Loss of a Great Man, A Superb Barber,
An Inspiration and A Friend To Many
By Edie Johnson
The world lost a big source of inspiration yesterday with the death of Anthony Mancinelli of New Windsor. Known and recorded in the Guinness Book of Records as the oldest barber (a title which he had held for since he was 96), local people knew him as much more. Still at work helping area people look their best until a few weeks ago, people could not help but stop feeling sorry for their own problems when they heard about and saw him tackling every day with vigor after over a century of accomplishments and trials. Mancinelli participated in more events and parades in any given year than many people have in their lifetime. He came to the United States in 1912 (Warren Harding was President) and worked just about every day since, until about a month ago.
Gracious and kind to everyone, it was a privilege for all who knew him. One of his recent highlights was the Honor Flight trip he made to Washington, D.C. last Spring with other WWII veterans. He remained in extraordinary good health, wearing no glasses and taking no medication until recently.
Anthony Mancinelli was the subject of many Sentinel and Orange County Post stories over the years, and we will not forget him., R.I.P. Mr. Mancinelli
Service and burial details coming as they become available.