D'Esopo East Hartford Memorial Chapel

30 Carter Street, East Hartford, CT


Paul "Paulie" P. DellaRosa

October 21, 1928May 13, 2020

Paul “Paulie” P. DellaRosa, 91, of East Hartford, beloved husband for 67 years of Diana (Pennisi) DellaRosa, entered into eternal life on Wednesday, May 13, 2020. Born in New Haven on October 21, 1928, he was the son of the late Louis and Anne (Maturo) DellaRosa. Paul was a 1946 graduate of Hillhouse High School in New Haven and served proudly in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Paul was the former owner and operator of Park Way Restaurant in Manchester, where he worked tirelessly every day. He was a longtime faithful communicant of St. Rose Church in East Hartford. Paul enjoyed bowling and was an avid fan of the New York Yankees and UCONN Women’s basketball team. More than anything, he was a devoted family man who would help anyone in need, especially his relatives.

A loving husband, father and grandfather, Paul will be forever missed by his wife Diana; two children, Steve DellaRosa of East Hartford, with whom he made his home, and Paula Durao and her husband Victor of East Berlin; and his three adored grandsons, Christopher Antonio Durao and his fiancée Sarah Smith of Manchester, Scott Vincent Durao and his fiancée Caitlin Brennan of Middletown, and Benjamin Paul Durao of Cromwell; as well as several nieces, nephews, and dear friends. Along with his parents, he was predeceased by two sisters, Maryanne Pacelli and Lorry Withington.

Due to the current health crisis, funeral services and burial with military honors in Silver Lane Cemetery will be private and at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Paul’s honor may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 200 Executive Blvd., Suite 4B, Southington, CT 06489. Paul’s family would like to extend their sincere gratitude and appreciation to Paul’s special caregiver, John Caldwell and the entire staff at Avery Heights Rehabilitation Center in Hartford for their professionalism, care, love, and compassion given to Paul and his entire family. The D’Esopo-East Hartford Memorial Chapel, 30 Carter Street, East Hartford has been entrusted with the care of the funeral arrangements. To share a memory of Paul, please visit www.desopoeh.com.


  • Alzheimer's Association


  • All Services Were Private


Paul "Paulie" P. DellaRosa

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Howard Haberern

May 24, 2020

I just leaned of Paulie's death and feel sad that so many years have passed since I last saw him.
Paulie was a great person and I always enjoyed talking to him and eating at his Parkway Restaurant. Sending my condolences to his family.

Donna & Allen Picard

May 17, 2020

Our prayers and thoughts are with you all. Paul was a very nice man and always enjoyed talking about his loving family. We enjoyed visiting with him and Diana at all the Durao’s parties. May you all find comfort in all the great memories you had with him. And we will always be here if you need us. Much love, Donna & Allen

Michelle Krampitz

May 16, 2020

Paul was a wonderful family man, husband and father. He was adored by everyone. He will be missed by many. Prayers to his family. Love, Michelle and Chris Atwood

Lynne Barron

May 16, 2020

Paula I am so sorry and my heart is with you! Our deepest Condolences to you and your Mom, Brother and whole family! We ask God to comfort you and hold you in his arms and His loving mercy is with you to bring you all comfort! Your Dad is in his eternal home now 1 more Angel and will always be with you! Always close and watching over you all! Sending love and light!
Love Lynne & William Barron and Family! God Bless you!

Kathleen Lawrence

May 16, 2020

Thank you for being a thoughtful caring person! You were always there to help out! I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER the fun times at Point Of Woodo beach with our family!!!Love you!!!💟

Diane Cipollini-Cotter

May 16, 2020

Paul was my Godfather and I adored him.Whenever he and Diana ,Paula and Steve would visit was a special,fun,happy time for all.He and my father were as close as brothers having served in the army together.Their stories became legend having heard them so many times . Their adventures were filled with humor, drama ,songs, friendship and laughter. I will always remember our happy times together . I pray for his peace in heaven but I think he and my dad will be having some fun too. I also pray for all of us now who have to try to live life without him. I hope our memories bring comfort because we have been blessed with so many wonderful happy memories.

Naomi Simeone

May 16, 2020

To my Favorite Brother in law...You were the best. My sister Diana, You, my Armand, and me went together on many trips. I shall always cherish the beautiful memories.

Victoria Pepin

May 16, 2020

Sending heart felt condolences to Paula and family. My Dad's brother lived next door to Mr. Dellarosa. I remember him growing up and he was always a very nice Man. Sending prayers and may you rest in peace.

Paula Durao

May 15, 2020

My Dearest Daddy, I am so sorry I haven't seen you...Everything is different in our world since the Covid 19 Virus pandemic has hit us! Avery was on lockdown so I couldn't visit you and Mommy! I never got to properly say Goodbye to you or thankyou for being the best Father in this whole world! You were always such a hard worker and taught me so much working at The Parkway Restaurant. You were a Godsend to different family members and helped out as a devoted caregiver. You were always there ready and willing to help out everyone, so many people are going to miss you. You were a good man! I want you to know that this "Little Girl" will love and miss you always and forever... <3 Paula


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