John E. Calabria, 63, lifelong resident of Mattydale, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, April 7th with his family by his side. Born to the late Edward and Angeline (Garafalo) Calabria, he was a 1975 graduate of North Syracuse High School. John earned his teaching certification for hairdressing in Rochester.
John worked as a hairdresser for his whole career and owned and operated several salons in the Syracuse and Mattydale areas including Girl Talk, the Plaza Salon at the Hotel at Hotel Syracuse, John Edwards, Hair Studio 1000 and JEC Hair Care. He also performed hair styling and makeup for the Landmark Theatre and the Syracuse Opera. John was a member of the Local 9-IATSE Union for the Performing Arts. He taught styling at the Contemporary Beauty School during the 1990’s. John also worked as a platform artist for several beauty companies including Sebastian & Kenra.
John is survived by his wife of 14 years, the former Mary Christian; three daughters who he doted on, Anna, Catie, and Emma Calabria, all of Liverpool; brother and sister-in-law, Otto and Linda Calabria of Mattydale; eight grandchildren: Adriana, Angelina, Matthew, Michael, Dante, Isaiah, Analiyah, and Soroiya, and by several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call on Friday from 4:00 -7:00 pm at Krueger Funeral Home, 2619 Brewerton Rd., Mattydale. A Funeral Service will begin at 6:00 pm during calling hours and will be live streamed on our Facebook page.