Jack Barlow, of Woodstock, South Pomfret and Winchcombe England, died Nov. 9 in England.
Jack was born Dec. 8, 1925, in Teaneck, N.J. son of James A. Barlow of Prairie Dog Creek Wyo. and Emile Verger Barlow of Montellimar, France. His parents met and married in New York City in 1915.
After an honorable discharge from the Army in 1944, he began an antiques business in an old barn across from present-day Toziers Restaurant in Bethel, while attending Middlebury College.
In 1950, Jack and his late partner, Charles Wigren, moved to Woodstock and began their antiques business, Wigren and Barlow. After Charlie’s passing, Jack ran the business, along with Eric Nesbit, until he sold and retired in 1999, although he continued to trade in antiques privately.
He is survived by one brother James of Jackson, Wyo. one sister Jeanne Barlow Naperstek of Ann Arbor Mich.; three nieces, Mary Gilman, Centennial, Colo. Lee Barlow of Jackson, Wyo. and Susi Naperstek Carroll (Tom) Whitmore Lake, Mich.; six nephews, Bill Straub (Cheryl), Spokane, Wash., Jim Straub (Linda), Pine Mountain, Ga., Paul Naperstek (Donna) Woodbine, N.J., James Barlow (Pam) Jackson, Wyo., Peter Steyn Chattanooga, Tenn., Jack Gilman (Debbie), Mazatlan, Mexico, and his dear friends, Debbie and Keith Prichard of Winchcombe, England.
Jack was predeceased by two sisters, Felice Barlow Steyn of Vero Beach, Fla., and Harriet Barlow Gilman of Vero Beach and Centennial, Colo.
Jack’s passing is truly the end of an era in many ways. Missed will be friendship shown, stories of Woodstock and the many people he knew beginning in the 1950’s, stories of travels in the world, especially the UK. He had a keen eye, and the ability to find the best and wonderful things in the most impossible pile of stuff. Jack lived a good life, pretty much how he wanted to live it, doing pretty much what he wanted to do. He also left this life where he wanted to be; with dear friends he wanted to be with, right up to the end. His niece Lee Barlow and friend Keith Prichard were with him as he passed away. He will be missed.
In memory of Jack, donations may be made to the Woodstock Food Shelf, P.O. Box 570, Woodstock, 05091, Thompson Senior Center, 99 Senior Lane, Woodstock, 05091 or Abbott Memorial Library, Stage Rd, South Pomfret, 05067.
This obituary first appeared in the November 21, 2013 print edition of the Vermont Standard.
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