Jack Barlow

Profile Updated: May 15, 2019
Class Year: 1958
Residing In: Amherstburg, ON Canada
Spouse/Partner: Gail
Occupation: Retired (President of Canadian Vehicle Leasing)
Children: Jeffrey born 1966
Jason born 1969
Gillian born 1973

It took me 7 yrs. to finish High School??? I loved going to school but wasn't very good at passing. Made twice as many friends as most because I spent twice as long at that wonderful school.
When I finally got out I had no idea what to do. Dad was painting a sign at an auto body shop called Arena Body & Fender. He asked the owner, Ugo Moscardelli, if he had a job for me. Ugo had 5 Italians working for him and no one could speak English. The only thing Ugo needed was someone to keep his books and pay the bills. In other words a sort of accountant. Dad said, "Jackie would be good at that. Ugo said, ""OK but I can only pay him $25.00 a week. Dad said, "he'll take it." When Dad told me he had a job for me, I said, "what's an accountant?"
My first day started on July 5 1959. By the end of July I could sing "Volare" in Italian. On Dec. 28th I went to work only to find that the bailiffs had put a lock on the door and Ugo, the 5 Italians, & I were out of work!!
With my vast experience in singing "Volare", making Italian wine, sanding cars, and "accounting.".... I joined London Life Ins. Co. training to be a Branch Manager. I was transferred to Toronto and became a life ins. salesman. Hated it! To this day I don't own an insurance policy. Joined Pacific Finance. Became a manager. Left and joined Canadian Vehicle Leasing. Started in sales and worked my way up to President with 75 people reporting to me. We were owned by the Bank of Montreal and when the Government introduced the white paper the banks were kicked out of leasing. I was told to sell the company. I did. Didn't like the owners. Took a large settlement and a 2 year sabbatical. Became a real estate agent and was fairly successful for 10 years. Met my present wife Gail who said, let's retire in Florida!! I said OK and retired at age 50.
Moved to Naples, Fl. and decided I was too young to retire so I worked at the Vineyards Golf and Country Club, where we also owned a home, cutting grass and raking sand traps with 25 Mexicans. Learned the Mexican Hat Dance. Salary $7.00 an hr. Great "cervesa" money. Got bored after 2 years and worked for my wife for 3 days. Had to quit or we would have either divorced or killed each other. Have been happily retired for the past 26 years (still married to my darling wife) and now living in Palm Coast, Florida

School Story:

My favorite school story happened in my second year in Grade 9!! I might have related this story somewhere else in this web site but I don't mind repeating it.
It occurred on a warm sunny day late in May. We were in the music room and "Wally Balloo" (Mr. Walton) was filling in for our regular English teacher, Miss Westgate. Big Bob was slouched over the piano sitting on the piano bench and reading a boring passage from The Merchant Of Venice. (Were there ever any exciting passages?) Everyone seemed to be in a daze and we were dreaming about the upcoming summer holidays. I was looking out the window watching the clouds drift by....and "The Bear" kept on in a monotone voice.
I could see some of my classmates heads drooping down and some were actually resting on their desks.
Then R.F.W. must have come across what he thought was an exciting piece of prose and being the wanna-be Shakespearean actor he decided to go into high gear. Well folks, he raised his arm and slammed it down on all the keys of the piano. I tossed my copy of the book into the air and 3 students fell right out of their desks.
Mr. Walton just smiled and kept on reading!!

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Jack Barlow has left an In Memory comment for Vera Service Janisse.
Sep 10, 2020 at 2:01 PM

Vera was a Prado kid and lived two doors from me.  She was a great frriend of the family and took her turn babysitting me and my sisters.   We lost contact for a number of years while I lived in the U.S.A. but when I moved to Bob Lo we met up again and shared many  happy times.  

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What an interesting life and career Lois! Would love to see a few pictures of your journey along the way.

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Nov 11, 2019 at 8:33 AM

From Joan (Millar).

This is 12 years ago.
The only  Riverside person I’ve stayed in touch with over the years has been Elaine – still good friends.  She lives in  Mississauga and has two grown kids (and two grand children).  You may already know that Elaine’s first husband, Ian (Dickson, of course) died of a heart attack about 14 years ago.  Elaine has been married for some 12 years to David Cameron who owns a landscaping business, soon to be retired.  Elaine was a successful real estate guru for many years, but is now retired and enjoying life as a painter and boater with Dave.  Our last visit was this past winter at their vacation rental in  Cape Coral ,  FL where this picture of the four of us was taken:

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Aug 22, 2019 at 4:33 PM

MUSKOKA — There was a hush in the room.

“It’s a little more difficult topic than I’m used to speaking about in this chamber,” Huntsville Mayor Scott Aitchison told District of Muskoka council on March 18. “But I’m honoured to have the opportunity to speak about Bill Calvert.”

William “Bill” Calvert, district chief administrative officer from 1982 to 2002 and longtime Huntsville resident, died suddenly after a brief illness on March 9.


“While his time here as the principal public servant of Muskoka was distinguished, it was a brief window into the life and career of a truly great man,” said Aitchison.

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Calvert earned a master of science in wildlife biology and park planning from Acadia University in 1969. He later held varied positions with the Ministry of Natural Resources, such as assistant director of the conservation authorities branch, provincial park supervisor for southern Ontario, district manager in Chapleau and chief naturalist for Algonquin Provincial Park.

He also held several other positions with the provincial government, including assistant deputy minister for the Ministry of Government Services, executive director in the cabinet office and regional director for northwestern Ontario with the Ministry of Northern Affairs.

But, noted Aitchison, Calvert put his foot down when the province tried to move him to a new post in Toronto in 1981.

“He was prepared to go as far south as Muskoka and no further,” smiled Aitchison.

Calvert soon secured the chief administrative officer position with the district and was described as a consummate professional and steady, calming leader with quiet resolve, who readily encouraged staff and supported council.

More…0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px;">“I cannot think of anyone who ever saw Bill lose his cool,” said Aitchison.

In retirement, Calvert continued his public service part-time in a variety of municipal and provincial consultation roles, including a 10-month posting with the Town of Huntsville.

“He quietly set the ship right, wisely advised our council, calmed the staff and demonstrated that in public service there is honour and dignity, and that it can be, and should be, a rewarding career,” said Aitchison.

And Calvert continued to contribute to organizations, such as the Friends of Algonquin Park, which honoured him with a Directors Award in 2000.


Calvert, said Aitchison, was also known for his enjoyment of golf, hunting, fishing and paddling, his passion for the natural environment and his discretion.

“Bill Calvert shunned public attention and recognition,” said Aitchison. “He was a private man who never wanted anyone to fuss over him.”

But, Aitchison argued, the tribute was deserved.

“For his years of dedicated professional and wise service to the people of Muskoka, we should all be eternally grateful,” he said. “For his lifetime of stewardship of this magnificent landscape we call home, we should all seek to emulate his example.”

And he added that he, personally, would forever strive to Calvert’s example.

“All I can say is, ‘Thank you, Bill Calvert, for sharing yourself with all of us,’” he said.

John Klinck, district chair, also noted that he was saddened by the loss of “an exceptional gentleman” in Calvert.

“And he would have been absolutely disgusted with your praise,” smiled Klinck to chuckles.

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Miss Latimer's Grade 3 class 1948
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Dec 17, 2018 at 4:33 PM

John was my mentor in the Rifle Club.  Unfortunately, he was so good at tutoring me I beat him out to represent R.H.S. in a competition held in Toronto.  Rest in peace my friend.    

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Nov 17, 2018 at 8:33 PM

First of all my heartfelt condolences to Lucky’s family.

Lucky was younger than me so we didn’t hang out in the same crowd.  But there was one common place that we met each week.  That was at Riverside United Church at the teen class.  There is one incident that sticks with me to this day.  It happened after one of our Sunday sessions and Lucky came up to me and said, “you know Jackie…it’s very important that I am here every Sunday!”  So I thought to myself…well that’s good ,,,he doesn’t want to miss the talks that the leaders gave each Sunday.

Well 50 years go by and in 2007 I organized the first of 5 reunions for the R.H.S. Rebels.  Lucky was at  every one.  And as I walked around talking to people, I noticed Lucky sitting there with a group of  people surrounding him and chatting with him.  There were also times no one was near him and during those times Lucky was just sitting back and smiling and thoroughly enjoying himself and his surroundings.  It was then I came to the realization that it wasn’t the lessons that necessarily were the importance of Lucky attending the Sunday meetings and the reunions.

Lucky just felt very lucky to be able to share his friendship with everyone just like he continues to  do with everyone of you in attendance today. 

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Aug 14, 2018 at 8:33 PM

This was a quote by Doug Topliffe's daughter on his Facebook Page...


"Sometimes you just get lucky. Being born with Doug as my Father has been nothing short of a blessing. My hero, my advisor and my best friend. Dad passed away August 13th just before midnight after fighting a hard and long battle with cancer. His three boys, wife/mother by his side. He lived with honour, loyalty and joy. Words are not enough. 

Don’t be afraid to laugh a little as you travel through this journey. Raise a glass and light a cigar for Doug “Topper” Topliffe.

We are looking forward to celebrate his life this weekend with our friends and family.


Visitation from 2-5, 7-9 Friday the 17th.
Funeral on Saturday the 18th at 2:30. Families First on Dougal Rd.
Celebration at 5:00 on the 18th, Howard road legion (594)"

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May 26, 2018 at 4:33 PM

My heartfelt condolences go out to you Don and your family.  Myrt was a special friend to the Barlow family.  She held me in her arms when I was born and changed my diapers.  She will surely be missed by me and her many friends.   

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Mar 30, 2018 at 12:33 PM

Well Uncle Grunt you and I grew up together on that idylic street called Prado Place.  We sure had our share of laughs and even tears.  Who could forget the time we were play fighting on our front lawn and my gorgeous collie, Prince, thought it was for real and pulled you over our picket fence nearly impaling you in the process.  Many a tear was shed when dad took Prince to the farm where George Osborne lived.

I remember the time you said lets hop on our bikes and ride out to the airport.  When we got there your bike started to fall apart and you made me kneel down in the grass with you and say a prayer asking God to get us back home safely.  Well you are up there with Him now so thank Him for answering our prayers.

The only thing I won't thank you for is introducing me to my first cigarette in the attic of the new house being built for Alan and Maeta Schwartz's family.  We continued to light up in our tree fort in the Haw tree on our property.  However that came to an end when my dad saw so much smoke coming from the fort that he called the fire department.

You lived a great life Uncle Grunt and you will be missed by me and your multitude of friends.

                                      Blessings    Jack...ie 


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Sep 10, 2017 at 12:33 PM

Dear Doug & Bruce....so very sad to learn of Ron's passing.  Please pass along my condolences to yours and Ron's families.  Ron was a special friend.  We shared a strong devotion through the Riverside United Bible Classes.  Ron and I shared many an adventure sailing through a few storms on Lake St. Clair and also enjoyed the fair weather days.  We enjoyed the comaraderie of the R.U.B.C. members on sledding trips, summer events, and even a pint or two of the bubbly in later years.  We were in close touch through the internet along with his buddy Dave Logan in the last year and through many reunions.

Ron did not however, divulge to me his illness with cancer.  He will be sadly missed by me and many of his friends.

                                                 Blessings,  Jack

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Jack....ie's first job. Accountant???? Volare!!
I fit in well because of my Italian nose!!
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Jack....ie's first job. Accountant???? Volare!!
I fit in well because of my Italian nose!!
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Jack...ie's last job. Mexican Hat Dance!!!
I'm second from the left....only one that didn't have a moustache!!
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Miss Latimer's Grade 3 class 1948
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Miss Magee Grade 4 class 1949
Back row l to r..Brian Dean, Glen Girard, Carl Shaver, Bill Hendry, ???? , John Perkins, Dennis Handy, Allen Wirch,
Next row...Arnold Kay, Bob Stratton, Sinclair Hillman, Sheila Wright, Roberta Spicer, Doreen Anderson,Dorothy Bicks, Ron Beaudoin, Bill Cookson, John Cleaver.
Seated on bench,...Sandra Hills, Gail Dean, Jane Booth, Coralie Hudspith, Joanne Bunt, Janet Varah, Jean Kincaid, Barbara Cookson, Barbara MacKay, Jane Wilson.
front row....Ron Sayward, Jamie Wood, Jack Barlow, Norm Neuls, Dan MacLean, David Grant, Donald Park, Peter Dowler, Ernie Fraser.
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Mrs. Clemens Grade 6 class 1951
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Grade 7 class 1952
Back row....David Grant, Bob Tann, Glen Girard, Elmer Antonyk, Sheila Wright, ???, Harold Peters, John Spicer, Jack Cowie, Dick Burdette, Danny McLean, Danny White, Jack Machin.
Second row...Ron Sayward, Dorthy Bicks, Barb MacKay, Sandra Hills, Gail Dean, Brenda Schofield, Roberta Spicer, Lynne Rushbrooke, Coralie Hudspith, Jean Kincaid, Jane Booth, Janet Varah, Joanne Bunt, Dency McCalla, Jane Wilson, Peter Dowler.
Front row...Glenn Rothwell, Allen Wirch, John Perkins, Norman Neuls, Ernie Fraser, Jack Barlow,David Chandler, Jamie Wood, ????, Gerald Schneider, Arnold Kay, John Cleaver, ????, Sutherland.
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Mrs. Lowry's Grade 8 class 1953 Princess Elizabeth
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Jack...ies 5th Birthday party
The special aspect of this photo is that so many of the kids pictured will be at the reunion. This picture was taken 64 years ago. Here are the OLD KIDS that will be at the reunion. Leo and Glen Girard, Donald and Sandra Firby, Vera Service, Carol Pendlebury, Joanne Bunt,& finally Grant Lynch. Prado Place sure was a great street for kids. Sadly, Eunice Service, John McCallum, & Walter Thom also attended Edith Cavell but passed away some time ago.