Georgetown’s Favorite Barber, Ed Lara, Dies Suddenly of Heart Attack

Ed Lara, the popular, well-known owner of Georgetown Hairstyling, died suddenly Saturday night, June 7, of a heart attack at his home in Severna Park, Md. The 55-year-old Lara had purchased the business at 1329 35th St., NW, from his stepfather Rigo Landa a few years ago. The classic, old-school barber shop was been run as such at the same location since 1913.

Landa, who retired in November 2012, said that the family is stunned by the 55-year-old’s death. Lara’s mother is devastated, he said. The heart-broken staff at Georgetown Styling continued to work this week, as it prepared for Lara’s funeral this Saturday, June 14, in Silver Spring, Md.

Lara worked in the airline business before joining his stepfather at Georgetown Hairstyling. He was also a musician, playing guitar and drums, and was a member of the band, Prescription for Disaster, which has performed at several Volta Park events. Last Friday, Lara was drumming with his band at Georgetown Visitation Prep at the Volta Park benefit the night before his death. Lara lived in Georgetown during the week because of his business and stayed at his Severna Park home over the weekend. He loved his German shepherd, Daisy, who was also in the shop during the week.

The following is the June 11 death notice for Eduardo Lara:
Beloved son of Sara (Rigo) Landa and Jose Lara; nephew of Vilma Montiel and Mimi Lara; cousin of Tony Montiel, Vilma Montiel, David (Silene) Pujals, Tony Pujals and Mimi Belt. Also survived by his lifelong special friend Patty Nugent.

Relatives and friends may call at Collins Funeral Home, 500 University Boulevard West, Silver Spring, Md., (valet parking), Friday, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday, June 13; Mass of Christian Burial at St. John the Evangelist Church, 10103 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, Md., Saturday, June 14, 12:30 p.m. Interment: Gate of Heaven Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital , P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, Tenn. 38148.

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