Gabriel Barlow

Gabriel Lashley Barlow

Thursday, October 27th, 1977 - Tuesday, October 13th, 2020
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Gabriel Lashley Barlow, beloved son, brother and friend to many, born October 27, 1977, died Tuesday, October 13, 2020 surrounded by loved ones. The cause was metastatic lung cancer. He was 42. Gabe lived life vivaciously, with an innate sense of playfulness, wit, righteousness, generosity, unfailing loyalty and beauty. Raised in Berea, Kentucky, Gabe cultivated lifelong, intergenerational friendships. He spent summers swimming and diving with the Berea Dolphins and visiting grandparents on their dairy and turkey farms. Each school year, he played soccer and tennis and swam for Berea Community. After high school, Gabe discovered his passion for photography and visual imaging, receiving a Bachelor of Arts from Virginia Intermont College and a Master of Fine Arts from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Perhaps Gabe’s biggest adventure was to move to Seoul, South Korea in 2010, to teach English to elementary and middle school children. There he found meaningful work and Bella, his dog. Gabe remained in Seoul until 2019, living, teaching and continuing to make enduring friendships.

He is survived by his parents, Dale and Rita Lashley Barlow, his sister and brother-in-law, Morgan Lashley Barlow and Elia Bizzarri, his dog, Bella, many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends who became family, around the world.

A private memorial service will be held on November 7th, 11:30am EST, at Union Church. The service will be livestreamed and recorded. You can view the service on the church YouTube channel or Facebook page [Union Church Berea] or on the church website,

In lieu of flowers, first, take care of one another and choose acts of kindness. If you’d like to make a donation in Gabe’s name, please contribute to Berea Food Bank (108 Parkway St., Berea, KY 40403) or the Markey Cancer Center Foundation (
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    Saturday, November 7th, 2020 | 11:30am
    Saturday, November 7th, 2020 11:30am
    Union Church
    200 Prospect Street
    BEREA, KY 40403
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    Rev. Kent Gilbert


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Anne Gerken

Posted at 04:36pm
I knew Gabe in Missoula and met him through Henry and Iris. He was stubborn, sarcastic, rude, and one of the wittiest, most genuine people I will have ever met. He taught me to love watching soccer, appreciate art only when it's truly original, and introduced me to the dangers of frying bacon in the nude (through hearsay only). He undertook the obligation of puppy-sitting for a weekend and created an ad for my dog in the personals. This advertisement involved some pretty spot on photos and descriptions that made me laugh out loud. He and Henry spent the weekend with my new puppy lingering at public parks and reaping the benefits of a "chick-magnet".

I was happy to find out that he had chosen to travel the world and teach English because it was something I also always wanted to do. I really admired and respected his courage and self confidence to try something new, fly to the opposite end of the world on his own, and seeking to fulfill his much deserved happiness in a new country.

He was sensitive, sweet, and he had a way of making me seeing myself in my truest form. He was intelligent, creative, and he deserved greatness in life. Even now, after not seeing or speaking with him for so many years, when I think of Gabe, I am so very grateful that God put him in my life and showed me one of his most unique and purest creations.

I send my deepest condolences to his family and friends! I think he's laughing at his own jokes from Heaven, and I can't wait to hear it when I get there.

Anne Gerken

Michelle White Posted at 03:53pm

Thank you for this delightful sharing, Anne. Sounds like you really knew him, you express who he is so well!

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