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Charles F. Cordone, Buffalo barber and musician

May 21, 1941 – Jan. 5, 2014

Charles Frank Cordone, of Buffalo, a barber and musician who was prominent on the city’s West Side, died Sunday in McAuley Residence, Kenmore, where he been a resident for three years. He was 72.

Born in Buffalo, the son of a barber and musician, he graduated from Grover Cleveland High School before attending barber school. He owned and operated Chuck’s Artistic Barber Shop for about 45 years at Pennsylvania and Plymouth avenues.

A guitarist and singer, he and his band, Chuck Cordone and Friends, were a staple at Buffalo’s annual Italian Heritage Festival. He performed for President Ronald Reagan when he dedicated the Santa Maria Towers on Connecticut Street in 1984.

Mr. Cordone also was featured in three movies filmed in Buffalo – “Hide in Plain Sight,” “The Promised Land” and “Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.” For “Hide in Plain Sight,” he was a musician and cut the hair of many of the cast members, including James Caan.

Featured regularly at Italian Heritage Night at the downtown ballpark, he was honored by the Bisons with their Man of the Year Award. He also received a community service award from the Fargo Estate Neighborhood Association.

He was a longtime parishioner at Holy Angels Catholic Church.

Survivors include his wife of 48 years, the former Betty DiRosa; a son, Louis; three daughters, Lisa Caito, Carla Reyes and Gina; three sisters, Teresa Cretacci, Carmela Abbatoy and Rose Mariani; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Thursday in Holy Angels Church, 348 Porter Ave.

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