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Attilio Folino, 88, barber revered for his 'time-perfected way of cutting hair'

Oct. 28, 1929 – June 23, 2018

Attilio Folino, of Niagara Falls, a barber who operated a shop in Amherst for many years, died Saturday in Mount St. Mary’s Hospital, Lewiston, after a lengthy illness. He was 88.

Born in Nicastro, in the Calabria region of southern Italy, he was one of nine children. After he emigrated to the U.S. in 1948, he worked for Certo Brothers Distributing and Union Carbide, then was drafted into the Army. He served during the Korean War and attained the rank of staff sergeant.

Following his discharge in 1954, he went on to a 60-year career as a barber. He owned and operated Attilio’s Barber Styling on Millersport Highway in Amherst.

One happy customer wrote on Yelp that Mr. Folino “has a steady hand and a time-perfected way of cutting hair,” adding, “ask Attilio about where to find imported Italian items (especially food items), and he will send you to the forgotten corners of Western New York and Canada.”

Proud of his Italian heritage, Mr. Folino enjoyed cooking for family gatherings and went hunting and fishing with his son, grandsons and friends.

He was a gardener, made wine and soppressata (Italian dry salami), and played bocce ball. He also enjoyed socializing at the Cristoforo Colombo Society.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, the former Carmeline Santoro; a son, Anthony; a daughter, Joanna Piccirillo; a sister, Carmeline Folino; four grandsons and three great-grandsons.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 28, in Holy Family Parish at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 1413 Pine Ave., Niagara Falls.

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