David Henry “Dave” Larrow

David Henry “Dave” Larrow

Grand Isle, Grand Isle County, Vermont, USA
Death unknown
Burial Vergennes, Addison County, Vermont, USA
Memorial ID 110402927 · View Source
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Coming to the Little City in 1970, Larrow was already well into a career as a barber and quickly established his presence on Main Street and in the hearts of generations.

Born and raised in Grand Isle, Vermont, Dave grew up in a household where people, cutting hair and conversation were a way of life.

At home, Dave’s mother cut hair at home and went on to become, as far as Larrow knows, the first licensed lady barber in the state of Vermont. Cutting hair well into her late 70’s, Dave’s mom stepped away from the barber’s chair after a remarkable sixty plus years of work.

Not intending to follow into the Barber business, Dave spent the last three years of high school working summers at a summer camp as the carpenter and general fix it man.

There was a barber college in Schenectady, New York and we knew a family who lived in Albany. So, I found myself living with them and taking the bus from Albany to the college. It was a six month program and I graduated with that and very quickly got my Masters License as well.”

It was late 1967 , when working at the Hotel Vermont Barber Shop, when Dave’s unit got the call and left for Vietnam as a member of the 131st Army Corp of Engineers.

Married to Helen Larrow, the family was living in the Burlington area and upon his return from his tour of service, began looking for an area to call home base.

Working in the Hotel Vermont Barber Shop was great but it was a slow period for barbers and there were four on staff.

It was 1970 when Dave caught wind of a Barber Shop up for sale in Vergennes.

Located first on Main Street where the liquor store is today, in the summer of 1971 the Small City Barber Shop moved to 5 South Maple Street and is still operating there today.

Over the years many people crossed over the threshold of Larrow’s shop for donations or involvement in civic projects and events.

Trying never to say no, Larrow found himself not only donating but being involved with the Eagles Club and serving as their president for a period of time.

As much a part of the landscape of the town as the buildings themselves, Larrow has been a point of destination for forty-five years in the Little City and for over fifty years in business. A

“You know the beauty of living in a small town is that change comes gradually,” explained Larrow. “When I started the A& P grocery store was in the building that is next to the Fire Station today. Joel Palmer’s chiropractic business was then a garage and as I walk down the streets.

I can name each building in its various stages of ownership. Of course Ryan’s was there, Jackman’s, and the Drug Store, but so were other wonderful business like Ben Franklin.

In addition to the support of his customers over the years, Dave Larrow and his wife have been blessed with the help of neighbors, community groups and friends alike since Dave’s battle for his health began.

"The Knights of Columbus, the Legion, the Eagles, St. Peters and many more. We thank each and every one.”

When asked if he could write a book with all he had heard over the years, Larrow smiled and laughed out loud. “I know some people think that barbers are therapists in the lives of their customers,”.

Larrow got his work ethic from his family and Vermont in the World War II years and is thankful for it to this day.

He is even more thankful though for the decades of business he has done on the corner of Main Street and South Maple and the wonderful people who continue to come to see him year after year, generation after generation for a haircut, a joke and a conversation to brighten their day.

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  • Created by: Laurie & Nate S.
  • Added: 11 May 2013
  • Find a Grave Memorial 110402927
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for David Henry “Dave” Larrow (9 Apr 1941–unknown), Find a Grave Memorial no. 110402927, citing Prospect Cemetery, Vergennes, Addison County, Vermont, USA ; Maintained by Laurie & Nate S. (contributor 47011031) .