Dominelli, Joseph S. ROTTERDAM Joseph S. Dominelli, 93, passed away peacefully on June 29, 2011, surrounded by his loving family. Born on August 11, 1917 in Schenect-ady, Joe was the son of Joseph and Madeline Campa-chero Dominelli. He attended the former Mt. Pleasant High School and in 1939 married his wife Florence. In 1943 Joe was drafted into the United States Army and on June 6, 1944 went ashore on Omaha Beach in Normandy. After being wounded and being returned to his unit Joe received his most serious wounds in Germany later that year. In 1945 he was honorably discharged at the Thomas M. England General Hospital and returned home with three purple hearts and three bronze stars. In 1947 Joe joined the Rotterdam Police Department becoming the seventh police officer. He immediately became involved in the Police Benevolent Association and the Police Conference of New York. Eventually, Joe was elected as president of the Rotterdam PBA and vice president of the PCNY. In December of 1963 Joe became chief of police in the Town of Rotterdam. He quickly became involved in the New York State Association of Chiefs of Police and the International Association of Chiefs of Police. During Joe's law enforcement career, he was repeatedly elected to positions in local, regional and statewide organizations that represented rank and file officers as well as chiefs. After six successful years as vice president of the IACP, Joe was elected as president in 1973. In 1974, Joe became executive director of the NYS Association of Chiefs of Police. In 1987 Governor Mario Cuomo appointed Joe to the State Investigation Commission while remaining executive director of the Chiefs of Police Association until his retirement in 2004. Joe was a founding member of the Schenectady Veterans Club and the Rotterdam Elks. He is survived by his wife of 72 years, Florence Mangino Dominelli; his two daughters, Carol Oropallo and Jo-Ann (Gary) DeLuke; three grandchildren, Darren (Suzanne) Oropallo, Ryan (Melinda) Oropallo and Jolene (Josh) Kowalski; four great-grandchildren, Oliver and Elijah Kowalski, Rianno and Giovanna Oropallo. Joe is also survived by two brothers, Ed and Ralph Dominelli and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his granddaughter, Kara Mia DeLuke and his brother James Dominelli. Along with his family, Joe was also a "father figure" and mentor to many. Calling hours will be held Tuesday, July 5, 2011 from 4-7 p.m. at DeMarco-Stone Funeral Home, 1605 Helderberg Ave., Rotterdam. Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Entombment with military honors will follow in St. Cyril's Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Rotterdam Boys and Girls Club, 721 Curry Rd., Schenectady, NY 12306 or the City Mission of Schenectady, 425 Hamilton St., Schenectady, NY 12305.
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Published in Albany Times Union on July 4, 2011