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Dominic D. Ricci
Retired Fitchburg Police Officer, Navy Vet; 91

FITCHBURG -- Dominic D. Ricci, 91, of Fitchburg, died Thursday, June 26, 2014, at Health Alliance - Leominster Hospital.

His wife of 60 years, Beatrice R. (Laroche) Ricci, died in December of last year.

Mr. Ricci was born in Fitchburg, April 10, 1923, a son of Carlo and Elisa (Pasquarelli) Ricci, and was a lifelong Fitchburg resident.

Mr. Ricci served his country for over eight years in the United States Navy during both WWII and the Korean War. During WWII, in 1943, Mr. Ricci was involved in the Battle of Tarawa, an island located within the Gilbert Islands, in the South Pacific, where the United States suffered extensive casualties at the hands of the Japanese. He also saw action in the Battle to Leyte Gulf, formerly known as the Second Battle of the Philippine Sea, which is generally considered to be the largest naval battle of World War II and, by some criteria, possibly the largest naval battle in history.[

Mr. Ricci was awarded the WWII Victory Medal, Asiatic Pacific Victory, as well as several Good Conduct Medals.

Following his discharge from the armed forces, Mr. Ricci worked briefly for the Boston & Maine Railroad before enlisting in one of the early Massachusetts State Police Training Schools in Framingham, Class of 1952. He then went on to serve the City of Fitchburg for nearly 30 years, first as a patrolman and later as a K-9 officer training his own dog, "Baron". He retired in 1979.

Following his retirement from the City of Fitchburg, he worked in a part time capacity as a security officer for several of the area banks.

He was an active member of the St. Joseph Club where he enjoyed playing pinochle and throwing horseshoes.

He leaves his son, Charles M. Ricci; a sister, Bernice "Queenie" Smith of Leominster; his granddaughter, Nichole Ricci and his great-granddaughter, Isabelle Ricci.

He was the brother of the late, Umberto "Boombie" Ricci, Menotti Ricci, Mary Ricci, Lena Jeffrey, Delores "Dolly" Hahn, and Rose Santucci.

RICCI -- Funeral services will be held 11 A.M., July 1, 2014 at the Isabelle & Anderson Funeral Home, 316 Clarendon Street, Fitchburg. Please see www.andersonfuneral.com for additional information. Mr. Ricci's family will receive family and friends on Tuesday from 10 A.M. until the time of the service.

Published in Sentinel & Enterprise on June 29, 2014
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