Raffael J. Licata, 48, of Norwalk, died July 20, 2010, following a long illness.

Mr. Licata was born Aug. 24, 1961, in New York, N.Y., son of the late Angelo and Elvira (Palmieri) Licata.

He had been a resident of Norwalk for the past 20 years and was employed as a colorist and hairstylist for the last 30 years in Greenwich and Westchester County, N.Y.

Mr. Licata is survived by a brother, Michael Licata, and his longtime partner, Michael Gonnelli, of New Milford; three sisters, Patricia L. Hill, and her husband, Thomas, of Danbury, Elvira R. "Ellie" Gillotti, and her husband, Andrew, of New Milford, and Roseann Licata, and her longtime companion, David Robinson, of Danbury; two nieces, Angela Gillotti, and Brianna Czajka; and a nephew, Anthony Gillotti.

The Green Funeral Home of Danbury was in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Parkinson's Disease Association, 27 Allendale Drive, North Haven, CT 06473, or to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 06473.