While The Rolling Stones played in the background, Gina peacefully passed surrounded by her daughters Tiffany and Jennifer Belardino and family friend, Dr. William Valenti.
Gina loved life, she lived each day to the fullest. Gina had a deep understanding of what is truly important - her family, her friends, nature, animals and the arts.
She loved sitting on her porch, relaxing, watching birds, fox, chipmunks and dreaming of deer resistant plants.
Gina created a thriving business in our community. She opened "The South Wedge Barber Shop" 33 years ago. The barber shop is a welcoming space, a space that is eclectic and funky. It is a place where people come to relax, where they can bring their dogs, check in on the resident tortoise and of course leave feeling great after a fantastic haircut. Gina loved her customers and built many life long friendships. She used her business to support equal rights.
Her great passion was walking beaches from Costa Rica to Cape Cod... Picking up litter, collecting beach glass, rocks and driftwood. For Gina, every rock and piece of driftwood was natures beauty to be displayed and admired like a Picasso painting.
She was a true individual from her tattoos to her purple hair which was often seen blowing in the wind while she was driving her convertible with one of her loyal companion rescue dogs riding shotgun.
Gina was a devoted mother and loyal friend. Her willingness to love and her nonjudgmental attitude has inspired us all. Her free spirit will be fondly remembered and greatly missed.
"A smile relieves a heart that grieves" - Jagger/Richards
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Pet Adoption Network, 4261 Culver Rd, Roch. NY 14622 or Trillium Health, 259 Monroe Ave. Suite 100, Roch NY 14607.
A celebration of Gina's life will be held Sunday, June 9th, from 1:00-4:00 pm at the Harris Family Center, 560 Kings Highway So., (located behind the funeral home). To share a memory or send the family a condolence, please visit www.harrisfuneralhome.com.