2004-01-07 / Front Page

Leonard D’Amico, Astoria

Resident For 60 Years, Dies At 80
By John Toscano

Leonard D’Amico, Astoria

Resident For 60 Years, Dies At 80

By John Toscano

Leonard D’Amico, who lived most of his life in Astoria and was married to Queens County Clerk Gloria D’Amico, died last Sunday after suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease for the past decade.

D’Amico, 80, was buried this morning in Mount Saint Mary Cemetery in Flushing following a funeral mass at Immaculate Conception Church in Astoria.

D’Amico was a constant companion to his wife during her 35-year career in politics, always at her side during political functions. A quiet, unassuming man who always wore a smile, D’Amico had been retired for the past 22 years since selling a beer distributorship in Forest Hills.

Besides his wife of 54 years, D’Amico leaves two sons, Louis and Leonard, and their families. Louis a Westchester resident, and his wife Catherine, have two sons, Leonard and Michael. Leonard, and his wife, Wendy, have two daughters, Amanda and Lauren. Leonard serves as treasurer of the board of trustees of the Queens Borough Public Library.

Gloria D’Amico said her husband started to show early symptoms of Alzheimer’s about 10 years ago. "The disease developed slowly after that and we cared for him at home until Christmas Eve, when he was taken to the hospital, where he passed away on Sunday," she said.

D’Amico was waked at the Farenga & Sons Funeral Home at 38-08 Ditmars Blvd in Astoria on Monday and Tuesday. Hundreds of mourners came to pay their final respects on both days.

D’Amico was born April 23, 1923 in Manhattan. He moved to Astoria in the early 1940s where he met his wife-to-be. They were married several years later and took up residence here.

Gloria D’Amico said her husband was already operating the beverage distributing business before they were married. She said he operated it for some 35 years before selling it and retiring. "I will always remember my husband as a contented person and always with a smile on his face," she said.

Gloria D’Amico started her political career at the Taminent Regular Democratic Club 35 years ago. "[Leonard] was always very supportive," she said. She became a Democratic District Leader in 1970, teaming up first with the late Ralph De Marco as co-leader and later with state Senator George Onorato.

Gloria D’Amico headed the Queens Board of Elections from 1972 to 1991, when she resigned as District Leader to become the Queens County Clerk. She was succeeded as District Leader by Gloria De Marco Aloise.

Gloria D’Amico asked that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation. "If we can help someone else to get some assistance with this dreadful disease, then by all means let’s do it. It is the most debilitating disease there is," she said.

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