Tributes have been paid to a popular hairdresser from Sudbury who was known for both his hairdressing and pool skills.
Originally from Salerno in Southern Italy, Dominic Iannone, 68, died on April, 30 at West Suffolk Hospital after a short illness.
One of nine children, he first left home to train as a hairdresser in Milan.
Ten years later, at the invitation of a friend from Salerno, Mr Iannone travelled to the UK and joined his friend at his salon ‘Mario’s Hair Fashion’ in Colchester.
While there he met his future wife Lynn.
At the request of his friend Mr Iannone transferred to the Sudbury branch in North Street in 1969, soon becoming a popular stylist in the town.
He opened his own salon in the mid-seventies, originally named ‘Beauty Care’ and later renamed ‘Dominic a Cut Above’.
He frequently entered hairdressing competitions and had considerable success, coming third in the 1977 L’Oréal Colour Trophy in front of 5,000 people at the Royal Albert Hall.
A salon move followed sometime later to Station Road, this time called Toppers, before a final move took him to Gainsbourgh Street, ending his salon career in 2000.
His son Mario Iannone said: “He was a colourful and popular character both in and out of work, somebody who got on with people of all ages with ease.
“Outside of work he was initially a keen darts then pool player. He was always ready to support and encourage others and keenly enjoyed a challenge or competition.”
Dominic leaves four children; Mario, Matthew, Larissa, James and five grandchildren.
His funeral is at 2pm on May 27, at Our Lady and St. John’s Catholic church, The Croft, Sudbury.