Robert J. DeSantis
05/01/1934 - 02/15/2024

Robert J. DeSantis, 89, of New York City, NY, passed away on February 15, 2024.  A funeral mass will be held at St. Patrick Church, 85 Washington Ave., in Chatham on Monday, February 26th at 11am.  Interment will follow at St. Teresa Cemetery in Summit.

Born in Summit, NJ, the son of Felix and Elizabeth (Noverick) DeSantis, Robert graduated from Oratory Prep in 1952 and later from Dartmouth College in 1960.  He served in the U.S. Army from Feb. 1957 until Feb. 1959 and his duty was an Honor Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery.   A financial analyst, Robert had worked for CBS, Standard & Poor, and Compustat/ McGraw Hill.  He was a past parishioner of St. Stephen of Hungary Church, St. Joseph’s Church and St. Thomas More Church and was a supporter of Partners in Health and Village Healthwork.  He enjoyed tennis and fitness.

Robert was the beloved brother of Nancy Terrell and her husband Robert.  He is also survived by nieces Bonnie Southwick and Carrie Milaccio, and nephews, Robert Terrell, IV, Christopher Terrell, and Kevin Flanagan and 13 great nieces and nephews.  He is predeceased by his sister, Elizabeth DeSantis Flanagan.  In lieu of flowers, donations in Robert’s memory may be made to either Partners in Health, P.O. Box 996, Frederick, MD 21705 or Doctors without Borders USA, P.O. Box 5030, Hagerstown, MD  21741-5030.

Bob was a beloved uncle to his nieces Bonnie and Carrie, and nephews Rob, Chris, and Kevin. Trips to New York City when they were children for museum visits, Broadway shows, and dinners at fancy restaurants are cherished and fond memories!

Bob also enjoyed time spent with his 13 great nieces and nephews: Lee, Robert, Anna Reese, Abby, Paden, Sophie, Aura, Marshall, Emma T., Matthew, Emma M., Olivia, and Mimi, and was very proud of them. Lee, whom he affectionately called Leezee, loved her Uncle Bob dearly and enjoyed many visits and weekly phone calls throughout the years-he was a great source of advice on all matters, whether it related to school, career, or life in general.

Bob was a true friend. He took the time every day to call his friends and check in with them, or write them letters (he was a beautiful writer). He never forgot a birthday or an anniversary. He had many special friends, including Mary, Doc, Sukie, Sharon, Peter, Placide, and Michéle, who lovingly helped care for him these past few months.

-He was a cradle Catholic who tried his hardest to please God every day. He may not have always succeeded, but he was aware of his shortcomings and worked hard to correct them.  He was always willing to help those in need. He was a Eucharistic Minister who brought communion to those in nursing homes and hospitals. He volunteered with AIDS patients back in the 1980s.


Funeral Home:
Bradley, Brough & Dangler Funeral Home
Funeral:
St. Patrick Church, 85 Washington Ave., in Chatham, NJ, on Monday, February 26, 2024 at 11:00am.
Committal:
Following Mass at St. Teresa cemetery, 136 Passaic Ave., Summit, NJ.
Memorial Gifts:
In lieu of flowers, donations in Robert memory may be made to either Partners in Health, P.O. Box 996, Frederick, MD 21705 or Doctors without Borders USA, P.O. Box 5030, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5030.
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