Veteran served country well in war, peacetime

| Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, 9:30 p.m.

Like his parents, who came to America from Italy in the early 1900s, Armand Dominick could sense he was in a safe haven as the Statue of Liberty came into view as he entered the United States aboard an Army hospital ship.

“My father had just spent a year in an Army hospital in England recovering from the wounds he suffered during the bitter fighting in France during World War II,” said his daughter, Virginia Pelly of McCandless.

Armand Joseph Dominick of McCandless, a 35-year employee of the Postal Service in Blawnox, died on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, in Sunrise of McCandless Senior Living. He was 93.

Mr. Dominick served with highly decorated war hero Audie Murphy.

“Dad himself was awarded two Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart. As tough as Dad was on the battlefield, he was as soft-spoken and non-confrontational in his dealing with the people he worked with, served with and were involved with in sports,” Pelly said.

Born in Sykesville, Jefferson County, and raised in Blawnox, Mr. Dominick was one of 11 children of factory worker Joseph Dominick and his wife, Mary Passalaqua Dominick.

“And being that we are primarily an Italian family, Dad looked forward to my mother's Sunday dinners, when we all got together,” his daughter said.

Mr. Dominick enjoyed the interactions working as a letter carrier afforded him.

“He knew the people on his route and was always ready to help them in any emergency,” Pelly said.

“He was also a good golfer, who at one time caddied for Arnold Palmer in the 1960 U.S. Open, and also enjoyed coaching my brothers' Little League teams, and served as an usher at St. Sebastian Church.”

In addition to his daughter, Virginia, Mr. Dominick is survived by his wife, Joanna Calo Dominick; a daughter, Candace Bardyn of Ross; sons, A. Joseph Dominick of Franklin Park and William Dominick of Scott; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Mr. Dominick was preceded in death by his siblings, Elizabeth, Guido (Chuck), George, Lena, Ruth, Verna, Lillian, Lenora, Dolores and Caroline.

Friends will be received from 11 a.m. Saturday until the blessing service at noon in Simons Funeral Home Inc., Ross. Burial will follow in St. Mary's Church Cemetery, Sharpsburg.

Jerry Vondas is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7823 or

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