Dominic D. Preston, 77, passed away Thursday, September 1, at Regional Hospital of Scranton, with family by his side.
Dominic was born on March 11, 1945, in Scranton, Pa to Dominic and Agnes (Adams) Preston. His life was filled with family, friends, and laughter. Danny, as most people knew him, was a life-long resident of Moosic. He enjoyed being an active member of the community. He served as a Moosic Councilman and spent his post-retirement years working at Riverside Elementary West. He and his wife were diehard Viking fans; you would find them in the stands every Friday night during football season. They loved following Riverside sports and would often travel to support the teams. Another one of his many pleasures was going to the donut shop to meet with friends and talk sports.
Dominic graduated from Taylor Moosic High School in 1962. He married Jo Ann Castner, his wife of 53 years. They had two sons, Dominic, and James. Dominic was a devoted father, who cultivated their love of sport, and guided them to become highly accomplished basketball and baseball players. These were the highlights of his life. As a coach of the Moosic Little League, he spent decades teaching the fundamentals and developing players. His teams enjoyed much success during his tenure. When he wasn’t with his boys or coaching, he worked at Topps Chewing Gum in a variety of positions.
Over the years, he wore many hats from coach, to devoted fan, to loving grandpa. Everyone knew of his great love for Notre Dame and the New York Yankees. His love for family and friends was undeniable. He was a proud grandpa who loved spending time with his grandchildren. He enjoyed traveling across the country to watch his granddaughters compete in cheerleading and rowing and loved going to his grandson’s baseball and basketball games. He was looking forward to watching his youngest grandson play tee-ball.
He was preceded in death by his parents. He leaves behind his devoted wife, who was always there for him, son Dominic and wife, Lori, Newtown Pa; son James and wife Danielle, Furlong, Pa; granddaughters: Lauren and Julia; grandsons: Ryan and Drew; sister Donna, husband Brian Roat, sister Mary, husband Rodney Kelley, sister Carol, husband Frank Condefer; nieces: Meghan Dawes and Jennifer Condefer, and nephew, Frank Condefer.
Dominic’s faith was an important part of his life. A life-long member of the Queen of Apostles Parish, he was an altar boy in his youth, and volunteered as a lector and usher throughout his adult life. Relatives and friends may pay their respects on Sunday, September 4th, from 6pm to 8pm at Kiesinger Funeral Services, Inc., 255 McAlpine Street, Duryea, PA. Fr. Phillip Sladicka of Queen of The Apostles Parish Church will conduct blessing services at 7:30pm on Sunday September 4th. Interment will be held at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Avoca.