Barber to Many WNY Elite Retires

July 28, 2010 Updated Jul 28, 2010 at 3:50 PM EDT

By WKBW Internet

July 28, 2010 Updated Jul 28, 2010 at 3:50 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - For more than four decades, Sam Jafari has insulted and heckled some of Buffalo's most powerful people while they sat in his barber chair inside the Ellicott Square Building.

Now, after 43-years, Sam is hanging-up the scissors, and his customers say its the insults they will miss the most.

"My feet, my back. Forty-three years is a long time to stand behind the chair, and of course it's not an easy job to harass everybody. It isn't," says Sam.

Jafari has cut the hair of Buffalo's most prominent power-brokers, including big bankers, lawyers, judges, CEO's and politicians.

Former Congressmen Tom Reynolds and Jack Quinn visit Sam when it's time for a trim, along with Erie County Democratic Chairman Len Lenihan and his GOP counterpart Nick Langworthy. And just to make them all feel at home, they get insulted.

"If I don't harass them or say something off-color, they'll probably be offended," says Jafari.

And the insults have been his secret to success. Jafari says his powerful clients can shed the formality for a short while when they relax in his chair.

Though now that Sam is retiring, he decided to hold-off on the heckling to let all of his clients know how he really feels, "For the first time I'm going to make an open confession. I love everyone of them."