A popular and well known barber who cut hair in Fulham for 60 years has suddenly died.

Terry Soteriou, who ran Terry’s Barber Shop in Dawes Road, was diagnosed with cancer and died a short while later in Cyprus, on June 26. He was 81.

The shop is still run by his son John, who said customers have been shocked at hearing the news.

Mr Soteriou was born in Cyprus and came to this country in 1954 aged 19. He initially worked in North End Road before moving to the premises in Dawes Road in 1958, which he eventually purchased in 1975.

Terry Soteriou cut hair in Fulham for 60 years

He handed over the business to his son 2008, and began splitting his time between his Cyprus and Fulham, where he would often return and continue to work part-time.

John said: “He was something of a landmark in Fulham. Everybody knew him.

“He loved his job and this shop was his life for nearly 60 years. He didn’t know anything else, it was his hobby, he just enjoyed doing it.

“After he left he would go backward and forward to Cyprus and he still worked in the shop.”

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Mr Soteriou was in Cyprus when he was diagnosed with cancer. His son continued: “We went over there and closed the shop for the week. And then we came back and had to tell the customers.

“They were just stunned. They’re shocked. Nobody expected it, it’s one of those things.”

The granddad leaves behind his wife Christine.