It is with deep sadness that the Mascolo family announces the devastating news that Guy Mascolo passed away May 6th, 2009 after suffering a massive heart attack at his home in Dallas.
Services will be held in Dallas on Saturday, May 9, 2009 at 2:00 PM at Sparkman Hillcrest Funeral Home, 7405 W. Northwest Highway, Dallas, TX 75225. For service information please call 214-363-5401. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to the American Heart Association. Click here to donate in his name.
As a tribute, TONI&GUY salons and academies around the globe will observe a moment of silence followed by a balloon release this Friday at 12:00pm CST. Participants are encouraged to share their experiences as well as stories and memories on the Remembering Guy Mascolo forum.
Guy, together with his brother Toni, was the founder of TONI&GUY. The globally renowned hairdressing company was launched in Clapham in South London in 1963 when the brothers were still in their late teens. The sons of Francesco and Maria Mascolo, the brothers learned their hairdressing skills from their father, himself a respected hairdresser.
In the mid-1950s the family immigrated to the UK from their home in Scafati, a small town situated a few miles from Pompeii in the Campania region of Southern Italy. Guy (whose birth name was Gaetano) and Toni (whose name is actually Giuseppe) were the eldest of 5 sons. Bruno and Anthony Mascolo subsequently joined their brothers in the business while the fifth brother, Andrea, joined the American arm of the family business during the 1980s where he continues to work.
The Mascolo brothers had tremendous vision and energy, and their particular skill of dressing hair, created with the amazing flair that is so typically Italian, was an attractive option to the geometric hairstyles of the late 1960s. By the mid-70s the brothers had opened their first salon in central London on Davies Street, Mayfair, and were receiving coverage in glossy magazines. At the same time they started participating in hairdressing shows that took them all over the world. During the late 70s and early 80s TONI&GUY opened further salons in Covent Garden and Sloane Square and also opened their first hairdressing academy in central London. They also launched their own product line: TIGI.
In 1983, Guy and Bruno Mascolo moved to Dallas where they opened salons in the fast expanding shopping mall business and also started to grow their professional product line. Toni and Anthony Mascolo remained in the UK and were later joined by Toni's daughter Sacha.
Eight years ago Toni, Guy, Bruno and Anthony Mascolo demerged their business. Toni Mascolo and his children Sacha and Christian retained ownership of the TONI&GUY operation worldwide (excluding the US) while Guy, Bruno and Anthony Mascolo took global ownership of TIGI and TONI&GUY USA, of which Guy was Chairman.
Guy Mascolo was highly respected in the world of hairdressing. A tremendously popular and generous character, he was loved by everyone who met him and had an enormous amount of compassion - a quality the Italians describe as 'simpatico.' He was a huge family man, and is survived by wife Flora, sons Guy Junior and Zak (who is the Creative Director of TONI&GUY New York) and daughters Emanuella and Zara.
Guy was a keen sportsman with a passion for soccer. He was also a talented musician. Guy was a brilliant guitarist who over the years both wrote and produced music for himself and others. He was also a very good artist, and often sold his paintings to raise money for charities. Another of his many talents was cooking. Anyone who was fortunate enough to sample Guy's 'Sugo Napoletano' would agree it was the best they had ever tasted.
With such a passion for life, it is a cruel fate that Guy has been taken from us, at a point in his life when he had so much to live for and enjoy.
But most of all Guy Mascolo was known by all as a beautiful man and that is how he will be remembered.
Guy Mascolo 2/29/44 - 05/06/09
Reposted from Toni and Guy 05/07/09