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July 21, 2018

6/19/2018 11:52:00 AM
Dominic 'Dobby' Messina

Dominic "Dobby" Messina, 82, of Duluth died June 11, 2018, at St. Luke's Hospital with his family by his side.

The funeral service was held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, June 17, at Peace United Church of Christ, Duluth. Rev. Michael Messina and Pastor Kathryn Nelson officiated. Visitation was held from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 16 at Bell Brothers Funeral Home, Duluth and one hour prior to the service on Sunday at the church.

Dominic is survived by his children, Toni (Tom) Kasell of Duluth, Michael (Mary) Messina of Maple Lake and Mark Messina of Duluth; grandchildren, Brian (CedRiece) Hamski, Steven Hamski (fiance Michelle Marnich), Michael R. Messina, Anthony Messina, Dominic Messina, Joshua Messina, Derek (Katherine) Messina and Stephanie (Paulino) Messina-Hernandez; two great-grandchildren, Anthony Messina-Hernandez and Pierce Hamski; and brothers and sister, Rev. Michael (Sandy) Messina of Ocala, Florida, Richard (Catherine) Messina of St. Paul and Michelle Herbst of Phoenix, Arizona.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Dianne Messina; parents, Michael and Anna Messina; brother, John Messina; and an infant sister.

Dominic Richard Messina was born in Duluth to Michael and Anna (Verva) Messina on March 5, 1936. He grew up in Duluth and graduated from Denfeld with the Class of 1954. Dobby was united in marriage to the love of his life, Dianne Roginski, on May 18, 1957. Dobby, along with his best friend, Don Long, owned and operated Don and Dobby's Friendly Tavern, Bridge Bar and Cafe', and Hamm's and Olympia Beer Distributing. Dobby was a member and former Exalted Ruler of the Duluth Elks Club 133. He was a member of The Duluth Curling Club, having won the Bagley Trophy in 1970.

Dobby loved to play and watch baseball and softball; having played on many competitive teams and making many lifelong friendships. He also loved the game of cribbage; teaching his grandsons through many at-home cribbage tournaments the mastery of the game. Dobby coached little league baseball, enjoyed bowling, curling and most of all spending time with his family and friends.

Pallbearers: Dobby's grandchildren.





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