With faith in Christ and hope in the resurrection, we share the news of the repose of longtime friend and supporter of St Vladimir’s Seminary, Joseph Domanick, who fell asleep in the Lord on the morning of April 11, 2023 at the age of 98. Joe was a Three Hierarchs chapel member for many years and was known and loved by many alumni and their families.
Joe was born on November 8, 1924 in Queens, NY to a family of Carpatho-Russian ancestry. Growing up, he attended St Nicholas Orthodox Church. He served in the US Navy during WWII as an electrician’s mate where his ship was sent to the South Pacific. After the war, he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from Siena College and then joined the NYPD. He had a long career, became a sergeant, and served for many years as truancy officer in Harlem and other neighborhoods.
Joe was a longtime member of the St Vladimir’s Seminary community. He was friends with the seminary’s founders, and many of the students who would go on to become bishops, priests, deacons, and serve the church in other roles. He sponsored Fr John Meyendorff for American citizenship. After retiring from the police force, he also worked at the seminary bookstore.
Joe is survived by his loving wife Therese to whom he was married for 36 years. To most of us, Joe was just always there—for every baptism, wedding, ordination, funeral, and social function at the seminary. He was loved by many and will be missed by all who knew him.
The funeral followed the Bright Monday Divine Liturgy on April 17, 2023, in Three Hierarchs Chapel. A detachment of NYPD officers attended and served as pallbearers and honor guards.
May the memory of Joseph Domanick be eternal! Christ is risen!