August 26, 1930 in Camden, NJ to Rocco and Anna DePersia, Robert passed
away after a heroic battle with cancer on October 3, 2008.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Anna, four sons, Rocco A.
DePersia, Esq. (Lydia), Robert E. DePersia, II, Esq. (Janet), State
Police Det. Sgt. Rick DePersia (Paula) and Russell A. DePersia, Esq.
(Chi) and a daughter Diane Mercer (Robert), 13 grandchildren, 2 great
grandchildren, sister Diane Holland (Charles), special cousin Florence
DePersia and nephew Robert DePersia, longtime friend Harry Viscuzzi and
business partner Phyllis Krichev.
A graduate of Camden Catholic High School, he also played professional
football for the Zuni Indians, served in the U.S. Coast Guard and worked
as a railroad fireman before embarking on a 39 year career with the
Camden City Police Department and then with the Camden County
Prosecutor's Office, where he holds the distinction of being both the
last County Detective and the first full time Narcotics officer. He also
headed the homicide unit, the fugitive unit and was a founder and leader
of the Narcotics Strike Force. He was the County Range Master for over
20 years and during his career earned over 20 citations and retired with
the rank of Detective Captain.
During his life he also owned and operated a pizza shop, a restaurant
'Robert's Roost', played piano and guitar, coached youth football and
basketball, wrote a newspaper column, operated Persian Acres riding
academy, founded Persian Lancers 4-H Youth Club, Persian Lancers Drill
Team and the S.J. Horseman's Association. After retiring from active law
enforcement, he began his career as a private detective and with his
partner also opened 'A Robert DePersia Agency' bail bonds business in
Relatives and friends are invited to the viewing 6-9pm Tuesday and
9-11am Wednesday at the BRADLEY FUNERAL HOME, Rt 73 & Evesham Rd,.
Marlton. Funeral Service 11am Wednesday at the Funeral Home. Interment
St. Joseph's Cemetery, Chews Landing..