Seniority/Hair stylist grateful for family, business
Editor's note: This is one in an occasional series of chats with local seniors about their lives, youthful aspirations, sources of pride and regret, plus a bit of wisdom to share with younger folks.
Tony Sirico, 69, sculptor of women's crowning glories, has been snipping to acclaim at Greg & Tony Hair Salon for 32 years. Though women are alleged to divulge their secrets to hair-dressers, Sirico played dead about that during a Westport News Seniority interview when he was asked to share a few customer secrets stored between his ears. Secrets are secret, he gestured, pressing a forefinger against his pursed lips.
But he divulged a personal secret that had a romantic twist. He still owns and drives the dark green MG he proposed marriage to Katheryn in. They've been coupled 43 years. She is business manager of Greg and Tony's.
September, their vivacious and talented daughter, is being groomed to run the family business.
Q: How long have you lived in Westport?
A: 30 years.
Q: Are you married?
A: To Katheryn for 43 years.
A: Daughter September.
Q: Are you retired?
Q: What do you do?
A: Hair stylist and cosmetologist for 32 years. Owner of Greg & Tony Hair Salon in Westport.
Q: What did you want to be when you grew up?
A: I'm still deciding that.
Q: What was a significant memory or defining moment in your childhood?
A: I always noticed the finer and beautiful things in life. I am a visual person and aware of nature. Happy to be outdoors, in woods or at the seashore.
Q: What are your main hobbies and interests?
A: Gardening. I have a greenhouse. Classic cars. I have four.
Q: Do you have a favorite work of art?
A: All of nature. It's art without a frame.
Q: What music do you listen to?
Q: Do you have a favorite movie?
A: "The African Queen" with Katie Hepburn.
Q: Do you have a favorite actor or actress?
Q: What TV show do you watch regularly?
A: The History Channel.
Q: Who do you think was the best President of the United States?
A: Franklin Delano Roosevelt. He got the country though the Great Depression, the hardest time. And then he got us through World War 11.
Q: If you could tell President Obama one thing, what would that be?
A: I am very disappointed. Why can't you get the economy fixed and why can't you control Congress?
Q: What is your biggest guilty pleasure?
A: Having what I have.
Q: What is your biggest pet peeve?
A: People complaining and not doing anything about it.
Q: What achievements of yours are you most proud of?
A: My family, my business.
Q: What, if anything, are you greatly concerned about?
A: We're destroying ourselves by greed.
Q: Best piece of advice for the younger generation?
A: Select a business or profession you can enjoy and are passionate about. You'll be doing it a long time.
Q: What are you looking forward to?