Telesco, Dominick W.
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Dominick W. Telesco, age 101, of Stamford, passed away peacefully on July 22, 2013, at Stamford Hospital, surrounded by family. Dominick was born on March 26, 1912 in Stamford, the son of Canio and Catherine (Colangelo) Telesco, and the eldest of their six children. He was blessed with a long and energetic life. Dominick was raised in Stamford and graduated from Stamford High School in 1931. He continued his education at Syracuse University where he majored in history and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1935. Dominick was married on June 29, 1940 to Genevieve (Kivlin) Telesco, his beloved wife of 63 years. She predeceased him in 2003.
Dominick had a passion for teaching. He began his career with the Stamford Board of Education as an American History teacher at the former Willard/Hoyt School and Stamford High School. Dominick served on the Stamford Board of Education from 1945 to 1955, including three years as the board's president.
Dominick retired from teaching and began a new career in his father's fuel business. In 1945, Dominick and his three brothers established The Telesco Fuel & Masons' Material Co., located in Stamford. With Dominick serving as president, the business grew and two other locations were established in Brookfield and Danbury. As a result, the Telesco "Best-By Test", red & white striped concrete trucks became a familiar sight in southwest Connecticut. Dominick retired after 40 years in business.
During his lifetime, Dominick made many contributions to the local community. A lifelong Catholic, Dominick became a member of the Knights of Columbus in 1937. He was awarded the distinction of Fourth Degree Honorary Life Membership in the Order by the Supreme Council in 1986, and was recognized as a 75 year member in 2012. Dominick joined The Stamford Rotary Club in 1946, and was named a Paul Harris Fellow in 1986, Rotary's highest honor. Dominick served for 12 years on The Stamford Salvation Army Advisory Board. For over 60 consecutive years he "rang the bell" for The Salvation Army's annual Christmas Kettle Campaign until the age of 98.
Dominick built his home on West Hill Road in Stamford in 1950. The home was affectionately called "The Ponderosa", and it was the site of many family gatherings and celebrations. He spent countless hours personally keeping the house in tip-top shape, and lived in his home until 2005. For the past 8 years, he was a resident of the Edgehill Retirement and Continuing Care Community in Stamford where he was quickly befriended by all.
Dominick was a true family man. His family was central to everything that he believed in and did in life. He took great pride in watching the accomplishments of his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchild. Dominick stressed the importance of getting a good education. He considered the opportunity to attend college a high privilege, an opportunity given to him by his parents, which he would not waste. Dominick had a quick wit and a wonderful sense of humor. He loved to laugh, worked hard, and enjoyed life to the fullest. He was passionate about everything he did and instilled this into the many lives he touched. Dominick's legacy will live with us forever.
Dominick is survived by his children Carol Ann (Michael) Rice and Donald Telesco; sister Jennie Genovese; grandchildren Kevin Rice, Karen (Marc) Brimley, and Brian (Tracy) Rice; great-grandchildren Megan Oliver, Ethan Rice, Monica and Connor Brimley; great-great-grandson Drew Oliver.
Dominick was preceded in death by his parents Canio and Catherine (Colangelo) Telesco; wife Genevieve (Kivlin) Telesco; sister Anna DeClemente; brothers Anthony Telesco, William Telesco and Angelo Telesco.
Family and friends may call at the Lacerenza Funeral Home, 8 Schuyler Avenue, Stamford, CT from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on July 25, 2013. A Mass of Christian burial will take place at 10:30 a.m. on July 26, 2013 at Sacred Heart Church, 37 Schuyler Avenue, Stamford, CT. Burial will follow in the St. John's Catholic Cemetery Mausoleum where he will be laid to rest next to his beloved wife, Genevieve.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Stamford Rotary Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 8026, Stamford, CT 06905, or to Sacred Heart Church, 37 Schuyler Avenue, Stamford, CT 06902.
Lacerenza Funeral Home Inc
8 Schuyler Ave Stamford, CT 06902
Published in StamfordAdvocate from July 23 to July 24, 2013