Raphael ‘Flash’ Caloia
October 3, 2012
February 4, 1923 – September 29, 2012
Raphael “Flash” Caloia, 89, father of Sherry Caloia (Dr. Jerry Tomasso) and grandfather of Ellie and Kody of Glenwood Springs, passed away from a brief illness on Saturday.
Raphael was born in Old Forge, PA, and moved to Syracuse after his high school graduation. During WW II, he served in the Merchant Marines, where he learned to cook. In 1951, he opened Raphael’s Restaurant, which he operated for over 50 years. Flash was “King of the Hill” on the WSYR Bowling program and in 1977 was inducted into the Syracuse Bowling Hall of Fame. He practiced the organ every day and entertained house guests. Flash was an avid golfer with over 10 holes-in-one to his credit.
Raphael was predeceased by his parents, Libert “Buddy” and Edith (Scalzo) Caloia, and his brothers, Vito, Cookie and Tony Caloia.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, the former Betty Jean Chapman; five daughters, 12 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to Upstate Cancer Center, 750 E. Adams St., Syracuse, NY 13210.