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David Russell Harlow (1947 - 2016)

SHUTESBURY – David Russell Harlow of Shutesbury, passed away Thurs., Dec. 15, 2016 at the age of 69, after a short battle with pancreatic cancer. Born April 14, 1947, in Brockton, David was the son of Tisdale and Ruth (Cruikshank) Harlow. He lived in Easton where he was active in 4-H, showing his livestock in area county fairs. He attended National 4-H Conference in Washington, DC where he met the love of his life, Jeanne. He attended Burdett College in Boston, and graduated in 1969 from Barrington College in Rhode Island with a bachelors degree in Business. He moved to Amherst that year where he taught and was head of the High School Business Department for 27 years. He and Jeanne were married in 1972. Retiring as a teacher in 1997, he joined Jeanne as her bookkeeper at Harlow Properties until he company was sold in 2003. Dave went on to obtain his CDL license and drove a school bus for Hadley for three years. In 2007, he and Jeanne set off for Glacier National Park where he had the privilege of driving a tour bus for 6 months and becoming one of the honored few "Red Jammer" bus drivers. While he enjoyed gardening, camping, woodworking and attending craft shows, he will always be fondly remembered by hundreds of Amherst High School students as "Mr. H." He leaves his wife of nearly 45 years, Jeanne; his three sons and their wives, Jason and Melissa Harlow of Palatine, Illinois, Christopher and Laura Harlow of Westfield, Luke and Erin Harlow of Jacksonville, Florida; and his four grandchildren. There will be a celebration of David's life Saturday, January 21, 2017, 1-5 p.m. at the Wesley United Methodist Church, 98 N. Maple Street, Hadley. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: the Hospice of the Fisher Home, 1165 N. Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA, 01002; American Cancer Society , 59 Bobala Rd., Holyoke, MA 01040: National 4-H Council, P.O. Box 37560, Baltimore, MD 21297-3560. - See more at:

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