99 years old and still cutting hairBy Colby Radomski | Photo by Kerry Brett
Many people work past the traditional retirement age, but Hingham resident Pete Rando is an extraordinary trailblazer. At 99 years old, Rando is still cutting hair at Pete’s Barber Shop with his familiar, endearing smile and stories to tell.
Living out the America Dream, Rando is a testament to honesty and hard work. Born in the United States, Rando spent his childhood living in Italy, where he learned how to cook and, most importantly, cut hair. In 1935, at the age of 17, he moved to Hingham with $3 in his pocket to live with his uncle and care for his chickens. By 1937, Rando landed a job as a barber in Weymouth and ten years later, in 1948, he opened Pete’s Barber Shop on Main Street in Hingham, charging 35 cents for every haircut. (A haircut today at Pete’s costs $15.) Until he sold his business in 1982, Rando worked from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m., which he still refers to as “half days.” Today, clients can find him cutting hair for a few hours each morning. When he’s not there, Rando enjoys time at home with his wife, Margaret, whom he’s been married to for 67 years. He’s an avid winemaker as well as a proud great grandfather.
“Pete is a perfect example of staying active and enjoying life,” says Paul Ernald, who has owned Pete’s Barber Shop for the past ten years. “He’s a very lucky guy to, at 99 years old, still be coming into work. There’s something to be said about someone who keeps going.”
Pete’s Barber Shop, 290 Main St., Hingham, (781) 749-9763