Robert J. Barlow
Robert J. Barlow
SPRINGFIELD — Robert J. Barlow, 87, died Sunday, July 13, 2014, at Cedar Hill Continuing Care Community.
He was born May 5, 1927, at Springfield Hospital, the only child of Leslie Reuben and Katherine (Coucher) Barlow.
Robert achieved his Eagle Scout status and graduated from Springfield High School in the Class of 1945. With his parents’ help, he purchased Lookaway Farm in Eureka District in 1942. He married Mabel Louise Trombley in 1949 and they farmed together for a lifetime.
The farm started with a poultry business selling eggs, then became a working dairy farm selling milk to Bellows Falls Creamery and most recently raising beef cattle. Robert won the Outstanding Young Farmer award for the State of Vermont in 1959, outstanding accomplishment in soil conservation from the Ottauquechee Soil Conservation District, and recognition from the North American Maple Council.
He was an active member of the Vermont Sugarmakers’ Assoc. including past President and at one time was the third largest maple producer in Vermont. He was active on several farm committees and with the Windsor County Agricultural Fair including hosting the event. He was also active in the town on the zoning board and Committee of 18 and served as a leader, instructor and volunteer for 4-H and scouting programs.
Robert drove schoolbus for over 30 years and particularly enjoyed driving for all the sports teams and cheering them on. He attended horse shows with his children and grandchildren and loved going to farm auctions. He hiked most of the Long Trail.
Robert is survived by his spouse, Mabel, recently celebrating their 65th wedding anniversary. He is survived by three children, Jane Waysville and her husband John, Scott Barlow and his wife Joanne, all of Springfield; and Twyla Sweet Moon of Marathon, Fla. Also, survived by his grandchildren, Cristina Price and her husband Jeff of Huntington, VT; Nicholas Barlow and his wife Cailin, with great-grandson, Everett; and Jason Waysville and his wife, Erin with great-grandson, Luke, all of Springfield.
A celebration of Robert’s life will be held at the First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ in Springfield at 2 p.m. Friday, July 18. Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery, returning to the church for a reception.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Springfield Humane Society, 401 Skitchewaug Trail, Springfield, VT 05156 or the Cedar Hill Activity Fund, 49 Cedar Hill Drive, Windsor, VT 05089