Small ser­vice held for Musi­tano

Fu­neral for mur­dered one-time mob­ster un­like other Mafia cer­e­monies

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The Musi­tano fam­ily has qui­etly said good­bye to An­gelo.

In a pri­vate, small ser­vice at the Friscolanti Fu­neral Chapel, An­gelo Musi­tano was put to rest Fri­day, just two days shy of his 40th birth­day.

There was no pub­lic an­nounce­ment. No throngs of me­dia. No mas­sive crowds of mourners.

None of the spec­ta­cle that one might ex­pect when the youngest son of a no­to­ri­ous mob fam­ily is bru­tally killed by what seems to be gang­land gun­fire in his own drive­way.

But then again, Ang (as he was al­ways known) had been liv­ing a quiet life. Po­lice have said they’d had no contact with him for years. Most of his neigh­bours on his lovely Wa­ter­down street had no idea who he was or what was in his past.

They didn’t know that he and his old­est sib­ling, Pat, had gone to prison after be­ing im­pli­cated in the vi­o­lent and brazen hit that took out Hamil­ton Mafia don Johnny Pa­palia and his lieu­tenant, Car­men Bar­il­laro, in 1997. Ang was just 20 when the mur­ders were car­ried out by a hit­man. He waited out­side while Bar­il­laro was killed in his Ni­a­gara Falls home.

The broth­ers took a deal and pleaded to con­spir­acy to com­mit mur­der in Bar­il­laro’s case. For a while, they had ad­ja­cent prison cells. They were re­leased on pa­role in 2006.

Pa­role records show that while he de­nied be­ing from an or­ga­nized crime fam­ily, Ang felt re­morse for the im­pact on Bar­il­laro’s daugh­ters.

Now he leaves be­hind three young sons and a wife. They were in their lovely sub­ur­ban house when Ang was shot mul­ti­ple times in his truck by a man who pulled up in a sedan.

Just re­cently, Ang pub­lished his own tes­ti­mo­nial to how he found God. He be­gins by ex­plain­ing that he comes from “The Fam­ily.”

No ar­rests have been made in his mur­der, which played out in broad day­light on Tues­day af­ter­noon. Det. Sgt. Peter Thom says more po­lice re­sources have been de­voted to the in­ves­ti­ga­tion and other po­lice ser­vices have been con­tacted in an ef­fort to share in­tel­li­gence.

The baby of his fam­ily, Ang was doted on by his par­ents, Do­minic and Carmelina Musi­tano, and his three broth­ers and sis­ter.

The pri­vate fu­neral is a sharp con­trast to other mob fu­ner­als this city has seen.

When Pat and Ang’s fa­ther, Do­minic, died of a heart at­tack in 1995, as many as 1,000 mourners gath­ered inside and out­side Cathe­dral of Christ the King for the crime boss’s fu­neral.

The grand dis­play (also or­ches­trated by Friscolanti) in­cluded an hon­our guard of 30 men, more than 150 ve­hi­cles, in­clud­ing five stretch limos, ac­com­pa­ny­ing the hearse and a dozen mo­tor­cy­cles with uni­formed driv­ers from a pri­vate fu­neral es­cort ser­vice lead­ing the pro­ces­sion to Holy Sepul­chre Ceme­tery. Two years later, Pa­palia was buried. His ser­vice was a more mod­est oc­ca­sion than Do­minic’s fu­neral. About 200 fam­ily and friends gath­ered at (not sur­pris­ingly) Friscolanti on Bar­ton Street East, near James Street North. The Ro­man Catholic dio­cese re­fused to give Pa­palia a full fu­neral mass be­cause of his crim­i­nal life. He was buried with rosary beads in his hands.

The crowd of on­look­ers out­side Friscolanti’s out­num­bered those inside. A Spec pho­tog­ra­pher caught a photo of Pat Musi­tano lin­ing up to go in and pay his re­spects to Johnny Pops. It would be months be­fore he and Ang were ar­rested for Pa­palia’s mur­der.


An­gelo Musi­tano, right, and Pat Musi­tano leave pro­vin­cial court in down­town Hamil­ton in 1998. A ser­vice was held for An­gelo at the Friscolanti Fu­neral Home Fri­day after he was shot Tues­day.

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