Victor John Damiani

September 11, 1938 - February 18, 2020
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Victor John Damiani, 81, passed away late Monday night, February 17, 2020. His wife of 41 years, Judy, and son, Stephen, were at his bedside.

Victor, who was born in Galveston, was the son of John Damiani and Leona Damiani Holzworth, the half-brother of Jules Rizzo, the cousin of popular entertainer, Kate Martelli, and the nephew of Rena Damiani Regini, Antoinette Wythe, Camille Damiani Martelli and Ursuline Damiani Ciaccio Blume.

Victor was a senior underwriter and department head for American National Insurance Co. for many years before he retired in 2003. However, beginning before the sixth grade, he had part-time jobs to help support himself. Some included a runner and busboy for the Maceos’ and Willie Wisko’s beachfront bingo parlors, and in high school, an ambulance and family car driver for Malloy & Son Funeral Home. He later sold life insurance for Prudential Insurance Co. and was an agent for the Galveston branch of the Texas State Comptroller’s office.

In addition to graduating from Ball High School in 1958, he attended the University of Texas and Sam Houston State University. Victor had an incredible memory of Galveston history. And he knew countless stories, all factual, about the island’s early days, 1900s forward. He was a Bible student, very devoted to the First Presbyterian Church, where he sang in the choir and often soloed Handel’s Messiah during the Christmas seasons.

He was a talented actor. As a senior in high school, he had the starring role as the district attorney in The Night of January 16th, a theatrical play by Ayn Rand. Ironically, the play was performed in the courtroom of Galveston’s most beloved district attorney, Jules Damiani, Jr., who was Victor’s cousin. As the play’s DA, Victor won the jury’s poll made up of members of the audience. In the main, Victor had to begin to live his life as an adult, beginning in junior high school. He had an incredible understanding of right from wrong and what was the high road. With those tools, be had a dramatic influence on his cohorts.

He had the perfect given name: Victor because he was a true victor.

His friend, Dr. Edwards McReynolds, wrote, “Vic kept our adolescent memories and fantasies alive for as long as we all will survive. He mentally recorded and retold every event of our youth, and in so doing kept us all connected through the years.”

“He created a sense of family and continuity for all of us when our own families were often broken or fragmented. His role as a storyteller and historian was the glue that kept all of us young and appreciative that we grew up together in a special time and a special place called Galveston….I think that he cared about us very much (in) his role as the “elder statesman” – The Fonz….

“His absence will create an empty silent chair in our group…Goodbye my friend, and thanks for the memories.”

Victor is survived by hie wife, Judy; sons Mark and his wife, Jeannie; Stephen and his wife Sara; his grandchildren Nicholas, Stephen, Kathryn and Kirsten; and an immeasurable number of very devoted friends.

Victor’s family will receive visitors beginning at 11:00 am, Sunday, March 1st, at Malloy & Son Funeral Home, 3028 Broadway, in Galveston. A memorial service will begin at 12:00 noon.

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Date: Sunday, March 1, 2020

Time: 11:00 am

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3028 Broadway
Galveston, TX 77550

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Date: Sunday, March 1, 2020

Time: 12:00 pm

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Galveston, TX 77550

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Born: September 11, 1938
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Lou Graves MacBeth posted on 3/1/20

Judy and Mark, I am sorry we were unable to attend Vic's service. Both Heather and I were out of town all weekend. Please know we have thought of you. I remember when he was at the funeral home with my dad and we reminisced about it. He was a friend to many and will be missed.


Harry Kelso posted on 3/1/20

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Harry Kelso posted on 3/1/20

As Medical Director with American National, I worked closely with Vic for many years. He always amazed me with his in-depth of knowledge of the intricacies n the world of life insurance, his ability to solve problems and the positive way he treated clients. Vic was a true teacher sharing his knowledge. It truly was a pleasure to have known and worked with Vic those many years at Anico. Harry Kelso


J. E. Tramonte posted on 2/29/20

Victor has been part of my life for 65 years. Many, many good times, and travels. I will never for get him. Our sympathy is extended to his family. J. E. & Carol Tramonte


george & leah rae marchand posted on 2/29/20

We are so sorry to hear of Victor's passing. His many talents were shared with many who were blessed being part of his life. Our working together was always pleasant and he was an asset to the company. May his family find peace and solace in enjoying his life and knowing he has been welcomed in Paradise.


Willie Wisko posted on 2/29/20

Victor was a great teacher and a very nice person, he had great respect for all. I worked with Victor at my Daddy's Bingo as well as at Malloy's funeral home. Victor was 5-years older than me, but a wonderful teacher.


Dawn Korman posted on 2/29/20

Sending love and prayers to all of you . May your memories of such a wonderful husband, father and friend bring comfort in the days ahead. Vic was such blessing to so many.


Betty Halter posted on 2/28/20

Prayers for family and friends. Vic was my ANICO boss and great friend. My husband and l attended JUDY and Vic’s wedding. Have many wonderful memories being with him and his family. Vic will be missed. Y’all will have an Angel watching over you.


Marcia (Moore) Rozelle posted on 2/28/20

Vic and I worked together many years at American National. The thing I treasure the most was Vic’s support of the Bible study I started in the late ‘80s, when others said it was doomed to failure. It was largely through Vic’s interest and support that it did not fail, in fact it lasted over 20 years. It lasted even after the company took away the chapel, even after I retired, and even after others retired. He was a good Christian and a good friend. I pray Judy and the rest of the family will take solace in knowing Vic’s memory is alive in so many of our hearts.


Bob & Ellen Barrow posted on 2/25/20

We are so very sorry for your dad's passing, Mark. Wishing you comfort and healing in the coming days.


Barbara Strain posted on 2/23/20

I knew Victor through my mother, Jessie Westbrook.  She and Victor worked together for many years at ANICO and she thought highly of him and his wife, Judy.  My heartfelt condolences to the family on the passing of their beloved.  Barbara Westbrook Strain