Frank Joseph Domino Sr.
January 27, 1920 — August 13, 2011
Frank Joseph Domino Sr., 91, a native and resident of Morgan City, passed away Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011, at Maison Jardin Senior Living Community.
Frank is survived by three sons, Donald J. Domino and his wife Lana A. Domino of Morgan City, Michael W. Domino of Morgan City, and Frank J. Domino Jr. and his wife Mitzi R. Domino of Lafayette; one sister, Lucille Van Dormolen of Las Vegas; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his spouse, Agatha “Aggie” Dimiceli Domino; his father, Biaggio A. Domino; his mother, Lucia Resignola Domino; five brothers, Lee, Nunsie, Joseph, Vincent and Salvatore Domino; and five sisters, Eugenia Grizzaffi, Rose Nagel, Josephine Domino, Maria Johnson and Mamie English.
The Domino family requests that visitation be observed Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2011, from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Hargrave Funeral Home in Morgan City. The family would like to invite any family or friends wishing to participate to join them earlier for a 5:30 p.m. Rosary. Visitation will resume Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011, from 8 a.m. until time of services at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Morgan City.
A Mass of Christian burial will be held Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011, at 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Morgan City with graveside services following in the Morgan City Cemetery.
Frank was born to Italian immigrants in Morgan City, graduated from Morgan City High School, and served in the National Guard.
He worked as a welder in Oak Ridge, Tenn., during World War II. In 1945, he and his brother Nunsie founded an auto mechanic shop, which developed into Frank’s Motor Company, an automotive dealership. In 1996 he was the only dealer in the history of the Louisiana Automobile Dealer Association to receive two “Dealer of the Year” awards, the first being awarded in 1988. Frank took pride in the fact that Frank’s Motor Company served the St. Mary Parish area for 57 years.
Frank spent his lifetime involved in civic efforts to improve the community he loved. He served as a city council member for 16 years, the Morgan City Harbor and Terminal District for nine years, and as a director of Guaranty Bank for 25 years. He dedicated 27 years to the Foundation Board of Lakewood Medical Center (now Teche Regional Medical Center). He was president of East St. Mary Chamber of Commerce and received its Lifetime Achievement award in 1996.
As president of the Rotary Club, he was instrumental in arranging the first free bus to transport students from this area to attend Nicholls State College in Thibodaux. In 2001, Frank was honored with the “Citizen of the Year” award by the Rotary Club.
He tirelessly raised funds for the Cancer Society, American Heart Association, Center of Hope for Exceptional Children, Little League, Pop Warner football, and the building of Holy Cross Church.
He was a charter member of both the St. Mary Golf and Country Club and the Petroleum Club. Every weekday afternoon you could find him at the Petroleum Club playing his favorite card game, gin, among friends and sharing a good story.
Frank was a devoted father, cherished grandfather and great-grandfather, and loyal friend. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
The family wishes to express sincere gratitude to the staff of Maison Jardin, Southern Care Hospice, Frank’s caregivers and especially Charles Johnson, his driver and friend.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Sacred Heart Church in Morgan City or the donor’s charity of choice.