Damio, Roger M.
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Roger Michael Damio..died peacefully, surrounded by family, on Friday August 30, 2013. He is survived by five of his six children - Roger, Ward, Dennis, Agnes Dubow and Grace Semagin Damio - and two step-daughters Gail Botwin and Jill Kasper. Daughter, Clare preempted his relocation upstairs (hopefully) in 1995. Also surviving are thirteen grandchildren and four great-grandchildren several close in-laws and many nieces and nephews. He lost his treasured sister, Gloria Pantano, in early 2006. Roger was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., son of Josephine and L. Roger Damio, where he lived fifty-two years. He was married to his long-time girlfriend Agnes Curtin, the mother of his children, until her death after twenty-five years. Some years later, he met and married Anita Owen from Villa Park, IL. They were blissfully married for sixteen years when she died of cancer. In 1994, he married Molly Seigel Shenkman. They met, began a friendship, then, as Mr. & Mrs. Moved to Oronoque Village where they were enjoying their golden years. Molly died in 2008. Roger, a graduate of Xavier High School and CCNY in NYC was originally a teacher with an MA from Columbia's Teacher's College. After a career in World War II, where he rose to the rank of Major, he became an editor, then publisher of periodicals in the publishing and educational fields. For five years he was Promotion Manager of Pocket Books, the original paperback firm. He also owned his own advertising agency where he personally created both copy and design for many clients. For the past twenty years he has written and lectured extensively about marriage, his primary and lifelong interest. At Oronoque, he was active in the BRAVO Theatre program and "The Villager" magazine. Roger will be long remembered by family and friends as an especially upbeat person who normally looked for and found the positives in life, the full half of that half-full/half-empty glass we encounter every day of our lives. Per his wishes, no formal funeral service is planned. He willed his remains to Yale/New Haven Hospital in hopes that some of his body parts might still be recycled and - "My grandchildren can always say that Grandpa went to Yale." In lieu of flowers or donations in his memory, he requested that his family and friends might want to remember him with Masses at his parish church, St. Mark's in Stratford, and elsewhere, and, especially, to hug and love each other activity every single day… "I'll be watching", he concluded, "and thank you all for a great life!" There will be a gathering for family and friends on Monday September 2nd 2PM - 4PM at the home of Agnes Dubow 44 Harvest Moon Road, Easton, CT. In addition, there will be a memorial mass at St. Marks Parish church, 500 Wigwam Lane, Stratford, CT 06614 a time to be announced.
Published in Connecticut Post from Sept. 1 to Sept. 2, 2013