Richard J. Harlow

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Auburn - Richard J. Harlow, 66, passed away on December 21, 2016, with his family by his side at Androscoggin Hospice House in Auburn, ME. Dick was born November 18, 1950, in Lewiston, Maine, to Frederick and Rose (Langlois) Harlow. Growing up, Dick was enrolled at St. Patrick's and graduated from Lewiston High School in 1968. He was a singer with the St. Patrick's Choir and performed at the Vatican for Pope John II and at the World's Fair in Osaka, Japan. He received his BS degree from the University of Maine at Orono in 1972.
The first 12 years of Dick's post graduate career were spent at Keuffel and Esser in Kennebunk, ME, and the Reece Corporation in Gorham, ME. Dick bought his first home in Wells, ME, and it was there that he lovingly cared for his Dad during the final months of his battle with lung cancer.
In 1984, he began working for Apollo Computer in Exeter, NH. By 1987, Apollo was the largest manufacturer of network workstations in the world. In 1989, Hewlett Packard bought out Apollo and in 1998 Dick was transferred to HP's Fort Collins, Colorado campus. Settling down in Windsor, CO, he found his new surroundings to be very much to his liking. Gone were the days of skiing Maine's hard pack blue ice; powder days became the weekend exercise. His work with HP as an inventory control team manager lead to traveling extensively throughout Texas, Great Britain, and Southeast Asia to help handle transitions for the company. Calm, cool and always collected, he was the perfect choice for that daunting task. He continued with HP until his retirement in 2010.
In 1991, Dick met Marc Pomroy, who became his lifelong partner. Together they made a great team. The Colorado vanity license plates of SKICRZY and SKIKRZY spoke to their weekend winter pursuit. They always made it a point to return to Maine for as much of the summer as Dick's schedule would allow. Sadly, Mark predeceased Dick in 2008.
He was predeceased by his parents Fred and Rose Harlow and his partner, Marc Pomroy. He is survived by his brother, Stephen and wife Valancy (Rutschman) Harlow, nephew Cameron Harlow; sister Linda and husband Wayne Penley, nieces Laura Penley Bragdon, Ellen Penley-Theis, and Rachael (Penley) Juntura; six grand nieces and nephews; mother-in-law Marcia and husband Kenny Stratton; and lifelong friends Ken LeBlanc and Bob Purinton.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Dick's name to The Hospice House, 236 Stetson Road, Auburn, ME 04210.
Funeral arrangements are being made by Pinette, Dillingham and Lynch, 305 Alfred A Plourde Pkwy, Lewiston, ME 04240. Memorial services honoring Richard's life will be held Tuesday, December 27th. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. followed immediately by a Memorial Service at the funeral home. Burial will be held privately in the spring at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Lewiston, ME.
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Published on  December 23, 2016
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