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When Domenic Parisi was 12 and had already spent six years apprenticed to a blacksmith in southern Sicily, he and his household had been making ready to hitch his father, who had lately immigrated to Hackensack, N.J. Once there, Domenic was anticipated to assist assist his seven siblings.
Then got here some unsettling information. His father, in his first letter dwelling from America, lamented that his son’s coaching as a farrier was for naught.
“There are no horses in Hackensack,” he wrote. “Tell Domenic to become a barber.”
“So for next two years I learned how to be a barber,” Mr. Parisi advised Northwest Bergen Lifestyle journal final 12 months.
He discovered work within the United States immediately, and finally, in 1970, he and Pietro Maugeri opened Domenic & Pietro’s Barber Studio on Maple Avenue in Ho-Ho-Kus, N.J. The store emerged as a neighborhood establishment and reworked Mr. Parisi into an area movie star when he grew to become Richard M. Nixon’s barber, slicing the previous president’s hair twice a month for the final 9 years of his life.
Mr. Parisi died on Oct. 2 at a Hackensack hospital. He was 76. His son Joseph stated the trigger was issues of the coronavirus.
Nixon grew to become a gradual buyer round 1985, after he moved from California to New Jersey — first to Saddle River after which to Park Ridge.
Mr. Parisi slept fitfully the evening earlier than the previous president’s first appointment. At 7:30 a.m., as an alternative of a motorcade, a modest gold-colored sedan pulled up. The sole passenger was handed a $10 invoice by the driving force and received out of the automobile to have his hair minimize.
In subsequent visits, Nixon would cheerfully signal autographs for different prospects and passers-by. He and Mr. Parisi palavered about sports activities and household, however by no means about politics,
“Whenever I knew he was coming in, I would always make sure I read the paper to memorize what happened in last night’s Giants or Yankees game,” Mr. Parisi stated.
“He was like everybody else,” Mr. Parisi advised The Record of Bergen County, N.J., in 1995. “Of course, I knew him at a different time, when he was more relaxed.”
Domenic Parisi was born on Oct. 27, 1943, in Santa Croce Camerina, a small city close to Ragusa, to Joseph and Rosaria (Caratello) Parisi.
He arrived within the United States within the mid-Fifties and, already educated to chop hair, was employed by an area barber though he was simply 14. (“He said the inspector only comes in the mornings,” he recalled, “so I could start right away working after school.”)
He began full time at 16. When he was 20 he married Linda Patrucco. Along along with his son Joseph, she survives him, as do two different kids, Paul Parisi and Jennifer Poole; 4 grandchildren; and three siblings, Joseph, Tina and Maryann. Another daughter, Rosa Parisi, died in 2000.
Mr. Parisi was working in one other barber store when Mr. Maugeri stopped by to use for a job. They grew to become quick associates and opened Domenic & Pietro’s. Mr. Maugeri died in 2004.
“I’ve been here almost 50 years and never had to work a day in my life because I love my job,” Mr. Parisi stated final 12 months. He labored till he grew to become in poor health.
“People would ask him when he was going to retire,” stated his son Joseph, who labored alongside his father within the barber store since 1986. “He would say, ‘Maybe I’ll wait until Joseph retires and then we can retire together.’”
Joseph Parisi stated this week that he nonetheless hopes to work there for an additional 10 years or so — although now, for the primary time, he appears like he’s on his personal.