Richard Caliendo, 83, of Hamden passed away peacefully on Friday, November 2, 2012 at Yale-New Haven Hospital. He was the beloved husband of 52 years to Phyllis Vannicola Caliendo.
Born in New Haven on January 13, 1929, he was the son of the late Louis and Madeline Lanzilli Caliendo.
Richard was a talented in well known barber all of his life in the New Haven and Hamden areas and was working until the time of his passing. He was the owner and operator of the former Caliendo's Hair Styling of Hamden.
A sports enthusiast, he was an avid Detroit Tigers fan, having persuaded the rest of his family to be the same. Richard had a wonderful sense of humor. He truly loved people and was always there to lend an open ear or a hand, and people would always love to reciprocate. A loving, forgiving, peacemaking man, he will truly be missed.
He was the loving father of Terry Troisi of East Haven and Gino R. Caliendo of Hamden, and the devoted grandfather of Johnny, Jenna and Anthony Mitrano, and Mikey Troisi. He also was the brother of Gloria Orser of Hamden and the late Eugene, Jerry and Robert Caliendo.
His funeral procession will leave the North Haven Funeral Home, 36 Washington Ave., Wednesday morning at 9:15. A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated in Church of the Ascension at 10 a.m. Interment will follow in All Saints Cemetery. The visiting hours will be Tuesday from 3:30 to 8 p.m.
Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to the Caliendo Grandchildren's Education Fund through the funeral director. www.northhavenfuneral.com