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Dr. "D.J." Dominic J. Scalera, Jr, Dentist, answered his Lord's call on September 29, 2012. Dom was born on June 21, 1931, and was the son of Dominic J. Scalera, Sr. and Josephine D'Angelo Scalera of Midland, Pennsylvania.
After growing up and graduating from high school in the Midland area, Dominic attended Penn State University and earned a degree in Bio-Chemistry. He received his doctor of dental surgery degree at the University of Pittsburgh.
Dom has been married to Frances High Scalera since 1956 and they both have raised three fine sons: Dominic J. Scalera, III of West Palm Beach, Jeffrey Carl Scalera of Cocoa, and Joel Cameron Scalera of Merritt Island.
After graduation from dental school in 1958, the Air Force sent Dominic and Fran to Patrick Air Force base in Cocoa Beach. Upon leaving the Air Force, Dominic set up private dental practice on Dixon Blvd. in Cocoa and later expanded his practice to include an office in Suntree.
Later his youngest son Joel joined him in the practice of dentistry. Son Jeff owns Brevard Dental Prosthetics and son Dominic, III ("Jack") is a Partner at the West Palm Beach Law Firm of Grieco & Scalera, PA.
Dominic was a charter member of the Suntree Rotary, a member of the Brevard County Dental Society and Prince of Peace Anglican Church in Viera/Melbourne.
Dom never planned to retire. He loved dentistry, his patients and office staff. As a pioneer in Brevard dentistry his practice grew along with his beloved Space Coast. Dom possessed a true love of learning and a zest for life with a desire to be a "maverick" at the forefront of his field. He accepted nothing short of perfection and exuded to those around him a genuine and generous caring for his patients, friends, and family.
Dom loved sports, gardening, fishing, hunting and tennis. He loved these activities with his sons and later with his grandchildren.
Dominic is survived by his wife of 56 years, Fran; children, Dominic J. "Jack" Scalera, III; Jeffrey Scalera and wife, Sally, their children, Scott and Seth; Joel Scalera and wife, Donna, their children, Jamie and Emily; Cameron and wife, Lindsay and daughter, Zoey. Additional surviving relatives include: sisters, Lillian Lozzi of Brookville, PA, Marian Muldoon of Dallas, PA and numerous nieces and nephews and cousins. Additional family members are Janet Scalera of Beaver, PA, Bill and Peg Happersett of Walnut Creek, CA, Carol Kinzer of Annapolis, MD, and Mark Grieco of West Palm Beach, FL.
Predeceased in death besides his parents are his brother, Judge Ralph F. Scalera and sister, Marlene Leonard.
A memorial service will be held at 10:00 AM on Saturday, October 13, 2012 at Prince of Peace Anglican Church at 6895 Murrell Road, Melbourne, Florida 32940 (321) 253-9102. You can sign Dom's guest book at www.beckmanwilliamson.com
Published in FLORIDA TODAY on Oct. 7, 2012