We are saddened to report the sudden passing of Fabio Sementilli VP of education for Coty Professional Beauty.

As a hairstylist for more than 25 years, Sementilli was an industry leader with a passion for giving back to the community. He was one of the driving forces behind Wella Professionals’ Hairdressers at Heart program and TrendVision Awards and was known as “Big Daddy” to the many hairstylists who considered him their mentor.

In a Facebook post on January 20, Sementilli credited his sister, Mirella Rota Sementilli as his first professional mentor. “I have been so truly blessed to have been mentored and inspired by the best (too many to mention), worked and created alongside so many talented and passionate hairdressers in the salon, backstage and on stages around the world. I'm far from perfect but along the way I serviced thousands of customers with integrity and made lifelong friends along the way,” he wrote.

The industry will miss his warm and generous spirit.

For his family and friends in Toronto, a visitation will take place the evening of February 2 and during the day February 3 at Fratello Vescio Funeral Home, 8101 Weston Road in Woodbridge, Ont. For hours, please call (905) 850-3332. A funeral mass will be held on Saturday, February 4 at 9:30 a.m. at St. Clare of Assisi Church,150 St. Francis Avenue, Woodbridge, Ont.

For his family and friends near Los Angeles, CA, a viewing service has been arranged for Sunday, January 29, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Gates, Kingsley & Gates Praiswater Mortuary, located at 6909 Canoga Avenue, Canoga Park, CA 91303. For information on directions or parking, please call (818) 348-3354 or visit http://www.gateskingsleygates.com.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked Fabio’s friends to make donations in his name to the following organizations: In Canada, please donate to the Women's Empowerment International Foundation, the Alzheimer’s Society of Canada, or Yellow Brick House. In the United States, please make your donations to the Alzheimer's Association or the Red Cross.

Coty Professional Beauty will be celebrating Fabio’s life and legacy in the coming weeks. More information will be announced at a later date, in time to accommodate any necessary travel arrangements. A college fund will also be established for Fabio’s daughters Gessica and Isabella at a later date.


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