WALLINGFORD - John Anthony "Tony" Harlow passed away at age 80 on Sunday, March 23, 2014, after a courageous battle with lung cancer. He was the son of the late John Harlow and Helen Shiels Harlow.
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He was born in Astoria, N.Y., on Jan. 21, 1934. After his mother's death in April 1934, he was raised by his uncle, P. Frank Gallagher and aunt, Mae Shiels Gallagher along with their daughter, Lorraine Gallagher Stapleton. He was predeceased by his beloved sister by Patricia Harlow Devaney.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Joan McMinamin Harlow and his five children, Chris Ann Harlow, of Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., Carey Ann Harlow and Steve Alexandre, of Marlborough, Mary Kate and her husband, Glenn Speer, of Colchester, Jessica Harlow, of Wethersfield and John A. Harlow, Esq. and his wife Maria Harlow; and his five grandchildren, Michael, Zachary and Sarah Opheim, of California, Jack Speer and Fiona Harlow. He graduated from Fairfield Preparatory School and Saint Mary's Seminary and University with a bachelor of arts in philosophy received his masters and six year certificate from Fairfield University. He did postgraduate study at the University of Kentucky and College of Holy Cross. He taught for eight years in Wallingford and was one of the first Department Head appointed at the James Moran Junior High School. He served as president of the Wallingford Education Association. He also taught in North Haven for a total of 28 years, serving as Foreign Language Department Head of the North Haven Junior High School. Enlisted in the Connecticut Air National Guard in 1957, received a Direct Commission to 2nd Lt. in 1961, and retired in 1982, as a Lt. Colonel as Director of Logistics for the Air National Guard. He later received an honorary promotion to Colonel. He was also president of the Military Officer Association of America, the Nathan Hale Chapter. He served his church as lay reader, trainer of altar boys and a member of the first elected Parish Council at the Church of Resurrection. While at Holy Trinity Church, he was a lay reader and an usher. Tony served on the Meriden District Board of Directors for the Catholic Family Services and also on the Board of Directors of the Hartford Archdiocese Catholic Family Services. He also attended Georgetown University. He coached boys' basketball at North Haven Junior High School and he coached the girl's tennis team in North Haven High School. He taught several semesters at Mattatuck Community College. He was a fan of the N.Y. Giants, Notre Dame football, Georgetown men's basketball, UConn women's basketball and the Boston Celtics and the Boston Red Sox. He enjoyed playing tennis, golf, theater, cards and reading.
The family would like to thank the support of their very close friends, Mr. and Mrs. Michael McDermott and Mr. and Mrs. Michael Carbone at this time.
His family will receive relatives and friends in The Wallingford Funeral Home, 809 N. Main St. Ext., on Friday, March 28, from 4 until 7 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 29, at 9 a.m. from the funeral home when the funeral cortege will proceed to Most Holy Trinity Church where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Interment will be in St. John Cemetery in Wallingford. In lieu of flowers please send a contribution to Holy Trinity School, 11 N. Whittlesey Ave., Wallingford, CT 06492 or Masonicare Home Health & Hospice, 33 N. Plains Industrial Road, Wallingford, CT 06492.
Wallingford Funeral Home
809 North Main Street Ext.
Wallingford, CT 06492
Published in The Record-Journal on Mar. 26, 2014