MARSHALL, Ill. (WTWO/WAWV) – The local community is mourning the passing of a man known by many as the Marshall Lions’ biggest fan.
It was his love for sports that introduced Harold Dominick Jr. to many of his friends.
It was also a passion that earned him the title of the Marshall Lions biggest fan.
“Sports and Harold are synonymous, you can’t have one without the other,” said Laura Tingley, friend of Harold.
“He wanted to just go, he wanted to support, he’d go to girls basketball games, he’d go to volleyball games, football games, baseball games, he just wanted to go to games. That was his true love,” said Joey O’Rourke, friend of Harold.
His love for the Marshall Lions lead him to assist managing the school teams for years.
While sports were Harold’s passion, those close to him say his personality is something they will always remember.
“I said he was a good soul, he was a pure soul is what Harold Dominick was,” O’Rourke said.
“Everybody welcomed him, he was a shining light,” Tingley said.
Wednesday, Dominick passed away at the age of 51 and O’Rourke says he has learned from Harold’s life how to approach each day.
“He approached every day like the world’s not against him, he approached it like ‘Hey, the world is here to help me’, O’Rourke said.
Tingley says she is happy to have had Harold in her life.
“There will never be another Harold, if you’re lucky you’ll meet someone like him in your life,” Tingley said.
Dominick was also active with the Special Olympics.
The Marshall Quarterback Club posted about him on Facebook.