Damico, Joseph Gabriel
Chili: Passed peacefully on January 6, 2018 at the age of 89. Predeceased by his wife, MaryJane Damico, parents, Patsy & Mary Damico, parents-in-law Carlo & Carmela DeSantis, siblings Jennie & Louie Lobene, Theresa & Gus Giffi, Dr. Carlo E. & Irene DeSantis, Bill & Barb DeSantis, Tony DeSantis, & Eddie Kaufman. Joe is survived by his children, Patrick & Patricia Damico, David Damico, Joseph "Jay" & Elizabeth Damico, Teri & Jeff Kenyon, and Tim & Lorie Donovan; grandchildren, Brittany Kenyon, Dan Damico, Allie Kenyon, Chris & Karen Damico, Sophia Damico; sisters, Lee Kaufman & MaryAnn DeSantis, brothers, Louis Damico & Frank DeSantis; many nieces, nephews, cousins, and dear friends. Family was especially important to Joe and he was a devoted Father, Papa, and mentor to many.
Joe was a veteran of the Korean Conflict where he achieved the rank of Staff Sergeant and was a combat veteran in the Corps of Engineers. After his service, Joe received a BS with honors in Electrical Engineering from RIT, which he achieved while working full-time and supporting his family. He was a Senior Process Engineer at Delco Products for almost 40 years and a long-time coordinator of Delco retiree luncheons, rarely missing a monthly lunch. Joe was a Delco Junior Achievement Advisor and enjoyed working with youth members. In his retirement, Joe volunteered with the Hearing Loss Association, Rochester Chapter (HLAA) where he was a board member and chair of the NY State Legislative Committee since its inception. Joe received a service award for his tireless commitment to helping others with hearing loss. Joe loved growing tomatoes, golfing, and was especially known for his Italian cooking and love of seafood. He participated in the 2015 Honor Flight Program, and he was overwhelmed with the community support he received when he was welcomed home and honored for service. To view photos of Joe's honor flight experience visit this link: https://honorflightrochester.shutterfly.com/27714
Joe was a devout Catholic, taking great comfort and pride in his faith and attending weekly mass. He attended the Church of the Annunciation where he volunteered as an usher and in other capacities. He was the breadwinner of his family, sacrificing his needs to put all four of his children through Catholic schools and college. Joe was a life-long mentor to many, and especially enjoyed hosting family and friends at his home for meals. He could always be counted on to lend a helping hand, constantly putting others ahead of himself. Joe was a quiet, gentle, and intelligent person with a big heart. He was so accepting of others and rarely complained. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him. His family would like to thank the Loving Care Angels of Brookdale Brighton and all of Brookdale Brighton who made his new home so comfortable.
Joe’s visitation will be held from 3:00-7:00PM on Thursday, January 11 at Bartolomeo & Perotto Funeral Home, 1411 Vintage Lane. His funeral mass will be celebrated at 11:00AM on Friday, January 12 at St. Pius the Tenth Church, 3000 Chili Avenue. Interment in Grove Place Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Honor Flight Rochester, PO Box 23581, Rochester NY 14692 or HLAA Rochester, c/o Joanne Owens, 1630 Woddard Rd, Webster NY 14580.