Thomas S. Barrows

December 29, 1921January 25, 2014
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Thomas Shepard Barrows, age 92, passed away on Saturday, January 25, surrounded by his family including his four children and his beloved wife at Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers, Massachusetts. He is survived by his wife Katherine MacDill Barrows and his children: Leslie Barrows Green, Thomas Shepard Barrows Junior, Katrina Barrows McCall and Robert Hamlen Barrows. Tom also is survived by nine grandchildren, four great grandchildren, and one great, great grandson.

Thomas Barrows was a graduate of Philips Academy, Andover and of Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He served with the Combat Engineers, 106 Infantry Division, in WWII where he fought in the Battle of the Bulge. After returning home, he began working for the Shepard and Morse Lumber Company and went on to become president.

As a long time resident of Weston and Marblehead, Massachusetts, Tom formed deep attachments to these communities. He was a member of St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Weston where for many years he served as treasurer. An avid sailor and a member of the Eastern Yacht Club, Tom was fleet captain for two successive years. He was a keen racer, not only on the "Irondiquoit II" with his grandfather, but also as skipper of his own yacht “Windrush.”

He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

A memorial service will be held at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 135 Lafayette Street, Marblehead on Monday, February 3 at 11AM. Relatives and friends respectfully invited. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice. Arrangements by the Eustis and Cornell Funeral Home, Marblehead.


  • Memorial Service Monday, February 3, 2014

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William Thorn

August 17, 2015

Dear Mrs. Barrows: I am a former employee of Shepard & Morse, '73 to '80.. I have always been fascinated by the history of your family's company, was on the internet and, by chance, looked it up and found the notice of the passing or your husband. Please accept my sincere, although belated condolences. I have been in the lumber business since 1962 and still am. Some of the best memories I have are those associated with and while working for Tom and your firm. I have always had the utmost respect for Tom, his fairness, intellect and morality and am most sorry to learn of his passing. Sincerely, Bill Thorn

Katharine Fleischmann

February 4, 2014

It was an honor to celebrate Tom's life yesterday with Aunt Kits, Leslie, Shep, Katrina, Robbie, and so many members of the extended family. He was a wonderful man and a wonderful, kind friend.

Mary Ann Pappanikou

February 4, 2014

I was indeed saddened to learn of Tom's passing. Although I did not know him well, I remember the kindnesses you both extended to John while living in Weston. Please extend my condolences to Leslie and Collin as well. Mary Ann Pappanikou

Dwight Shepard

February 1, 2014

Dear Kitty Rose, Leslie, Shep, Katrina and Robbie: We were so sorry to hear of Cousin Tom's passing. We are so grateful for the comradery he shared with our father, Minot, and Cousin Dutton at Shepard & Morse. They made a great team, and were three classy men. I was so impressed, during the short time I spent at Shepard & Morse in the late 1970s, with how well respected Tom, Dutton and Minot by everyone there. A confluence of activities makes it impossible for most of us to join you on Monday, but Ruth plans to be there. Please know that our absence is not because of a lack of concern or love for you or Tom. We, too, grieve his loss. With deepest sympathies.

February 1, 2014

All Fleischmanns will always remember Tom. A great friend and a wonderful person. We had many wonderful days together. Gus

Anneke Carter

January 31, 2014

In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.

January 31, 2014

The family of Frank Rice, VP at Shepard & Morse Lumber in the '60's, sends our condolences to the Barrows Family.

Kathryn Rice Stevenson, Beverly

Lee Creighton

January 30, 2014

Shep,Katrina and family: I am not sure you will remember me - Lee Creighton - a Grace Oliver's girl from way back. Very fond memories of that special time at Peaches Point with your entire family including all the cousins and their families. I remember your Dad as being oh so kind to all of us "townies". A few sailing trips that he took us on and always making us feel welcome in your homes. I am very sorry for your loss. May the love of family and friends help to ease your sorrow.

Greg Lee

January 30, 2014

As brother to his little sister Joan, Tom was a rock. Always steady and there for her, especially in times of need, Tom could be counted on for unwavering support along with a hug that just seemed to make everything alright. As a new member into the family, Tom's approval meant the world to me and his friendship through the years will always be looked back upon as a special reward for becoming a member of Joan's family. I know that the reunion of the four Barrows children, Richard, Barbara, Joan, and now Tom that is taking place is a joyous one. With lives well lived and loving families here to cherish their memories, calm seas and a freshening wind surely beckons them on to the future journey.

Stewart Ahman

January 30, 2014

The world has lost a very good man, my condolences to all of the family members.