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Carmine Anthony DeCrosta
  • February 02, 1946
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  • October 15, 2017

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Carmine A. DeCrosta February 2, 1946 – October 15, 2017 Carmine “Carmen” A. DeCrosta, Jr. passed away on Sunday, October 15 surrounded by his loving family and friends after a long battle with cancer.  He is survived by his soulmate of 47 years, Conchetta “Connie” (Amorosi) DeCrosta of Flagler Beach, Florida, his son Joseph “Joe” T. DeCrosta of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, his daughter-in-law, Maria Walsh DeCrosta and grandchildren Ethan and Helen of Pittsburgh, sister Catherine (DeCrosta) Hein, and brother, Marino DeCrosta of Newburgh, NY.  He leaves behind countless cousins, nieces, nephews and friends who cherished their time with him.  A native of Newburgh, NY, Carmen was born on February 2, 1946, to Josephine (Macaluso) DeCrosta and Carmen DeCrosta, Sr.  He attended South Junior High where he met his life-long partner, Connie, and graduated from Newburgh Free Academy in 1964.  He and Connie married on April 26, 1970 and were “like peanut butter and jelly” for 47 years.  Carmen and Connie retired to Flagler Beach, Florida to his dream location one block away from the beach.  Carmen possessed an enviable zest for life (and an incomprehensible admiration of Aldi’s).  There was no limit to the love and support that he gave to his wife and son; family and friends were touched by his vibrant presence.  Carmen had a knack for making the simplest experiences in life fun, exciting, and filled with laughter, even in his final days.  The consummate fashion plate, his wardrobe was unmatched, but it wasn’t unusual to see Carmen sporting a necktie tied around his head or his belt swinging in hand on the wedding dance floor. A chef and baker at heart, Carmen was a local “celebrity chef” and “foodie” even before the Food Channel made it a thing.  He created his own catering business to support his son’s college education while working in sales for Sunshine Cookie Company and Ferolie Corp. He worked as a baker at the Grand Union Company, developed his own specialty cake business, and served as a security guard (and resident cook) for the Newburgh Enlarged City School District prior to his retirement. Carmen loved being retired, as he was able to clean and organize for about 3 hours a day, cook for 3 and beach it for 4, all while spending each and every moment with the love of his life.  Judge Marilyn Milian (Peoples’ Court) would be proud of his unabashed penchant for televised court shows as an authentic form of daily entertainment (his wife, not so much).  And the kitchen/household gadget department on Amazon just lost its best customer. Carmen’s warm and welcoming approach instantly drew in people from all walks of life. His love for a good recipe and his famous pizzelle cookies were his culinary trademarks, and his passion for the sun, sand, and water were always well documented by his epic Hawaiian Tropics tan.  World travel was also high on his list, and he was able explore a few destinations that many do not. Carmen’s absence will be felt in the lives of many, but his presence will reverberate forever… [Florida] Carmen’s life will be celebrated on Friday, October 20 at 11am at St. Joseph Discalced Carmelite Monastery, 141 Carmelite Drive, Bunnell, Florida.  [Newburgh, New York] Carmen’s life will be celebrated on Saturday, October 28 at 10:30am at Sacred Heart Church, 301 Ann St., Newburgh, New York.  His family would like to especially thank Dr. Padmaja Sai, Marie McCormick, RN, and the staff at Florida Cancer Specialists, and all of the caring professionals at VITAS Hospice Healthcare. Because of Carmen’s extended battle with the complications of advanced prostate cancer, in lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations to the Robin Cole Foundation for Prostate Cancer in Carmen’s name. Donations can be mailed to: 4017 Washington Rd., PMB 352, McMurray, PA 15317, or accessed online at: robincolefoundation.org/donate/.


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  1. Tanya Bucciarelli says:
    07 Nov 2017
    Dear Connie,

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.Cherish your memories and the beautiful life you both shared.

    Sincerely,
    Tanya Bucciarelli
    Houston, TX

  2. Peter A. and Irma Cantilina says:
    28 Oct 2017
    Our deepest sympathy to your family! I knew Carmine when we used to go to Newburgh, and we visited our grandparents, Rose and Patsy De Crosta, who lived on Washington St. Grandpa died in 1946 and grandma in 1973. My mother was Margaret De Crosta Cantilina. We are very sorry that we haven't been in touch with the family, but we hope that we can reunite some time soon.

  3. Mary & Kevin Gould lit a candle:
    28 Oct 2017
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  14. Yvonne DeMarco says:
    20 Oct 2017
    Our heartfelt condolences go out to you and your family. We will surely miss the presence of a truly lovable and kind person. Yvonne & John

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    20 Oct 2017
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    19 Oct 2017
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  17. JoAnn & Jim Shorter says:
    19 Oct 2017
    Connie, Jim and I send our deepest sympathy to you and your family. I remember you and Carmen so well. We are sending prayers of comfort and peace. R.I.P. Carmen.

  18. Lisa Chiaramonte Tucker says:
    19 Oct 2017
    The world has lost a great light. Our times coming to your house during our CYO years are filled with great memories. We are sending heartfelt sympathies to Connie, Joe and his family. He will continue to watch over you all with our heavenly father.Love and Prayers to you all.

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    19 Oct 2017
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  23. Mr & Mrs James R. Formato says:
    19 Oct 2017
    Connie & Family. There are never words appropriate for times like this. Although the miles separate us at this time please know we are with you in spirit. I always enjoyed being around Carmine and ironically, we share the same malady. The best thought that comes to mind is found in the words St. Francesco said to his cousin Lucia (2 of the 3 children at Fatima) as he neared the end of his time in this life (at age 10), "See you in heaven!" That's what I cling to. I pray for your healing during this difficult time. Hope to see you in NY to offer our sympathies in person.

  24. Mr & Mrs James R. Formato lit a candle:
    19 Oct 2017
    Lit since October 19, 2017 at 10:26:50 PM

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    19 Oct 2017
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    19 Oct 2017
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  30. Maria E. Canelstein (Malo) says:
    19 Oct 2017
    Connie and Family.....
    I am sorry to hear about Carmen's passing you have my Deepest Heartfelt Sympathy at this saddened time.❤️❤️❤️

  31. Rich and Gail Rosencrans lit a candle:
    19 Oct 2017
    Lit since October 19, 2017 at 10:42:31 AM

  32. Rich and Gail Rosencrans says:
    19 Oct 2017
    Good bye to our old friend. So sorry for the family loss. Carmen shined like a bright star his smile was infectious. He will be missed by all who were in his life and privileged to know him. So sad to know this news. RIP

  33. Sharon Minard says:
    19 Oct 2017
    My condolences to the family, Carmen loved my fried chicken. God makes no mistakes.Praying for the family.

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    19 Oct 2017
    Lit since October 19, 2017 at 10:17:50 AM

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  36. Tami Warfield says:
    19 Oct 2017
    Carmens Army......you will be missed

  37. Raymond Leduc, Sr. lit a candle:
    19 Oct 2017
    Lit since October 19, 2017 at 10:18:59 AM

  38. Linda Amorosi Bowen says:
    19 Oct 2017
    Rest In Peace Carmen. So many fond memories....

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    19 Oct 2017
    Lit since October 19, 2017 at 10:11:58 AM

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    18 Oct 2017
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    18 Oct 2017
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    18 Oct 2017
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    18 Oct 2017
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  44. Kay (DeCrosta) Martini says:
    18 Oct 2017
    My sincerest and heartfelt sympathies. I wish I would have known you lived in Flagler Beach, FL. I live in Ocala. Hopefully, we can still get acquainted. My Dad was Pat DeCrosta. Please feel free to contact me. I truly am SO sorry for the loss of Carmine !!

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    18 Oct 2017
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    18 Oct 2017
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