Kenneth E. Ferreira, 88, of Provincetown and Wellfleet died peacefully on May 22, 2021. He was a barber for 65 years, owning and operating Mr. Ken’s Barbershop at 64 Main St. in Orleans, before retiring at 85.
Now closed because of Covid-19, the shop will re-open with Kenneth’s grandson and namesake, who learned under his grandfather’s instruction for three years, in charge. Mr. Ken’s Barbershop was also widely known for its collection of some one hundred Bosson Head character wall masks of famous people, which were hung on the walls. Ken, as head barber, was known for both his work and his collection, which was a rich topic of conversation among his customers.
Born in Provincetown, Ken was a Provincetown High School basketball captain and was named to the Class C Tech Tournament all-star team by the Boston newspapers. He was a member of the first basketball team from Provincetown to play in the newly constructed Boston Garden. His love of sports carried over into his time in the Air Force, where he served with the First Tow Target Squadron. While stationed at Biggs Air Force Base in Texas, he was named to the base all-tournament team.
Later in life, he refereed at local high school sporting events, and he was always an avid Boston sports fan. It seemed to his wife that he never missed a single Celtics or Red Sox game.
Ken was a deeply committed family man, who has left a multigeneration loving family: his wife, Patricia Ferreira; daughter Patti Carreiro, who was always there for him; son-in-law Jerry Carreiro; and grandchildren Jenna Carreiro, Jon Carreiro, and Ken and wife Madison Carreiro. They were the joy of his life, and he, the joy of theirs. Daughter Patti said, “I don’t know how to do life without my dad.”
A Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 27 at St. Peter the Apostle Church, 11 Prince St., Provincetown. Burial will follow in St. Peter’s Cemetery. Covid-19 guidelines for gatherings, including face coverings and social distancing, will be followed at the church and cemetery.
The Mass will be live-streamed at stpeters-ptown.org.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Ken’s name may be made to Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 2282 U.S. Route 6, Wellfleet 02667.
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