Robert “Bart” Henry Bartholomew, of Port Charlotte, Fla., passed away April 20, 2014 at the Douglas T. Jacobson State Veterans Nursing Home.
Bart was born June 29, 1931 in Sterling, NY, the son of Gaynelle Leona Albring and Hobart McKinley Bartholomew.
He attended Hannibal and Red Creek schools and enlisted in the U.S. Army 17th Airborne at age 18. A veteran of the Korean War, he served in Guam and Korea from 1949 through 1952. He later served in the Army Reserve and was honorably discharged holding the rank of staff sergeant.
He married Barbara Burton in 1954. Bart lived in Fulton NY most of life, moving to Sterling NY in 1985 and then to Port Charlotte, FL in 2007.
Bart was active in his church and in his community. He was a charter member and first physical education director of the Fulton YMCA (1960); and he was a founder and first executive director of the Oswego County Pioneer Land Search and Rescue Team (1971).
He served as scoutmaster and later commissioner of the Boy Scouts of America. Bart was an ordained elder of the Presbyterian Church USA and, during the 1960s and 1970s, served as a teacher and church school superintendent at the First Presbyterian Church, Fulton, NY.
He also served as an alderman for the city of Fulton’s 6th Ward during the early 1970s.
After moving to Sterling, Bart was a trailblazer and board member for the Friends of Sterling Nature Center. He also was a member of American Legion Post 658 in Fair Haven, NY, Masonic Lodge #144 Fair Haven, NY and a volunteer with the Fair Haven Fire Department.
He was employed as a millwright most of his life, retiring in 1990. He owned and operated the Sea-Way Trail Bicycle and Canoe Center from his Sterling home from 1983 through 1990.
Bart especially enjoyed family, camping, canoeing, bicycling, running, cross country skiing and taking part in triathlons. He also enjoyed clowning; and, as “Ho Ho” the clown, he attended international clown School in Lacrosse, WI and entertained in Upstate New York during the 1980s.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Barbara; sons, Mark (Tracey) of Palm Harbor, FL, Dean (Jay Williams) of Brooksville, FL, Richard (Teresa) of Bossier City, LA; John (Nora) of Oswego, NY; five grandchildren; five great grandchildren; twin brother, Richard of Bartow, FL.
He was predeceased by an older brother and three sisters.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 28, 2014 at First United Church of Fulton.
Contributions in his memory may be made to the First United Church of Fulton, 33 S. Third St., Fulton, NY 13069; the Oswego County Land Search and Rescue Team; or the Fair Haven Volunteer Ambulance Company, Fair Haven, NY 13064.
Arrangements are by the National Cremation Society of Port Charlotte, Florida.