Richard A. “Dick” Bartlett left this world behind on October 7, 2021 surrounded by his loving family. He is survived by his cherished bride of over 70 years, Joan. He will be dearly missed by his daughters and son-in-law, Cathie and Marshall Ayres and Stacie Grimsland. He was proud of and much loved by his four grandchildren, Kelli (Kevin) McKeever, Brian (Bobo) Ayres, Julie (Dave) Feheley, and Andrew Grimsland and by his six great-grands, Chloe, Ryan, Colin, Milena, Beckett, and Sybil. He was sad to be predeceased by his son-in-law, Steven M. Grimsland, last December and his son, David R. Bartlett, in May. He was also predeceased by all of his siblings, Joseph Bartlett, Barbara Bomersheim, and Norma Kilbourne, but is survived by his dear sister-in-law, Patricia Bartlett, and many nieces and nephews.
In his youth, Dick earned his student pilot license and enjoyed tinkering with anything mechanical. He worked for several car repair shops as a young man before attending night school to get an advanced degree. He was then hired by IBM Endicott where he worked first as a computer programmer and then in machine maintenance. He traveled abroad for work several times and earned membership in the Quarter Century Club.
Dick and Joan enjoyed many cruises, drove cross country several times and wintered in Florida. Their favorite trips were with friends and family, often to Europe or the Caribbean. Their final cruise celebrated Dick’s 90th birthday in Bermuda with his daughters and sons-in-law. Boating on Cayuga Lake was a pleasure for twenty summers, and they had many wonderful times with their friends in Troy’s Marina. Dixieland Jazz was also a passion of theirs, and they enjoyed traveling to follow their favorite bands with like-minded friends. Loyal Giants fans, they attended several games in person and enjoyed watching football on television. Dick served his community of Conklin as a volunteer fireman and as a Town Councilman. He kept his sense of humor and gentlemanly manners right to the end of his final health challenge. A generous and kind soul, Dick will be sorely missed by all who had the pleasure to know him.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to Mercy House, 212 N. McKinley Avenue, Endicott, NY 13760 in honor of the compassionate care he received there in his final days. Funeral services will be held in the future at a time to be announced. In the meantime, please feel free to raise a Miller Lite to this wonderful husband, dad, Pepa, and friend.
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