LAKEWOOD, NY - I received word from Dan Beckstrom that the Jamestown Post-Journal ran a death notice for Gordon S. Dominey, better known to us as simply MR. Dominey from SWCS.
I don't have access to the full obituary since the PJ has put up a firewall to keep non-subscribers out.
You might think they would let people see the obits. But...
In any event, what follows below is a Class of '66 post from 2012 about, yes you guessed it, Mr. Dominey:
LAKEWOOD, New York - Classmate Jim Nelson was in Jamestown recently and ran into former SWCS teacher Mr. Dominey.
Like most of our teachers, none of these people ever
seemed to have first names (unlike Dalton Berringer). I think his first
name is Gordon, but I wouldn't bet my retirement checks on it.
Here's part of Jim's report on his close encounter:
I was with my mother waiting for
my wife to conclude some shopping at the Chautauqua Mall when an
elderly gentleman and his wife came out of the store. My mom recognized
this guy as an old golf league partner and neighbor. She asked me if I
knew who this gentleman was. The man looked familiar, but I couldn't
quite place him.
It turned out to be Mr. Dominey from 8th grade Social
Studies who is now 90 years old and living in a retirement home in
Gerry, NY. He looked great considering that I took his class 50 years
ago. After talking about the class, he recounted how he kept students
in line with a pinch on the shoulder (similar to the Vulcan nerve pinch
utilized by Mr. Spock) and, at some point, was told that he could not do
that anymore by the powers that be. After hearing that, he then told
the administration that he would be retiring in two years.
record, I never was on the receiving end of the Dominey nerve pinch and
always thought Mr. Dominey was a great teacher.
for the record, I never got one of those pinches, but I did recall them
years later when I had my children. My daughter was an angel (of
course!!!) and my three boys were well-behaved. But there were a few
times when I used a little gentle Dominey pressure on the back of their
necks to keep them under control. (Usually from whacking each other.)
Here's Jim's photo: