Clarenville man shaves 4-decade-old beard, raises $51K
A man in Clarenville shaved his beard Sunday for the first time in nearly 40 years after raising $51,000 for ALS.
Ralph “Boonie” Lethbridge is a staple of the Clarenville area, best known for selling Christmas trees. He’s been growing his facial hair since he was around 16, but decided this year to hack it off after his close friend, Larry Boyd, was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
“God love him, I’m trying to help him and that was me goal,” said Lethbridge.
The big shave happened on Sunday in the middle of a packed arena during a senior hockey game intermission.
In front of a cheering crowd, Lethbridge said he was pretty excited to be clean shaven for the first time in decades.
“I’m going to look beautiful with two blue eyes and two front teeth, happiest man in the world,” he told CBC before the razor came out.
Boonie's wife, Virginia, had the honour of getting the first cut.
“I’m so happy. I’m proud of him,” she said.
See the before and after pictures here...