In Loving Memory of
Flavio, the son of Salvatore and Sadie Bisignano, was born February 13, 1927 in Providence, Rhode Island and peacefully passed away in his home on Friday, August 15, 2014 with family by his side in Rolling Hills, California, where he lived most of his life.
As a junior in high school during WWII, Flavio joined the Army to fight for his country, but since the war soon ended, after graduating in 1945, he re-enlisted in the Navy where he served on two Navy vessels before ending his tour of duty in San Pedro. Following in his father's footsteps, Flavio obtained his cosmetology license and within a few years enjoyed success as a "stylist to the stars." The author of 8 cosmetology books, Flavio was known as an innovator, and in addition to his award winning creations, he opened several salons throughout Los Angeles and Orange County. Returning to school and obtaining his teaching credentials, Flavio opened the first and largest privately owned cosmetology school in the Nation. Flavio Torrance Beauty College has been a landmark in the community for almost 60 years was the first of 12 schools training over 100,000 students. Throughout his lifetime he passionately supported the military, and volunteered with the Merchant Marines on 3 separate fact finding missions in Viet Nam. His book and film, Viet Nam, Why? is a journal of his travels as a credentialed reporter and photographer in the rank of Major during one of the most controversial military periods in United States history. Flavio was also a marathon runner, with over 150 marathons including the Boston Marathon, New York Marathon and was a Legacy Runner in the LA Marathon, running every LA Marathon for 26 years straight. Some of his other endeavors include restaurateur and Real Estate Broker.
Flavio is survived by Carrie, his loving wife of 60 years; his five devoted children, Gerard (Angela) Bisignano, Jeannine Bisignano Madsen, Terese Bisignano, Dana Bisignano and Tiana Bisignano (Derek) Capper; his five beautiful grandchildren, Christian Madsen, Jonathan Bisignano, Max Madsen, David Bisignano and Dylan Capper, many other relatives and friends. The Funeral Mass for Mr. Bisignano will be held on Wednesday, August 27th at 11:00 A.M. at St. John Fisher Catholic Church in Rancho Palos Verdes. The interment will be private. Please sign the guest book at www.dailybreeze.com/obits.
Published in Daily Breeze from Aug. 23 to Aug. 24, 2014