For Carleton…

When I wrote my farewell to 2011, I had no idea that a more painful goodbye was only days away. Because the loss of my daughter’s husband is still so close, I can only quote excerpts from the tribute composed by his children, parents, and siblings.

Carleton Harlow, born November 17th, 1952, son of David and Marge Harlow, passed away on January 6th, 2012 in Mt. Holly, Vermont. He married Paige Wilson-Kelly on April 20, 1984. He leaves behind his devoted wife and greatly loved children, Megan Harlow of Virginia, Kristance Harlow of the United Kingdom, and Joseph Harlow of Vermont.

Carl’s main passion and love was for his family. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved to fish. He will be remembered for his great sense of humor; he was always the funniest man in the room.

Whenever there is a family gathering, he will be missed, not only for his delicious barbecues and hilarious dance moves, but for his selfless, loving presence. Wherever there is a stream and fish to be caught, a clear night with stars to gaze at, or a moment that calls for a laugh, we will remember

Published in: on January 30, 2012 at 8:42 am  Comments (14)  
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  1. A lovely tribute, Alice.

    • Thank you, Moma. So much.

  2. What a loving tribute. Those few words really show a lot about him. I’m so sorry that you, your daughter, and your grandchildren have lost this wonderful man.

    • Thank you for your sensitive words of comfort, Lisa. Tears are never far away as I remember this son-in-law who sent a Christmas tree, complete with lights and decorations, after Andrew died. He couldn’t bear the thought we would not have a tree that Christmas and, with his usual kindness, had one shipped to us. We miss him very much.

  3. I can’t even imagine what you guys are going through right now, but it’s wonderful to see you blogging again. That’s a good sign, right?

    Thank you for stopping by to let us know how you’re doing. My heart really goes out to you. Losing someone is never easy, and I wish you the best in your time of processing.

    • I so appreciate your words of understanding and sympathy, McKenzie. Hearing from you means a great deal. Thank you.

  4. There’s a gap in the universe and it seems strange the world is still turning. Hearts may heal, but there will always be an open space where he once stood. My deep sympathy for your family’s loss.

    • You’re right, Barb. A gap will always exist in this life without him. Your sympathy and understanding are what I needed to hear. Thank you.

  5. Beautiful tribute, Alice. My heart goes out to you and your family always.

  6. Knowing you care and understand mean so much to me. Thank you.

  7. A loving tribute! He will surely be missed by those who knew him.
    My condolences on your family’s loss.

    • Thank you, Jan. Your words of comfort and friendship are so appreciated.

  8. wow. i just clicked over to see what was going on. had no idea tragedy had struck your family. i’ll be praying for your family, especially your daughter. what terrible sadness to go through. please keep us updated. i’ll be praying God’s peace and comfort for you all. this was a lovely tribute to who sounds like a wonderful man.

    • Jeannie, I am so touched by your words of understanding. When tragedy strikes a family, we are sustained by the love and prayers of comfort offered by cherished friends and associates. Thank you so much!

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