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Sunday, January 11, 2009

Dominic Longo 2

Through various internet searches, and the discovery of the obituary of his sister Katherine Ramella (nee Longo), who died in Welland Ontario on Mar 18 2002, it is now obvious that the transplanted Californian Dominic Longo who was one of the men to whom Johnny Papalia showed respect, was the nephew of Guelph's Domenic Longo, the man interned during the war. The Californian was married to a woman named Lena, they had several children, and they created several scholarship funds in that state, as well as contributed to the Republican Party there. That Dominic is the son of Frank Longo, one of Joe Veroni's pallbearers back in 1922. He was probably born in Welland.

Dominic Longo

I'm working on Volume 3, and it has come to my attention that the Dominic Longo who moved to Calfornia to open what became the largest Toyota dealership there was 65 when he died in 1985, which means that he was born in 1920. Adrian Humphreys in The Enforcer, his book on Johnny Papalia, identified that Domenic Longo as one of the three old dons of Ontario, and an associate of Tony Silvestro's who was interned as an enemy alien along with Tony and Rocco Perri in the 1940's. They are two different men. The Longo who was interned married a Guelph woman named Vittoria Valeriote in 1923 when Dominic was 30, which means he was born in San Giorgio Morgeto in 1893, which makes him a peer of Silvestros. I have yet to figure out when that Dominic Longo died or where.
According to Humphreys, who is quoting from police wiretaps, California's D. Longo had phone conversations with Papalia regarding a Niagara racketeer named Iannuzzelli a purported friend of Longo's, but who disappeared three days after Toronto police learned of Longo's death. Humphreys says that that Longo was an older man, who had Papalia's respect, since had been a friend of his father's. The fact is that Papalia was born on March 18 1924, and was therefor little more than four years younger than the Californian Longo, which doesn't exclude respect, just not for the reasons given by Humphreys. Whoever the police were wire tapping, the D. Longo who was interned was the older man, Frank Longo's brother, both of whom were in Guelph in 1911-12 when Perri was arrested and tried as Rocco Portatelli for the murder of Micahel Fazzari.
Not sure I can clear this all up before Vol. 3 is done, but sorry for the earlier misinformation. What it does of course, is prove to me that the my continuing genealogical searches and efforts to clarify everything I can, whether it was in someone else's book or not, is the right path. My apologies again.