Community Morns the Loss of Beloved “Joe the Barber”
The Berkshire County community is grieving the loss of a prominent resident, business owner, neighbor, and friend as news of the passing of Joseph T. Livecchi aka Joe the Barber spread.
For 63 dedicated years, up until his recent retirement in 2019, Joe worked as a self-employed barber for Royal Barber Service in Pittsfield. My newsfeed has been flooded with people sharing Joe's obituary along with anecdotes and memories remembering what a wonderful guy he was. I didn't know him personally, but the stories I read about him and his father, and son figureheads of the multigenerational business, proved the family is more than just barbers.
Born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, on June 26, 1940, Joe was the son of the late Charles and Josephine Calleri Livecchi, he graduated from Pittsfield High School in 1959. He is survived by his two children, Thomas Livecchi of Pittsfield, Massachusetts, and David Livecchi of Youngsville, Louisiana. He leaves behind his life partner, Mary Bushika Woolley, who was the love of his life, as well as his granddaughter, Emily Livecchi.
According to Joe's obituary, he loved to travel and enjoyed woodworking, and riding his Gold Wing motorcycle. Echoed in all the stories shared about Joe on social media, the greatest pleasure of Joe's life was fostering the treasured relationships with his customers.
"This legacy that he took on from his father and passed down to his oldest son to carry forward meant the most to him; even to his last day, he sought peace in knowing that his customers are always happy and accommodated in every way possible."
Funeral services for Mr. Joseph T. Livecchi will be Friday, June 11, 2021, at 11 a.m. at the Dwyer Funeral Home, 776 North Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201. Burial will follow at Saint Joseph Cemetery. Calling hours at the Dwyer Funeral Home will be Thursday, June 10, 2021, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Lymphoma Research Foundation for Non-Hodgkin's T-Cell Lymphoma in care of the Dwyer Funeral Home, 776 North Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201, in his memory.
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