Dominic Mimi Sanfilippo
August 1, 1931 – August 9, 2018
Mimi Sanfilippo, 87, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, August 9, 2018. He was preceded in death his by parents, Sam and Rosina Sanfilippo; daughter, Katherine Denise Sanfilippo; 3 brothers and 2 sisters. He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Jean Sanfilippo; loving daughters, Angi Houston (Brad), Gina Sanfilippo (fiancée' Rob Martin); granddaughters, Shelby Cropper (Jeremy) and Katherine Houston; great granddaughters, Ryleigh Morgan and Madison Cropper; great grandsons, Jax Vaughn and Briley Cropper; also survived by daughter, Donna Jean Cunningham; son, Sam Sanfilippo; granddaughters, Kaitlin Morgan and Lauren Sanfilippo; grandson Anthony Sanfilippo and a host of loving nieces, nephew and other relatives and friends. While in the Navy, Mimi served in the Korean War and afterwards returned to Birmingham and joined his brothers in their business, Rocco & Cheater's Speed Shop and then married the love of his life. He loved spending time with his family, especially time with his grandchildren and he enjoyed all types of racing. Mimi was inducted into the Alabama Auto Racing Pioneers Hall of Fame in 2011 and Sayre Speedway Hall of Fame in 2018. We would like to give a big Thank You to the staff of Journey Hospice for their tender care and genuine compassion during this time. The family will receive friends on Sunday, August 12, 2018 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Elmwood Chapel Funeral Home. A Celebration of His life will be on Monday, August 13, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at Elmwood Chapel funeral home with burial at Elmwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to the Alabama Heart Association Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.johnsridoutselmwoodchapel.com for the Sanfilippo family.
- Visitation Sunday, August 12, 2018
- Funeral Service Monday, August 13, 2018
Dominic Mimi Sanfilippo
August 30, 2018
I only met Mimi once, but he was someone I never forgot. He treated me like he had known me all his life. He and Jean invited us to stay at their home for the night, even though we were total strangers, but we were family. He would contact me every holiday. We didn't talk long, but he stayed in touch. I regret that I didn't talk to him more often. Sometimes we get so involved in our own lives that we don't get around to doing the things we should. I remember my dad saying that he would get a kick out of listening to his cousins speaking Italian with a southern accent. When my grandfather would go visit Mimi took him where he needed to go. My condolences to the whole Sanfilippo family. He will be missed but never forgotten.
August 12, 2018
This is the nurse from Comfort Care. So sorry to hear of his passing. I was watching American Pickers and was thinking about him. I googled his name and saw he had passed. I really enjoyed talking with him and his wife. He was a good man and will be missed by many. Prayers to all the family for comfort and peace.
August 11, 2018
Such a loving, caring, sweet man. Always made time to go by the parts truck every Saturday night at TST to say hi, and he always had a smile. Whenever I could, I would try to get a chance to talk with him.
I lost my lower leg in late 1999 due to a blood clots, but was back at the track by the Ice Bowl. Mimi spent time talking to me, encouraging me, and just being a great human being. He was a true blessing to me during a very difficult time in my life. I have always remembered and loved him for that
I doubt he made enough on a lot of nights to make it worth his time to be at the track, but he was always there. To be there for us, support us, and be a friend
I firmly believe that you don't have to share blood to be family. Mimi WAS family. To hundreds or even thousands.
Rest easy, you earned your wings
crew for Terry Smith #99