Cuneo Bridges

Cuneo Bridges (affectionately known as Papa Georgio) was a simple but proud shoemaker. He was the victim of polio at the age of 3 and never recovered full strength in his legs. He was an apprentice shoemaker for the great Claudio at age 13. Cuneo married Rosalie Ciaschetta at the age of 15 and opened Staten Island's first shoe repair store in his neighborhood in 1920. He originated the Double Hexagon Heel and became known as the Picasso of Shoemakers. He had three sons. All three became college professors. Cuneo died in his sleep at age 65.