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Rev. Robert W. Barrowclough


Reverend Robert “Bob” Wayne Barrowclough, 77, died peacefully on Sunday afternoon surrounded by his wife and two children.

Born in Paterson, NJ on December 29, 1939 to George W. Barrowclough and Roberta Verduin and raised in Hawthorne, NJ, Bob graduated from Hawthorne High School, and received his B.A. in Religion from Princeton University in 1961. He earned his Master of Divinity from the New Brunswick Theological Seminary in 1965.

Bob then completed a mission with the Jicarilla Apache tribe in New Mexico before commencing forty years of service at North Reformed Church in downtown Newark, NJ, where he served as Associate Pastor from 1965-1972 and Senior Pastor 1973 to 2005. After a brief retirement, Bob became Pastor at Cedar Crest Chapel in Pompton Plains in 2007 retiring in 2016.

At North Reformed Church, Bob delivered strength and guidance to those in need and ran Bessie Green Community, Inc. which provided food, shelter, and clothing to the poor. Throughout his ministry, he regularly visited the sick and shut-in and was a mentor and friend to people of all faiths. Bob’s joy in life was helping and comforting others. He was humble, sincere, and dedicated to God’s work.

Bob is survived by Priscilla, his wife of 34 years; daughter, Naomi; son, Peter; two sisters, Brenda Brodie and Karen Hancock; cousins, Marsha Shotmeyer, Keith Vandervelt, and Donna Anson; and mother-in-law, Evelyn De Leeuw.

Friends may visit with the family at the Vander May Wayne Colonial Funeral Home, 567 Ratzer Road, Wayne, on Thursday March 23, 2017 from 6-8 PM.
A memorial service will be held at the Cedar Crest Chapel, at 1 PM on Friday, March 24, 2017, followed by a brief reception.

Donations in Bob’s memory can be made to the New Brunswick Theological Seminary (a place Bob held near and dear to his heart), 35 Seminary Place, New Brunswick, NJ 08901,, or the Green Pond Volunteer First Aid Squad, PO Box 251, Newfoundland, NJ 07435.

Guest Book


Would like to express my sympathy to Priscilla, Brenda, Karen and family. Know that I am praying for everyone. Love, Marilyn

Marilyn Rozema


Dear Pricilla, Naomi, Peter and Family, So sorry to hear of Bob's passing. I remember Bob as such a friendly and fun loving guy! It was a pleasure to be a close neighbor on Cliffside for many years. Fondly, Pat Selland

Pat Selland


Dear Pricilla, Sincere Condolences to You and Your Family on The Passing of Your Husband Bob Who Will Ever be Missed by All of his Family and Friends especially here in Green Pond...And just want to express my Sympathy to You, Pricilla, who was the Love of your Life..He Is Truly at Peace in Heaven and will watch over you Always!

Victoria Steinert


Dear Priscilla, Naomi, Peter and family, Bob was a wonderful man who always made others feel better about themselves and about their lives. I was fortunate to have him conduct my wedding ceremony, and I will always treasure that memory. We will truly miss seeing him around the lake, but we know that his memory will be kept alive by our community that loved him so much. With deepest sympathy, Denise Blasevick

Denise Blasevick


Dear Priscilla- Jerry and I send our heartfelt condolences to you and your famly on Bobs passing. He was a wonderul man and will be missed by many in The Green Pond community. Payers are with you all in this very sad time. Denise Staub

Denise Staub


Whether sharing a meal, attending events around the Pond or tackling miscellaneous errands, Bob was always interested in other people's lives and how he might be of service. We will miss him. Love and comfort to Priscilla, Naomi,Peter,Evelyn and all his extended family.

Ruth Chell


Dearest Priscilla, I'm so sorry to hear of the passing of you husband Bob. I'm sorry I never did get to meet him, from all the lovely condolences he was a man that was loved by many. What a blessing to have had him in you life to so many years. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Cheryl

Cheryl Yurecsko-Mulligan


Heartfelt condolences to Priscilla and the children. Bob was a wonderful man and an inspiring preacher. It was a privilege to have known him.

Michael Redmond


Priscilla, lou and I were very sadded to learn of Bob's passing. Our heartfelt condolences to you and your family. We will miss seeing him at church. With deepest sympathies, Lou and Barbara

Barbara Sanandres


Priscilla Peter and Naomi: I not only liked Bob..i loved him dearly... I shall miss him greeting me "is that jerry budin" or how old are you now Jerry 72?.he made me smile and feel as if I were a part of his family or flock in this case.....the planet has lost a good giving warm human being Rest peacefully Reverend

gerald budin


Bob Barrowclough understood the heart and meaning of Christianity very deeply—and I will express the difficulty of following his example. He was well read and understood the serious problems facing society and articulated his sense of responsibility to those in need of compassion or assistance. Bob appreciated the need for humor at times and offered humility and always a bright smile to greet you. A great loss to his family and to everyone whose lives he touched.

Ginidir Marshall, Robert Shoup


Dear Priscilla, Our thoughts are with you and your family during this very difficult time.We will all miss Bob. Love to you all. Nancy and Bill Conger

Nancy and Bill Conger


Bob held a special place in our lives. Marrying Joan and I 1988. It was honored seeing you both at my mothers funeral just a few weeks earlier in Franklin Lakes. Always enjoyed the family diners and parties at Green Pond. Obviously he touched many peoples live's in a special way....Great life, Great guy. He'll be missed. Sincere sympathies to your family. Rich and Joan Neubert

Rich & Joan Neubert


Priscilla, Naomi, Peter, Evelyn, and family, Just want to let you know that thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time. How he touched so many lives! May you find peace.... Lois Repass

Lois Repass

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