Setaro, Dominic A.
Dominic A. Setaro, Sr., lifelong resident of Danbury until April 2012, passed away at the age of 98 in Lady Lake, Fl. on June 14, 2013. Son of the late A. Charles Setaro and Caroline (Rizzo) Setaro, he is survived by his beloved wife of over 65 years, Rose M. (Gillotti) Setaro, son Dominic Jr. and wife Carol of Leesburg, Fl, and son, Charles J. Setaro of Danbury as well as a treasured granddaughter Kristi Ann Setaro of Winter Garden, Fl. and her pets Abby and Girlfriend who brought so much love to their "Pop Pop". He is also survived by his older brother, Peter, youngest brother Michael, as well as three generations of nieces and nephews and was predeceased by his brother A. Charles and sister Jennie Dalessio. Dominic will be sorely missed by his nephew Charles Troccolo and wife Carolyn who shared a special bond with their uncle and treated him so well.
Dominic was employed as a Production Control Scheduler for Knudson and Amphenol RF Company until his retirement.
in 1980 He is also perhaps remembered for his part-time bar tending at the former Amber Room catering working many long, late hours in addition to his full time job at Amphenol RF. "Archibald" and "Mississippi" jokes were amongst his staples providing many laughs over the years when told at testimonial dinners, in fact he was able to recite the long-winded, tongue-twisting jokes until just before his passing.
Prior to his career with Amphenol and service with the U.S. Army
, Dominic along with his brothers and father, ran the former Colony Grill on North Street in Danbury.
Dominic was deservedly very proud of his military service with the Army in WW II as a Staff Sergeant, earning the Bronze Star
for bravery amongst other decorations relating to his service as a Forward Observer for his field artillery battery in four campaigns in the Asian South Pacific. He participated in the liberation of the Philippines and such battles as Luzon, and the Battle of Leyte. It was only until recent years that he freely shared poignant stories from that period.
Being amongst the older aged soldiers in his platoon, Dominic often served as a voice of mature guidance to his younger platoon members. He helped a young fellow soldier from the Deep South who could not read or write by writing his love letters home to his family and girlfriend. In a hand written letter from "somewhere in Luzon" addressed to Dominic's mother in 1945, Captain of Field Artillery, A. A. Brooks wrote "I want you to know that your son served his country well and during the Luzon Operation, he was more than my right arm to me".
Dominic was admired for his meticulous attention to his home on Deer Hill Avenue drawing many compliments from pedestrians who strolled the avenue over the decades.
His guidance, character, charm and unending love of family will serve as a continuing template for his two sons and granddaughter Kristi Ann Setaro and others that knew him.
Dominic enjoyed following the NY Yankees and was an avid enthusiast of the charitable program Puppies Behind Bars which trains prison inmates to raise service dogs for wounded war veterans and explosive detection canines for law enforcement.
Mr. Setaro was also an honorary member of Padanaram Hose Co. #3 and St. Peter Parish. There are no calling hours, burial will be at St. Peter's Cemetery, Danbury at a time to be announced.
Contributions in his memory may be made to Puppies Behind Bars, 263 West 38th Street, 4th floor, New York, NY 10018 http://www.puppiesbehindbars.com/make-a-donation