Hi everyone. I'm Jonathan, Dominick's nephew. As you can imagine, much like everyone else, I have been in a state of shock and heartbreak all week. When I was told my uncle Dom had passed away a week ago today, my heart literally dropped to the floor.
Although I only saw my uncle a few times a year, most especially at Christmastime, his presence was felt year round. Though I do admit, when December and the holidays rolled around, it wasn't just Christmas I was looking forward to; it was seeing Uncle Dom and his family (my aunt Rosemary, his daughter Alexis, and son-in-law Gaetano). Their company is/was always so much fun!
When you're a young kid around the holidays, the cause of your excitement tends to be what gifts you're going to get on Christmas morning. As I got older, I realized the most important part of the holidays was family. Admittedly, I'm a child at heart and don't mind opening up a gift here or there...haha...but truthfully, it was seeing my uncle Dom, aunt Ro and family greet us at the door on December 22nd that made me love Christmas. Whenever he and his family arrived at our house (where they'd stay for the duration of the holidays), the magic truly began. My uncle, whether he knew it or not, helped me realize that family (and friends) was the best part about Christmas and any other holiday. I can honestly say that he was the essence of what family should be...someone who didn't like drama, joked around a lot, and was all-around great company.
I was talking to my friend Michael a day or two after my uncle had passed, and he said something that really stayed with me. He said that, although he had only met my uncle on one occasion and had seen some of what he was like through some funny clips I had recorded from various holidays over the years, Mike was able to get a true sense of who my uncle was. Michael said, "You could just tell that Dom was a good man--who loved his family...and loved life." I couldn't have said it better myself. Here was a friend who didn't know my uncle well at all, but was able to tell that just by meeting him once or twice. To me, that was awesome. That was just the vibe that my uncle Dom gave off; how right my friend Michael was.
Besides aspiring to be like my uncle as a professional (as his accolades in the field of dentistry were phenomenal; though you'd never know it because he was so humble), it's him as a person and as an uncle that I hope to carry with me forever. I have a young nephew and niece and I said to myself, when they were born, that I'd hope I can be that uncle the kids can't wait to see. You know, the uncle that was just a blast to be around. Naturally, my inspiration was and is my Uncle Dom.
In conclusion, I'd like to say that I am going to miss my uncle Dom's company, his laughter, and his goodness. He was not afraid to tell you how he felt ("This is my favorite guy right here!" he'd tell me) and offered a kindess that was infectious.
Thanks for the memories, Uncle Dom. I'll miss you deeply, but your memory will live on inside of me forever. I'll smile whenever I think of you.
God Bless and Rest in Peace.
Love Your Nephew,