MERIDEN — Friends and family are remembering a city barber who died earlier this week as a selfless man who was passionate about his craft.
Glenn Agnew, owner of the Village Barber Shop in South Meriden, died Monday of a heart attack. He was 48.
Agnew was known as “Glenn the Barber” to his customers.
”He was a good man, he was a good barber and a good father,” said Bob Rancourt, the original owner of Village Barber Shop, 265 Main St.
Rancourt opened the shop in 1959. He said Agnew worked under his guidance for a year and took ownership of the business in the mid-1990s.
Rancourt said he and Agnew “were like family,” and enjoyed fishing together.
”He loves fishing, that was his thing,” said Amy Gagnon, Agnew’s girlfriend. “He always had fishing equipment in his car. Whenever he saw a pond he would stop and go fishing.”
Ricardo Maldonado was friends with Agnew for 22 years. Originally a customer at the barber shop, he and Agnew quickly became best friends.
“We had mutual friends,” said Maldonado. “I incorporated him into family and we became close.”
Maldonado said he and Agnew often spent holidays and vacations together.
“Most of our relationship was supporting each other’s kids,” said Maldonado. “We were always there for each other.”
The Village Barber Shop closed following Agnew’s death. Gagnon said customers and the community have been supportive.
”I knew he had a big presence in the community but I’m pretty overwhelmed by all the stories and sentiments,” said Gagnon. ”I didn’t even know the depths of it until now.”
Gagnon said Agnew was selfless and he would visit the homes of his sick or elderly customers to cut their hair.
“He often stayed late to talk to his customers when they had personal stories to share,” said Maldonado.
Agnew sponsored Beat the Street boxing and local little league. Gagnon said he was also an animal lover.
Services are scheduled for Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. at John J. Ferry and Sons, 88 E. Main St. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Saving Paws.
“He was just always there for the community,” said Gagnon. “He lived in Southington but Meriden is where his heart is.”