George Vultaggio, 95 passed into eternal rest March 18, 2018, surrounded by his family. He was beloved husband to Anna, loving Papa to George (Kristine) Vultaggio, Julie Anne (Andrew) Wasko and precious Nonno to Nicholas and Vincent Vultaggio, Andrew, Joseph and Emilianna Wasko. Papa was reunited with his infant twin daughters Mary and Frances, parents Prospero and Vincenza Vultaggio, in-laws Frank and Antonia Carro, brothers, Paolo, Bartolomeo, Domenico, Francesco and sister Lina, Uncle and Aunt Frank and Mary Vultaggio, brothers-in-law, Pasquale Arcodia, Gaetano Franchina, Paco Chouza, sister-in-law Mary Franchina, Carmen Vultaggio, Martha Vultaggio, niece Christina A. Mapes, nephew Robert J. Carro. Additional surviving family includes sisters Palmina and Maria, sister-in-law Rose Christine Arcodia, brother and sister-in-law Frank and Angela Carro. Special cousins George and Katie Vultaggio, nephews Thomas Franchina, Frank (Linda) Carro and nieces Amalia (Ignazio) Cangemi, Teresa Arcodia (David), Annette Murphy, several great nieces and nephews along with many nephews and nieces in Argentina, as well as several first cousins in the U.S. Papa was born in the beautiful town of Castellammare del Golfo, Italy which he adored. He grew up in Libya Africa from about age 7 to 17 years old which he always had fond memories of. He served in the Italian Army during WWII and later moved to Buenos Aires, Argentina, after the war with his entire family. Papa arrived in the United States in 1955 and met the love of his life Anna in 1957. They were married in 1958. Papa was the proprietor of George’s Barbershop for over 50 years in various locations in Johnson City. His barbershop was not only a place to get your haircut but also served as a meeting place to discuss world events, politics, history and gardening. All while listening to opera music in the background. Papa was an avid reader, especially subjects about history and geography. A great conversationalist, who was able to discuss any topic at length. Papa loved walking to work every day and riding his bicycle. He was a huge fan of soccer and Formula I racing. Papa enjoyed playing his violin, gardening and traveling the world. He also loved his daily Manhattan cocktail and wine with dinner. Papa enjoyed the most delicious meals that Mom would prepare every night. Papa and Mom shared a wonderful 59 years of love together. The time Papa spent with family is what he cherished the most and what we will always love as well. His tremendous sense of humor sustained us throughout our lives. You will always be with us Papa and Nonno . "Riposare In Pace.” The family would like to thank their home caregivers as well as the staff at Willow Point Nursing Home, second floor South Side A for their patience and care.
The family will receive friends on Wednesday March 28 from 9:30am until 10:30am at St. James Church, 131 Main St., Johnson City. A Funeral Mass will follow at 10:30am with entombment in Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in George’s memory can be made to the charity of one’s choice. Online condolences can be left for the family at www.jfricefuneralhome.com.