Roger Williams Barrows, a career salesman, a local Little League founder, and longtime resident of the Cherry Hill and Berlin area, died Monday following a brief illness. He was 91.
Born in Rutherford, NJ, in 1925, he was the younger son of Alice and Allan Barrows. Mr. Barrows, a graduate of Rutgers University, began his career as a salesman for Continental Can in New York City.
In 1955, he married Frances H. of Teaneck, and the couple lived in New Orleans and North Jersey before moving to Cherry Hill to make a home and raise their two sons, Steven and Kenneth. Mr. Barrows then began work at Ellisco, a Philadelphia-based maker of specialty cans, and the company that pioneered the Japanese beetle trap.
As his sons grew up, Mr. Barrows, a true baseball enthusiast and devout New York Yankees fan, discovered that boys on the east side of Cherry Hill did not have their own designated Little League organization. In 1971, he co-founded the Cherry Hill Atlantic Little League, and served as its president for the first four years following its incorporation.
Mr. Barrows retired in the late 1980s from the Trécé Corporation, another maker of specialty cans, and then moved to Berlin. During his retirement, he pursued his hobbies including traveling, numismatics, and his passion for college football, becoming a special booster of the West Virginia University Mountaineers.
Mr. Barrows is survived by his son Steve and daughter-in-law Barbara, his son Kenneth, daughter-in-law Christina and granddaughter Elena; as well as many cousins and friends at New Freedom Village in Berlin. He was predeceased by his wife, Frances Haraldsen and his brother Herbert Allan Barrows.
Family and Friends may call Friday, March 17, from 7pm to 9pm at the at Costantino Funeral Home, 231 West White Horse Pike in Berlin. Funeral services will be held on Saturday morning at 10am, at St. Bartholomew 's Episcopal Church, 1989 Marlton Pike East (NJ Route 70) in Cherry Hill. A committal service will follow at Locustwood Ceremony in Cherry Hill. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made St Bartholomew's Church. For additional information or email lasting condolences:CostantinoFH.com