Beloved Westborough barber closing up after 46 years

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September 13, 2012, 8:08 pm
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(NECN: Kristen Carosa) - It's the end of an "haira."

Barber Phil Evangelous has been trimming tresses for 46 years and is now hanging up his scissors.

Adam Fitzpatrick has been going to Evangelous’ barber shop for his whole life. He says Phil the barber gave him his first haircut when he was only about a year old.

“He's almost like a father to me because I have been coming in my whole life, so it’s nice to have him there but it's sad he's retiring,” Fitzpatrick said.

Evangelous said he has served generations of residents out of his one-chair shop in Westborough for 46 years:

“I’ve cut their hair. They've had kids; I've cut their hair. Last week, I had four generations in here because people know I'm retiring now.”

Evangelous said he knew he wanted to be a barber since he was in high school. He has always loved the interaction with his customers and has never missed a day of work.

“The people that have come here every day have brightened my life, have made me get up in the morning and come to work because I knew I was going to have a different person every day,” Evangelous said.

Bill Donahue has been coming to the shop for 12 years, and he said he has never met a barber like Phil.

“Phil is like your best friend,” Donahue said. “You come in here and it's a haircut with a show. Sometimes I get frustrated because he is always on the phone, people are always stopping in to say hi to him; he's awesome.”

Evangelous said the highlight of his career has been giving young children their first haircuts.

He said it's the little things that matter the most to him.

“I've touched so many people in different ways,” Evangelous said. “I hope I have touched them in the right way; I hope they'll remember me as a good friend and a barber also.”

Fitzpatrick says he is grateful for what Phil has done for him over the last 17 years and it will be hard to find someone to fill his shoes.

“I'll have to look for another barber, but it will be hard to replace Phil; he's an amazing guy and a great friend.”

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