Michael Matarazzo, a lifelong Richmond Hill resident and community leader who owned his Liberty 1 Hour Photo shop at 115-07 Liberty Ave. for 24 years, died on Monday.
Matarazzo, who was 50 years old, grew up in South Richmond Hill and graduated from Our Lady of Perpetual Help grammar school.
Friends say he had suffered from a number of illnesses recently, but his cause of death was not immediately known.
Over the last few decades as a business owner on Liberty Avenue, he was involved in the Liberty Avenue Development Corp. and helped organize the Liberty Avenue street fairs.
Matarazzo also donated to a number of charities, including the Muscular Dystrophy Association as well as New York Families for Autistic Children, and helped them raise money. He also took graduation pictures for Ms. Marie’s Children’s Hour and the St. Mary Gate of Heaven pre-Kindergarten program.
In May, Matarazzo was honored by the Richmond Hill South Civic Association for his charitable work and for his community involvement. He has also been honored by a number of local elected officials for his work.
Besides his store in Richmond Hill, Matarazzo also co-owned another photo shop in City Line.
Matarazzo’s funeral was held Wednesday morning at OLPH in Richmond Hill and he was laid to rest at St. John’s Cemetery.