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End of an Era: Columbia County Barber is hanging up the shears after 55 years

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COLUMBIA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU)  Bob Edwards has touched a lot of lives in his 55 years of cutting hair.
But he’s hanging up his shears for t
he last time today..
So many of those people are coming by to say, “thanks.”

 Bob’s customers trusted him with their hair.

 

And in return – he listened to their stories…
Making sure everyone was taken care of. Even if they were a little short on cash that day.

 
“Thanks for cutting my hair thanks for talking to me and everything, listening to my gossip. I get a lot of that!*” Bob told Eyewitness News

Just like his smock says, Bob is “cutting back”, so he can travel with his wife.
He stayed in the barber business for so long — because of the people who sat in his chair.

 
“Every customer was different they all had different stories every head is different of course but its been an enjoyable job.”

Even those not looking for a haircut-  stopped by … To say goodbye

 

Harry Hartzel Junior and his dad, say Bob’s been a fixture in the community for a long time. Starting from his apprenticeship in the 60’s.

 
“He’s a legend in this town the whole area everyone knows Bob!”

So although the the doors of Bob Edwards barber shop will close.

 
“Its been great it really has.” said Bob,

Decades of memories… Live on.
 

The building on Orangeville’s Main street has held a barber shop for more than a century.
      Bob says he’d like to lease it to another barber – and is encouraging  younger people to get involved in the business

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