Domenic Crupi, 89

Grandpa Dom and me, 1979

My dear old Grandpa Dom passed away two days ago. He was 89 years old and was surrounded by family, including all 5 of his children (one of them my mom) and my grandma, his wife of 62 years. He lived a long and happy life and I will miss him very, very much.

Needless to say, my dad and I are temporarily off the trail. We got the word that he didn’t have a lot of time left while we were setting up camp for the night at the “Fontana Hilton” shelter Saturday evening. We were relieved that we had cell service, that we were near a road and not too far from an airport. Had we not taken an easy day, we may not have been reachable, or at least not had road access for another couple of days. Though my dad and I did all that we could in order to get back to Rochester in time to say goodbye, Grandpa passed away Sunday afternoon while we were en-route, waiting for a connecting flight in DC.

We are grateful to be able to be home right now with my mom, brother and the rest of our family to share in the memories and in the grieving. Being the oldest of his 6 grandkids, I feel blessed to have had him in my life for so long. He was so supportive of all of us, always coming to our school events, our running meets, baseball and basketball games and so proud of us when we did good in school and in life. Though always concerned with our health, safety and the temperature of our feet if we walked around barefoot, he never discouraged any of us kids from following our dreams. And he was always good for 5 bucks for coffee and doughnuts for my drive back to college or back to Brooklyn.

I only seem to remember him being retired, spending his time surrounding himself with family and making sure we all had enough dessert. But he worked for Kodak for many years, (like all Rochesterians of his age), was in WWII (like all men of his age), and even played some minor league baseball in his day. Life isn’t going to be the same without him around.

Thank you to our fellow hikers at the “Hilton” – Hi-5, Blaze, Snickers, Ice Cream, Zippers and Stretch – you were all so kind to Long Time and me as we were fumbling around with our gear and trying to figure out what to do. Thanks also to Nancy and Jeff at The Hike Inn in Fontana Dam for housing our packs and shuttling us to Asheville on such short notice. We will see you all again soon, as we plan to be back on the trail Tuesday the 5th, rested and ready for the Smokies.

For anyone in the Rochester, NY area, calling hours are this Thursday 5-8pm at Paul W. Harris Funeral Home, 570 Kings Hwy. South. Same place for the funeral service on Friday at 11:30am. Interment to follow at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to the Scott LaFaro Memorial Award, 649 South Exchange St., Geneva, NY 14456 or St. John’s Home Foundation, 150 Highland Avenue, Rochester, NY 14620.


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22 Responses to Domenic Crupi, 89

  1. Joan says:

    Melissa, I love what you wrote. I remember you when you looked like that, and that’s exactly how I picture Dom. I’m glad it worked out for you and your Dad to return to Rochester. My condolences to you and your family. –Joan

  2. Darren says:

    Sorry Mel. Tell your mom we’re all thinking of her.

  3. Michael Spadafina says:

    Melissa, so sorry for your loss. Our condolences to you and your family. Those are great memories of your grandfather that you will have to look back on your whole life. Glad you were able to make it back to Rochester. Good luck to you and Dad when you get back to the trail. We’ve been keeping track, and enjoying the posts (my wife laughed out loud at your dad’s “just kidding” post)

  4. Alicia Haase says:

    So sorry for your loss. Sounds like a terrific guy!

  5. Susan S says:

    Your post is beautiful. I have some special memories of Dom that I cherish.
    He was a loving man and a good grandpa. Love, Aunt Susan

  6. Julie, Martin, Emma, Briony & CoCo says:

    Mel, What a beautiful photograph of you and your Grandpa and a very moving post. We are so sorry for your loss and thinking of you all at this difficult and sad time.

  7. Sherri says:

    I’m so sorry to hear this. I’m always here for you. Memories keep people alive in our hearts forever

  8. Beth Paulson says:

    Thank you, Melissa, for sharing these memories of your grandpa so beautifully with those of us who didn’t know him. My thoughts are with you and your family this week.

  9. Perry says:

    I’m also sorry to hear of your loss,and am happy you guys were able to return to Rochester.
    I know for myself being 67 I thank God for everyday I awake in the mornings.
    We are all on the same path,from conception to the grave, life is on loan, every breath is a gift.
    It is the fond memories we can hold on to of our loved ones that we cherish and will live on in our hearts.
    Take care Mel & Mike,and as always be safe whenever you get back to your hiking adventure.

  10. amy wolfe says:

    love love love to all your family, unite and celebrate his life like no others can!!! that photo is beyond beyond precious!!! u CRUPI’S r beautiful strong blessed beings thru and thru!! my condolences and love are with u all! luv amy

  11. keith says:

    Sorry to hear of you loss. Glad you were able to get back and spend this time with your family.

  12. Paula says:

    Sorry for your loss Mel. So glad that you got to see your family. And beautiful pic of you two.

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