South Florida is mourning the loss of a beloved friend and talented stylist. Robert “Bob” Neu died suddenly over the weekend leaving his friends, family, and co-workers stunned. 

Bob was a barber at Dick’s Service Station in Oakland Park and had worked there since it opened in 2016. Owners Chris Santiago and Eric McKnight told SFGN that Neu was a master barber and had a big, loyal following. On their Facebook page they said, “He was the kind of guy who was always there, so much so that we all expected him to always be there. Making each memory we shared with him feel that much more valuable.”

They went on to echo what so many expressed in online tributes. “To say he has added to the success of the shop would be an understatement. Sometimes quiet and reserved, other times the center of attention with one of his crazy stories.”

While Bob was at the top of his game professionally, he also was a friend and confidant away from his barber chair. A friend of 10 years says Bob helped him through difficult days. “When I first started my sobriety journey I talked to him often and he gave me amazing advice on staying clean.”

What caused Neu’s death hasn’t been released, but it appears to have been unexpected. His Monday appointments weren’t rescheduled until Sunday.