Domenic Andrew Canonico passed away at home on December 28, 2018. Domenic was born January 18, 1930, the only child of Angelo and Anna Canonico. Domenic was a first generation Italian American and grew up on the south side of Chicago.
Domenic graduated from Michigan Technological University with a BS in Metallurgical Engineering.
He served in the United States Airforce as an officer during the Korean conflict. He returned to Chicago and married Colleen Margaret Jennings.
Domenic moved his family to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and earned his Masters and Ph.D. in Metallurgical Engineering at Lehigh University.
In 1965, Domenic moved to Oak Ridge, TN, and worked at Oak Ridge National Laboratories for many years. He headed the Pressure Vessel Technology group and was the materials expert assigned to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission Heavy Section Steel Technology Program. His ORNL group was the premier nuclear pressure vessel group during his tenure at ORNL. In 1981, Domenic moved to Chattanooga to become the Director of Combustion Engineering’s Metallurgical and Materials Laboratory and then Vice President-Technology for ABB Power Products Manufacturing. Domenic loved his profession and did not completely retire until his early 80s. After he “retired”, he served as a Senior Consultant to ALSTOM Power-Performance Projects. He served as a member of the Advisory Committee of the School of Engineering at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, and was appointed by the Governor to serve as a member of the Governor’s Tennessee Board on Boiler Rules.
Domenic reached the pinnacle of the metallurgical engineering profession. He was a member and fellow of the American Society of Metallurgical Engineers and American Welding society. He was a member of Sigma Xi. He was awarded many of the highest honors of his profession, including The Lincoln Gold Medal Award. His alma mater recognized his contributions to the field of metallurgical engineering when he was inducted into the Academy of Materials Science at Michigan Technological University. Domenic published numerous papers and chapters, and he has several patents in metallurgical engineering. He was fortunate to travel the world for his profession, frequently side by side with Colleen.
Domenic was a proud member of the Knights of Columbus, Saint Augustine Chapter, Signal Mountain.
Domenic is survived by Colleen, his wife of 63 years, his children Judy (Don) Hanson, Mary Carol Canonico, Angelo (Gina Johnson), Domenic, and Catherine Canonico; and his grandchildren Michael Hanson, Dan (Stephanie) Hanson, John (Claudette) Hanson, and Sarah Hanson; Domenic, Michael, and Matthew Canonico; and Heather and Tommy Canonico.
A Funeral Mass with reception to follow will be held at 11:15 am January 4, 2019, at the Saint Augustine Chapel at Alexian Village on Signal Mountain. In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to the Alexian Village Scholarship Fund or Saint Jude’s Research Hospital.
Arrangements entrusted to
Lane Funeral Home ~ Ashland Terrace
601 Ashland Terrace Chattanooga, Tennessee 37415.
(423) 877-3524 Lanefh.com
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