Making the final cuts

Adam Randell
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St. Anthony’s only barber to hang up the clippers

After nearly 48 years in business, St. Anthony barber Don Loder will retire today. He was kept quite busy throughout the week as many customers tried to get one last haircut in. Pictured, James Letemplier stopped by on Thursday to get his final touch up. Originally from Blanc Sablon, Letemplier said he would stop into Loder's for a haircut when he was sailing on the boats, long before moving to St. Anthony six years ago.

Two weeks shy of 48 years in business, St. Anthony’s only barber, Don Loder, will hang up his clippers today.

He's been kept quite busy thourghout the week as customers try to get one last haircut in.

Recognizing the need for the service, he went to Corner Brook for training and returned to open Don's Barber Shop on July 15, 1966.

He would become a staple of the Northern Peninsula, cutting the hair of residents and travellers of the peninsula.

Over his years in business, he estimates to have given hundreds of thousands of haircuts.

Noting that he's cut the hair of grand fathers, fathers, sons and grandchildren.

"The youngest haircut I done was for a six-month-old and the oldest haircut for a 100-year-old man

But Nearing 70, Loder has no regrets when it comes to retiring.

“I’ve enjoyed my work, I’ve made a living at it, but there comes a time for everything, and the time has come for me to retire,” he said.

Loder says he has no specific plans when it comes to retiring, but quips, “it won’t be cutting hair.” He just plans to enjoy his time off

Read the full story in Monday's edition of the Northern Pen.



Organizations: Barber Shop

Geographic location: St. Anthony, Corner Brook, Northern Peninsula

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