Dominic A. Della Valle, 87, of Kennett Square, died Monday, March 13 at Neighborhood Hospice. He was the husband of Antonietta Bottini Della Valle, with whom he shared 68–and-a-half years of marriage.
He was born in Newark, N.J. to Antonio and Theresa Della Valle, who taught him the values of self-determination and hard work that served him and his family for the rest of his life.
He was blessed with three children; Barbara Nesbitt, Robert Della Valle, John Della Valle as well as five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother, Angelo Della Valle and a sister, Dora Crisasulli.
He was predeceased by one son John Della Valle and one sister, Camille McAuliff.
Mr. Della Valle led a storied career beginning as an aircraft mechanic and earned his way into the field of mechanical engineering. From there he fulfilled diverse roles in sales, management, and as an entrepreneur for businesses such as Pacific Airmotive, Robertson Photo Mechanics, Image Control systems, and DuPont. All the while building four homes for the family to live in during any free moments he had.
Although he retired at 62, he never truly stopped working. In his later years, he resumed work as an aircraft mechanic when he himself wasn’t flying or taking on consulting projects.
Beyond serving as an inspiration to his family and friends, in many ways he embodied the American Dream.
You are invited to visit with his family and friends from 6 to 8 p.m., Sunday, March 19, and again from 10 to 10:30 a.m. on Monday, March 20, at the Kuzo Grieco Funeral Home, 250 West State Street in Kennett Square. His Funeral Mass will be held 11 a.m. Monday, March 20, at St. Patrick's Church, 212 Meredith Street in Kennett Square. Burial will follow in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Rote 82 in Kennett Square.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to St. Patrick’s Church. 205 Lafayette Street, Kennett Square, PA 19348
Online condolences may be made by visiting www.griecocares.com