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Theodore "Ted" Wheat Barlow

August 20, 1932 ~ June 27, 2022 (age 89)


TORRINGTON – Theodore Wheat “Ted” Barlow, 89, a former longtime resident of Torrington, died June 27, 2022, at Geer Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Canaan from natural causes. He was the beloved husband of Karin Friberg Barlow.

Ted was born Aug. 20, 1932, in Treadwell, N.Y., the son of Harry and Marion Wheat Barlow. He graduated from A.L. Kellogg Central School, where he played football, basketball and baseball, and won first place in the county speaking contest.

He joined the Marines during the Korean War and was stationed in San Francisco, where one Sunday at church he saw his future bride singing in the choir. From first glimpse, he thought Karin Friberg was the most beautiful woman he’d ever seen, and he never changed that opinion.

They were married Jan. 15, 1955, in Karin’s hometown of Pasadena, Calif.

Ted received his bachelor’s degree from San Francisco State University and a master’s of divinity from the Methodist Theological Seminary of Ohio, becoming an ordained minister.

In his multi-faceted career, Ted wore many hats: shopkeeper of the family general store in Treadwell, pastor of the Pleasant Valley Methodist Church and Founders Congregational Church in Harwinton, executive director of Camp Trinita in New Hartford, and social worker at Catholic Family Services in Torrington, where he derived immense satisfaction from helping men who had recently left prison find jobs and housing so they could get back on their feet.

In retirement, Ted was an active volunteer in Torrington for the United Way, Operation Overflow homeless shelter, FISH, Center Congregational Church, the North End Community Association, Habitat for Humanity and the Beautification Committee, among others.

He was a dedicated member of the committee that got the Sue Grossman Still River Greenway built in Torrington and Winsted, and loved seeing people of all backgrounds using the trail.

Ted lived his Christian faith every day, believing he had been richly blessed for the purpose of helping others less fortunate.

He was an avid runner, loved watching sports and, even more so, playing sports (except for golf). At the age of 80, he was still playing in the family’s touch football games on Christmas Day. He and Karin loved going on long bicycle rides.

His greatest joy came from watching his children and grandchildren grow up and succeed in life. He was always there to lend a helping hand, if needed.

Besides his wife, Ted is survived by his children, Bill (Inger), of Oberlin, Ohio; Steve, of Torrington; Wayne (Christine) of Fairlee, Vt.; Greta (Doug) Passeri, of Pine Plains, N.Y., and Nancy, of Manchester; grandchildren Anna (William), Kristen, Ryan (Alex), Samantha (Bismark), Kaitlyn (Danny) and Tanner; great grandchildren Will, Oliver and Lena (with a fourth, Theodore, arriving in August);  and 15 nieces and nephews, whom he loved dearly. He was predeceased by three sisters, Betty Schluep, Margaret Sluiter and Dot Brown.

Memorial donations are suggested to FISH, 332 S. Main St., or the Operation Overflow homeless shelter, c/o Trinity Episcopal Church, 220 Prospect St., both in Torrington.

At Ted’s request, the arrangements are private. Online condolences can be made at The family would love to hear your stories about Ted.

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