Harold L. Barlow, 93, of Dunmore, went home to the Lord on Wednesday evening surrounded by his family. His wife of 54 years, Mary Judge Barlow, preceded him in death in February of 2004.
Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late Leo and Kathryn Karpowicz Barlow. He was the vice president and a graduate of Scranton Technical High School, class of 1938, and remained very proactive in their reunions. He was a lifelong member of St. Mary of Mount Carmel Church, Dunmore; St. Mary's Bowling League and served many years in St. Mary's Boy Scout Troop 88, several as its assistant scoutmaster. He was also a Fourth-Degree Knight in the Knights of Columbus and a life member of American Legion Lincoln Heights Post 920, of Scranton; and a member of the Dante Literary Club of Scranton.
With his best friend, his identical twin brother, Leo, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy
, and both received Top Navy Honors at the Naval Air Gunners School. He was a proud veteran
of the U.S. Navy in World War II
, earning the Good Conduct Ribbon, the American Theater Ribbon and the Victory Medal. The twins are remembered as graveside buglers for numerous funerals of World War I veterans.
Before retirement, he was a switchman and then the yardmaster for the Erie-Lackawanna Railroad and Conrail for more than 40 years. He was an avid PGA fan and a member of several bowling leagues, along with several weekly card-playing groups. Harold always had a smile and his daily pleasure was meeting with a group of friends for coffee. He will certainly be missed by all, and we are all better off for knowing him.
The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Dr. Paul Remick for his extraordinary medical care over the years.
He is survived by his daughter, Jane Barlow, Dunmore; a son, Jim and his wife, Cheri, Moscow; a brother, Arnold, Florida; a daughter-in-law, Marjorie DeSanto-Barlow, Clarks Summit; grandchildren, Daniel Cordaro, Berkeley, Calif.; Katya and Collin Barlow, Clarks Summit; a sister-in-law, Elizabeth Barlow, West Chester; many nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by a son, Lawrence Barlow; two brothers, Robert and Leo Barlow; two sisters, Geraldine Wheeler and Lois Taylor; five brothers-in-law, John F. Judge, Joseph Judge, Eugene Judge, Thomas Wheeler and Don Taylor; and three sisters-in-law, Lois Barlow, Agnes McGee Judge and Julie Judge.
The funeral will be Monday from the Albert P. O'Donnell Funeral Home, 2025 Green Ridge St., Dunmore, with Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in St. Mary of Mount Carmel Church, 322 Chestnut St., Dunmore. Interment with full military honors, Cathedral Cemetery, Scranton. All those attending the funeral, please go directly to the church on Monday morning.
Friends may call today from 2 to 6 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his name may be made to the
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