Morello, and nieces Lexi and Alaina Morello. He will be deeply missed by his family, numerous close friends, and co-workers. Ralph's course through life took him on a varied journey on which he shared his time and talents on many challenges. Born in New York and raised in Staunton, VA, he served his country as a member of the U.S. Air Force before beginning a steady march to numerous career successes. A graduate of Christopher Newport University, he earned a MBA degree from Golden Gate University, and worked in banking, as a stock and commodities broker, and in real estate as a sales manager and developer. He was more than just a land developer; he brought communities to life. He had a keen eye for what it took to make a development attractive and a place that families would want to call home. The list of places he helped bring to life is a roll call of some of the most well-known community developments in the region - Ford's Colony, Wintergreen, Albemarle Plantation (in North Carolina), Stonehouse, Governor's Land at Two Rivers, which he helped to start, and Fawn Lake, where he worked for 13 years and was most recently the General Manager and Senior Vice President of NTS Virginia. He was a broker with the Fredericksburg Area Association of Realtors and President of the Williamsburg Association of Realtors. But Ralph will always be best remembered for his outgoing and playful personality, for his laugh, and for the way he put his family at the center of everything in his life. On occasions too numerous to count, he opened his arms, heart, and home to his extended family and the many close friends he always treated as family. The family will receive guests at Nelsen Funeral Home and Crematory, 3785 Strawberry Plains Road, Williamsburg from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 7. A service in celebration of Ralph's life will be held on Friday, August 8 at 10 a.m. at the Williamsburg Community Chapel, where he was a member. A reception will follow the service. Memorial contributions may be made to Orphan Helpers, 813 Forrest Dr., Newport News, VA 23606, or to the Fredericksburg Area Food Bank, 3631 Lee Hill Dr., Fredericksburg, VA 22408, or to Williamsburg Community Chapel Agape, 3899 John Tyler Hwy, Williamsburg, VA 23185. Online condolences may be offered at www.nelsencares.com.
Published in Virginia Gazette on Aug. 6, 2014
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