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Domenick Fortino

Domenick S. Fortino

Wednesday, October 3rd, 1928 - Sunday, October 20th, 2019
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Domenick Fortino
On Sunday, October 20, 2019, Domenick Salvatore Fortino, 91, loving husband, father of three, and grandfather of nine passed away peacefully in his sleep at his home in Marlton, NJ. He will be fondly remembered by so many as coach, friend, and co-worker. He was a kind and gentle man, known for his quick sense of humor. By any measure, Domenick lived a full and wonderful life.

Domenick was born on October 3, 1928 in South Philadelphia. He was the only son of Dominick and Theresa Fortino, and brother to four sisters, all deceased. Growing up, he was an Altar Boy and active member of his parish, St. Nicholas Church. As a teenager, he helped support his family by working as a waiter. He gave his mother all of his tip money, but she would give him back a quarter so he could go to the movies or a Phillies game. To the day he passed, his love of movies (especially in black and white) and the Phillies (for better or worse) never waned. In his early twenties, Domenick proudly served in the U.S. Army and was stationed out of Fort Jackson, in Columbia, SC. He returned to Philadelphia upon his honorable discharge, and a few years later, met his future wife, Eleanor (née Borreggine) on a blind date, on New Year’s Eve. They married on November 3, 1957, and raised three children Stephen, Robin and Paul.

After spending the first 40 years of his life in South Philly, in 1969, Domenick and Eleanor did the unthinkable and moved their family across the bridge to New Jersey. They raised their family in Marlton, and the couple still lived there at the time of his passing. Domenick was a successful salesman in the food business. He was a “people person” with an easy demeanor and a great work ethic, and he received numerous recognitions for his many accomplishments throughout this career. He went on to work 19 years with the Evesham School District, until he retired in 2009 at the age of 81.

Domenick was passionate about his Philadelphia sports teams. His dream job was to manage his beloved Phillies, and he was truly grateful, that at the age of 89, he lived to see the Eagles Super Bowl. After that, “Dilly Dilly” became his rallying cry. He loved dancing, listening to Frank Sinatra and watching movies, especially BandW Westerns. And he often reminisced about coaching baseball in the MRC program. But most of all, Domenick’s number one love was his family. He was simply in awe whenever his large family was together: “Look what we started, Eleanor,” he would marvel. “Look at what we began.”

Domenick will be missed by so many. He leaves behind his beloved wife, Eleanor; three children, Stephen (Debbie), Robin (Mark) Richtmyer, and Paul (Gina); and nine grandchildren Jaime, Alexa (Reed Williamson) Brynn (Scott Woodmansee), Ashley, Jenna, Andrew, Julia, Emma and Averi; as well as several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Domenick; mother, Theresa; and sisters, Philomena, Theresa, Marie and Ann.

Domenick never liked “Goodbye.” Instead, the family will be saying “So long” in a celebration of his life to be held on Saturday, November 30, 2019 at St. Joan of Arc Church, 100 Willow Bend Rd, Marlton, NJ. Visitation will be 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., followed by a Catholic Mass at 11:00 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Samaratin Hospice, 5 Eves Drive, Suite 300, Marlton, NJ. 08053
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Sandra Alberto

Posted at 09:43am
Dear Eleanor and Family, So sorry for your lost. Remembering all our goods times in Brush Hallow with good friends.
Domenick was a very nice and soft spoken person. I am sure he will be missed..
Fondly, Richard & Sandra Alberto
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Michael Lucarini

Posted at 10:38am
Sorry to hear about the loss of our beloved Indians coach. He had a positive impact on us and created lifetime memories. Thank you and rest in peace.
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