Nov. 7, 1934 — April 9, 2013

Joseph DiGiacomo, a retired barber and former pizzeria owner, died Tuesday at his home in Cheektowaga. He was 78.

Born in Siculiana, Sicily, Mr. DiGiacomo moved to the United States when he was 17 years old to join his father and an uncle, both of whom had emigrated earlier.

Mr. DiGiacomo was employed in the construction industry, then at the Bethlehem Steel plant and the Chevrolet plant in the Town of Tonawanda, before he obtained his barber’s license.

Shortly thereafter, he began working as a barber in Orchard Park and in 1959 opened his own business, the Airport Plaza Barber Shop in Cheektowaga.

Mr. DiGiacomo moved the barber shop to George Urban Boulevard in 1985 and then he opened Giaco’s Pizza. He retired in 2004.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, the former Maria Occhiuto; three sons, Peter, Thomas J. and Joseph Jr.; two daughters, Josephine Mazurek and Maria Lagana; two brothers, Luigi and Jerry; and a sister, Josephina Vella.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in Infant of Prague Catholic Church, 921 Cleveland Drive, Cheektowaga.