Drew, Your Mother and I struck up an instant working friendship and reading the article written about your birth now answers the "why" for me. I thankfully disregarded similar warnings and too raised my son alone. Your Mom must have known that; yet we never spoke specifically on the subject. She had too much class; her manners were impeccable.
I know this; you were always the love of her life.
You are blessed.
She will be missed. Always a gracious lady and someone I looked up to. My condolences Drew. All my best.
Losing Barbara is a profound loss to those who called her friend. Her pleasure in the simple things was something I hope I can embrace every day. She loved her little garden, Nash, the birds, her Christmas-wrapping dining room table, making pickles, baking cookies, watching the old and great movies, having some chocolate, swimming, observing, writing, sharing. Some of the other friends who've contributed to this guest book have remarked on her regal and stately beauty. I can certainly appreciate how one woman followed her out of the store and down the street. Barbara was someone you didn't want to lose sight of. Then ... and now.
And it warms my heart to see a remembrance from the Lark and from Stone Harbor people. Stone Harbor brought so much delight to Barbara and for all the things Barbara brought to her readers and friends, (and every reader felt like her friend) - we're happy that Barbara found so much pleasure in her special places - Stone Harbor, the stage, NYC, and Pittsburgh. And her very special people ... like dear Grace and sweet Sophie, (who she referred to as 'the best medicine' always), Drew and Maggie; Arnold Z, Tom Julian, her lunch friends, old friends, neighbors, and the fascinating people she met and shared.
It's a measure of how very special she was, to feel such loss. But I'm beyond thankful she was my friend.
Rest in peace, Barbara.
I am so very sorry to learn of your
Mother's passing. I, too, had breast
cancer when she first did. I wrote to
her and I was delighted that she wrote
back to me...a perfect stranger. Now,
I have cancer again and I will remember
how brave she was. With sympathy,
I never met Barbara face-to-face, but for the past 10 years we have been "e-mail buddies" We both enjoyed the old movies and I would forward any knew information. She will be missed by all who knew her. Sleep well sweet lady.
I worked with Barbara at The Press from 1978 until 1992. As a young girl, I looked up to her because, not only was she always kind to me, but she had no equal in style and grace and set the standard for being a true lady. Although I haven't seen Barbara in the 20 years since The Press folded, she comes to mind often. In fact, I was just thinking about her this week for some reason. I am very sad to read of her passing. I will miss her. God's peace to you.
Barbara was awesome. I admired her comprehensive coverage and her candor in discussing designers and the business of style. Many years ago, I wrote a fashion-based book and she was extremely supportive. Because I also work at a cancer agency, we exchanged some emails in the last few years and not surprisingly, she was strong, optimistic and resolute. Wishing Drew and family peace and comfort.
My deepest sympathy to you, Drew. I had the wonderful opportunity to meet and share time with your Mom at her last 2 Uniontown High School reunions. My Aunt Nancy Nicalo who lives with us now, was blessed to have her as one of her best friend during their years growing up in the beautiful mountains of Uniontown.
Even during the past 4 years, when your Mom entered the room, she radiated beauty and style.
Her sweet smile was magical.
My dear Aunt loved her so much despite only seeing her at the reunions.
Her greatest joys are you, your wife and the grandchildren.
I was unable to attend the latest reunion in July and I know that your Mom could not attend because of her illnes. My Aunt and I just spoke of visiting your Mom however she and I are so sad that we missed seeing her. You are in our prayers. God Bless. And to your Mom: Go Red Raiders!
Drew, god bless you and your family, I'm sorry for your loss.
My sadness is palpable upon learning of the passing of Barbara. Her beauty, dignity and class personsonifed the definition of a "lady" in the truest sense of the word. But, more than that, her passion and courage was inspiring. We spoke several times a week during the last several months of her illness and never once did she complain. She spoke of the flowers in her garden and the good things in her life as she suffered and struggled to breathe. Her greatest joy were Gracie and Sophie. How many times, she would send an email with their adorable antics and activities. I have been blessed to know Barbara. She will always have a special place in my heart.
Barbara Cloud was the definition of "class act". What a lovely wonderful lady. My deepest sympathy to her family.
I was privileged to be a sorority sister of Barbara's at Westminster College. She was an aspiring actress then and starred in our own "I Remember Mama". What an inspiration she has been to many. So glad she had the joys of being a grandmother! My sympathy to Drew and family. Peg Sickeler, Theta Upsilon
I was saddened to learn of Barbara Cloud's passing. I first came to know who she was when I worked for Westinghouse Headquarters on Stanwix Street, and she at the Post Gazette. I was at the fragrance counter in Gimbels, and she was across the counter on the other side. I remember thinking who is SHE? She was so full of understated elegance that I, literally, followed her out of the store and down Stanwix Street! She was so classy. Later, she came to know me, having seen me in town at the stores over the years, and she was always so complimentary of what I had on. A MOST HIGH COMPLIMENT coming from her. She was quite a woman. And I'm glad that I knew her, even in this small regard.
Rest in Peace, Barbara Cloud. You will never be forgotten.
We will miss Barbara immensely. She was a wonderful neighbor to us - such a kind and generous person.
I was very sorry to read of the passing of Barbara. I have read and enjoyed her column for many years but especially since her retirement. I have identified her many feelings and most personally her breast cancer. I too have been through that tramatic experience. She made her feelings known and shared them all with us. She will be in my thoughts and prayers with a smile for all the hours of pleasureable reading she has made possible. Thank you and God bless you Barbara....
She was the kind of woman, mother, writer and human being that I aspire to be. I'm thankful to have had the chance to meet and interview her. She was truly a remarkable lady.
I've read her columns since I was a kid - she was the reason I became interested in fashion. My sincere condolences to the family.
pray we will,sing we must,but still we weep.
My sincerest condolences to Drew and the rest of her family. She was a most gracious lady. "To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord." But my heart is heavy right now.
I just finished reading her book. What a classy lady. My condolences to her family.
Kathleen Kearns McFarland
My profound sorrow to the entire family on the passing of beloved Barbara. I will always cherish the memories of attending the Pgh. Pops and Michael Buble concerts with her and sharing the critiques afterward. Everyone who knew her knows if you looked up the words class and dignity in the dictionary, it would say, Barbara Cloud. May she rest in eternal peace.
Barbara remembered people, individuals, no matter their place in life, they were individuals. From the veterinarian we shared to his staff. She cared and honored them. I missed her columns and will miss her.
I always enjoyed reading her columns and insights on life and much more. I never met her but remember her many years ago waiting for a bus on Wilkins Avenue in a divine, light blue wool coat with a great belt. Even seeing her from my bus seat I could sense her great style. That she possessed such wit and compassion and humanity isn't a surprise to me. She touched many a reader and she will be greatly missed.
This is from all of us at THE LARK MOTEL we will always remember BARBARA may she rest in peace.
Reading her columns was always a bright spot of the paper. Barbara was a class act and will be missed. My condolences to her family and friends.
My condolences go out to you and your family. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
You have my sincere and heartfelt wishes of sympathy. Barbara was a woman of intelligence, wit, beauty and grace. She truly was a gift of God to all whose lives she touched. I will always remember her humor, her elegance and her kindness. Be certain of my thoughts and prayers in your time of sorrow
I still have several articles that Barbara wrote about her beloved Stone Harbor throughout the years! It is my favorite place on the planet also! She was a lovely person! I'll think of her today as I walk the beach of Stone Harbor and place flowers there in her honor!
Our sympathy to her family. She was an old neighbor on Wilkins Avenue and always encouraged me as a new mother. She also came from Uniontown, as did my own mother, and both were well-dressed and classy women. "Strong women: Be one. Know one. Raise one."
sympathy to your family. i will miss her gracious and loving style. i was saddned to learn of her death. the world is a better place because of her and her wisdom of life.nice knowing you, barbara. you will be missed.
I loved reading her columns! I felt like I knew her and her family personally. She had a real connection with her readers. I am sure she will be missed greatly!
Drew, My Mother and Bobbie were childhood friends. They went to college together. My baby sister was named after her.They were always best friends. I have a photo of her holding me as a baby. When I met anyone one from Pittsburgh in my travels-I asked if they knew her and everyone always said yes. My Mother always knew about you and what you were up to. She passed on the news. You were the light of her life. Your new family brought her the most joy. She sent me photos of your beautiful girls on the computer wrapped in Bobbies arms and Bobbie's smile matched her love. She reached us all with beauty, grace and style. You were blessed with her and she was blessed with you. We will all miss her.
My sincere sympathy. She was a beautiful Lady. May God comfort you all during this most sorrowful time. Psalm 147:3
Drew, your mother and my mother were friends, sharing the common challenges of being single career women with one son at a time that divorcees were not common or widely accepted.
When my beloved mother passed away in 2005, I found extraordinary consolation in the number of friends and acquaintances of hers who said, "Do you realize how much your mother loved you?" Thankfully, I did. I hope that this brings consolation and comfort to you as well at this painful hour.
Those of us who read Barbara's column know that you were everything to her. Her grateful readers were forever touched by her and the beautiful words she consistently wrote. I was in contact with her often, most of the time regarding our shared love of dogs.
Your mother left the world a far better place. There has not been nor shall there be anyone like her.
God bless you, Maggie, and your beautiful children.
My sympathy to her Family. I'm just a fan who never met her but exchanged some E Mails. I went out of my way to have ice cream at her favorite spot in Stone Harbor once. I have missed her writing.
I am so saddened to read that my lifelong friend, Bobbie, has passed away. Our families were friends long before I was born and her dear father brought me in to the world. I cherish the times and talks with her in Uniontown, and with her family. I will always love and remember them.