Electrician Anna Procaccini, a specialist in old houses, was born into a world of men

Photo of Anna Procaccini by Desiree Espada

Electrician Anna Procaccini, whose company rewired old homes and commercial businesses in our neighborhood for decades, has died. She was 66 years old.

Procaccini was diagnosed with cancer in 2020 and died on August 11.

“That last round of chemo was really hard on her, and she never really got over it,” Procaccini’s husband Chester Dow said.

Both Procaccini and Dow grew up in Oak Cliff and were married for 44 years.

Her father was a tailor who worked in their home in Kessler Park, and her parents repaired old houses on the sidelines. Anna started working for this company as a teenager, says Dow.

This is how she fell in love with electricity.

“I love electrical work,” she said Lawyer Oak Cliff in 2014. “It’s so dangerous.”

Dow was working for the city of Dallas when he first met Procaccini at a mutual friend’s house, and he encouraged her to apply for a job in the city as well. A woman electrician in the 1970s was not well received by her colleagues.

She was harassed, fogged and groped, but she reversed this disadvantage.

“She paid her dues and she put up with a lot of things that women wouldn’t think of putting up with these days,” he says.

“It was shameful the way they treated her, but she’s tough. She held on and that says a lot about her. She was not a quitter.

A specialty in old houses distinguished her small business, and she had a heart for historic architecture, Dow says. She discouraged customers from ripping out meaningful details, he says.

“She would try to convince people to stay original if possible,” he says.

A resource of electrical know-how in our neighborhood has been lost, says Bart Thrasher, a Winnetka Heights resident who is the Turner House board member in charge of maintenance.

She explained the electrical work, installed, repaired and replaced over many decades, at the 110-year-old Turner House, he says.

“She was such a treasure, and she is already greatly missed in Oak Cliff,” Thrasher says.

Procaccini and Dow lived in the LO Daniel neighborhood adjacent to Winnetka for 31 years.

Our neighborhood simply wouldn’t be the same without Anna’s electric 1972 Ford Ranger.

Photo by Desiree Espada

Procaccini kept his business open until last June when it was all liquidated, Dow says.

“I hope she will be remembered as a caring, kind person who went out of her way to help people,” he says. “She was smartt and opinionated. She could see things that others didn’t notice.

A commemoration was held recently at Mom’s Daughters Dinnerwhose owner is the former sister-in-law of Procaccini.

Besides her husband, Procaccini is survived by two children, Chester and Nicholas; one brother, Tony; and two sisters, Francine and Caroline.

Procaccini also left Dallas a parting gift. She has written seven blog posts on the Anna’s electricity website about his experiences working as a an electrician in Dallas at the time.

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