and some photo opportunity came up that involved a moon over the bay. Several made the dare and several of us accepted it. A little
farther down the road, as the two groups became more familiar, Dom introduced me to one of the ladies as Father Larry. The look on her face was priceless and Dom was beaming like the cat that swallowed the canary. I almost busted a gut laughing and I don’t think he ever told her any different. Last year, on a dive boat in the Bahamas, he told me that he had made up his mind to start travel- ling more and going on some Exotic trips with the club. He signed up for the Belize trip and that was my first clue that Dom was having problems. He asked if Chary and I would help him to get to the right gate for the plane. Once he got on the plane he could not find his seat. It seems he was trying to use the gate number on the ticket as his seat number. Well, we all got a good laugh out of that, thinking it was the Dom humor. But, by the time the trip was over, we knew that the Dom we had grown to know and love was not the Dom we were taking home. Much credit goes to Bill Snow, who was his roommate and dive buddy on that trip. Bill made sure that Dom was prepared for each dive and looked after him both in and out of the water. Thanks, Bill! He had also signed up to go with us to Aus- tralia last fall and was really looking forward to the trip. I think it was in September that I received a call form his son, Dario, saying that Dom would not be able to go. He was having severe memory loss and was most likely Alzheimer’s.
Some weeks later, I received the news that it was not Alzheimer’s, but an untreatable brain tumor and he would only have a short time to live. Time ran out last Thursday night. Like I said, Dom was a fellow USAer, dive buddy, friend and nice man. As best as I can remember, I only heard him complain about one thing
women who would not get their hair
wet. He was always a pleasure to have around. I have been given the honor of accompanying the family on the boat Friday, January the 28th as they spread his ashes over the Atlantic. The place where Dom had spent so much time both over and under the sea. He was a pilot as well as a diver and on many Sunday afternoons you could see him in his antique Piper Cub flying just off the coast. Dom is survived by a son: Dario Orlando of Parkland, Florida; daughter: Claudia Kugler of Lake Clark Shores, Florida; 2 grandchildren, Evie and J.J.; and a sister Enes Brunato of Canada. Just as sure as they all will miss him, so will the mem- bers of Under Sea Adventurers. With the utmost confidence, Dom, I can say YOU MADE IT!!!! The family has requested that contributions be made to the Ameri- can Cancer Society or Hospice. Under Sea Adventurers will make a contribu- tion, but we would like to take up a collection at the next meeting to add to it and see if we can put a buoy out there in Dom’s name.
IF YOU MADE IT, YOU MADE IT!!!! Safe diving and … Thank you for your Support!!
Larry Townsend, YOUR President for 2000