About Adam

Growing Up

Adam was born on June 30, 1991, and was raised just outside of Kemptville in a small bungalow on the shores of the Rideau River with his Mom and Dad, brother and sister.

Adam FishingLiving along the water gave Adam an insatiable appetite to explore the great outdoors. He would watch relentlessly each morning in the spring for the otters to come sliding along on their bellies on the crusted ice surface just before spring thaw. That was also an indication that the beavers would also soon be swimming along the retaining wall, just meters from the picture window.

Yes, living along the river with all its bugs and birds and wildlife was, in Adam’s own words, “the best place in the world for a kid to grow up in.”

Fishing was also a favorite sport. Quite often his parents would rise from bed and see a huge note taped to the picture window that said”Ice cream Float

– “Gone fishing” –

He never went far, always within sight of the house, and would almost always come back with something that he thought would be “perfect for breakfast”.

Canoeing, paddle boating, sailing on the Ice Cream Float selling “scream” on the river: Adam was full of outdoor adventure.


Adam’s Corner

Adam's Corner

To commemorate Adam, South Branch Elementary School has set aside a corner of the school library. This area contains books that reference Adam’s two greatest passions: hockey and nature.

We’d like to express our continuing gratitude to the staff of South Branch for their kind gesture.

Donations can be made to Adam’s Corner by contacting the school.

South Branch Elementary School
Box 2009, 2649 Concession Rd
Kemptville, Ontario  K0G 1J0
(613) 258-1919

AdamSchoolPicsAdam Harlow died tragically on March 24, 2002 at the tender age of ten.


He began playing hockey in 1999 for the Kemptville Panthers and, like many children, suffered from low self esteem. In 2001, a very noticeable improvement came over him when he was chosen as his team's only goalie. This change was directly attributed to the camaraderie and team spirit provided by his team mates and the game of hockey, which became his greatest passion in life.


In 1999 both Adam and his best friend decided to join the Kemptville District Minor Hockey League to play on the same team. After registration, Adam called his buddy and was very discouraged to hear that his friend's family could not afford the high registration fees and therefore could not play. A very touching moment occurred when Adam innocently turned to his mother and asked if she could pay his friend's registration fees, too.


As a tribute, the "Adam Harlow Fellowship Fund" was created to help give Kemptville District children who would not otherwise be able to play hockey, the opportunity to learn and continue to enjoy the sport by financing their hockey registration fees.


Donations are welcome in supporting this very worthy cause.