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Simon V. 'Cy' Avara, barber
Simon V. 'Cy' Avara, barber

Simon V. "Cy" Avara, a longtime barber who spent decades cutting the hair of Baltimore mayors, Maryland governors and ordinary folks, all the while keeping up a steady stream of colorful stories and informative commentaries on current events, died Saturday at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson of multiple myeloma. The longtime Cockeysville resident was 81. "I was more than a client, and we became really good close friends. I have enormous affection for Cy," said former Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes. "Just to be in his company really lifted your spirits. We've really lost a pillar of the community." "As long as I've had hair, Cy was my barber," said...