Liverpool A boldface black-and-white sign hangs in the front window of Dave Detlor’s barber shop on First Street: “Closed, Retired Due to Illness.”
After decades of trimming and layering, clipping and shaving, chatting and listening, Dave has packed up his scissors. His Lakeview Barber Shop at 221 First St. closed a couple weeks before Christmas. Dave, who will celebrate his 88th birthday on Jan. 25, was nudged into retirement by mantle cell lymphoma.
Last autumn, when he should have been out shooting deer, Dave was diagnosed, and now he’s facing chemotherapy treatments. Realizing that he needed to focus fully on fighting his disease, Dave locked up the Lakeview and now spends most of his time with his lovely wife, Ceaira, at the home Dave built for them on Seneca River in Baldwinsville. The couple has been married for 33 years.
“Yeah, I used to work as a carpenter before I started barbering,” he said. “So I built that house on the river from scratch.” Never reluctant to tackle tough jobs, Dave previously worked 12 years at Crouse-Hinds.
Mantle cell lymphoma one of the rarest of the non-Hodgkins lymphomas, with just 15,000 patients across America. Dave got out on opening day of deer season last fall, but the lymphoma was already weakening him.
“When they first diagnosed me, they were saying I had six months,” Dave said last weekend. “But now the doctors are telling me five years. That would get me up to 92.”
I have fond memories of getting my hair cut at Dave’s shop back in the 1980s.The Lakeview upheld the tradition of an all-guys’ barber shop complete with Field & Stream in the magazine rack. Dave has a dry sense of humor that his customers always appreciated. For instance, a sign hung inside the shop advertised “Mustaches trimmed, men only.”