domenic catton, md
Domenic Joseph Catton, M.D., beloved father, brother, uncle, and friend passed away Thursday, Sept. 13th at 6:30 p.m. in Latrobe Hospital, after a lengthy battle with prostate cancer. He died peacefully surrounded by loved ones. He is survived by his children Pia and Grant, his brother Dino, sister Maria, and many nieces, and nephews. Born on June 8th, 1949 to the late Domenico and Domenica Catignani, of Weirton, W.Va., Domenic grew up in Weirton and graduated from Weirton Madonna High School, Class of 1967. He graduated from West Virginia University in 1971 with a degree in Psychology and Economics, and later went on to achieve his Doctorate in Medicine from the University of Guadalajara, in Guadalajara, Mexico, graduating in 1979. In his nearly 40 years as a physician, Domenic practiced Anesthesia, Emergency Medicine, General Practice, and, most recently, addiction maintenance and recovery. He served as Board Member and Chief of Staff at Reynolds Memorial Hospital in Glendale, W.Va., Chief of Staff at Nason Hospital in Roaring Spring, Pa. During his residency he achieved Chief Resident and Outstanding Resident honors at Conemaugh Hospital in Johnstown, Pa. He also completed a fellowship in Pain Management at the Pain Relief Foundation in Liverpool, England. Among other highlights of his diverse career as a physician were medical missions to the Philippines and Senegal, as well as volunteer service to countless charities and schools. In the most recent phase of his career, Domenic devoted his years of training and his caring nature to the treatment of drug addicts, at Discovery House, in Curwensville, Pa. and MedMark, in Greensburg, Pa. An avid reader, collector, horseman, and outdoorsman his entire life, Domenic was passionate about his hobbies and interests. Fluent in Spanish and Italian, he traveled widely, including many trips to Europe, three hunting trips to Africa and many fly-fishing trips to the Miramichi River in New Brunswick, and Grand Lake Stream, Maine, where he loved to fish for salmon and trout. Together with his father, he was also a breeder and owner of many Standardbred race horses, including a “two-minute” trotter, named Transvaal. He was also a passionate and astute collector of American sporting artwork and, late in his life, resumed his own passion for oil painting, which he had pursued as a young man. Domenic will be remembered fondly for his strong work ethic, his outsized personality, and his generosity and devotion to his friends and family. When a guest walked into his home and remarked about a book or object of his they admired, often he would give it to them on the spot. He was the first person his family and friends looked to for advice or wisdom in difficult times, and the first person to offer help to a loved one or friend in distress. He will be greatly missed by all those who were fortunate enough to know him well. His family would especially like to thank his dear friends Thomas Bibb, Richard Finkelstein, John Blasdell, Deborah Cutshall, and Robert Cappel for their friendship, as well as the community of Greensburg, Pa. A service celebrating Domenic’s life will be held at 2 PM Sunday at the Saint Paul Cemetery Mausoleum in Weirton. Entombment will follow. Memorial contributions may be made to Lily’s Place P.O.Box 2 Huntington, WV 25706

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  1. Dominic’s family lived one street away from mine in Weirton. I remember how smart and nice he was and how loving his mom was. Reading about his accomplishments was amazing: a life lived fully and beautifully. My sympathy and prayers to his family. Chris (Bundy) Lavorata. MHS Class of 1967

  2. I worked with Dr.Catton in the ER at Reynolds for many years ,I always was happy to see him, He was a great guy and Dr., The day that his son was having a dinner at Linsley, he brought his suit including dress shirt and an iron, I had the privilege of ironing that suit and shirt on an overbed table with a bath blanket on the top. Rip Domenic

  3. I have so many college memories about Dom. I am so glad that he accomplished all of those dreams and goals that he had as a nineteen year old! I am honored to have shared a little piece of his life! RIP, Domenic

  4. My condolences to the Catton family. I did not have the honor of knowing Dr. Catton, but I know Pia, and she always spoke about her father with great love and admiration. My Prayers are with the family today. With deep affection, Doria Lavagnino and Arindam Nag, Brooklyn, New York

  5. Dino: It’s been many years since high school (I think you might remember me). Regardless, I want to express my sincere sympathy for the loss of your brother. He graduated with my sister Frances; what a life he lived! May he rest in peace.

  6. I had the pleasure of meeting Dr.Catton and caring for him at his home In Alta Vita Greensburg,Pa.He was a very courageous man with his battle with cancer.He hid the fact that his pain and suffering was more than anyone could bare.He was a very Proud man that loved his family and friends and just people in general.He loved good food and had a hearty appetite! I had the privilege to cook for him my own recipes that he loved and enjoyed.One of his desires was to make home made pasta noodles from home in which we went to Deloleos to purchase the machine .We never got that chance to use the pasta machine.We talked about God and Heaven and I know that’s where he is now with no more pain.Sometimes Gods plans for healing the body is to have the ultimate healing in Heaven.! RIP BOSS,I WILL MISS YOU! My thoughts and prayers go out to his family,Grant&Pia that I had the pleasure of meeting .May you always carry fond memories and Love in your heart for your Father,He loved you both so much.May God give you his comfort ,strength and Peace to get through this Journey of life on earth.God bless you all! Sincerely,Stacy Morris!!!

  7. I was fortunate enough to meet Dr. Catton recently. He was very kind to me, and we related on many levels including love for the arts, jazz music, reading, fly fishing and his love and pride for his children. I took great joy in caring for him and his home. My deepest sympathies to his family, and closest friends. He is a great loss, but his legacy will carry on through those who knew and loved him deeply. Although I only knew him briefly, I will carry his advice and wisdom with me always, as it was very impactful. It was a genuine pleasure to know him even the small amount of time I was acquainted. I will think of him fondly. With my deepest condolences, Jacqueline.

  8. I had the wonderful privilege of meeting Dr Catton and caring for him in his home. Though I only met him once, he was such a kind man. I enjoyed listening to the stories he told me and listening to his wisdom. I sincerely wish I could’ve known him longer and my deepest sympathy goes to his family. May he be with God now and rest peacefully.

  9. Dr Catton was the best family doctor I’ve ever had. I’ve known him since he worked at Reynolds and have loved him since. He was a great man and friend and was always excited to look after anyone and make sure everyone was taken care of. He was the best doctor anyone could ask for. No other words can explain it.

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