|Birth: ||Apr. 11, 1869|
Cittą Metropolitana di Palermo
|Death: ||Feb. 5, 1925|
Meyersdale Republican: February 12, 1925
DEATH AND FUNERAL OF GUS DAMICO
Obsequies of Popular Citzen Attended by Many Mouning Friends
The entire community was greatly shocked when the news was learned that Gus Damico had passed suddenly away last Thursday evening. Although a great many people knew he had been ailing for a few weeks no one anticipated that his illness would end in death.
Several weeks ago Mr. Damico was confined to his home with the grip, but had recovered sufficiently to attend to his business for a few days, but suffered a relapse which seemed to affect his heart, somewhat, and he was confined to home for over a week before the end came. His condition was not considered critical at any time, but a sudden change came on Thursday evening, and he expired in a few minutes in his wife's arms.
His daughter, Mrs. Charles Fallon, had been acting as nurse during his sickness, and on Thursday evening. she had prepared him for the night, and then, not being very well herself, left her father's house to go to her own home for the night. Just as she entered her door the phone rang, and she was prostated over the word that her father died while she was on the way home.
Agostino F.P. D'Amico (familiarly called "Gus Damico") was born in Termini Imerese, Sicily, April 11, 1869, and was therefore nearly 56 years of age. He came to this country about 35 years ago, being followed in a few years by his brother Charles, and together they engaged in the fruit business in various cities, finally coming to Meyersdale and going into the wholesale and retail fruit business here. Some years ago the brother dissolved partnership, since the which time each conducted his own wholesale business, both brothers prospering and accumulating considerable local real estate.
"Gus" D'Amico was one of the best known and well liked business men of Meyersdale, being of a jovial, generous disposition and making friends among all classes. He was honest in all his dealings and had the confidence and respect of the entire business community.
He was well educated, and was gifted with a pleasing voice, and for many years sang solos in the choir of SS. Philip and James Catholic church. He was always anxious that his children should have every advantage and sent them to college each in turn, besides sending them to Cumberland to take music lessons year after year, until they were ready to start out for themselves. There remain two daughter who will graduate from Seton Hill College next summer, and one young son who is not yet of college age, but for whom his father had many brilliant plans. He was always a devoted husband and father, and although strict in many ways, so that his children learned obedience, they were his loving pride, and they rewarded his concern for them with affectionate respect for their father.
Mr. D'Amico was married twice. His first wife died about 19 years ago, leaving five young daughters. After a few years he married a young lady he had known in Sicily who came to this country at his solicitation, and mothered his daughters, besides bringing him another daughter and a son.
He is survived by his wife and the following children: Mrs. Charles Fallon, Meyersdale; Mrs. Joseph Michiche, Baltimore, Md.; Miss Margaret D'Amico, employed by the government at Washington, D.C.; Mrs. Nat Lacavera, Meyersdale; Misses Mamie and Ignatia D'Amico, students at Seton Hill College, Greensburg, Pa., and Frank, at home. One brother, Charles Damico, of Meyersdale, also survives.
The funeral was held Monday morning at 9 o'clock in SS. Philip and James Catholic Church, where requiem high mass was celebrated by Father Gallagher of Somerset, in place of Rt. Rev. Father J.H. Brady, the pastor, who was taken suddenly ill before the funeral.
It was one of the largest funerals Meyersdale has known for some time. The floral tributes were numerous and beautiful, being nearly all set pieces, many of them from friends in Eastern cities. The pall-bearers were E.C. Hostetler, R.D. Pfahler, F.B. Thomas, George Logue, James B. Slicer, Harry Baldwin, F.P. Hare and George W. Collins, Jr. During the hours of the services nearly all the business houses were closed. The interment was made in the Catholic cemetery, in charge of Undertaker J. F. Reich.
Josephine Lombardo D'Amico (1842 - 1918)
Ignazia Tedesco D'Amico (1875 - 1905)
Rosina Cutraro D'Amico (1877 - 1937)*
Josephine D'Amico Fallon (1895 - 1949)*
Ignatia M. D'Amico Finegan (1907 - 1951)*
Frank Phillip D'Amico (1909 - 1984)*
Agostino D'Amico (1865 - 1865)*
Agostino F.P. D'Amico (1869 - 1925)
Diego F. D'Amico (1873 - 1927)*
Francesco D'Amico (1878 - 1896)*
Saints Philip and James Cemetery
Created by: RandallF.
Record added: Feb 09, 2013
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