Dominick J. Rosato, 94, of New Providence, NJ passed away peacefully at his home on Sunday, January 27, 2013.
The visitation will be held at Paul Ippolito Berkeley Memorial, 646 Springfield Ave., Berkeley Heights, NJ on Friday, February 1st, from 2-6 PM. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated in Our Lady of Peace Church, New Providence, on Saturday, Feb. 2nd at 9:30 AM followed by the entombment at Clover Leaf Mausoleum, Woodbridge. For more information visit www.ippolitofuenralhomes.com.
Dominick was born on October 6, 1918. He was preceded in death by his parents, Antonio and Clementina, his brothers, Peter, Murphy, Joseph, Albert, his sister, Adeline Hunt, and his grandson, Christopher. Dominick is survived by his beloved wife, Josephine (nee Esposito), brother, Victor (Ida), daughter, Marie (Frank) Bezdany of Port St. Lucie, FL, and son Richard (Melissa) Rosato of Worthington, OH. He is also survived by 6 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Dominick was born in New Providence and graduated from Summit High School. He lived in Berkeley Heights for 39 years before moving back to New Providence. Dominick was a manager for McGregor Sportswear in Summit for 40 years before retiring in 1980. He then worked as a bus driver for the New Providence Board of Education for 10 years and as a crossing guard for 9 years. Dominick also drove the Senior Citizens bus for 5 years. In his spare time he loved to golf and bowl.
Dominick was an Army veteran of World War II, serving from 1944-46. He saw action in France, Belgium, Germany, and Holland as a combat infantry man and was awarded numerous medals for his service, including Purple Heart, Bronze Star, Distinguished Service Medal, Normandy Liberation Medal, and the Victory Medal.
Dominick was a longtime parishioner of Our Lady of Peace Church. He was a volunteer fireman for the Berkeley Heights Fire Dept. for 57 years where he served as secretary of the Fire Dept. for many years and secretary of the Relief Fund for 30 years. In addition he was president of the Exempts Association for 30 years and was a member of the Bureau of Fire Prevention, Union County Firemen's Association, and a life member of the NJ State Fire Association. Dominick was also a charter member of the William Paca Club in New Providence and was responsible for naming the club after the only Italian immigrant to sign the Declaration of Independence. He was a charter member of the American Legion Post 433, past-commander of the Veterans of Foreign wars Post 190, past-commander of Disabled Veterans #40, member of the Purple Heart Association #29, Knights of Columbus Council #783, past president of the Mount Carmel Society in Berkeley Heights, and a member of the Senior Citizens of New Providence.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations in his memory to the New Providence EMS, 7 Academy Street, New Providence, NJ 07974.
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