Rudolf "Rudy" Bartling

February 2, 1936September 8, 2021

Passed away peacefully Wednesday evening, September 8, 2021 in Oshawa, ON.

Rudy was born on February 2nd, 1936 in Bonn, Westphalia, Germany where he trained as a class A auto mechanic at Fleischaur, Germany. Rudy arrived in Canada in 1957, accepting a position at Volkswagen Canada. After leaving Volkswagen Canada he worked for several years in California. When he returned to Canada he was a partner in Petdorf Performance and Prep Shop, as well as owning Bartling Motorsports. He started his automobile racing career in 1960, racing in many countries and continued competing until he retired from racing in 2000. Following retirement he achieved the distinction of being inducted into the Canadian Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2011.

Rudy is survived by his loving wife Beverley (Reid), his son Dr. Richard Bartling, daughter-in-law Dr. Karin Bartling, grandchildren Raifton and Leilah Bartling of Midland, MI; Dr. Mandolin Bartling of Toronto, as well as extended family Greg (Chryssi) Bowen and Brayden Reid of Newmarket; Stephen (Digna Pabillore) and Joshua Reid of Oshawa and Aurora; Jennifer, John, Mara, Kosta and Zoe Tsatsos of Oshawa. His sister Irmgard Preissmann-Jung, nephew Dr. Kai Preissmann (Doris) and great niece Ava Preissman, niece Anka Vehlen (Heinz) Dennis, niece Petra Braun (Hans-Rolf Theissen) great-niece Jenny Baum (Matthias) and their children Jakob, Jonathan and Juna, all of Germany. A special thank you to Rudy’s dear and devoted friend, Kye Wankum. Predeceased by his parents, Maria Johanna (Hanna Scheidhauer) and August Heimrich Bartling, brother Manfred, sister Ursula Braun and her husband Karl Heinrich Braun, niece Claudia Braun, niece Andreas Lange, her husband Guenter and brothers-in-law Rolf Preissmann and Bert Jung.

Visitation will be held at the COURTICE FUNERAL CHAPEL (1587 Hwy #2, Courtice, ON.) on Saturday, September 25th from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00p.m. If you wish to attend the visitation for Mr. Bartling please be aware that proof of double vaccination will be required. Please sign up via the following link if you wish to attend visitation: .

A Celebration of Life will be held at the COURTICE FUNERAL CHAPEL on Sunday, September 26th at 1:30p.m. If you would like to attend the service, please sign up for a spot via: .

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Alzheimer Society of Durham or Diabetes Oshawa would be appreciated.


  • Celebration of Life

    Sunday, September 26, 2021


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Kai Preissmann

September 26, 2021

Uncle Rudy.
He was an exotic enrichment of a relative in my childhood. Coming around occasionally from a faraway country, having a lot of drinks and a Rolex, driving races. And always cool and good looking. Every month I got mail from the U.S. when the national geographic magazine came he subscribed for me.
In 1989 he gave me his fancy car - plus gas card of course - to drive around in canada with my wife Doris.
I know that he wasn´t a family man in many ways. Being my uncle he was. Without him going to Canada in the 50th I wouldn´t have a cousin and family in america. I would never have met so good and valuable persons like Josette, Sofia, Jim and Beverly. And - I would never share am memory in english.
Pictures is from 2010 showing Rudy, me, my wife Doris and our daughter Eva.
In loving memory

Rick Creuzburg

September 23, 2021

I became a DAC member after watching Rudy race with Harry Bytzek at Mosport one day in thier 911s, making wild passes changing positions lap after lap, two wide through the corners, at times on the grass!
A true character that would get in your face, loved to "shoot the sh*t", will be missed by everyone that knew him.
End of an era.
Very Sad. My condolences to his family.

Hillsdale Estates Family Council

September 22, 2021

Our sincere condolences on your loss!