William F. Flynn, 82, died at home in Mashpee on September 20. He was known as Bill the Barber and was originally from Natick.
He was the husband of Jean M. (Ghilani) Flynn. They had been married for more than 62 years.
The son of Rita and Francis Flynn, he grew up on Lake Cochituate and spent many hours as a child in his motorboat cruising up and down the lake from Natick to Wayland.
An original member of the Natick Comets Hockey Club, he later played on his high school team and would pass his love for the game of hockey to his sons and grandsons. He graduated from Natick High School in 1958.
Mr. Flynn started and ran a successful landscaping business during and after high school. He married his high school sweetheart and became a barber to support his growing family. For many years, he worked at the Natick Labs as a barber and added a second shop location to his first home in Saxonville.
He relocated his family to Yarmouth in 1971 and started Bill’s Barber Shop in West Dennis. It became a daily gathering spot where local retirees and businessmen alike could meet to share stories, have a cold drink, and play cards. He purchased the nearby Rainbow Pine Cottages, where he lived and raised his family from 1973 to 1986. It was there on School Street in West Dennis that the whole family worked together renting cottages, bikes and mopeds and selling bagged ice to people on their way to the nearby beach.
Mr. Flynn supplemented his income by working at the former Cape Cod Coliseum as a bartender for many events including concerts and minor league hockey games.
He built his dream home in West Dennis in 1980 within walking distance to his shop and, in 1997, he moved his barbershop to Route 134 in South Dennis. The business expanded and his entourage followed him. As his career was winding down, he moved to a home on Swan Lake in Dennisport.
After over 50 years cutting hair, Mr. Flynn officially retired in 2014 at the age of 75.
In addition to his wife, he leaves two sons, Daniel Flynn and his wife, Nancy Flynn, of Berlin, and Brian Flynn of Lowell; a daughter, Kathleen J. MacRoberts of Mashpee; a brother, Robert Flynn of Berwick, Maine; six grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and other family.
He was predeceased by his sister, Deanne Keller.
A celebration of his life will be announced at a later date.