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“Rita, Dom, Gina, and family, I'm so sorry for your great loss. May Dominick rest in peace in the arms of the Lord. ”
1 of 23 | Posted by: Suzi Glass Rickert - Stafford, VA

“Dear Vanacore Family, I have many great memories of Dom; he was my awesome little league coach and mentor. As the only girl pitcher in the league,...Read More »
2 of 23 | Posted by: Leah Wesselmann - Kingston, NY

“I offer my sympathy to the whole Vanacore family in this time of loss. Please be assured that Dominick was a valued member of our community and will...Read More »
3 of 23 | Posted by: Patrick Murphy - Shokan, NY

“I was a classmate of Doms brother Lou,and spent many good times with the entire Vanacore family.My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. ”
4 of 23 | Posted by: Kathy Pietrowicz[Forno] - NY

“I was two or three classes before him at Onteora and a classmate of Lou's - Dominick was always a battler and we admired his tenacity. May peace be...Read More »
5 of 23 | Posted by: John Frankle - Woodstock, GA

“Dear Rita and family My deepest condolences. My thoughts are with you Laurie Cassel ”
6 of 23 | Posted by: Laurie Cassel - Woodstock, NY

“To the Vanacore family at there time of loss please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. ”
7 of 23 | Posted by: Scott DiMicco - Kingston, NY

“Please accept my deepest condolences on the passing of Dominick. He was a fine man. ”
8 of 23 | Posted by: Cappy Foster - Newburgh, NY

“Sorry for your loss. My prayers are with all of you. Lisa ”
9 of 23 | Posted by: Lisa Hoy-Pugliese - NY

“Dearest Rita and Family, My deepest sympathy on the passing of Donny. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. I will always...Read More »
10 of 23 | Posted by: Holly Emerick - Woodstock, NY

“I'm sorry to hear about Dominick's passing. Your family is in my thoughts. ”
11 of 23 | Posted by: Jamie Zarowitz - Peterborough

“Dear Rita & Family Our sincere sympathy. Cherish the memories. Louise De Stefano & Family ”
12 of 23 | Posted by: Louise De Stefano - Naples, FL

“To Rita, Dom, Gina and Tony, So very, very sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you at this time. With love, Chris ”
13 of 23 | Posted by: chris dean-lipson and family - NY

“Rita and family, So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Sincerely, Marion ”
14 of 23 | Posted by: Marion A. Zimmer - Port Ewen, NY

“Rita & family, so sorry for the loss of a SPECIAL GUY! Our prayers,thoughts,and remembrances go out to you and your family. Michael & Michele...Read More »
15 of 23 | Posted by: Michael G. Pizzarelli - FL

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you all! So sorry for your loss and wish we could be there! With Deep Sympathy, John & Tiffany Giardina (Ralph's...Read More »
16 of 23 | Posted by: Tiffany Giardina - Staten Island, NY

“Donny was really one of the good guys in life, fun to be around. He will be missed. Thoughts and prayers for all ”
17 of 23 | Posted by: Sal Vitiello - Port Charlotte, FL

“Donny will be missed. Very sorry for your loss ”
18 of 23 | Posted by: Ralph & Kathleen Vitiello - FL

“We are very sorry for your loss during this very difficult time.Miss you guys very much! ”
19 of 23 | Posted by: Cathy/Incantalupo Family - FL

“We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Tony & Angela ”
20 of 23 | Posted by: Angela Cecelia - Kingston, NY

“R.I.P Dom--Good memories of years past. As Ever, Ken E. Osterhout ”
21 of 23 | Posted by: Ken E Osterhoudt - Port St. Lucie, FL

“We are sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. ”
22 of 23 | Posted by: Nicole Savarese-Suris - VA

“my deepest sympathy goes out to the whole Vanacore family, I am so sorry for your loss. Another Angel will be watching over each and everyone of you. ”
23 of 23 | Posted by: Marie Saltarella - New Paltz, NY

Dominick Joseph "Donny" Vanacore, Sr. died peacefully December 6, 2011 at Kingston Hospital surrounded by his loving family and friends. Born March 26, 1943 in Jamaica, New York, Dominick resided at the family homestead also known by family and friends as Vanacoreville on Markle road in Shokan, NY. He is survived by his wife Rita Perry Vanacore and three children: son Dominick Vanacore Jr. of Kingston, daughter Gina Vanacore Tisch and husband, Errol of Shokan and son, Tony Vanacore and his long time partner, Jennifer Bruno of Shokan:; granchildren Dartagnan Vanacore and Gianna Tish, to whom he was "PaPa". He is also survived by his brother, Louis Vanacore of Virginia Beach plus many generations of extended family including nephews, nieces, aunts, uncles and cousins. Dominick was pre-deceased by both parents - Agnes Beatice Vanacore in 1993, Fred Vanacore in 1995 and his sister-in-law, Madelyn Trippico Vanacore in 2010. Dominick came to Shokan with his parents in 1955 where his father, Fred, created Shokan Stairbuilders. Dominick worked with him for over 30 years. The onset of ALS forced his retirement in 1998. Dominicks love of sports kept him involved in many area sporting activities including previously managing a team in the Olive Little League, as well as, playing on various Olive Softball Teams such as Doughnut Mix, Westwood Realty, Jmar Gems and finally, managing and sponsoring the Shokan Stairbuilders team until his retirement. He was an avid skier, tennis player, basketball player, football player....you name a sport and if available, Dominick tried it. Dominick was a co-founder to the Woodstock Junior Chamber of Commerce of which he was a Board member for many years. His love of life and his strong will power and stamina carried him through his 20 year battle with primary lateral sclerosis, a crippling and fatal sister disease to Lou Gehrig's. The family will receive friends at the Simpson-Gaus Funeral Home, 411 Albany Ave, Kingston on Friday from 1-4 and 7-10. The funeral procession will form on Saturday at 9:00 a.m. at the funeral home. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. John's Church, West Hurley at 10:00 am. A memorial celebration in the spring will be conducted at Hudler Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the St. Peters ALS Clinic, 19 Warehouse Row, Albany, NY, 12205 or Kingston Hospital Foundation, 396 Broadway, Kingston, NY 12401

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