A Memorial Mass for Louis Robert Riccio, 88, will be celebrated on Wednesday, March 31, 2010 at 9 AM in the Church of Saint Patrick, 212 Main Street on Route 20, Watertown.
Mr. Riccio was born in East Boston and grew up in Allston and Watertown. He attended Brighton High School and graduated from Watertown High School. He would later further his education and professional career by graduating from Wilfred Academy in Boston, M. Louis Institute of Hair Design in New York City and the William Morris Institute in London, England.
During World War II he served in the United States Army and was station overseas in the Rhineland Central Europe theatres and was wounded in action in France in March 1945. He was awarded the Purple Heart Medal and the European African Middle Eastern Theatre Campaign Ribbon.
Professionally known as Robert, he was a founder, designer and teacher at the Robert and Richard Beauty Academy with locations in Waltham, Belmont and Brookline. He retired when he was 62 years old. During his career, he had also spent some time as a hair designer in the motion picture and theatre industries. Some of the productions that he worked on were “Three Sovereigns for Sarah”, “Concealed Enemies” and the HBO production of the “Coconut Grove Fire”.
Mr. Riccio was also a stylist for the Boston Chapter of the Massachusetts Hairdressers Association and a platform stylist for the Clairol Company. A resident of East Boston for several years,he died at the Chelsea Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center on Tuesday, March 23, 2010.
He was the devoted son of the late Frank and Augusta (Caccavaro) Riccio; dear brother of Lucy Sansone of Plymouth, Edward Riccio of Swampscott, Adeline “Lee” Hartman of So. Weymouth, and the late Orlando Riccio, Silvio Riccio, Anthony Riccio and Rose Doria. He was also loved by his many nieces and nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.
Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend his Memorial Mass on Wed., March 31, at 9 AM in the Church of St. Patrick, 212 Main St., Rte. 20, Watertown.
Due to the season of Lent and Holy Week, flowers at church are not encouraged, contributions made to the N.E. England Shelter for Homeless Veterans, Dept. V, 17 Court St., Boston, MA 02108 or East Boston Elder Services Plan, 10 Gove St., East Boston, MA 02128, attn: Aimee Kindorf would be appreciated.
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