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Domenic Alexander Conti

August 14, 1932 — August 22, 2022

Domenic Alexander Conti, born on August 14, 1932, passed away at the age of 90 on August 22, 2022. A man of many talents and a sharp intellect, Domenic could fix anything from a car to a nuclear reactor. He honed his strong work ethic working at his father’s gas station from the age of 12, which hinted at what was to come. He started out as a mechanical draftsman, worked for years as a real estate broker, and enjoyed a long and illustrious career as an electrical design engineer, mostly in nuclear energy. One of the many highlights of his engineering career was his involvement in Cleveland’s Cuyahoga River project. Domenic helped design the equipment and supervised the construction and start-up of the system created to clean up the extremely polluted river, which had literally caught fire. A real-life “Renaissance Man,” it seemed that Domenic knew something about everything. But his true calling was, perhaps, music. Anyone who knows him knows that he had a passionate love of music. He devoted many hours over many years to his radio show, “Somewhere in Time,” where he served as the host, historian, and commentator on music that ranged from classical to contemporary, and spanned every era. He always shared obscure and fascinating facts about everything he played, and could quote extraordinary anecdotes about the origin of a song, the making of it, the singer covering it, and more. He could relay intriguing stories about artists that ranged from Ella Fitzgerald to David Bowie, Ruth Etting to Iris Dement, Frank Sinatra to Tom Waits, and well beyond. It was common to receive an excited call about a song he’d just heard that he loved, or an email with a link and the line “listen to this!” But music was not his only love. At various times Domenic studied stained glass, cartooning, fine wines, woodworking – carving fabulous birds, and more. Life simply fascinated him! He loved his dogs, and spoke often of how much he missed Roslyn and McKenzie, who passed on a few years ago. He was also an excellent cook, preparing the gravy each year at Thanksgiving – and no one ever made a better carrot cake. To those who lost him, he was a treasure. His love for his wife Rosemary – who predeceased him – was devout and extraordinary, from the moment they met at O’Boyle’s in Bristol, Pennsylvania in 1954. They were married for 57 years. He adored his three children MaryBeth, Julianne, and Lisa Marie (Dwayne). He was there for them no matter what, always inspiring them, encouraging them to be their best, dropping everything when they needed him, and believing in them. He also adored his grandchildren, Madeline, Zachary, and Christian Winters; Tristan and Anastasia Spinner, and David and Aedan Conti – his cohorts in Easter egg decorating and Christmas cookie baking. He took great pride in each of his grandkids, understanding and appreciating what made them unique and special individually. Domenic, who loved America with great dedication and had fond memories of serving in the Navy, was also devoted to his original family. He cherished the history of his mother and father, Frank and Mary, who had come to this country from Spezzano Albanese in Calabria, Italy. He loved spending time with his siblings, including his surviving sister Rosalie Gervasio (Carmen, d.); and those who predeceased him: Rachel Conti, Helen Conti, and Samuel Conti (Laura, d.), lovingly caring for the latter two during their years in nursing homes. He also maintained a bond with his sister-in-law, Maryanne Urban. Domenic was very close to his nephews and nieces, Donna and Tim Holub, Gerry and Karyn Gervasio, Carmen Gervasio, Tricia and Bart Napoli, Alex and Karen Gervasio, and all of their children. Domenic thoroughly loved visiting his nephew Alex and his sons Alex and Carmen at Bella Maria restaurant, often regaling the locals with stories about Bristol, his beloved hometown, or offering to help out in the kitchen. Domenic made an enormous impact on the lives he touched, and his family was extremely lucky to have him. There is a great feeling of loss in knowing we won’t get another one of those impromptu calls saying, “you have got to hear this!” Dad, Papa, Domenic, Uncle Dom – please give Rosemary and everyone else a kiss from all of us! Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday morning September 3rd 2022 at St Ann Church 357 Dorrance St Bristol Pa 19007 from 9:30-11:00am. Funeral mass will follow at 11am. Inurnment will take place at Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veteran's Cemetery in Wrightstown NJ at a later date. Contributions in Domenic’s name and memory can be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital or Shriner’s Hospitals for Children. To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Domenic Alexander Conti, please visit our flower store.

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