In Loving Memory of Franco Calabria
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of a beloved figure in our community, Franco Calabria, the founder and soul behind Franco of Canberra Hairdressing. Franco left us on September 8, 2023, leaving behind a legacy of beauty, creativity, and unwavering dedication.
Franco was born on August, 1929 in Plati, Italy and immigrated to Australia in pursuit of his dreams. With an innate passion for hairstyling, he established Franco of Canberra Hairdressing in 1956, a salon that would become a pillar of elegance and innovation in our city. For nearly six decades, Franco poured his heart and soul into his craft, transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary with each haircut, colour, and style.
Beyond his remarkable talent as a hairstylist, Franco was a warm and inviting presence. His clients often described their time in his salon as more than just a hair appointment—it was an experience filled with laughter, stories, and genuine friendship. Franco had an unparalleled ability to make everyone feel beautiful, both inside and out.
Franco's commitment to his profession extended beyond his salon doors. He mentored countless young hairstylists, sharing his knowledge and passion for the art. His dedication to excellence inspired those who worked alongside him, leaving an indelible mark on the industry.
Franco was not only an accomplished stylist but also a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He cherished his family above all else and found joy in spending quality time with his loved ones, sharing his love for art, music, and the finer things in life.
Franco's legacy also continues through the talented hairstylists he trained, who carry his vision forward, ensuring that his passion for beauty will endure for generations to come.
Franco Calabria's departure leaves a void in our community that cannot be easily filled. He was a true artist, a beloved friend, and a source of inspiration to all who had the privilege of knowing him. While we mourn his loss, let us also celebrate the remarkable life he lived and the countless lives he touched.
A requiem mass will be held on September 20, 2023, at 1:30 PM at St. Christopher's Cathedral in Manuka, Canberra. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Canberra Hospital Foundation.
Franco, you will be dearly missed, but your spirit will continue to shine through the beauty you brought into our lives. Rest in peace, dear friend.
With love and fond memories,
The Franco of Canberra Hairdressing Family and Community
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