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Dominick Bonito DaSilva

1940 - 2014 ADAMS Dominick Bonito DaSilva, 73, passed peacefully at his home on Thursday, Dec. 4th, 2014 surrounded by loved ones and family. Born in Oporto, Portugal, Dec. 22, 1940, he was the son of the late Mario and Aurea Bonito DaSilva. He graduated from schools in Oporto and became a clothing retailer at the age of sixteen. At age 18, Dominick emigrated to the United States on July 29, 1959, with his parents, his brother Anthony and sister RoseMarie. After a short stay in New York City, the family soon moved to Pittsfield. They purchased the Snack Shop on South Street and it quickly earned a reputation for it's delicious linguica burgers and also as the place in town where anyone down on their luck could find kindness, generosity and compassion. During that time, Dominick attended night school at the former South Junior High School, now Herberg Middle School, where he perfected English, grew his love for America and made many, many life long friends. After the Snack Shop, he worked for the Italian Importing Company on Fenn Street. From there he ventured into the business world, selling insurance for the Paul Revere Insurance Company and the Edward B. Karam Insurance Company. Later with ambition, drive and determination, he purchased the Read-Shaw Insurance Company. Side by side with his second wife, Shirley, Dominick's career and family flourished. With Dominick at the helm, Read-Shaw grew into one of Berkshire County's largest and most respected enterprises. In the late eighties, Dominick ventured into commercial real estate, developing several properties including South West Court on West Housatonic Street and the plaza on Williams Street that was formally a super market. Dominick enjoyed closing the deal, traveling, watching sports, and cheering loudly during his grandchildren's sporting events. He was a past Master of Crescent-Pittsfield Lodge of Masons and a member for 41 years. Survivors include his son, Derek, of Pittsfield, his son, Aaron, and his wife, Alison, and their two children, Ethan Dominick and Maxwell Taylor of Hanover; his sister, RoseMarie DaSilva, and her daughter, Aurea De Souza, of Rock Ledge, Fla.; his cousin, Jack Nogueira, and his wife, Carmella, of Williamstown; his cousin, Linda Alfonso, and her husband, Larry, of Pittsfield; two stepsons, Ron and Jay Marion; and their children Lucas, Josh, Christopher, Jessica and Gregory; and first wife, Beatrice Evans DaSilva, the mother of his children, also of Pittsfield. He also leaves his long-time companion and best friend of many years, Marcia Payette, of Adams; and her five daughters, whom he cherished with all of his heart for filling his later years with unconditional love, infinite laughter, and probably a few too many molasses cookies. He was pre-deceased by his parents; his brother, Anthony; and his second wife, Shirley Marion DaSilva. FUNERAL NOTICE: Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Dec. 9, with a Liturgy of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at Saint Charles Church, celebrated by the Rev. Peter A. Gregory, pastor. Burial will follow at Saint Joseph's Cemetery. Calling hours at DERY FUNERAL HOME, 54 Bradford St. Pittsfield, will be Monday from 4 - 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Dominick's name to Hospice Care of the Berkshires and Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center in care of the funeral home.



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Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Dec. 7, 2014
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