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Dante R. Morgia

December 25, 2017

Dante R. MorigaDante R. Morgia, 80, of Watertown passed away Christmas morning 2017 at Hospice of Jefferson County. Dante spent his last days surrounded by his nieces and nephews who loved him so much and by the extremely caring individuals at Hospice.

Dante was born in Watertown on June 28, 1937, son of Costantino "Gus" and Teresa Pietropaoli Morgia. He graduated from Watertown High School and a marriage to Clorinda Roselli ended in divorce.

He owned and operated Dante's Restaurant on Court St. and Dante's Pizza through 1984, and the Park Circle Deli into the 1990's. After his retirement, Dante filled his time assisting at both the Italian American Club and Elks Lodge 496, both of which he was a member, and also at Ives Hill Country Club. He was a communicant of St. Anthony's Church.

He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Stephanie and John Hoffman, Quakertown, PA; three grandsons, Michael and wife, Megan, Matthew, and Connor Hoffman; sister-in-law, M. Jane Morgia, Watertown; five nieces, Paula O'Donnell and husband, Daniel, Jane Morgia, Jacqueline Derrigo and husband, Cary, Pam Canale, and Mary Hughes and husband, Robert; two nephews, Richard Canale and John Morgia and wife, Shelby; and several great nieces, great nephews, and cousins. He was predeceased by his brother, John A. Morgia, September 23, 2010, and two sisters, Irma J. Pacific, March 3, 2010, and Philomena C. Canale, January 16, 2017.

Calling hours will be held at Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Watertown on Friday, December 29, from 4 - 7PM. A prayer service will be at the funeral home on Saturday, December 30, at 10:15AM followed by a funeral mass celebrated at 11AM at St. Anthony's Church with Msgr. Robert Aucoin, pastor, presiding. Burial in Glenwood Cemetery will be in the spring at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, his family wishes donations in his name to either St. Anthony's Church, 850 Arsenal St., or Hospice of Jefferson County, 1398 Gotham St., both in Watertown, NY 13601. Online condolences to Dante's family may be made at www.cummingsfuneral.com.


#20 John and Lillian Rae 2017-12-30 08:55
I'll remember the old days growing up on Cedar St. Jack will remember the fun trips to New York City to watch the Yankees play. So many memories. We love you and will miss you Dante. Be at peace.
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#19 Tom 2017-12-29 15:24
The North Country has lost an incredible person My sister had her wedding reception at Dante's as well as several of my cousins did as well. and after I joined the Service and moved away a Dante's pizza was always on the list of things to eat when we came home. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.
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#18 Steven Cumoletti 2017-12-28 21:38
Dante was one of my dad's best friends in high school. I was lucky enough to have him as my Godfather. He was a wonderful man and I will never forget the images of him at the restaurant and later at the pizza business with the cigar, the smile, the white apron and the white paper hat atop his head. As kids, my cousin Frank Marzano and I used my grandfather's manual typewriter and started Cumoletti/Marza no (or maybe it was Marzano/Cumolet ti) Newspaper Company. We typed one page editions with plenty of typos and strikeouts, and walked my grandparent's neighborhood in the Flats selling them (mainly to our sympathetic aunts and uncles). The first edition? "Dante's Restaurant". Rest in peace Dante.
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#17 Robert M. Humphrey 2017-12-28 18:11
So sorry for the passing of Dante..He will be remembered always.The good times at Dante's Restaurant on the corner of LeRay and West Main brings fond memories. My condolences to his family and may he rest in peace
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#16 Michael Hoffman 2017-12-28 11:09
My grandpa was a great man, and I hope I can live even half as honorably as he did.

I remember going up to Watertown almost every summer, going to sacketts harbor and one summer I helped set up for the fair at St. Anthony's. I He taught me to always be honorable and to always do everything you can for the people that you love. Even though we were apart the last couple of years, Ive never forgotten how warm and caring he was, and I hope to be the same with my family.

Thank you all for your kind words, it means alot to know that he made an impact in his community, of which he cared so much about.

Rest in Peace Grandpa.
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#15 Barbara Stress-Clayt 2017-12-28 03:39
I went to high school with Dante, even then he was a caring, great young man. One time on a visit I went to the bar & pizza place and Dante had not changed at all. He was glad I had stopped in and we could laugh over school good times. Always a loving person, may he rest in peace and have a cigar with all his buddies that went before him. My condolences to all his Family.
Barb Stress-Claytor
Tucson, AZ.
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#14 Tom hoffman 2017-12-27 20:11
To my friend Dante, to the good times my friend!
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#13 Dana/Angel Tarcinale 2017-12-27 17:54
Dante was a great man that was friends to many. I rent his house on Park Drive West and whenever something needed to be fixed he was quick to fix it. I loved to talk to Dante whenever I went to his house . He is going to be greatly missed. I am so sorry for everyone's loss.
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#12 Donna Leana 2017-12-27 17:40
I am very sorry for your loss. Dante was a well known in the Watertown area. He will be missed. Dante and my mother were cousins I have know him since I was a child. He is no longer in pain God has called him home. Rest in Peace Dante.
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#11 Mary Bebout 2017-12-27 16:58
When you were in the hospital, you had made up your mind then that you didn't want to live anymore. Now you are at peace. You will truly be missed.
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