Rosario R. Caccamisi, 65, hair stylist, auto enthusiast

June 30, 2004

Rosario Russell Caccamisi, a hair stylist and vintage auto enthusiast, died of a brain hemorrhage Friday at University of Maryland Medical Center. The Owings Mills resident was 65.

Mr. Caccamisi was born in Cefalu, Italy, and immigrated with his family to Baltimore's Pimlico section in 1948. He was a graduate of Calvert Hall College High School and studied hair styling at what is now Avara's Academy of Hair Design and Technology.

At his death, Mr. Caccamisi owned Hair by Rosario in the Pikesville Hilton and the Chartley Shopping Center in Reisterstown. Earlier, he had owned and operated Rosario Total Hair Care in Randallstown for 40 years.

He was a collector and restorer of antique autos, with a collection that included a 1929 Model-A Ford, a red 1967 Triumph TR-7, a 1968 Mercury convertible, and a 1966 Alfa Romeo. He often drove the cars in area parades, family members said.

Mr. Caccamisi served in the Maryland National Guard for 20 years, holding the rank of staff sergeant at his 1994 discharge. He also was a familiar presence at the St. Jude Shrine on North Paca Street as an usher at its Sunday Mass.

He was a communicant of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, 915 Liberty Road, Eldersburg, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. today.

Mr. Caccamisi is survived by his wife of 40 years, the former Antoinette Agro; two sons, Rosario Russell Caccamisi Jr. of Eldersburg and Michael J. Caccamisi of Owings Mills; a daughter, Eva Caccamisi of Westminster; his father, Giuseppi Caccamisi of Owings Mills; a brother, Philip Caccamisi of Randallstown; and two grandsons.

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