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Andreas Erodotou, the barber who ran Andy’s in West Hampstead for 50 years

Friends and customers pay tribute after 77-year-old hairdresser dies from brain tumour

02 March, 2017 — By Tom Foot

Andreas Erodotou (left)

TRIBUTES have been paid to a gentleman barber who ran a family hair salon for more than 50 years.

Andreas Erodotou, who ran Andy’s, in Fairhazel Gardens, has died from a brain tumour aged 77. Andy, who was from a Greek-Cypriot family, was still working five days a week at the West Hampstead institution until his death, shortly before Christmas.

Family and friends have paid tribute, describing him as a “beacon of kindness” and praising in particular his dapper charm, precision cuts and good-natured humour.

Cobbler Tassos “Nick” Pittas, who runs Nick’s Shoe Repairs next door, said: “He was always busy with work but he would pop in now and again. We’d wave at each other in mornings. We used to have a coffee together, and a chat, talk about our holidays – a nice fella.”

He added: “I’ve been here 29 years but he had been here since 1965. He was here when my father-in-law started running this place. They were both Greek-Cypriot. He was from Limassol where my family were from Larnaca. There are a lot of old fellas who still come by and old customers that pop in. He used to cut my hair. I hope they can keep the business going.”

A notice on the window of the shop from the family expressed thanks for the messages of support that had “touched our hearts”. It added: “His life, his passion and love of the shop over the years meant he became part of the community and with it got to know so many of you so well. I am sure everyone will miss him. From the bottom of our hearts.”

Mr Pittas added: “For years he would travel in from Marlow every day – getting up at 5am, home at 8pm. I’d say, ‘have a rest, take a day off’. But he enjoyed it.”

 

The barber’s shop in Fairhazel Gardens

Customer Hugh Fowler said: “He made the occasional necessity of a haircut into something to look forward to. Andy was like a beacon of kindness and good humour.”

Another customer, Andy Tugwell, said: “More than a warm welcome, always such fun, and how we will all miss our chats with Andy. We will miss such a dear friend so very much, and our thoughts are with Andy’s family.” Eddie Allen, meanwhile, recalled chatting about “our many holidays and all the important things”.

The funeral is on March 6 at 11am at the Holy Trinity Church, Cookham, Marlow, with the family asking for donations to Brain Tumour Charity or Kidney Research.

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