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Stephen Spencer Harlow, Sr.

June 1, 1943 - November 5, 2018

U.S. Veteran

Per his request private cremation services were held.  A private graveside service will be held at a later time at the WV National Cemetery.

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Posted by:
Linda Harlow

Posted on:
November 9, 2018

Steve was much loved. First born child of John and Marie Harlow, he carried not only their hopes and dreams on his shoulders but also their endless love. As the first grandson, he was cherished above all others. His grandparents, almost a second set of parents, “Daddy Ivan” and “Boo” were an integral part of his life; always in his corner with love and support. He was adored by his two younger sisters. Being nine and thirteen years younger than he, they could be annoying yet also idolized him. Steve loved sports and was an excellent athlete. From an early age he was always with a group of friends playing football, basketball, even ping pong… any sort of game that could be organized on a moments notice. Football was his favorite. He played throughout high school and prep school usually as #27. As a younger sister, one of my memories is our family proudly attending every game, no matter how far away. Even as a teenager Steve loved the outdoors, hunting, trapping and fishing. In the summers, he worked as a “quohogger” on his own skiff in Narragansett bay. He trapped at Brickyard Pond and filled the family basement with drying pelts. In the same basement, he and his friends played late-night poker on a regular basis. Cards was another of Steve’s lifelong passions. Steve lived his life as he wanted. There were innumerable opportunities open to him; he made conscious and thoughtful decisions about how he wanted to live. He always knew that he didn’t want to spend his life in an office. He liked working with his hands. He loved the outdoors. He chose to live in Salem; he loved the land and the people. He derived great pleasure from his garden. He enjoyed time traipsing through the woods whether he was searching for ginseng, trapping or hunting. His dogs were great companions. He enjoyed close and long-term friendships; Thanksgivings with Ducky and Louise were a honored tradition. Most of all, Steve loved his family; they were the center of his live. He and Sandi enjoyed a long and loving marriage. Together they raised three children, John, Rose and Steve Jr. Their hearts and doors were always open to anyone who needed love and a home. Theirs was a home full of love and warmth. As their family grow, his love was extended to all. His ten grandchildren were his pride and joy. He loved attending their sporting events and regaling them with his stories. May he always be in their hearts. Salute to a life well lived. Salute to a man who was loved by so many. Salute to Stephen Spencer Harlow. With all my love and happy memories, Linda

Posted by:
Gary & Sharon Anderson

Posted on:
November 9, 2018

Deepest sympathies from our family to yours. Remembering our enjoyable days on union jobs and all the years of youth and joy. Thinking of you and your family during this difficult time. Many prayers. -Gary & Sharon Anderson

Posted by:
Theresa Surock

Posted on:
November 6, 2018

sensing our condolences and prayers, Mr Harlow was not only our customer but our friend. He will be missed. God Bless you all.

Posted by:
Your favorite daughter in law

Posted on:
November 6, 2018

RIP Pop!!!! Rest easy, we will take care of everything!! See you on the other side!

Posted by:
Tracy Davis

Posted on:
November 6, 2018

Steve Harlow and his family welcomed me into their family when my own family had turned away. I am eternally grateful for time spent with them. Rest In Peace, Steven. I’ll see you on the other side.

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