Obituary: Noel Steele – The Master Barber

Noel Steele passed away Dec. 11, 2013 at the age of 73 in Eureka, California, after a long struggle with cancer. He was born in Fort Smith, Arkansas on Feb. 17, 1940.

Noel Steele – The Master Barber

Noel Steele – The Master Barber

Noel was preceded in death by parents Clyde and Lois Steele, brother James and son Nick. He is survived by his sister and family, son Rick and Diane Steele and daughter Sharie and Russ Gaby, eight grandchildren Kristen Hunter, Shane and Dylan Steele, Cody and Casey Gaby, Reilly, Kelsey and Brian Sholdt  and one great grandchild Maele Hunter.

Funeral services will be privately held. Memorial donations made in Noel Steele’s name to Hospice of Humboldt would be appreciated. Many thanks to the staff at Granada and Hospice for the loving care he received.

Noel Steele started his trade as a barber in 1958 and opened the first barber shop in McKinleyville, before the totem pole existed. Noel left the area and had numerous barber shops in the Sacramento valley area and earned the distinction of master barber. Noel moved back to Humboldt and opened Noel’s Barber Shop in 1996. Those who had the pleasure of getting their ears lowered at Noel’s can appreciate his love for all his carved redwood furnishings the Redwood Museum, as he would call it.

He loved his job and his customers. Even towards the end of his battle, he would say, “I got to get better, son, my customers need me.” I think you all needed each other.

A celebration of life will be planned in the near future at Noel’s Barber Shop at 2007 Central Ave in McKinleyville to share stories and lies, so watch for the annoucement in this paper.

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