In Memory of Barbara Lanthier



Barbara Lanthier was 46 when she died. She was a much-loved Carleton Place resident who owned her own hair salon, The Clip Joint on Bridge Street. I thought her shop was in this building pictured above, but it’s not. But, it made me think of her. Barb was a hard-working, popular woman whose smile filled the room. As some one told me, she was someone you always saw at the hockey arena on weekends and was everyone’s friend.

She tragically passed away in 1994 and I am not going to dredge up the past– as the family has been through enough. All I know is my sons loved her, and I want everyone that knew her to remember her today. I will never ever forget her because she had a huge impact on my life. Only one or two know why, but I owe Barbara Lanthier a great deal. I looked at that picture, and it seemed like yesterday that I walked in the door with my kids to get their hair cut. I can still see her as clear as day standing in the back right hand corner cutting someone’s hair. In fact I can still hear her voice saying hello. Sometimes you will never know the true value of a moment until it becomes a memory. Barbara Lanthier will have a place in my heart forever.

Photo above: The Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

Photo Below by Shawn Lanthier

barb22Buy Linda Secaspina’s Books— Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac– Tilting the Kilt-Vintage Whispers of Carleton Place and 4 others on Amazon or Amazon Canada or Wisteria at 62 Bridge Street in Carleton Place

About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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