Dominik Garofano

Domink Daniel Garofano
12/20/1923 - 12/04/2012
Resident of Mountain View
Dominick was born in Philadelphia on December 20, 1923 to Lucia Maria Cannine Antonio Garofano. He has two sisters' one Yolanda who is deceased, and Gloria. Dominick attended the Philadelphia local Public school schools. On March 4, 1940 he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. After serving in K Company 5th Marines in Quantico, Virginia he was transferred to the Philadelphia Navy Yard to serve in the Marine Main Guard. It was when he was serving at the Navy Yard that he met his love ofhis life, Victoria Petcavage in 1941. After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7th, 1941 all the Marines were moved out of the Guard duty stations and sent to combat organizations in the Pacific. Dominick was assigned to serve with L Co., 7th Marine regiment, 1st Marine Division. Dominick served on many Pacific islands. America Samoa, British Samoa, Wallis Island, New Caledonia, Guadalcanal, Solomon lslands, Russell Islands, New Guinea, New Britain, Puvuvu and Peleliu, Palau Islands. Dominick participated in three Combat amphibious assaults on the islands of Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, Cape Gloucester, New Britain and Peleliu, Palau Islands. He was awarded 3 Gold stars and the Marine Combat Medal for the assault landings, The Asiatic Pacific theater medal with 4 bronze stars, The Presidential Unit Citation with two stars, American Theater Service before WWII citation and American Theater Service during WWII citation, The WWII Victory Medal and Good Conduct Service Medal. After serving in the Pacific in 1942, 1943 and 1944 Dominick was rotated home to the U.S. In 1945 he was appointed a Drill Instructor at the Marine Recruit center at Parris Island. He was serving at Parris Island when the war was over and he was discharged from Marine Corps duty.
Dominick returned to Philadelphia to work with his parents in their produce business in 1946. In 1950 he married the love of his life Victoria Petcavage. When his parents retired Dominick Victoria took over the family business for two years, but in 1954 they decided that he would be better off with a higher education so they sold the business and Dominick went to LaSalle Univ. evenings while working days at Philco's Communication division in Philadelphia He graduated with a degree in Physics from LaSalle in 1962 and worked as a design Engineer in the Philco Microwave dept. In 1964 Philco now known as Philco-Ford moved to Landsdale PAand Dominik followed. the Dept moved to Spring City, PA in 1968 and Dominick was promoted to manufacturing manager of both the Microwave dept .and the Optoelectronics dept. In 1971 Ford moved the departments to Sierra Electronics in Menlo Park; CA
Ford bought Vicki's Dominick's home and moved them to Calif. with all expenses paid. In 1974 Ford sold the Sierra Electronics business and Dominick was transferred to the Ford Aerospace Communications Corporation in Palo Alto, CA as a Senior Engineering Specialist. In Palo Alto he moved up the ladder taking over various Management positions, until in 1990 he was promoted to Test Facility Supervisor ofthe Parts Test and Evaluation Laboratory. In 1992, Dominick retired from the Ford Aerospace Corporation. In his retirement review, his performance was described as Outstanding, which is unusual as it is a description usually reserved for company executives. After retirement, Dominick Victoria were free to enjoy the many fruit trees around their home and their large garden. They enjoyed the fresh vegetables from their garden and sharing with their neighbors the garden vegetables and the fruit from their trees. Dominick was a member ofthe Palo Alto Elks Lodge and made many friends socializing and working out in the athletic facility. In 2000, Dominick joined the VA Voluntary Service at the Palo Alto V A Hospital driving a shuttle around the hospital. In 2003, he joined the Palo Alto Elks Veterans Service Committee as a co-chairman. The Committee visits the veterans in the long-time wards such as Spinal Cord Injury, Poly Trauma and Brain Injury. They hold bingos and also Barbecues at both the hospital and at the Elks Lodge for the Veterans. In 2008, the VA hospital Voluntary Service presented him with the "Leadership" award. In 2009, Dominick was selected "Elk of the Year" of the Palo Alto Lodge. Dominick was very involved with helping the Veterans who were long-term patients at the hospital. Victoria had a stroke in 2008 so Dominick took over the running oftheir home, cooking, shopping, and cleaning plus watching over Victoria and helping her with living tasks. In 2009, Victoria had another stroke that seriously disabled her. She was moved to the Grant Cuesta Nursing and Therapy facility and had therapy for her disabilities.
Every morning, Dominick would bring her fresh cut oranges and other fruit and help serve Victoria her breakfast. He returned at the noon meal and helped her at lunch. He was back at dinnertime and stayed with Vicki serving her and making sure she was comfortable. Dominick stayed with Vicki until she was put to bed. He then would go home for his dinner. In March, Vicki was moved to El Camino Hospital with pneumonia. Dominick stayed with her as he had at Grant Cuesta. Finally, on March 4, 2012 at 10:30 that night, Vicki passed away. Dominick gave her a final kiss and told her he loved her.
Dominick will be interred at the George Washington Memorial Park in Blue Bell PA. next to the Love of his life, Victoria.
Visitations will begin on Wed. Dec 12 at 5 p.m. with Vigil service at 7 p.m. at Cusimano Family Colonial Mortuary, 96 W. El Camino Real, Mtn.View. Funeral Mass will be Thurs., Dec 13 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Joseph Church, Mtn.View. Please view/sign book:


Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Dec. 11, 2012