Sault mourns the loss of a Community Matriarch

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The Esquire Club's Domenica and Boomer Braido host the 8th Annual Barstool Olympics. Photo by Megan Pounder/SaultOnline

Our community has suffered a tremendous loss

It is with great sadness we share the passing of Domenica Braido.

Dom was part owner of the George Wellington Esquire Club and spearheaded many fundraisers for a variety of local charities in Sault Ste. Marie.

Dom had the most giving heart as she helped raise over $3,000,000.00 for charities including Pauline’s Place, Women in Crisis, Habitat for Humanity, The Soup Kitchen, Twinkie Foundation, ARCH, Sault Area Hospital, Special Olympics, Algoma Autism Society and Group Health Centre and many local athletic sport teams. Many other charities benefited from the weekly Porketta BINGO’s.

Dom was awarded the Business of Professional Women Award in 2019. In her acceptance speech, Dom’s words exemplified her big heart. She said that there is truly no better feeling then presenting charities with donations. To see the thankful look in their eyes is absolutely priceless.

When COVID-19 hit and Superior Media began the #InThisTogether campaign, Dom was the first person to reach out.

In April 2020, I had the pleasure to interview Domenica and her husband Angelo (Boomer) Braido.

Boomer and Domenica were best friends, soulmates and the love of each other lives.

As Dom’s obituary illustrated, they both shared many laughs together and created long lasting memories.

Dom will be remembered by her stepdaughter Maddison Braido. Cherished daughter of Luisa and the late Gabriele Gaudio and daughter-in-law of Brenda and the late Enzo Braido.

Dom meant the world to her sisters Franca (Aldo) Spadafora and Rosanna (Marco) Bernabucci. Adored sister-in-law to the late Chris (Stephany) Braido and Allyson (John) Pulente. Cherished Auntie Me and self-proclaimed mom to Luca and Marcus Spadafora and Gabriele and Lia Bernabucci. Adored Auntie Dom to Maggie, Olivia, Brooke Braido and Martina and Nicole Pulente.

“Dom was an amazing person who shared her passion for life, her love for family, and brought joy to everyone who knew her. in any given moment. She always knew what to say, how to say it.”

Dom had a profound effect to staff here at Superior Media both to SaultOnline and ONNtv. She was extremely supportive and was always readily to jump in and connect with our community. Dom never declined an invitation when approached for a meeting or interview. The time we spent with her was filled with laughter as she had a way to make everyone smile. Dom had all of us in awe with the lengths she would go to help the community.

Domenica Braido (nee Gaudio)

“Mama Bear”, as The Esquire family (employees and members) knew her as, will miss her greatly.

In Domenica’s obituary, Family would like to express their heartfelt gratitude to the physicians and staff of the ICU and the paramedics who did what they could to help Dom. Their outstanding care and compassion will never be forgotten.

Family would also like to thank all those who have reached out, offered prayers of support and the many donations. The generosity has been over whelming.

In lieu of flowers and in keeping with Dom’s request to take care of her “children” an education fund has been set. Donations can be directed to Laidlaw, Paciocco, Dumanski, Spadafora and Johnson, in trust for Luca, Marcus Spadafora and Gabriele, Lia Bernabucci. Online donations can also be made to ARCH.

A celebration of Dom’s life will be set at a later date. Arrangements entrusted to O’Sullivan Funeral Home and Cremation Centre, 215 St. James St, 705-759-8456.


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Colette Linden is a graduate of the three-year Broadcast Journalism and Communications Media program from Mohawk College before heading to McMaster University to obtain her degree in Public Relations. In addition, Colette has a certificate in Writing for Publication and a certificate of Competency in the French Language, . A recent resident of Sault Ste Marie, this Hamilton native gained experience working at TSN, the Ontario Medical Association and spent 14-years with the Ontario Good Roads Association (OGRA) as the Communications Manager. A Mother of two amazing boys, Connor & Dante, Colette is a die-hard sports fan with a passion for government affairs and hopes to one day represent this City on Council. Focusing on Politics, Indigenous Affairs and Local News, Colette also reports the latest in Sports both locally and professionally. Colette joined the Superior Media Team in September of 2019 and is thankful to finish out her career with such a family-oriented and community-oriented team.


  1. A drive by at the Esquire for around 2 pm on Thursday . Safe distancing , which should fill all of 2nd line. Let’s do it. We all are gonna miss Dom (the Boss) or should I say , Domenica Braido, Boomers beloved wife and partner .

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