The Last Haircut

barber poleI had no idea that when I went for a haircut two weeks ago, Modern Philosophers, it would be last time I would ever see my barber.

I affectionately referred to him as Fat Dave, and joked on this blog about my struggles to engage him in conversation while he cut my hair.

I am a simple guy, no fashion plate by any means, so I appreciate being able to go to my neighborhood barber for the same haircut whenever my hair started to bother me.

Dave’s barber shop (that’s a picture of the pole outside of it at the beginning of this post), is a five minute walk from The House on the Hill.  He happened to be within walking distance, so the task of taking care of my hair fell to him.

I never minded waiting (the place was always busy) because I would sit and read the collection of People magazines while Dave took care of his other customers.

When I came back from lunch today, my boss mentioned that she had seen an article on Facebook about a barber from my town dying after being hit by a car while crossing the street to get to his shop.

I asked her the name, and sure enough, it was Dave.  I didn’t really know the man, but he’d been cutting my hair for about ten years.  I was at a loss for words.

I read the article later, and discovered that this was the second time he’d been hit by a car this year.  The accident occurred on the very street I had to cross every time I went to Dave’s to get a haircut.

I also learned from reading the article that Dave had been a barber for 50 years.

new haircutSince I am a bit of a dork, I took a selfie right after Dave gave me that final haircut.

I enjoy using the camera on my new phone, plus I knew a photo of my new haircut would get me some likes on Facebook.

I am going to share that photo again.  I got a lot of compliments on my haircut.  Just like I always did.

Rest in peace, Dave the Barber.

You will be in my prayers…

About Austin

Native New Yorker who's fled to the quiet life in Maine. I write movies, root for the Yankees, and shovel lots of snow.
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27 Responses to The Last Haircut

  1. NotAPunkRocker says:

    It really was a good haircut, good pic!

    So sorry to hear about Dave. Scary to think the road is that bad it happened before too.

  2. Sorry to hear about Dave.

  3. Pamela Edwards says:

    That’s awful . RIP Dave the Barber. He kept you looking nice Austin .

  4. markbialczak says:

    Awful accident, Austin. At least I hope it was an accident. RIP Dave. You did a fine job on the ear-lowering.

  5. E.L. Wicker says:

    What a lovely, thoughtful post dedicated to his memory. Sorry that he passed too soon.

  6. Poor Dave 😦 but lovely haircut 🙂

  7. Louise says:

    truly sorry for your loss. ten years makes him family, of sorts. Loved that last haircut. At least you can go to a barber.

  8. Joseph Nebus says:

    Oh, that’s terrible. I don’t know how awful I’d feel if my home barber were to die.

  9. RIP Dave the barber. Nice post.

  10. ksbeth says:

    aw, so bittersweet. nice hair, he had the touch. this speaks to the fragility of life –

  11. Margie says:

    Life does change in an instant, doesn’t it? If we paused to think about whether something was ‘for the last time’… well, it would be too depressing…

  12. MeaghanC says:

    Awful accident! Makes you appreciate how quickly life changes. Thoughts and prayers to his family and friends.

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