Enrico `Henry' Tumminello, 89, barber

March 18, 2007

Enrico "Henry" Tumminello, a retired barber, died Tuesday of myelodysplastic syndrome at Oak Crest Village in Parkville. The longtime Timonium resident was 89.

Born in Shreveport, La., Mr. Tumminello went to live in Sicily at the age of 4 and as a boy picked up barbering as a trade in the village of Cefalu.

He moved to Baltimore when he was 16, with little in the way of money or English language skills. He worked at various barbershops and lived with relatives.

He married Teresa Muffoletto in 1942. She died in 1998.

In the mid-1940s, Mr. Tumminello opened his own barbershop in Waverly and later operated shops in Parkville and on Erdman Avenue in Baltimore.

From 1970 to 1995, he served clients at Kream of the Krop in Timonium, offering shaves with a straight razor, something he took particular pride in, said his son, Sam Tumminello of White Marsh, his only immediate survivor.

"He was a hands-on barber and a people person," his son said. "I think he loved his work. He was certainly at home there."

Mr. Tumminello retired in 1995 at the age of 77. He enjoyed playing checkers, following international soccer and listening to the great Italian tenors.

Services were held yesterday.

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