Robert Henry “Bart” Bartholomew, 82, of Port Charlotte, Fla., passed away Sunday, April 20, 2014, at the Douglas T. Jacobson State Veterans Nursing Home in Port Charlotte.
Bart was born June 29, 1931, in Sterling, N.Y., the son of Gaynelle Leona Albring and Hobart McKinley Bartholomew.
He 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. Bart later served in the U.S. Army Reserve, and was honorably discharged, holding the rank of staff sergeant. He married Barbara Burton in 1954. Bart lived in Fulton, N.Y., most of his life, moving to Sterling in 1983, and then to Port Charlotte, Fla., in 2007.
He was a member of Wintergarden Presbyterian Church in Port Charlotte. Bart 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 1985 through 1990. Bart especially enjoyed family, camping, canoing, 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, Wis.
Bart is survived by his wife of 60 years, Barbara; sons, Mark (Tracey) of Palm Harbor, Fla., Dean (Jay Williams) of Brooksville, Fla., Richard (Teresa) of Bossier City, La., and John (Nora) of Oswego, N.Y.; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and twin brother, Richard of Bartow, Fla. He was preceded in death by an older brother; and three sisters.
Services will be held at a later date in upstate New York. Contributions in his memory may be made to Wintergarden Presbyterian Church, 18305 Wintergarden Ave., Port Charlotte, FL 33948.
Arrangements are by the National Cremation Society of Port Charlotte.