April 20, 1931 – Jan. 16, 2016
Anthony P. Furnari, a retired South Buffalo barber, died of cancer Saturday in his home in West Seneca. He was 84.
Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of South Park High School. He later served as a specialist with the Army in the Panama Canal Zone.
Mr. Furnari worked as a barber until he retired in 2011. He and his father, Fred, were featured in a 1989 Buffalo News article about the challenges neighborhood barbers faced. By that time, Mr. Furnari had been working as a barber for nearly 32 years, having learned the trade from his father.
“When I was growing up, I wanted no part of this business,” he said at the time. “I was working at the steel plant, but Pop told me I’d be better off cutting hair. So here I am.”
For nine years, Mr. Furnari was president of the St. Leo’s Young at Heart Club. He was also involved in management of the Cazenovia youth baseball league, and was a district leader with the Boy Scouts of America.
Mr. Furnari is survived by his wife of 60 years, the former Sharon Dodge; a son, Anthony II; two daughters, Marina Curtin and Dyana Jentsch; and a sister, Angelene Nicosia.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Our Lady of Charity Parish, 65 Ridgewood Road.