A HUMBLE man who committed his life to helping others in need has been remembered for his generosity and kindness as he was laid to rest on Wednesday.
Loving, caring, selfless, kind, charitable and compassionate are just some of the words family used to describe Domenico Sergi, during his final farewell at Sacred Heart Griffith, attended by more than 2000 people.
Mr Sergi’s fundraising crusades included raising money for a young Filipino boy who needed life-changing surgery, freeing more than 100 slaves, supplying fresh water tanks in two countries and donating food, clothes and medical supplies to anywhere it was needed.
Along with charity, Mr Sergi treasured his big family with his wife Anna (dec) and 10 children Tony, Pat, Joe (dec), Santa, Lisa, Mary, Anne, Domenic, Frank and John were born.
Mr Sergi’s children fondly remember their father’s charitable efforts and benevolent nature, which extended past the community of Griffith.
"A day didn't go by without my dad doing something for someone, every day he was out giving," John said about his father.
“Over the years, he has done so much for charity, not just here in our community but overseas as well,
"He would leave himself broke so long as he could feed someone else that needed to be fed.”
Mr Sergi also raised thousands of dollars for local charities and in 1997 he was awarded the Citizen Of The Year for all his work.
In 2008 he won $5000 in the IGA Unsung Hero and true to his nature, Mr Sergi donated the money to a charity of his choice, which was Griffith Can Assist.
While it is difficult to grasp exactly how much Mr Sergi has done for those in need, folders containing hundreds of letters from all over the world thanking him are testament to his work.
"He never stopped giving, we have no way of knowing how much he has done or given over the years, all we know is he has received so many letters and cards thanking him for what he has done from people all over the world,” John said.