Dominick Fanelli

Dominick A. Fanelli

1933 - 2019

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Obituary of Dominick A. Fanelli

Dominick A. Fanelli, 85, of Sun City Center, FL passed away January 29, 2019 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Riverview, FL.  Born in Torre di Ruggiero, Cantanzaro, Italy, on May 26, 1933, he immigrated to the United States in 1936 and with his family settled in White Plains, NY.


Dominick was preceded in death by his parents Saverio and Giovanna Lombardo Fanelli and his brothers Vincent, Frank, Sam and Gus Fanelli. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Joan Milton Fanelli; children Donald Fanelli, Brian (Sonja) Fanelli and Dana Ann Fanelli Ippolito (Ralph); grandchildren David (Nicole) Fanelli, Kimberly Fanelli Insley (Ian), Jessica Ippolito Vitch (Jesse), Gregory Ippolito, Kyle Fanelli, Andrew Fanelli; great grandchildren Benjamin, Alexander, Julianna and Ian David Jr. and brother John (Marie) Fanelli.


Dominick retired from Flower Foods where he was a route salesman and the Byram Hills Central School District where he was a dedicated school bus driver. Dominick drove for two local school districts from 1974-1996.  He was a graduate of White Plains High School in New York and also served active duty in the Air Force from 1951-1953 during the Korean Conflict.


Dominick and Joan moved to Sun City Center in 1998 and became parishioners at Prince of Peace Catholic Church. Dominick was an avid softball player as soon as they moved here earning the nickname “ Long Ball Fanelli” for all of the home runs he hit. He continued to play softball until this past summer at the age of 85!  He was a big NY Yankee fan and had been scouted by them as a teenager.  


Dominick never knew a stranger and he would talk to anyone who stood still long enough to listen. He loved driving his golf cart around to the local businesses chatting away and comparing fliers and coupons to get the absolute best deal!  Dominick also drove the mini bus in Sun City Center for several years before driving over at Kings Point.  


Above all, Dominick was a loving and devoted husband, father, father-in -law, grandfather and great grandfather. He loved his family beyond measure and he will be missed tremendously by all of them.


In lieu of flowers contributions can be made in his memory to:


The American Heart/Stroke Association
10 Glenlake Pkwy NE South Tower
Suite 400
Atlanta GA. 30328
OR at


Funeral Mass

11:00 am - 11:45 am
Monday, February 4, 2019
Prince of Peace Catholic Church
702 Valley Forge Blvd
Sun City Center, Florida, United States