WEST FALMOUTH - Lawrence Lumbert Harlow, 90, passed away on Monday, April 4, 2016. He was born in Plymouth, MA on July 11, 1925. A lifelong resident of West Falmouth, he passed away with his family surrounding him, at the home built by his great grandfather. As a youth Larry was a constant companion to his grandfather, who sailed on the whaling ship Charles W. Morgan, and was Harbormaster in West Falmouth. Upon his grandfather’s death in 1938, Larry became Harbormaster at the age of 15.
At the start of WWII he volunteered for the US Navy at the age of 16 1/2 with his mother providing a waiver for an underaged enlistment. He served aboard the Emery, a Destroyer Escort and the Gardiners Bay, a seaplane tender. He took part in the occupation of Tokyo and was one of the first Navy personnel to fly over the ruins of Hiroshima. He attended Cleveland Diesel School and attained the rank of Chief Engineer in his service to the Navy.
Upon his return to West Falmouth he received a diploma from Lawrence High School. At this time he was reunited with his childhood friend, Charlotte Bourne, who became his wife of 61 years. Larry, a member of the Falmouth All Stars, a semi-pro football team, was invited by the Detroit Lions to play Pro Football. Already a father, he declined the offer and chose to participate in the family trucking business instead. The trucking business allowed him to be involved with construction of the current Route 3, Mid-Cape Highway, runways at Logan Airport and the jetty at the approach to West Falmouth Harbor, among other projects. As his family grew he realized a place for children to play was needed in West Falmouth. He and several other local volunteer parents built the West Falmouth Ballpark. He also participated in the founding of Falmouth Youth Hockey, along with Ray Kenney, Alvin Nickerson, and Arthur Henderson.
Larry began driving cross country for his wife’s uncle as one of the first owner operators for Allied Van Lines in 1947. In his time at the van line he hauled a myriad of interesting payloads, such as the navigation system for the Apollo program for NASA, Control Panels for the Glenn Rose Nuclear Power Plant and prototype wings for top secret aircraft for the US Air Force. At the time of his retirement he had logged over 8 million miles. He was the oldest certified driver at the van line, and carried a CDL until the time of his death.
He was a member of Bowerman’s Beach Club, a Life Member of the Midway Trap and Skeet Club, the VFW and the West Falmouth Methodist Church. He was also a Freemason for 70 years.
Predeceased by his wife, Larry leaves his children, Michael C. Harlow of West Falmouth, Michelle Hamilton of Diamond Point, NY, Marti Harlow Jeglinski of East Falmouth, Maurie Harlow-Hawkes of West Falmouth and Matthew L. Harlow of Hudson, FL. He also leaves 11 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.
In Lieu of Flowers, donations may be made to the West Falmouth Methodist Church P.O. Box 303, West Falmouth, MA 02574.