John Joseph Tornatore III

Skippy behind the counter
John Joseph “Skip” Tornatore, III, 78, of Charlottesville, passed away on Monday, March 12, 2018, at the University of Virginia Medical Center, The Daily Progress has his obituary.
Mr. Tornatore and his wife operated Helen and John’s Grocery at 123 Franklin Street for many many years.
H&J Sign
Skip and Nadine had what you needed when you needed it. The place was a store with more…
Skip with the twins set #1
Skip was a kind, gentle caring man.
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His stock appealed to young and old alike. My favorite item was his custom sandwiches.
The store was a gathering place for long time Woolen Mills and Hogwaller residents.
His friends were legion.
He is missed. Thank you Skippy!

Steve

Steve Ashby
I met Steve Ashby in 1972 doing a project for Chuck Perdue’s folklore class.
Ashby's house
Steve lived here, in Delaplane Virginia.
“Steve Ashby lived his entire life in a small town in Virginia, an unincorporated community roughly fifty miles west of Washington, DC. The son of an emancipated slave, he was the second of twelve children. Outside of a brief stint as a restaurant waiter, Ashby spent most of his life working the soil as a farmer and gardener until he retired in 1950. Although he had tinkered with small-scale wooden sculptures throughout his life, it was only after the death of his wife in 1960 that he started to experiment with figural sculptures.–National Gallery of Art
Steve told me he’d dream things at night, wake up and carve them in the morning.

Ashby creation
I don’t remember seeing a TV in Steve’s house, but somewhere he must have run into Donny and Marie Osmond.

final page
Chuck Perdue let me make scrapbooks.