Sault Ste. Marie Mourns the Loss of Lex Walsh, Celebrated Barber

The Sault Ste. Marie community is mourning the loss of Lex Walsh.

Lex passed away late last month at the age of 83.

He was a well-known Barber in the area, but he’s remembered for much more than cutting hair.

He got out of the coast guard and went into barber school and it started from there.

Lex’s daughter, Michelle Malmborg, says he had been at the shop for more than half a century.

“He had been in that shop for 51 years,” she says. “That barbershop, his whole world was right there in that barbershop.”

It was always full of regulars, says Lex’s son Paul Walsh.

“It wasn’t because of the good haircuts, that’s for sure,” he laughs. “He’s got a joke for everything, he’s a comedian, that’s for sure.”

That funny side was something Michelle also admired.

“He always had a joke, kept people laughing,” she says. “He was really one of a kind.”

Lex’s humor was infectious—he couldn’t help but crack a few jokes when 9&10 News visited his shop last year.

“Forty-four years, I haven’t given a good haircut yet,” he says. “This is hair out of a guy’s ear.”

Lex’s grandson, Dylan Malmborg, says the jokes were everything.

“His jokes were something else, he always had a joke to tell with everything, everything he did,” he says.

Lex’s shop was about friendships and conversations—with some haircuts in between.

It’s those conversations that made Lex so well-known and so well-liked in Sault Ste. Marie.

“You couldn’t go anywhere without a “Hey Lex how you doing?” Paul says. “I was like, who is that? And he goes, ‘I don’t know, I must have cut his hair or something.’ Half the time he wouldn’t even know who they were, but they knew him.”

Although Lex joked that “the guys” kept him working much longer than he wanted.

“Well according to him, the guys needed him,” Michelle says.

Even he admitted it’s a life he enjoyed.

“I think I’ve had more fun than any one person deserves,” he said.