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Paul P. Indelicato, known as ‘The Traveling Barber’

July 7, 1939 – Aug. 31, 2016

Paul P. Indelicato, of Buffalo, The Traveling Barber, died unexpectedly Aug. 31 in Elderwood Assisted Living at Tonawanda, Town of Tonawanda. He was 77.

Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Bishop Fallon High School and Robert’s Barber School. He also served in the Army.

A master barber, Mr. Indelicato opened a shop in 1964 at 57 Elmwood Ave. in Buffalo’s Allentown neighborhood and was designated by Erie County to cut hair for hospital patients and the homebound. He retired in May.

He also was a real estate agent for Century 21 Balesteri Agency on Hertel Avenue.

An avid bicycle rider, he took part in many races. He was a founder and former president of the West Side Bicycle Group.

He helped found the annual Ride for Roswell to assist Roswell Park Cancer Institute, where his mother had been a patient. He also helped establish the Riverwalk.

A member of the Forest District Civic Association since 1990, he served as its president.

Outspoken on politics, he ran unsuccessfully for the State Assembly in 1990 as a Republican, opposing William B. Hoyt.

He was active with the Citizens Residential Advisory Committee, a now-discontinued Buffalo State College program in which business people assured the quality of off-campus student housing.

A member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus, at one time he considered becoming a priest.

He also sang with the Buffalo Choral Arts Society and enjoyed the First Friday Club.

A Scrabble enthusiast, he was a master of rare, high-point words. He enjoyed dressing up as Santa Claus and donning Halloween masks.

Survivors include three daughters, Julia Gatto, Jessica Plarr and Christina Love; a brother, John; a sister, Constance Korompay; and three grandchildren.

Services were held Sept. 6 in Lombardo Funeral Home, 885 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst.

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