Arthur Visconti

Art Visconti was born on November 23, 1926, and passed away on March 30, 2020, from pulmonary complications in Fontana, CA. Born and raised in Colton, CA, he enlisted in the Merchant Marines during WW2 and served on a transport ship for Japanese prisoners at Iwo Jima. Shortly thereafter, Art was in the Battle of Okinawa on a munitions’ supply ship, narrowly surviving the Kamikaze attacks on our U.S. Naval Fleet. After the war, he enlisted in the Navy and was a part of the occupation forces in Japan. In 1948, Art got his state barbering license in Los Angeles, where he first cut hair at the Ambassador Hotel. He later opened his own shop in Fontana in 1955, where he became a beloved community fixture–known by practically everyone as Art the Barber. He was most proud of his involvement in Fontana youth baseball for eight years, where he won the city championship for Pony League in 1967. Art was predeceased by his loving wife, Jean Palmer Visconti, in 1996. He continued to live at the Royal Carriage Estates in Redlands until his passing, where he cultivated many great friendships over past years. As everyone knew, Art was a true-blue, loyal Dodger fan and possessed the most extraordinary, encyclopedic knowledge and love for the sport of boxing. A loving, generous and devoted husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, Art is survived by his son, Larry Visconti of San Diego; a daughter, Lorraine Castagna and her husband (Jerry) of Murrieta; and daughter, Linda Machado of Wildomar; seven grandchildren; and twelve great grandchildren.

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