Farewell to Frank

Frank ‘The Barber’ Palermo. (Provided)

The family of Frank ‘The Barber’ Palermo are inviting anyone who was touched by his life in Melton to gather outside his old barber shop on Friday, November 10 for a final chance to say goodbye.

About 50 years ago Mr Palermo opened his barbershop on Exford road, one of the first in the municipality.

His daughter Anna Ortika said he made many great friends during the time he lived and worked in Melton.

“I always remember him standing outside the corner of his shop – he loved that corner,” she said.

Although the barber shop closed in 2014, and Mr Palermo moved out of Melton in 2018, Ms Ortika said her father never stopped talking about how much he loved the place.

“He would always ask his children to drive him to Melton so he could spend time walking around, chatting with his friends and people he knew,” she said.

“Thank you to the Melton community for the friendship and cherished memories you gave my dad over the years.”

Mr Palermo passed away on October 29. His funeral will take place on Friday, November 10, and at 8.15am the procession will pass by Mr Palermo’s old barber shop.

Ms Ortika said the family is inviting the community to gather at 1 Exford Road and wave goodbye.

“We will be laying Dad to rest and he will be passing by the shop one last time. Anyone who would like to join us and wave him farewell is warmly welcomed,” she said.

By Liam McNally