Dominick Matarrese Jr. passed away peacefully Friday, April 11, 2014, in Cape Coral, surrounded by his family. Interestingly, it was the early morning of his 73rd birthday.
He was born to Dominick Matarrese Sr. and Anna Maria Yourno, now deceased, April 11, 1941, in Cohoes, N.Y. He graduated from Catholic Central High School in Troy, N.Y., in 1958 and received a BS in pharmacy from the Albany College of Pharmacy in Albany, N.Y., in 1962.
He first served as a medic in the Army National Guard. He then went on to build his career as a pharmacist and entrepreneur. He was the owner and operator of the following businesses: Mullen's Pharmacy, The Paper Mill, Kara's Hallmark, McBoogle's Leisure Time Emporium, Pizza Express and The Poolside Pub and Fountain Grille. He was a pharmacist at Mullen's Pharmacy and CVS Pharmacy. He was president of the Delaware Plaza Merchant's Association, president of the Bethlehem Soccer Club and president of the Capital District Youth Soccer League.
Dominick Matarrese Jr.
His casual, easy going persona made him a very likable guy. It didn't matter if you were looking for kind, fair, honest advice or just simply looking to "shoot the shit," he was your man. A real "look you in the eyes" kind of a guy. He was a people person and loved to chat with literally anyone. His contagious smile brought a sense of calmness into any room he entered. His sense of humor and outlook on life will never be forgotten by those who had the pleasure of meeting him. One of his favorite things to do was boating, whether on Lake George in upstate New York or the Gulf of Mexico in Southwest Florida. He would drive or even fly to simply support his children in any way he could, never missing the game or a chance to be with them. His friends and family will continue to hold sacred the decades of love, support and genuine "coolness" that Dominick freely shared with them every single day.
He is survived by his wife, Jodi Michele Matarrese, and four children, including Kara Matarrese (Saturnino Fernandez Fernandez), Dominick "Nick" Matarrese (Amanda Holmer), Kirsten Matarrese (Adam Bryan) and Gabriella Woods (David Woods). He is also survived by two sisters, including Ann Marie Bradley and Marguerite Grego (John Grego), and five nieces and nephews, including Anthony Grego (Millie Figueroa), John Grego (Laurie Grego), Maria Decore (Patrick Decore), Annemarie Bradley and Timothy Bradley. He was also blessed with two beautiful grandchildren, Kaylan Marie Matarrese and Mateo Fernandez Matarrese.
The family will be celebrating his 73 years privately. If you wish to make a donation, please do so to your local hospice.
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