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  • Edward J. DeLuca Sr.

    Edward J. DeLuca Sr.

Edward J. DeLuca Sr., 88

Nov. 14, 2014

Edward J. DeLuca Sr.

Edward J. DeLuca Sr.

Edward J. DeLuca Sr., 88, of Rotonda West, Fla., passed away peace­fully in his sleep Fri­day, Nov. 14, 2014 at Bay Pines VA Med­ical Cen­ter in Saint Peters­burg, Fla.

Born on Dec. 6, 1925, in Nat­ick, Mass., a son of the late Frank and Annie (Romanelli) DeLuca, Edward served in the United States Army dur­ing World War II as an infantry­man with the 87th Infantry Divi­sion. He was wounded and cap­tured dur­ing the Bat­tle of the Bulge and remained a POW until the end of the war.  Mr. DeLuca was a proud mem­ber of the Amer­i­can Legion.

He worked as a super­vi­sor and plant man­ager in sev­eral places mostly in the tex­tile coat­ing busi­ness, start­ing off at Delco Rub­ber, his family’s busi­ness in Mill­bury, Mass.  After his retire­ment he enjoyed doing yard work and worked as a groundskeeper in Florida.

Sur­vivors include his lov­ing wife of nine years, Leora DeLuca of Rotonda West, Fla.; four sons: Edward J. DeLuca Jr. and his wife Mary of Thomp­son, Conn., Frank DeLuca of Bourne, Mass., John DeLuca and his wife Diana of Engle­wood, and Robert DeLuca of Engle­wood; a daugh­ter: Elaine Pow­ers and her hus­band Steven of Venice, Fla.; two broth­ers, Richard DeLuca and his com­pan­ion Bar­bara Mac­In­tyre of Roseville, Minn., and Robert DeLuca of East Dou­glas, Mass.; two sis­ters: Janet Fazio and her hus­band, Louis and Kather­ine Drumheller both of Worces­ter, Mass.; five grand­chil­dren and eight great grand­chil­dren. He was pre­de­ceased by a brother, Frank, and two sis­ters, Helen Koslowski and Frances Candito.

A grave­side ser­vice and intern­ment will be held at a later date at Arling­ton National Ceme­tery at Arling­ton, Va. Memo­r­ial dona­tions can be made in his mem­ory to Wounded War­rior Project, 4899 Belfort Road, #300, Jack­sonville, FL 33256 (Dona­tions can also be made online  at woundedwarriorproject.org)

Engle­wood Com­mu­nity Funeral Home with Pri­vate Cre­ma­tion has been selected to han­dle arrange­ments. You may share a mem­ory with the DeLuca fam­ily at www.englewoodfh.com