Mr. Robert William Bartlett

1 October , 194225 June , 2019

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Robert (Bob) Bartlett at the age of 76.

Bob was born on Bell Island, Newfoundland, on October 1, 1942. He was the second child and eldest son of William J. Bartlett and Rose Bartlett.

After a short stint in St John’s where Bob attended high school and university, he returned to Bell Island to teach Math and Latin. Bob then moved to Labrador City to work in the mines before heading to Toronto in the spring of 1966, where he and his brother Kyran got off the train in their parkas and gators on a balmy May 24 weekend, ready to take on the world.

Bob loved sports and passed on his lifelong appreciation of hockey, in particular the Maple Leafs and the Jets, to his daughters. Bob participated in everything from soccer in his younger years to golf in his twilight years and often regaled those around him with tales of his athleticism (some of which were even true).

Bob was most fiercely dedicated to playing and coaching racquetball. He was a member of Manitoba’s Racquetball community for more than 30 years; he played in many national and international tournaments, where he displayed his skills for the game on the court and his sense of humour and jocularity off the court.

Bob was a great dad who never failed to give support or provide guidance and was always quick to express how proud he was of his daughters; Kerry (Garett) and Erin (Jason).

Precious to Bob were his grandchildren; Riley, Morgan and Kiera, whom he adored. Never did his eyes light up so brightly as when he got to spend time with his “main man” or his “two lovely young ladies,” and he was always certain to have a Kit Kat or three on hand for their visits together.

Family was of great importance to Bob and he loved to spend time with his brothers and sisters. Whether golfing in Myrtle Beach, or playing cards at Grandmum’s house, every minute with his siblings brought a smile to his face.

“Uncle Bob” also loved sharing special moments with his nieces and nephews; cheering them on at baseball games or showing them how to cut a rug at family weddings.

Throughout his lifetime Bob shared his warmth, humour and generosity of spirit with everyone he met.

As per his request, cremation has taken place, and a private celebration will be held on Bell Island, Newfoundland at a later date.

As Bob aged his social conscience, awareness and acceptance of all grew in a way that surprised even him. Bob was committed to giving a leg up and helping those in need, as such, in lieu of flowers donations to Siloam Mission in memory of Bob would be gratefully accepted.


  • A private service will be held.


Mr. Robert William Bartlett

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John Gauci

28 June 2019

I Was saddened to hear of Bob,s passing . Actually , I was shocked ...I still think of the good ole days of our Latin Classes in the early sixties ...Bob taught us well ... I can still see Bob leading the 7 of us up to a small room in the Church ...That's where we had our Class.. You were respected Robert for your easy going way and sense of humor ..And , you got us all through Latin ...God Bless and Rest in Peace ....

Judy Cantwell

28 June 2019

I was sorry to hear of Bob's passing. My sincere condolences to the Bartlett family.

Darrell Davis

27 June 2019

From another old, left-handed racquetball player, plus the Regina friends you made over the years, we'll miss those deep-court trick shots and the post-game visits. Rest in peace, friend.

Anne (Conway) Landesman

27 June 2019

So sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. We were great friends on Bell Island in the 60’s. He was one of “the gang”. Sincere condolences to all family members.
Anne (Conway) Landesman

Shirley Donnelly

27 June 2019

To our BEST FRIENDS, Mary (Bob’s big sister) and Greg Sheppard, Tom and I are thinking of you at this sad time. We did not know Bob well but met him over the years at family gatherings. Our deepest sympathy to his family. Rest In Peace!

Donna Graves

27 June 2019

My sincere condolences to ur family Even tho we are cousins I didn’t know Bob until we became Facebook Friends a year and a half ago Each week he sent me a music video which I thoroughly enjoyed We shared nice comments through music and got to know each other Rest In Peace Bob

Jim Kelly

27 June 2019

To the Bartlett Family

I am very sorry to hear about Bob.

We were friends on Bell Island and Lab. City and met occasionally over the years.

We shared a lot of stories, a lot of cold ones and many, many laughs.

Thanks for the friendship and memories.


Jim Kelly

Phyllis Gosse

26 June 2019

Having grown up next door, on Bell Island, our families were in each other's hair all my life before we all left home. Bob's old homestead and mine were meshed, in later life, to become one. Bob & I connected on F/B a few years ago &, had a few good golf games when he visited Ajax. Thanks for the pointers, neighbour <3


26 June 2019

Going back long ago Sure Remember You and our school days from O'Brien's Our Prayers are with You and Family

Jim & Elinor Clarke

26 June 2019

Just learned of Bob’s passing. Elinor & I wish to offer our sincere condolences to the Bob’s families at this most difficult time. I really enjoyed seeing Bob & chatting about our growing up years on Bell Island, at our Knights of Columbus golf tournaments in Georgetown, these past few years.
Stay strong & we will keep you in our thoughts & prayers,
Jim & Elinor Clarke