Anthony Henry Dominick
Anthony Henry Dominick was born June 14, 1958 to Anthony Joseph Dominick, Jr. and Doreen Agnes Dominick in Royal Oaks, Michigan. He was the second of three children, all boys. Raising three rambunctious boys proved to be a challenge for his parents! When Anthony was young, his family began calling him "Chipper Chap" because he was such a happy, sweet baby. That was later shortened to "Chip". When Chip was five years old, his parents relocated to Southern California.
Chip spent most of his childhood between Orange County, California, USA and Mexico. His parents were Baptist missionaries and would travel back and forth to Mexico. On one of the trips, Chip was left with the Reverend to live. He stayed there off and on for several years while attending primary school. For this reason, Chip was fluent not only in English and Polish, but Spanish.
While in Junior High School, he had a teacher that peaked his interest in making jewelry. He learned to cast, fast stones, make necklaces, and more. This instructor even wrote a book on casting in place! Chip's love of jewelry making would continue throughout his life.
In High School, Chip excelled in academics and martial arts. He was feisty and physically strong despite asthma and weakened lungs due to a childhood smoke inhalation injury. After graduating from Cypress High School in 1975, he received an Associates degree from Cypress College. One of his studies in College was Comparative Religion, which he enjoyed. He was seeking for truth and examined Christianity, Islam, Buddhism and other religions. During this time he came across a publication published by Jehovah's Witnesses. He was impressed by what he read but didn't pursue it any further. He was a student of the Bible, however, and learned Hebrew and Greek so that he could study it deeper. He continued his education and later received his Bachelors degree.
At the age of 24, he met the love of his life Ingrid at the skating rink. They both liked to skate and would go three times a week to Cypress Skateway. They met in 1982, married in 1983, and began their family together in 1986 with the birth of their first daughter Tiffany Dawn Dominick. Their only son Anthony Wallace Dominick came in 1988. Their second daughter Kimberly Irene McDonald was born in 1990.
He found Jehovah with the help of his wife Ingrid, who was one of Jehovah's Witnesses. When she shared what she knew about the Bible with him, he recognized it as the same information in the publication given him years earlier. He dedicated his life to Jehovah and symbolized that dedication by water baptism in 1988 at Leimert Theater.
Life with Chip was a lot of fun and a little "crazy". He was always good with his hands and had a variety of jobs over the years. Some of them included working in coin shops, stamp collecting, and working in a car body shop. He loved antiquing and would bring the whole family on his adventures seeking out "new" treasures. He continued to make jewelry. Ingrid cherishes a few beaded pieces Chip made for her in recent months.
Chip began to struggle with his health in his early 30's as a young father. Through it all he loved Jehovah. Shortly after his baptism, he had to be hospitalized and was "near death". In this precarious situation, he took a stand for his convictions and refused a blood transfusion even though his red blood cell was dangerously low. He survived the surgery with his faith in tact.
Over the years his health continued to decline and ultimately his lungs could not fight off the lethal coronavirus disease. He will be missed by his loving wife and children, as well as extended family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and his older brother.
It was his hope and ours that he will get a new pair of lungs to go with a perfect body in the New World to come (Revelation 21:3,4).