Tony "The Barber" Santoro, 76, of Kensington, CT. died unexpectedly Sunday February 8, 2015 at the Hospital of Central CT at New Britain General. Tony was born in Palazzolo Acreide, Province of Siracusa, Sicily, Italy and was the son of the late Paul and Matilda (Guido) Santoro. Tony was the owner/operator of Tony's Barber Salon, Broad St., New Britain for fifty-four years and was known as "the man with the golden hands". He was very generous and would help anyone in need. Tony loved the beach, going to St. Thomas and Narragansett with his family and enjoyed his espresso and playing cards at the Generale Ameglio Club where he was a member for several years. He enjoyed attending his grandchildren's sporting events and also was very fond of the Boston Red Sox. Tony is survived by his three beloved sons and two daughters. Paul Santoro and his wife Michele of Colchester, Ricky Santoro and his wife Debbie of Berlin and Anthony Santoro, Jr. and his wife Angie of Kensington, Matilda Prior and her husband Paul of Berlin, and Nella S. Pskowski and her husband Brian of Berlin, his brother Cosimo Santoro of Sicily, Italy, his two sisters-in-law Maria Santoro and Tommasina Santoro both of Berlin, ten grandchildren who were his pride and joy, Lauren, Megan, Sarah, Nicole, Amanda, Paulie, Christopher, Lilly, Matthew and Gabriella, several nieces and nephews whom he adored and treated like his own and a brother-in-law and sister-in-law in Sicily. Tony was predeceased by his beloved wife Carmela Santoro and his brother Paolo Santoro, his father-in-law and mother-in-law Vincenzo and Sebastiana Santoro, two brothers-in-law Giuseppe and Rafaelle Santoro and sister-in-law Salvatrice Fazzino. Tony was admired, adored and respected by all those who knew him. He always entered the room with a big smile on his face and had an infectious sense of humor. It was a true honor to be his friend or acquaintance. Tony will be missed dearly by his loving family, friends and clients from his barbershop. Funeral Rites for Tony will be held Friday February 13, 2015 at 8:30a.m. with the procession departing at 9a.m. from the Paul A. Shaker Funeral Home, 764 Farmington Ave, New Britain, CT. followed by a Liturgy of Christian Burial at 10a.m. at St. Ann Church, 101 North St., New Britain, CT. Committal Service and final resting place will be in St. Mary Cemetery, 1141 Stanley St., New Britain, CT. Relatives and friends may call at the Paul A. Shaker Funeral Home Thursday from 4-8p.m. Directions to funeral home - I-84 east or west - Exit 37 (Fienemann Rd) right off exit - one mile down on right. To extend condolences to the Santoro family or to share a memory of Tony "The Barber" please visit shakerfuneralhome.com
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Published by Hartford Courant on Feb. 11, 2015.