Domenic Dandini, 83
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LEOMINSTER -- Domenic Dandini, 83, of Leominster, died Friday afternoon, Jan. 25, in his home surrounded by his entire family.
Domenic was born in Leominster, on February 1, 1929, the son of the late Florindo and Angelina (Casacca) Dandini, and has lived here all of his life. He attended Leominster Schools before going to work for his dad at the F. Dandini Construction Co.
In 1951 he joined the U.S. Army and served during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged in 1953, having attained the rank of Corporal.
Following his discharge from the military, Domenic returned to work with his Dad in the family's construction company where they would build several homes in the Leominster area. Following the death of his father, he and his brother took over the construction company and relocated to an office and warehouse they built at 1000 Lancaster St., which would later become the Italian Center. From here, they focused on commercial building throughout the area. Following his retirement from his construction company, he went to work at San-Vel Concrete. He was a skilled concrete laborer, who was a member of the Laborers Union Local 39 in Fitchburg. In his spare time Domenic enjoyed manufacturing floral urns out of concrete which he would attach his trademark buffalo head nickel to the bottom of.
Known as "Jiggs", Domenic and his longtime friend, John Valeri, bartended together at the former Kings Corner Restaurant for several years.
He was an active member of St. Anna's Parish, where he and his family dedicated a memory garden in 1996. He was also a member of the Italian Cultural Center, Leominster Elks, Leominster Knights of Columbus, Leominster Sons of Italy and the St. Ann's Holy Name Society. Several years ago Domenic played for the Leominster Lions. He enjoyed meeting with friends at Phil's Coffee Shop and Leroy's Restaurant as well as summering in Marstons Mills on Cape Cod.
On June 27, 2009, he and his wife celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with his entire family and friends. Domenic was always there for his family, and was very helpful to his son establishing Dandini Landscaping in 1986.
He leaves his wife of 53 years, Concetta M. (Piccolomini) Dandini of Leominster; two sons, Peter D. Dandini and his wife Cristy of Leominster, and David Dandini of Leominster; two daughters, Donna Poirier and her husband Patrick of Gardner and Lisa Spinelli and her former husband Tom both of Leominster; a brother, Richard Dandini of Leominster; a sister Mary Ann DeAmicis and her husband Louis of Leominster; six grandchildren, Christopher Poirier, Matthew Poirier, Christina Spinelli, Julianna Spinelli, Peter Dandini and Anthony Dandini and several nephews and nieces. He is predeceased by a brother, Peter Dandini and two sisters, Concetta Zichelle and Louise Norton.
DANDINI -- The funeral will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 29, from the Brandon Funeral Home, 305 Wanoosnoc Rd., Fitchburg, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30 AM in St. Anna's Church, 194 Lancaster St. Burial will be in St. Leo's Cemetery. Calling hours in the funeral home will be held on Monday, Jan. 28, from 4 to 8 PM. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the St. Anna's Church, 194 Lancaster St., Leominster, MA 01453.
Published in Sentinel & Enterprise on Jan. 27, 2013