Wayne D’Amico, who led the Meriden Economic Development Corp. during the early stages of the downtown redevelopment, died Saturday after a battle with pancreatic cancer.
D’Amico, 50, who moved to Ivoryton about 10 years ago, was a commercial real estate broker who worked closely with Dunkin’ Donuts franchisee Michael Batista in Meriden, Middletown and Cheshire. D’Amico was also instrumental in bringing Stop & Shop to the corner of East Main and Broad streets, Wal-Mart to Wallingford and more.
D’Amico was also part of the Meriden Economic Development Corp. and the development of the City Center Initiative which eventually drafted the plans for the flood control and economic development project downtown. Sean Moore, president of the Midstate Chamber of Commerce, got to know D’Amico through Meriden Kiwanis.
”He was instrumental in the original City Center Initiative, the work that brought us the Meriden Green,” said Sean Moore, president of the Midstate Chamber of Commerce, who with his wife, Kelley Moore performed as a musical trio with D’Amico.
“Wayne, Kelley and I were regular performers at the Cabin Restaurant,” Moore said. “Wayne started sitting in for a couple of sets and the rest was history. We had so many things in common, from a music and economic development perspective. He had a love and interest in making Meriden better.”
D’Amico lived in Meriden for more than 40 years,. He was a commerical real estate broker for more than 25 years. He was a member of the CCIM Institute for more than 15 years. He served on the board of directors, various committees and was elected president of the institute in 2013.
D’Amico recently fulfilled a personal dream to work in New York City, as a vice president for corporate development and strategic relations with Xceligent based on Madison Avenue.
He graduated New York University with a bachelor’s degree in real estate and finance and was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. He was a member of two different Rotary clubs for more than 25 years, where he served on many committees helping to raise funds for those in need. He was also a trustee of Essex Savings bank.
D’amico is survived by his parents Judith and Armand D’Amico, his wife Betsy and their two children James and Max.
The CCIM foundation has created the Wayne D’Amico Memorial Fund with $10,000 to be used to provide financial assistance for his sons’ college education. To donate visit https:www.ccimef.org/give-now.asp to the donation page and click on the “In Memory/Honor of: Wayne D’Amico, CCIM. Checks can also be addressed to: The CCIM Foundation, 430 N. Michigan Ave. Suite 700, Chicago, Il 60611.