Dominick Pizzarello turns 90
Thursday, August 21, 2014 12:00 PM
Dominick Pizzarello, who turns 90 on Aug. 22, was recognized during a celebration for family and friends at Crawford Mansion in Rye Brook on Saturday, Aug. 16.
Joan Pizzarello stands with her husband Dominick holding the proclamation he received from the Village of Port Chester in honor of his 90th birthday in front of a table at Crawford Mansion displaying the many awards and citations he has received over the years.
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Pizzarello was born on Aug. 22, 1924 to Josephine Esposito and Nunzio Pizzarello. Josephine immigrated to the United States at the age of six from Naples, Italy. She and her family resided on Hester Street in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Nunzio Pizzarello immigrated from Italy as well and resided in Port Chester. The Pizzarellos brought their hard work ethic with them when they immigrated from Italy. Nunzio worked from a young age as a houseboy in Rye
on one of the estates. Eventually, Nunzio and Josephine met and married. They had five children together, one of whom was Dominick.
Soon after their marriage, Nunzio and his brother Lou built the house that would eventually become a landmark in their family's history at 17 Cottage Street. Josephine and Nunzio would raise their family there, and the house would later be inherited by their son Dominick.
Dominick was born and raised in Port Chester. According to his family, he has always been incredibly selfless. Upon graduating from high school, he began working in order to send his sister Nancy to nursing school and his brother Louie to college.
Dominick served in WWII as a first class seaman in the Navy. When he returned from his service in the Navy, he went on to marry Joan Bromley. They had four beautiful children together, three daughters and a son: Joan, Diane, Mary, and Dominick II. He worked tirelessly to support his family. He often worked several jobs at a time to provide
for them. He worked at RB & W for 28 years calibrating and maintaining the machinery. Dominick also worked at Hilti in New Rochelle and M. H. Concepts in Harrison as a maintenance man. He retired at the age of 75 but still went on to lead a more than productive life.
He has been married to Joan for 57 years and counting. They have nine grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, two sons-in-law, and one daughter-in-law.
After he retired, he and Joan spent each summer watching their grandchildren, spending quality time with them so they didn't have to go to camp.
Dom and Joan still reside at 17 Cottage Street in the house built by Nunzio and Lou. It has been a home to Dominick, his family, and his grandchildren. It is a part of Port Chester history as well as that of the Pizzarello family.
"Dominick Pizzarello has been a citizen of Port Chester for 90 years now, but as you can see, he's accomplished much more than that," wrote Michael Russo, his grandson. "He's a husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle, veteran, friend, and, above all, one in a million."