WAYNE, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — The mail piled up, the grass grew wild and patrons at a New Jersey diner often wondered, “What happened to Donald Domsky?”
A call to police led to the discovery of his body in his Wayne home on Jan. 20.
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Authorities said Domsky died of natural causes at age 79 in December 2010. He died alone in his dilapidated 99 Black Oak Ridge Road home and no one knew.
Domsky was loved at the Crossroads Eatery in Wayne.
For 22 years, he could be found perched on the first stool at the counter with a copy of National Geographic magazine in hand.
“He was very thoughtful, didn’t want anything. We used to give him cigarettes, cakes, candy,” owner Valerie Boyle told WCBS 880’s Sean Adams.
Boyle said you could ask Domsky any trivia question and he had the answer but he never spoke of himself.
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“He was extremely private and reclusive. People knew not to interfere with his privacy,” Boyle said. “You know, we were vaguely aware he had a sister in Passaic.”
So, when Domsky stopped coming in to the diner over a year ago, people assumed he took ill and moved in with his sibling.
The Record newspaper reports a neighbor finally called police and his body was discovered.
“It’s very sad to be so alone in this world, to pass and nobody even notices it,” a neighbor who lives across the street told 1010 WINS’ Steve Sandberg.
Domsky would’ve turned 80-years-old last August.
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