SOUTH KINGSTON - John Antonio Moretti, age 85, of South Kingstown, R.I., passed away in his home on Wednesday, April 30, 2014. He was a kind and loving father, "Pepa," brother, uncle, and a respected, local business man as the owner of John's Barber Shop (formerly) on Main Street, Wakefield, for nearly 50 years. For many, a trip to John's Barber Shop was a tradition passed on from generation to generation.
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Known for his big heart and welcoming smile, John was a lifetime member of the South Kingstown Elks Lodge, where he volunteered countless hours supporting many of their community and charitable events. He was a veteran of the Korean War, an avid cribbage player always ready to "skunk" any challenger, and once he retired at the age of 72, he would usually be found at the gym working up a sweat on of the machines, moving and shaking in Zumba class, or enjoying a cup of coffee with friends after his daily workout.
John is survived by his two daughters, Lynne Harper and her husband, James; Melissa Smith and her husband, Stephen; and a sister, Rita Moretti, all of South Kingstown. He also leaves four grandchildren, Kevin and Samantha Smith; and John and Ellyn Harper; 12 nieces and nephews; and a host of friends far too many to list.
John was preceded in death by his wife of 46 years, Greta (Wolff) Moretti (deceased March 16, 2006); his father, Antonio Moretti; his mother, Assunta DeFelice; his sister, Lucy (Moretti) Papa; and his brothers, Louis and William Moretti.
A memorial service open to the public, will take place on July 2, 2014 at Christ Church, Broad Street, Westerly. In lieu of flowers, please send donations in memory of John Moretti to the
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Published in The Westerly Sun from May 3 to May 4, 2014