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Lemont business owner was source of laughs, memories for many in village

Art Dominick
Art Dominick

LEMONT – Art Dominick, a longtime resident of Lemont and the owner of Carl’s Septic, died on Oct. 13 at age 75.

Friends and family alike remember Dominick for his outgoing personality and sense of humor.

Dominick owned his septic tank and system maintenance business in Lemont for 52 years. It remains in the family, with three of his five children working there.

Kevin Dominick, Art’s eldest son and general manager for Carl’s Septic, said his father’s death was sudden and the family is not sure of the cause. He said Art went to the emergency room the morning of Oct. 12 and passed away the next night.

Kevin Dominick said Art had remained active in the office with the service side of the business, even in his later years.

“He would have day-to-day contact with just about everybody in the company,” he said.

While Kevin Dominick has become the face of the business, he said his father remained the foundation.

Kevin Dominick said his father, like other veteran Lemont residents, had no desire to move his home or business from town.

“These people are like the stone that the quarry’s carved out of: they’re not going any place,” he said.

According to Art’s daughter, Jean Wright, Art moved to Lemont when he was about 10 years old. He graduated from Lemont High School and met his wife, Patricia, in town.

Wright – who works as an office manager for the family business – said hundreds of people attended Art’s wake.

She said people described him as having a “big heart, always cared about everybody. He always had a smile on his face.”

Wright said that while Art had 17 grandchildren, his friendly nature made him an adopted grandfather to several others.

One of the ways Art stayed in touch with friends in the community was through his morning coffee buddies.

For more than 20 years, a group of business owners and Lemont residents have gathered at about 5 a.m. every weekday for coffee and discussions at local restaurants and coffee houses.

Glen McAdam, owner of Surefire Auto Parts in Lemont, said the group talks about everything – from politics, to religion, to what was happening in the village.

“We’re just going to miss him for the fun he was,” he said.

Al Albrecht, the former teacher and athletic director at Lemont High School, said he will miss Art’s good humor.

“You could talk to him for five minutes and you wouldn’t stop laughing,” he said.

Kevin Dominick said the success of his father’s business will be his legacy in Lemont.

“His impact on the Lemont community will go on for a long time,” he said.

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