Walter Barlow May 16, 1926 - Mar 09, 2018
Walter Barlow, 91, a long-time resident of Aston, PA died peacefully at home on March 9th, 2018. He was the devoted husband to his loving wife of 61 years, Mary Cassell. Walter was predeceased by Mary, who passed away in September of 2012.
Walter was born in Chester, PA on May 16th, 1926 and was later raised in Morton. Mr. Barlow was the son of the late Walter F. Barlow and Mary D. Bulger Barlow. He attended Nativity B.V.M. School in Media, PA and graduated from St. James High School on June 4th, 1944. Four hours after his high school graduation, Walter enlisted in the United States Navy. On June 6th, 1944 he reported to Camp Perry in Virginia, where he became a Signalman 3rd Class on L.S.T. # 981. During World War II, Walter was a proud participant in the Pacific Theatre and Okinawa. He received two gold stars for his involvement in Okinawa as well as a submarine siege. On June 6th, 1946, Walter was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy.
In 1949, Walter was visiting Hotel Henry Hudson in Camp Caramac where he met his soon to be wife, Mary Cassell. The couple married on May 26th, 1951. Shortly after their marriage, Walter began working for Sun Oil Company, located in Marcus Hook, PA and worked there until he retired in 1984. While employed, Walter played for the Sun Oil softball league for eight years. Mr. Barlow was an excellent softball player and, much to his wife’s dismay, hit a homerun off of his brother-in-law, Frank Cassell, during a game. Afterwards, Mary did not speak to Walter for two days. Walter also coached Sun Oil Little League baseball for several years.
In 1953, Walter and Mary moved to Bridgewater Farms in Aston and established their family there. The family became part of St. Joseph’s Parish, where Walter coached C.Y.O. basketball. His teams won the St. James Basketball Tournament, the St. Roberts Basketball Tournament, and were also C.Y.O. Regional Champions. In addition to coaching, Walter enjoyed playing golf with his friends and vacationing in Wildwood with his family.
SURVIVORS: his loving children: Larry Barlow (Celeste), Mary DiAmicis (Jack), Bobby Barlow (Kathy), Patty Locklear (Rob), and Judi Yannonis (Wes); He is also the Poppop of 19 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren whom he proudly spoke of on every occasion.
VISITATION: Tuesday from 6:00-8:00 pm at Nolan-Fidale Funeral Home, 5980 Chichester Ave., Aston, PA and Wednesday from 9:30-10:15 am at St. Joseph Church, 3255 Concord Road, Aston, PA. FUNERAL MASS: Wednesday at 10:30 am at St. Joseph Church. BURIAL: Ss. Peter & Paul Cemetery, Springfield.
St. Joseph Church
Begins: Mar 14, 2018 10:30am - 11:15am3255 Concord Road
Aston, PA 19014
Maureen Stokarski says:Submitted on: Mar 13, 2018
We are saddened and heartbroken. We will truly miss our weekly "church buddy" of over 13 years. We know he is happy to be back with his beloved Mary. He missed her so. We will deeply our weekly talks. Mass will never be the same. We grew to love this wonderful man, like he was family. Rest in peace, Walt, you have truly earned it. Love, (Maureen, Beth, and Maura)
Math Heavens says:Submitted on: Mar 12, 2018
My condolences.. Love the homerun off Frank story..
Mike Guzzo says:Submitted on: Mar 12, 2018
A truly wonderful and caring man. Your friendly smile and always upbeat personality will be missed.
John Mooney says:Submitted on: Mar 12, 2018
On behalf of the St. James High School Alumni Association, I extend our deepest sympathies on your loss. On April 29 at St, Madeline's Church, the Alumni Association will remember Walter at their annual Memorial Mass.
Chrissy pierce says:Submitted on: Mar 12, 2018
Gosh im so sorry for your LOSS, Mr Barlow was my great second father to me we used to play games at Mr Grunwells pool and he wuld always kidd me and make jokes wijth me he made me feel special as a kidd....he was my Fathers great friend to the end,,,,,RIP MR BARLOW U WILL BE MISSED..Much Love and Concern for the Family...