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Robert E. “Bob”, age 71, passed away on May 11th in his home, peacefully with his loving family by his side.

Bob was born on April 13, 1949 to Louis and Mable (Wolf) D’Elia in Philadelphia, Pa. Robert graduated from South Philadelphia High School and went on to study at Penn State University, where he earned his BS in Mathematics and Engineering. He continued to earn a Master’s +30 in Mathematics through Beaver College, now Arcadia University. Bob was a proud educator of South Philadelphia High School and the Community College of Philadelphia for 34 years.

In 1973, Bob met Joyce and wed in 1978, going on to have two daughters, Joy and Lindsey. Bob was a loving son who took care of his sick parents. He was a devoted and supportive husband and a proud father. He was a mentor to many. Bob and Joyce would have been celebrating their 43rd wedding anniversary in August.

Bob retired from teaching in 2004, after suffering a massive meningioma brain tumor. He spent his retired years convalescing in his home with his family, enjoying Penn State games and watching all the Philadelphia Sports Teams. Bob enjoyed collecting stamps and spoiling is grandchildren.

Bob is survived by his devoted wife Joyce (Simone) D’Elia, two loving daughters Joy (Mike) Rella, Lindsey (Jason)Checchia and 4 adoring grandchildren Michael (9) Francesca (5) Shayna(4) and Siena(3).

Viewing Monday 10:00am in Our Lady of Calvary Church 11025 Knights Rd.

Funeral Mass 11:00am.  Ent. Forest Hills Cemetery, Huntingdon Valley PA.


  • Sheri-Ann Palmieri May 14, 2020 3:42 pm

    My deepest sympathies go out to you and your family.

  • Julie and John Pino May 14, 2020 4:03 pm

    Bob was always a great guy. We shared many wonderful years together as cousins when we were young. Our love and prayers and sympathy to all the family. Sorry we cannot be there as we are in Florida but know our thoughts and sympathy are with him and the family

  • Pattie Kerins May 14, 2020 4:26 pm

    Joyce so sorry for loss.

  • Rosemarie caporale May 14, 2020 5:02 pm

    Joyce I am so sorry for your loss.

  • Lindsey May 14, 2020 5:27 pm

    To my beautiful father. I will love you forever. You are missed more than you’ll ever know. My heart is forever broken. You’re my hero, my father, my best friend. The most beautiful man I’ve ever known. You given me the most wonderful life. You taught me how to love unconditionally and how to be an amazing parent. I promise to be the best for my children like you were for Joy and I. You gave us everything and gave all of yourself. We will forever be grateful for the most amazing man we could have ever been blessed with to love us. I love you Daddy, forever, for always. Always Your Little Girl, Lindsey (Sal)

  • Janet checchia May 14, 2020 8:24 pm

    He is home now with his motherand father, whom he loved so much. All are looking down on you Joyce and the girls. My deepest condolences. He will be missed.

  • Tina Zane May 16, 2020 11:31 pm

    Joyce, Joy, and Lindsey, we are so sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. A wonderful, gentle man and gentleman. Our love, thoughts, prayers, and sympathies are with all of you. ❤️❤️

  • Nancy Brooks May 18, 2020 1:07 am

    Joyce I’m so sorry for your loss.

  • MATTHEW May 20, 2020 4:32 am

    So sorry for your loss I had mr Delia as a math teacher in southern high school he was a great teacher RIP 🙏🏻

  • Theresa T Annucci May 26, 2020 5:16 pm

    D’Elia family so sorry for your loss. Bobby was always at my house with my brother Ron. Many good memories growing up with him. RIP Bobby! You will never be forgotten in our family!!

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