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Condolence From: Lori Keenan
Condolence: At my mom's request, I am sharing the eulogy from my dad's funeral here.

Dom/Dad, Eulogy

As a writer by trade and a procrastinator by nature, I can honestly say this is the hardest writing assignment I’ve ever had to tackle.

So, where to begin?

Since you’re here today I’m sure that you have many of your own stories about my dad that have been running through your minds since you learned that he had passed away. For me, and our family, those stories number in the millions. He was a definitely a character.

We’re grateful for the many notes and sentiments you’ve shared with our family this past week and yesterday at the visitation. And we find strength in some of the ways we’ve heard him described, from friends, family, co-workers, and neighbors. That he was, “a big part of their own childhood. A great man. Larger than life. Like a father to them.” They remember his warm smile, big bear hugs, his “Go to hel_” hat, calling his players ‘meatballs’ or telling my grade school friend Collin Muldoon she threw like a girl… to which she replied, “I am a girl, Mr. Fontana!”

In all of this, we take solace.

Growing up, and even into adulthood, there were so many things my dad taught us by example, but mostly we learned that the greater the challenge, the harder he worked. So, I as stand here with you today with what is likely one of my greatest challenges, my father’s words are ringing in my ears, “It builds character, Lor.”

And while in a way it may have been easier to say goodbye to a man who lived life in a smaller way; that was not Dom. My parents were married 56 years, and as my mother said about him, “He was the biggest voice in the room even when he wasn’t speaking.” Or, as another friend described, “He was a presence.”

Well, the bigger the presence, the harder the passing. And as difficult as he could sometimes be to live with -- it turns out he’s harder to live without.

So today we grieve in the way that a friend described to me is “like drowning in air.”

And the man with nine lives, who some called Lazarus, others the Miracle Man, fought valiantly to the end. Not for himself, but for all of us. And even told his grandchildren as he sat at the head of the kids’ table as we celebrated an early Thanksgiving, ‘one day at a time’ -- as if he might truly have thought that he could beat death. Ever the optimist, he made us believe it, too. Because that was the man he was.

But, as it turns out, he was merely mortal… And here we are today.

My dad was an incredibly lucky man, and I feel so lucky to have had him as a father. But, as he often told us: we make our own luck.

His humor, compassion, enthusiasm, generosity and strength were epic. As Dom liked to say, “Jesus loves you, but I’m his favorite.”

And, as evidenced by his many, many friends whose company we shared in the weeks before he died, and the hundreds of people who came to pay their respects to him yesterday, it was clear he surrounded himself with only the very best people. They were drawn to him, and he to them. And, because you’re here today, I believe you were lucky, too.

I am grateful to have been home with him the last few weeks of his life and to have celebrated not only with our extended families, but with our nuclear family -- my brother, sister, mom, dad and I all at our kitchen table enjoying dinners together, or sitting in front of the fire and contemplating “what is truth?” -- as if I were still in high school. It was an almost magical time.

A few years ago, Dom attended a Cornerstone retreat and spoke to the group on the topic of Grace.

Now, for anyone who ever played golf with my dad, Dom expounding on the virtues of grace may be a difficult thing to imagine indeed. But for me it seems fitting.

As Judah Smith says in his book Jesus is _______.

“Grace risks its reputation to eat with notorious sinners.
It sacrifices its schedule to help hurting people.
Grace doesn’t allow us the luxury of aloofness.
It doesn’t get so distracted with doing good things that it forgets about people.
If you choose to live by grace and not by rules you are in for some messy moments.
But once you’ve embraced grace, you’ll never let go.”

I believe my father embraced grace. He sought out a human connection with every person he encountered. His faith was strong, and in the end he was at Peace.

So, as we celebrate his life, I will invoke the words that my father often used whenever he said goodbye to the people he loved the most, “Ciao, Bella.”

Tuesday December 06, 2016
Condolence From: Richard Colborn
Condolence: To Ann and Dom's family: Connie and I extend our deepest sympathies on the passing of Dom. He was a joy to work with for so many years, truly a great person. I considered him a dear friend and will miss his presence. The world's light is a little dimmer today because of his leaving us. I pray that you will find solace in knowing that you will see him again, in a better place.
Monday December 05, 2016
Condolence From: Pat Colbert
Condolence: Ann and family -- It was a privilege to have known Dom and share in the good works he wanted to do. He always found a way to help when asked. I will miss his stories at our Wednesday morning meetings and his calls -- that always seem to come when I needed them. The Spirit works in wondrous ways. Blessings and peace to all of you.
Saturday December 03, 2016
Condolence From: Lottie Ford
Condolence: My deepest sympathy to you in the loss of your loved one. I met Dom while working with Westinghouse in Atlanta and knew right away he was one of a kind. It was a pleasure to have known him and he will be missed by all of us.
Saturday December 03, 2016
Condolence From: Nicki McAuliffe
Condolence: Dear Ann and family,

We are deeply saddened to learn of Dom's passing. He was a terrific guy and he will be missed by all of us on Tremont Avenue. Ann, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Wednesday November 30, 2016
Condolence From: Harvey and Betty Schwartzberg
Condolence: Ann, t0 you and your family, Betty and I send our deepest and heartfelt condolences on your loss. Dom will be missed by all who had the privilege of knowing and working with him.
In the words of Scripture, "May the Lord Bless You and Keep You; May He cause His Countenance to Shine upon You; May He grant umto You His most precious Blessing, PEACE."
Monday November 28, 2016