John T. DeRito, 71

FEB. 7, 1940-JAN. 17, 2012

January 18, 2012
  • DeRito

John Thomas "Poppy" DeRito, 71, of Bunker Hill, W.Va., went peacefully and unexpectedly Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012, at City Hospital in Martinsburg, W.Va.

Born Feb. 7, 1940, in Ellsworth, Pa., he was the son of the late Alfonso DeRito and Rose (Pelligi) DeRito.

He retired from General Motors after 36 years of service. He had been a very active member of United Auto Workers Local 1590, and received the Walter P. Reuther Distinguished Service Award, which at that time had only been given three times. He was the former vice president of the United Auto Worker retirees.

Mr. DeRito loved sports and played semipro football for the Hagerstown Bears. He was instrumental in organizing slow-pitch industrial league softball. He was active in coaching his children in baseball and football. He was a member of the Musselman High School Football Boosters.

He was a member of St. Leo Catholic Church.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Sharon Lou (Collins) DeRito; two sons, John Thomas DeRito II of Bunker Hill and Michael Dwayne DeRito of Inwood, W.Va.; one daughter, Shellie Renee Bunn of Virginia Beach, Va.; eight grandchildren, Daniel, Sariah, Ashley and Bradley DeRito, Devon Adamchuk, and Dillon, Gavin and Grayson Bunn; one brother, Alfonso Joseph DeRito Jr. and wife, Ruth, of Richwood, W.Va.; three sisters, Barbara Clutter and husband, Dale, of Inwood, Joanna Miller and husband, Joe, of Manning, S.C., and Rosemarie Miller of Richwood; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, at St. Leo Catholic Church, with the Rev. Brian Shoda as celebrant.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20, at Brown Funeral Home's South Berkeley Chapel in Inwood.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Berkeley County Humane Society, 554 Charles Town Road, Martinsburg, WV 25405; or Musselman High School Football Boosters, 126 Excellence Way, Inwood, WV 25428.

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