James “Jimmy the Barber” Arrigo, 96, of North Syracuse peacefully made his final flight to the Heavens on Monday, July 27, 2020 surrounded by his family that adored him. He was born in Syracuse, NY on February 27, 1924 to Francesco and Teresa Arrigo and lived on the North Side of the city along with his brothers, Mark, Peter, Nick, Anthony and sister, Anne Testa. He was a brave WWII Veteran. After graduating from North High, he enlisted in the US Army Air Force at 18 years of age to train and serve as a bombardier. He was stationed in the Tinian Islands in the Pacific and completed 35 bombing missions over Japan. His tour of duty ended two days before the 1st Atomic Bomb was deployed. His plane, the Nip Clipper, commandeered by a Green Crew, was shot down and lost at sea. His many, very humbling stories of the time spent in the service always left him with the respectful memories of the comrades that never came home.
He married the love of his life, Mary Ann Cali, on April 7, 1947 in St Rose of Lima Church. They lived a beautiful life in a home they built with their own hands and the help of family and friends in 1950 in North Syracuse. They collected the rocks from the foundation soil and he built a beautiful and still remarkable Shrine in the back yard in honor of the Blessed Mother Mary and his bride, Mary.
He was the owner/operator of “Jimmy’s Barber Shop” in the village of N. Syracuse area for more than 50 years. He was well loved for his upbeat conversations and stories that could engage people of all age groups! He was a respected Community member of the Rotary Club and served as an elected Town of Clay Councilman in the 1960’s where he was very influential in the planning stages of what is now known as the Radisson Community. He was an avid golfer and especially proud of his 4- Holes in One over the years.
Jimmy retired from barbering at age 82 to care for his wife Mary’s medical needs. He devoted his whole life to be there with her until she passed in January of 2011 after 63 years of marriage. During his final days, he told us he couldn’t wait to see her again…Their love was truly beyond eternal.
Jimmy is survived by his son, Frank Arrigo (Linda) of Cape Coral, Florida, daughter Mary Anne (Rika) Muratore (Gary) of Baldwinsville, grandson and devoted, loving caretaker for the last 7 years at home, Jason Muratore; granddaughters, Sheena Tyszka (Matthew), Meghan Henneberry (Brian) and Jason Foley along with great grandchildren, Mason James, Arlana and Chloe.
Arrangements and services will be private under the guidance of New Comer Cremations & Funerals but an Amazing Celebration of the “Incredible Life of Jimmy the Barber” will be held at a later date to be determined.
The family would like to acknowledge the amazing 9 years of care for our Father at the Syracuse VA Medical Center by Dr. Sandhu and the Team Red Staff. He was always treated with the utmost respect and the medical treatments he received truly kept our 96 year old WWII HERO in the best possible health! We also want to thank Hospice of Central NY for stepping in during a very stressful time and guiding the way for us to be able to keep Dad at home during his final days. We greatly appreciate their compassionate and loving care every single day and night.
In memory of our Dad, please consider donations to Hospice of CNY, 990 7th North St, Liverpool NY 13088