Longtime civic leader Domino passes away
Frank Joseph Domino Sr., a longtime civic leader and car dealership owner, died Saturday at Maison Jardin Senior Living Community. He was 91.
Domino, a Morgan City native and resident, had a lengthy history of public service in the area, serving as a city councilman in Morgan City for 16 years, a member of the Morgan City Harbor and Terminal District for nine years, and as director of Guaranty Bank for 25 years and a member of the Foundation Board of Lakewood Medical Center (now Teche Regional Medical Center) for 27 years.
He also served as president of both the East St. Mary Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club.
According to family members, as Rotary president, he played a key role in arranging the first free bus to transport area students to then-Nicholls State College in Thibodaux.
Domino also was a charter member of both the St. Mary Golf and Country Club in Berwick and the Petroleum Club in Morgan City.
He also tirelessly raised funds for the Cancer Society, American Heart Association, Center of Hope for Exceptional Children, Little League, Pop Warner football and the building of Holy Cross Church.
Earlier in his career, Domino served in the National Guard.
In 1945, he and his brother Nunsie Domino founded an auto mechanic shop, which developed into the now defunct automotive dealership, Frank’s Motor Co. The dealership served St. Mary Parish for 57 years.
Family members said he was the only dealer in the history of the Louisiana Automobile Dealer Association to receive two “Dealer of the Year” awards, in 1988 and 1996.
Domino was honored with the Chamber of Commerce’s Lifetime Achievement award in 1996 and as Rotary’s “Citizen of the Year” in 2001.
Visitation will be held Tuesday from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Hargrave Funeral Home in Morgan City. A rosary will be recited at 5:30 p.m. Visitation will resume Wednesday from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. when a Mass of Christian burial will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Morgan City.
Graveside services will follow in the Morgan City Cemetery.