Longtime Ralston businessman, Sam Fucinaro, dies

Standing in his backyard with the former Maywood School building in the background, Domenick Fucinaro Jr. holds a picture of his eighth-grade class standing outside Maywood in 1941.

Ralston wouldn’t be the community it is today without people like Domenick “Sam” Fucinaro Jr.

Fucinaro, 92, died, Saturday, May 25.

In 1947, Fucinaro got his start as a Ralston businessman when he joined his Italian immigrant father, Domenick Fucinaro Sr., in operating the family bar. Aptly named Domenick’s Place, the bar had been started years earlier. Sam Fucinaro was born in the family’s living quarters above the bar. The bar has since closed.

In 1955, Sam Fucinaro and his brother, Anthony, opened and operated Ralston Bowl, next to the tavern. The family sold the bowling alley in the early 1970s, and it now goes by the name Scorz Sports Center. Each brother subsequently went his own way. Sam Fucinaro joined the real estate company Mid-Continent Properties.

Christine Fucinaro said she believes her father was Ralston’s oldest native son at the time of his death.

Sam Fucinaro was a charter member of the Ralston Legion Post 373, founded in the late 1950s, for more than 60 years, she said. He was active in the Ralston community and Ralston Chamber of Commerce.

When the Lakeview Golf Course opened in 1969 at 72nd and Q Streets, he started one of the first leagues, and played in it for 38 years, she said. He made a hole-in-one at the golf course at age 58.

He and his wife, Stella, were married in 1947 and they had two children, Christine and a son, Samuel.

Fucinaro was preceded in death by his wife in 2006 and is survived by his children.

Christine said she still recalls her father’s favorite saying: “One thing you can give and still keep is your word.”

Family, friends and golf were his passions, his daughter said. “He always wanted people to know that he loved and enjoyed Ralston. This was home.”

Nancy Gaarder helps cover public safety and weather events as an editor on The World-Herald's breaking news desk. Follow her on Twitter @gaarder. Phone: 402-444-1102.

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