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GORDON GERALD HARLOW - ESSEX - Gordon Gerald Harlow, longtime Essex resident, passed away unexpectedly May 6, 2012, while on vacation in Florida with his wife and best friend, Jenny. Gordy was born March 2, 1934, in Irasburg, the son of the late Gerald Arthur Harlow and Madeline Rose Philips. He graduated from Orleans High School in 1952, and was presently serving as Vice President of his 60th Reunion Committee. Quiet. Strong. In every role in his life – son, nephew, grandson, brother, husband, father, grandfather, friend - these are the qualities we remember the most. His legacy is his wry smile. His integrity. His love of golf, dancing, baseball and fishing. He served his country in the US Air Force from 1956 to 1960. Gordy was instrumental in laying out the runway at Edwards Air Force Base that was used for the B-52 and then ultimately as a landing site for the Space Shuttle. His proudest moment in the service was pitching for the Air Force baseball team in a championship game in Hawaii. He was a perfectionist, but in an endearing way. We will miss his way of doing things. And his filing and keeping records and finding just the right box for whatever you needed; there is love in order. He retired from Pizzagalli Construction Company; he was so proud of his 25 years there as a Chief Field Engineer. He loved being a land surveyor; he was licensed in five states and was President of the Vermont Society of Land Surveyors. Gordy is survived by the love of his life and partner in marriage for 55 years, Jenny Colleen (Marcotte) Harlow; four children, Julie and husband, George Abraham, of Westbrook, Conn., Jerry of Harrison, N.Y., Cathy and husband, Bill Corbin, of Underhill, and Jim and wife, Elizabeth, of Milton; sister, Gloria Riley of Orrington, Maine; nine grandchildren, Jackie, Gordy, Kevin, Sam, Cam, Jamie, Casey, Chase, and Leah; several nieces and nephews; and many, many friends. A celebration of Gordy's life will be held Saturday, June 2, 2012, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Ready Funeral and Cremation Service Mountain View Chapel, 68 Pinecrest Drive, Essex Junction. To send online condolences to the family, please visit www.readyfuneral.com. Donations in Gordy's name can be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, PO Box 4527, New York, NY 10163.

Published in The Burlington Free Press on May 10, 2012
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