On Aug. 6, the day Dominick Geneva died, a neighbor stopped by his home on Elm Avenue in Glen Cove, and asked a passerby how Dom was feeling, having known that he was in the hospital. When told that he had passed away just hours before, her immediate reaction was: "What a shame, he always did so many things for so many people." This is a fitting tribute for Dom, one that he would have modestly accepted. In his 89 years of life, one would never be able to find a person or cause that didn't receive his help, when it was needed.
Dominick Genova was a true gentleman, a truly understanding person of the needs of his community, his beloved Boy Scouts, his church, and his chosen political arena. A lifelong resident of Glen Cove, Dom was a trustee of the Church of St. Rocco for over 30 years, a past president of the Holy Name Society, chairman of the Bishop's Appeal Committee for over 18 years, president of St. Rocco's Vincent DePaul Society, a member of the Society's National Committee, and was a Fourth Degree member of the Knights of Columbus. At the parade ending the annual St. Rocco's Feast Dom was always at the side of the pastor handing him medals of St. Rocco for distribution to the faithful. When His Holiness, Pope John Paul II celebrated Mass on Long Island, Dom was invited to be seated in the honored guest portion of the stage. For many years, Dom served as a well respected and effective district committeeman for the Republican Party and his late wife Nell graciously served delicious homemade meals to selective candidates during campaigns. He founded the American Citizenship Class, he served as a member of the American Committee on Italian Immigration, he was a Glen Cove Fire Commissioner for 35 years, a member of the Glen Cove Hall of Fame (and his name is inscribed on the newly established Hall of Fame monument at City Stadium), and was selected as the Man of the Year by the Glen Cove Chamber of Commerce in 1996. He organized and chaired golf tournaments, for the county and the city, was the golf pro for the Brookville Golf Club, and won the Metropolitan PGA. Retiring as an engineer for the Nassau County Department of Public Works, Dom had already formed the County Engineers' 25 year Service Club. After retirement, Dom and Nell traveled every year to conduct golf clinics for Native Americans in Arizona.
Dominick Genova points out his name, immortalized for his prowess in baseball, on the Hall of Fame monument at City Stadium.
As the founder of Boy Scout Troop 190, Dom served as its Scoutmaster for 17 years. He helped organize Troop 147, and was a Scoutmaster in Glen Cove for more than 30 years. A member of the Shelter Rock District Boy Scouts of America Committee, he was the chairman of the Scoutmaster Round Table Committee, and received the BSA Community Service Award. And, Dom was awarded the Silver Beaver Award in Boy Scouting, the highest Scouting award for adults.
Dom and Nell raised three daughters and one son: Marguerite Genova, Kathleen McGunnigle, Geraldine Rounds, and Dominick Genova. He is also survived by five grandchildren, and his sisters and brothers: Adele Sarro, Ann Barbieri, Mafalda Volina, Eugene and O. Frank Genova.
Visitation was at the Marcus L. Bianconi Funeral Home on Sunday and Monday, from 3 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m., with a Mass of Christian Burial at the Church of St. Rocco, on Tuesday, Aug. 10 at 9:30 a.m.