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Remembering Branch 562 activist Joe DeRossi

NALC is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Joe DeRossi on Jan. 31.

After graduating high school, Brother DeRossi was drafted by the Army in 1967. He served in the Vietnam War, earning the rank of Sergeant ES, before he was honorably discharged in 1969. Following his military service, Joe was a butcher at the United Meat Market for five years before beginning his career as a letter carrier in 1974.

Joe joined NALC as a member of Brooklyn, NY Branch 41. He soon became a shop steward and quickly worked his way up to chief steward. He later served as Branch 41’s executive vice president. He ended his career as a member of Jamaica, NY Branch 562. In addition to his local service, Joe served as NALC’s national election committee chairman from 2000-2018 under three national presidents.

Joe is survived by his wife of 54 years, Marguerite; his two children, Marie and Joseph; his granddaughter Angelina; and his step-grandchildren, Amanda and Michael. He was 77.

“Brother DeRossi was a devoted NALC member for 50 years,” NALC President Brian L. Renfroe said. “He was a respected leader who was always willing to stand up and help letter carriers however he could. We appreciate his decades of service and his unwavering commitment to our members. His spirit, humor and tireless dedication to our union will be deeply missed by his NALC family.”