Jack Lester Bartlett passed away on September 9, 2021 at Hospeace House, In Naples New York. He was 93 years old.
Jack was born on September 26, 1927 in Rochester, NY to Lester and Dorothy Bartlett. He had one sister, Doris Gibbs, with whom he remained close throughout his life. Jack graduated from Hamilton College with a BS in Economics and from the University of Rochester with a Master's in Business Administration. A heart murmur prevented him from taking up active duty during World War II, but he served with distinction in the US Navy Reserve. Jack was employed for his entire career at Delco Products in Rochester and in Dayton, Ohio.
Jack married Joan Esther Clark of Summit, NJ on April 19, 1952 and was a devoted husband for 62 years. Jack and Joan loved travel, reading, being with family, and visiting galleries and museums together. Joan passed away in 2014, also at Hospeace House. Jack is survived by his two daughters, Anne Clark Bartlett and Carol McLeod McElwain, two grandchildren, Erin Wenderlich and Luke McElwain, and was predeceased by one son, Peter Alan Bartlett, who passed away in 1986, by his sister, Doris, who passed away in 2000, and by his wife, Joan, who passed away in 2014.
After Jack retired from Delco, Jack and Joan moved to Frisco, NC, on the Outer Banks and then later returned to Bristol, NY to their beloved Red Pine Farms on Stid Hill. After Joan's death, Jack moved to Ferris Hills Retirement Community in Canandaigua, NY, where he is survived by many friends and loved ones, including Judith Ratcliffe, who was his close companion and kindred spirit until his death.
Jack was a gifted carpenter and sculptor. He created beautiful furniture and art objects that are treasured by his friends and family. He was also an avid collector of glass art, which are likewise cherished mementoes. Jack was an expert sailor and a builder of model ships and collector of nautical art and objects. He enjoyed jazz and boogie-woogie and loved trees, animals and birds, especially his basset hound, Chaz, and his favorite crows, jays, and hummingbirds.
Jack had a keen and capacious intelligence, a razor-sharp wit, and a dry sense of humor. He loved puns and wordplay and was never without a book. He was a lifelong reader of the New Yorker magazine. He attended lectures, concerts, plays, and enjoyed taking online courses on all subjects. In addition, he was generous in his service to community, civic, and artistic organizations and often found himself serving in leadership roles.
Jack loved grape pie and sharp cheddar, Mexican food, and milkshakes and detested most vegetables, a source of much family amusement.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Naples Hospeace House, PO Box 343, Naples NY 14512, which provided both Jack and Joan with exceptional comfort and care at the end of their lives.
Service changes. A service is now being planned for the spring 2022. Updates will be given.
A Memorial Tree was planted for Jack
We are deeply sorry for your loss ~ the staff at Baird-Moore Funeral Home