April 30, 2021 by Brooks Robbins
If you have lived in Hingham a while, you or a member of your family likely knew Pete – an institution in this town. He owned and operated Pete’s Barber Shop for many decades in Hingham Center. Moms, dads, and kids stopped by to get haircuts with uninterrupted regularity. Along with Steve Spears, who bought the business when Pete retired, and Charlotte Adams, they were a great team. Anyone coming through the door turned into a friend. Pete got to know, remember and care about the families of several generations of his clients. The shop was a very homey place, unrushed and comfortable. If you had a wait ahead, so what. There were always intriguing people with whom to chat, which made the day more interesting for everyone.
Pete left his ‘chair’ several years ago, but many of us didn’t know that he also left us about seven weeks ago. His family, not wanting to make a stir in this time of the coronavirus said a quiet good-bye. I don’t believe there was a printed obituary, but in case you missed it, a very nice piece was written in 2020 for The Hingham Anchor on Pete’s 102nd birthday. It describes, among other things, the celebration, featuring a gigantic drive-by of cars and trucks past his house displaying colorful balloons, kids and dogs hanging out the windows, and noisy expressions of gratitude -- it's worth a read.
“They don’t make 'em like they used to.”