William H. Barlow, 82, retired railroad man

William H. Barlow
William H. Barlow
Posted: November 05, 2013

William H. Barlow, 82, of Mount Laurel, a career railroad man who retired in 1988 as supervisor of internal computer systems for Conrail in Philadelphia, died of lung cancer Tuesday, Oct. 29, at home.

Mr. Barlow was a competitive recreational hockey player for decades, and an executive for a youth sports organization in Burlington County.

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., he graduated from Mountain Lakes (N.J.) High School in 1949 and attended Dartmouth College.

In the Army in postwar France, he was a general's driver.

Mr. Barlow began his railroad career in 1958 as a secretary to the secretary of the New York Central in Manhattan, son Keith said.

He continued in that position, moving to Philadelphia, after the 1968 New York Central merger with the Pennsylvania Railroad created the Penn Central Railroad, he said.

Mr. Barlow worked in the executive offices of Conrail in Philadelphia from the time that freight line was formed in 1976.

From 1978 to 1983, he was president of the Greentree Recreation Association near Mount Laurel, which offered competitive sports such as baseball and football to youngsters, whom he coached for a time.

"My father played ice hockey until he was 50," his son said, in later years on defense for amateur teams at the Ocean Ice Palace in Brick Township.

From 2002 through 2012, Mr. Barlow was a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary, preparing boaters for safety exams, mostly at Burlington County Community College.

A member of the Golden Pheasant Golf Course in Lumberton since 1990, he was its secretary in 2012. He was a member of the South Jersey Golf Association.

In addition to his son, Mr. Barlow is survived by wife Lynn; another son, Craig; daughter Megan Villani; six grandchildren; a brother; and two sisters.

Visitation was set for 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4, at the Bradley Funeral Home, 601 Route 73 South, Marlton, before an 8 p.m. memorial service there.

Donations may be made to Moorestown Visiting Nurses & Hospice at www.moorestownvna.org.

Condolences may be offered to the family at www.bradleyfuneralhome-marlton.com.


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