When Sam and Ann Dominick moved to Jamestown in 1952, they had no idea the legacy they would help create.
With their three children, Carl, Carol and Josephine, in tow, Sam purchased Jamestown Roofing, Inc., and was determined to create a successful business, and life, for his young family.
As the children grew up watching their parents work together, only Carl showed an interest in one day joining the family business.
After graduating from Jamestown High School, Carl enlisted in the United States Army. It was during his service that his father unexpectedly passed away at the age of 46.
“I never had the chance to meet (Sam),” said Mary Dominick, Carl’s wife. “But Carl told many stories of his hard work and dedication to community.”
In addition to working long hours, Sam freely gave of his time to the Marco Polo Club, Jamestown Knights of Columbus and St. John’s Roman Catholic Church.
Without hesitation, Ann continued to operate the business on her own and give back to her community through their church.
In 1965, newly married and with a son on the way, Carl and Mary moved back to Jamestown and like his parents before him, worked closely with Ann to support their business.
Over the years, Carl and Mary’s family grew to include three more sons who spent time after school and over holiday breaks working at Jamestown Roofing to earn money for college.
In 2012, at the age of 96, Ann passed away and left the entire company in Carl’s care.
Carl continued to work long hours, and like his father, served his community through his church.
Although all four of Carl and Mary’s sons followed different paths, they all led back to Jamestown Roofing Company where they still are involved today.
“Carl always hoped one of our boys would come back and work (for the business),” Mary said. “It was quite the surprise when all four of them did!”
In 2015, Carl lost his battle with cancer with his family by his side.
The next year, Mary approached the Community Foundation with an idea to create a fund that would continue to support the community that has supported their family for three generations.
“I think (Carl) would have loved the Fund for the Region because it takes care of needs today, and into the future,” Mary said. “And we have been very hands on with St. Susan’s over the years and understand how important what they do is.”
For Jeff Smith, St. Susan Center executive director, it’s because of people like the Dominicks that allow them to serve the people of our community.
“We are so appreciative of the Dominick family for thinking of St. Susan Center,” Smith said. “Having a fund like this to support our brothers and sisters in need is extremely important to what we do every day and we are grateful to have their support.”
For 40 years, the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation has worked together with its inspiring donors, selfless volunteers and grateful community organizations to share their stories for enriching the quality of life for all who live here.