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Albert R. Domanico, 83, Kokomo, passed away Monday, July 31, 2017, at Community Howard Regional Health after a long battle with diabetes and heart disease.
Albert Domanico, born in Brooklyn, New York, on Aug. 30, 1933, one of twin sons of Peter and Fanny (Lino) Domanico (deceased) is survived by his wife, Karen; son and daughter-in-Law, Ronald and Melody (James) Domanico, Atlanta, Georgia; grandchildren, Michelle Domanico, Adam (Lori) Domanico, Daniel (Lea) Domanico, Amy (Phil) Holloway; son- and daughter-in-law, Peter (Wi) Domanico, Fremont, California; grandchildren, Michael and Christina; son Blase Domanico (deceased); grandchildren, Ryan, Lauren and Jasen, Domanico; daughter, Lisa; grandchildren, Ali and David Fitzgerald, Johnsburg, Illinois; his twin brother, Peter and Marietta (Liberti) Domanico, Mount Arlington, New Jersey; nephew, Paul and Jean Domanico, Raleigh, North Carolina; niece, Laura Domanico; niece, Gina and Tucker Leonard III, Mount Arlington, New Jersey; brothers-in-law, Dick Bougher, and sister-in-law, Toni Bougher (deceased) Tim Laughner and Terry Laughner; mother-in-law, Wilma Dohner; nieces and nephews, Staci (Al) Colon, Shannon (Scott) Childers, Jacob Laughner, Priscilla (Mike) Ertel, Theo (Holly) Laughner, Krista (Sean) Knepp, Maggie and Max Laughner; and many great-nieces and great-nephews.
Albert attended elementary school in Brooklyn and high school and college in New Jersey. A 1960 graduate of Stevens Institute of Technology and a visiting lecturer at Newark College of Engineering, he worked for 25 years with General Instrument Corp. in Newark, New Jersey, and Chicago, Illinois, in sales engineering and marketing.
In 1978 he joined M. Gottlieb Associates, working 26 years in Chicago, Kokomo, Indiana, Detroit, Michigan and many foreign locations with automotive and electronic manufacturers. He retired as vice president of operations in 2003.
He was a member of the Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineers (IEEE) and the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE).
Visiting other countries and cultures from the Amazon in Brazil to the Arctic Circle were life experiences he most enjoyed, along with the friendship of people around the world.
After service in the New Jersey 50th Armored Division, an honorable discharge from the U.S. Army Reserve was issued in June 1957
As a young man, he was music director, arranger and player for American Legion-sponsored Drum and Bugle Corps in Lyndhurst and Hackensack, New Jersey. During the 1950s and 1960s, his large dance band played at local events in the New York-New Jersey area and in the summers on the "Borsch Circuit" in the Catskill Mountains of New York. He continued playing saxophone and clarinet all his life.
In the 1970s and 1980s, he served as a member of the boards of education of Elementary District 59 and as member and president of High School District 214, both in Elk Grove Township, Illinois. As a member of the board of directors of the Northwest Illinois Suburban Special Education Organization, low incidence special education children with significant exceptionalities were provided the least restrictive educational opportunity available by combining resources of 10 school districts.
As a member of PADI, he was a certified scuba diver and a competent sailor, mostly enjoying the waters of the Caribbean and the British Virgin Islands. He was a member of the Coral Reef Society and the Ocean Conservancy. Fishing and skiing the mountains of North America was a particular joy.
He was such a wonderful guy and hated to leave.
A favorite poem:
"Thanatopsis" by William Cullins Bryant:
"So live that when thy summons comes to join the innumerable caravans that move toward the mysterious realm where each shall take his stand in the silent halls of Death, thou go not like a quarry slave at night scourged to his dungeon but soothed and sustained by an unfaltering trust, approach thy grave like one who wraps the drapery of his couch about him and lies down to pleasant dreams. "
Memorial contribution may be made to American Diabetes or Heart Associations. Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5, with visitation from 11 a.m. at Ellers Mortuary, Webster Street Chapel.
Published on August 1, 2017
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