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Hanging up the cheese slicer on Blackstone Street

Roy of Harry's

The Fort Pointer said farewell to Roy of Harry's Cheese and Cold Cuts, 98 Blackstone St. at Haymarket, who is retiring later this month after 40 years in business.

A true gem, widely beloved.

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Did you use up your Venerable quota last month?

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Figured I'd give readers a break.

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One of the things I miss working from home full time is an occasional trip to Harry's. He's a great guy and the shop was the kind of fun hole in the wall that will be hard to replace. Best of luck to him in his retirement!

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My wife has been going to Roy since she worked downtown in the 90's. Early in our marriage she needed a large order of cheese and called him up. She just said, "Hi Roy, it's [name]." I gave her a hard time wondering, how many [name]'s he must know. But sure enough we went in to pick up the order and he knew exactly who had called and had everything ready.

We'll definitely miss him.

P.S. He always wore a shirt with the name Harry on it to sort out the locals from the tourists. (Harry was his father-in-law.)

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who used to be out front of the shop in the nineties saying "two for one, mix and match!" ?

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Always visited his shop when I could get to Haymarket and he was open for business. Always a pleasure to visit, discover cheeses and just enjoy the moment in the middle of the hustle and bustle of city life. Roy is proof that a great man can also be a humble man.

As for his wares, none were ever so tasty as the rosemary ham that he sold many years ago.

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