PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz. - Anthony R. DelGarbino, 82, passed away peacefully at home Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, with his son, Robert, by his side.
Anthony was a beloved father, grandfather, brother, uncle and a wonderful friend.
He is survived by his son, Robert (Julie) DelGarbino; stepdaughter, Fay Morris; stepson, Charles Brown; grandson, Maximus DelGarbino; brothers, Guido (Rosemary) DelGarbino, Ronaldo (Janice) DelGarbino and David DelGarbino; sister, Faye Ditosti; along with 20 nieces and nephews.
Born in Warren, Anthony was the second oldest of five children to Weiter and Mary Liberatore DelGarbino.
He attended St. Mary's High School, where he lettered in football and played many other sports. He enjoyed music, played the drums, and was a bandleader during his young adult years, playing swing, jazz and big band style music.
Anthony proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War as a ship's serviceman seaman on the USS Sarasota. He received the National Defense medal, Navy Occupation Service medal and Good Conduct medal.
While serving in the Navy, Anthony was an apprentice as a barber, and from there his new career took off. After the Navy, Anthony opened his first barber shop in Cleveland. He would continue being a barber for the next 59 years, traveling from Ohio to Florida and finally Arizona.
Even though Anthony retired at age 65, he gladly continued to cut hair for friends and family. Anthony was a unique man; he lived by his own rules, always loving and caring for those around him.
In lieu of flowers, donation will be accepted online for the Disabled American Veterans at www.dav.org.
A graveside service will be held 2:30 p.m. Monday in the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 N. Cave Creek Road, Phoenix, AZ 85024.
Arrangements were handled by Messinger Mortuaries.