Dominick Sorresso, the longtime vice president of merchandising for Rogers Enterprises, died on Aug. 11 at age 72.
Born in Italy, Sorresso moved to the United States as a young child and grew up in New York City. After receiving an applied science degree from Queensborough Community College, he began a 46-year career in the jewelry industry.
Among his first jobs was vice president of sales for Ed Cain & Co. After that, he worked for 16 years for Ronald Mick, ultimately becoming a partner in the business.
For the last 23 years, he worked as vice president of merchandising for Rogers Enterprises, the Chicago-based retailer with more than 70 jewelry stores. He was also a member of the JCK Advisory Board.
In a statement, Rogers called Sorresso “a true icon of the industry.”
“Dominick was a mentor to many and always wanted to share his knowledge to help others succeed. His personality filled up any room he entered. Just seeing Dominick would put a smile on your face.
“He was loved not only by those at Rogers who had the privilege of knowing him, but by all of Rogers’ merchandise suppliers as well. One of Dominick’s greatest qualities was that he cared about all people. He was a friend to many and will be sorely missed by all who knew him.
“Please remember Dominick with a smile and a laugh, because that’s the way he would want you to think of him.”
Sorresso is survived by his wife, Sheila, daughters Dominique and Danielle, son Michael, and a granddaughter.
The family asks that donations be made in Sorresso’s memory to Duke Health, which provided care for Sorresso during his final months. After accessing Duke Health’s giving page, donors may choose Duke Cancer Institute Fund from the drop-down menu, check the box to honor a memory, and write in Dominick Sorresso.
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