Ross Michael Brereton Barlow
Jul 16, 1992 – May 4, 2014
ObituaryRoss Michael Brereton Barlow, beloved son, brother, uncle, and friend, passed away on May 4, 2014 in Portland, Maine. Ross was born in La Canada Flintridge, California on July 16, 1992, a first generation American of South African heritage. Ross was primarily raised in Seattle, having moved to Mercer Island in time to start Kindergarten at Lakeridge Elementary. Ross was the embodiment of a Northwest kid – he was an avid outdoorsman who could be found tearing up the slopes on his snowboard all winter long; and hiking and boating on any sunny day. Every summer he particularly enjoyed exploring the San Juan Islands and Desolation Sound on his family’s boat. He graduated from Eastside Catholic High School in 2011, where he was a 3-Year Letterman on the football team, and a popular member of the student body, being voted “Best Sense of Humor” his senior year. Ross also had an innate gift for working with special needs children, volunteering for the Options Program at ECHS for two years. He took his passion for football to The University of Redlands, where he was a warrior on the field, and a 6’3” 275lb gentle giant off the field. Ross was the adored younger brother of two older sisters, Fiona and Lisa. He often felt as though he was raised by three mothers, of which he took full advantage. Ross is described by his family as their gift and their joy; someone who made their family special and complete. Ross loved his family, and was an extremely devoted uncle to his 2 year old nephew, William. His passing prompted a moving response from his friends and family, who described him as “one of the funniest and most lovable guys out there,” a “mentor,” and a cherished friend, whose ability to bring laughter to others left a lasting and memorable impact. As a leader at Eastside Catholic’s Destiny retreat, Ross was described by his teachers and friends as extremely “gentle and compassionate” and “devoted to helping others.” Ross was a life-long Seahawks fan, and the quintessential “12th Man.” Attending the Super Bowl in New York with his family and watching his team dominate is a very special memory. He is survived by his parents, Gubby and Gillian Barlow, sisters Lisa Schmit and Fiona Watson, brothers-in-law Edward Schmit and Court Watson, nephew William Watson, as well as his much loved extended family in South Africa and the UK , including 14 uncles and aunts, and 16 cousins. Services to be held at: 2:00 PM on May 13, 2014, St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral, in Seattle. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Boys and Girls Club of Mercer Island.
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