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Graveside services are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1, for George Domenici at his final resting place beside his wife at the National Cemetery in Santa Fe.

Domenici came into this world May 5, 1920, and left it Oct. 27, 2017, at age 97, surrounded

by his family.
George was a very special person, a role model, a loyal friend, a good husband, a good father, a good grandfather, uncle and cousin, and a humble man. He especially liked children and was a positive influence on many young peoples’ lives. Everyone who knew George knew what an exceptional man he was. He was fiercely independent, living in his home alone and driving until he was 93 years old.

George was an avid sportsman and learned his favorite lifelong pastimes of hunting and fishing from his dad and uncles. He shared this love of the outdoors with many others by teaching them to hunt and fish. Although he loved to fish the many lakes in northern New Mexico and was a natural fish finder, he didn’t care to eat them and generously gave away all the fish to friends and family. As a lifelong resident of Albuquerque, he only left the state to hunt pheasants and geese in the Midwest.

George had a great sense of humor, often sharing jokes and puns. He enjoyed being around his large family and many friends. He often said, “People are funnier than anyone.” He will be forever missed, but his spirit and love will stay with all who knew him.

George was drafted and served in the Army in Japan and the Philippines during World War II as a photographer. Among his many memories from that time, one of his favorite stories was the time he met Bob Hope, who commented on how quickly George developed photos of him during a USO show. George was honorably discharged from the Army as a lieutenant in 1953. He reminded everyone that “freedom isn’t free.” Following his service, George worked in his family businesses, including selling bearings, working as a food wholesaler, selling sporting goods, and managing the family’s substantial properties in Albuquerque.

Survivors include brother Charlie Domenici; sisters Theresa Menicucci and Lilly Tomasi; longtime friend Joe Saavedra; children Dennis Seibert and wife Julie, Linda Newberry and husband John, and Georgann Taylor and husband Jeff; many nieces and nephews; grandchildren Jodieleigh Rael and husband Pete, and Brandie Chavez and husband David; and great-grandchildren Roman, Lyla Marie, and he had a special relationship with his great-granddaughters Tiffany and Charlotte, who adored “Borge.”

He was preceded in death by his parents, Antonio and Emma Domenici; his wife, Jean; brothers Lawrence, Tony and Robert; sister Ida Matteucci; and longtime friend Jim Wilkins.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to Casa Angelica Home for Children and Young Adults with Developmental Disabilities in Albuquerque, or the Wounded Warrior Project charity service organization for military and veterans (woundedwarriorproject.com).

Arrangements are under the direction of French Mortuary of Albuquerque. Condolences may be expressed online at frenchfunerals.com.

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