Southborough’s ‘Ernie the barber’ still cutting it up
By Sue Wambolt, Contributing Writer
Southborough – After a 40-plus year run cutting hair at Ernie’s Barber Shop, 3 East Main St. in Southborough, Ernie “the barber” Richard hung up his scissors in August of 2011 to help take care of his grandson, Cole, and to spend more time with his wife, Linda.
“I began cutting hair in Southborough in 1971, when there were 3,400 residents in town,” Richard said, “and now there are just under 10,000.”
For Richard, who worked as a Navy barber on the USS Perkins in San Diego in the early to mid 60’s, cutting hair is as much a way of life as a job. Following his stint with the Navy, he spent six years cutting hair at a barbershop in Auburn before opening his own shop in Southborough.
Although he has now retired from the East Main Street shop, Richard gives $10 haircuts at the Southborough Senior Center, 9 Cordaville Road, twice a month.
“Coming to the Senior Center helps me stay connected to the many regular customers I have come to know over the years and who I consider friends,” Richard said.
Richard will be at the Senior Center Thursday, Dec. 6 and Thursday, Dec. 20 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Reservations are recommended. To make an appointment, contact the Senior Center at 508-229-4453.
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