PORTLAND - Dominic P. "Meg" Fasulo, age 87 of Allison Ave. died Thursday evening at his residence with his family by his side. Dad was still teaching us, as he took his last breaths, how to die with dignity and grace; never once did he complain of his excruciating pain. His bedroom was crowded with three generations of loving family members. Dominic Fasulo, known to his family and friends as Meg, died in the arms of his wife, Josephine "Jo" Thursday evening after struggling with lung and bone cancer.
Dad lived his life teaching all of us the lesson "You don't measure your wealth in dollars and cents." This strong, but so gentle man became one with his wife of 62 years, Josephine Caprio Fasulo. From this union grew the most wonderful, loving, and supportive family a man and wife could ever dream of sharing.
Besides his wife, he leaves his daughter, Judy Storer and husband Jim of Portland; his son John and wife Cindy of Scarborough and his youngest daughter, Lucy Mack and her husband Frank of Portland. Pride in his nine grandchildren was evident as he was known to brag a bit about each and every one. Judy and Jim's children, Jessica Adams, the oldest granddaughter, and her husband Marc; his first grandson, Jared, and his wife Renee LeClair. John and Cindy's children, Jeffrey, Andrew, and Kevin Fasulo. Lucy and Frank's children Frank III, Joseph Dominic, Ethan, and Molly, the youngest.
Dad was the third son of immigrant parents, Tomasino and Ferdinando Fasulo who came to this country at the ages of 5 and 7. His parents demonstrated much perseverance, love and family unity as they raised ten children in East Deering. Our Dad was born on February 6, 1921 and is survived by his siblings; Frank and his wife Mary of Portland, brother Arnold and his wife Hannah, brother Jim, and his two sisters, Sister Mary Fasulo, R.S.M., and Gloria Dubail and her husband Edward all of Portland. Dad also leaves three very special first cousins who were loved as siblings; Lucy Cassese, Salvatore and Dominic Raia and their families. He is predeceased by his oldest brother Philip, who died in World War II and brothers Albert, Joseph, and John; Dad leaves two sister-in laws Mary (Albert's wife) and Suzanne (John's wife) and many nieces and nephews with fond memories of Uncle Meg.
Our Dad's passions included his family, golf, and reading. His love for golf started well before high school and escalated as he caddied at the Portland Country Club in the 1920's. Graduating from Portland High School in 1939, where he was a member of the golf team, the Totem yearbook stated his hobby was "watching the dubs dub around the golf course."
After working as a foreman in the shipping department at Burnham and Morrill Company for more than 30 years, Dad retired in 1983 and was seen regularly golfing at Riverside with his brothers Jim and Arnold or his sons John and Frank, and his grandsons. To this day, all his golfing partners say he was an excellent golfer and teacher, always relaying the message, "the game takes lots of practice but mostly patience."
Dad was in the US Navy from July, 1940 until October, 1945. His ship steamed out of Pearl Harbor days before its bombing by the Japanese. His stories mesmerized us each time they were told.
A strong man, a humble man, usually one of few words; however, he influenced many others through example. He was a patient listener and had a remarkable wit. Dad was a communicant of St. Pius X Catholic Church. Faith played a large part in Gramp's life and we thank him for this gift. "Well done thy good and faithful servant." Matthew 25:23
Visiting hours will be held Sunday, February 24, from 3-5 PM at Jones, Rich & Hutchins Funeral Home, 199 Woodford St., Portland. Prayers will be recited Monday, February 25 at 9:15 AM at the funeral home to be followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 AM at St. Pius X Catholic Church with Rev. Robert Regan, S.J. as celebrant. Interment will be private. If so desired, contributions may be made in Dominic's memory to Hospice of Southern Maine, 180 US Rt 1, Scarborough, ME 04074
The Fasulo Family deeply thanks Hospice of Southern Maine for their compassion and comfort and Dr. Joel Botler MD and his staff for keeping Dad healthy and whole for many years.