JA Snow Funeral Home

339 Lacewood Drive, Halifax, NS


Ludwig "Luddy" Simon Bartkus

April 16, 1948February 4, 2020
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Ludwig Simon ("Luddy") Bartkus, aged 71, of Bedford, Nova Scotia, passed away peacefully February 4, 2020, at the Victoria General Hospital in Halifax. Born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, he was the son of Ludwig and Steffie Bartkus of Linden, NJ.

Luddy was a proud graduate of Linden High School, where he was a member of several varsity sports teams. He went on to study and play NCAA Division 1 basketball at the United States Navel Academy, from which he received an honourable discharge before finishing his degree and playing basketball at Saint Mary's University.

After graduating, Luddy was a respected teacher, vice principal and principal at a number of junior high schools in Halifax County for over 30 years. After retiring, he loved his part-time work helping clients and co-workers at Enterprise Rent-a-Car.

Basketball was a big part of Luddy's life. In addition to playing the game, he ran numerous summer basketball camps in the United States before turning his attention to coaching. In the 1970s, he coached the Canadian national men's wheelchair basketball team and later coached numerous youth teams. In the 1980s, he was instrumental in bringing the CIAU (now CIS) national basketball championships to Halifax for the first time.

His volunteerism also extended into health care. After receiving a kidney transplant, he championed this cause, counselling organ transplant recipients, donors and their families. He also volunteered with the Canadian Kidney Foundation, where he played an important role in helping enact legislation for presumed consent for organ donations in Nova Scotia. For years, he also volunteered with the Turkey Club, which raised money each Christmas to help disadvantaged families in the Halifax area.

Luddy loved his wife of 48 years, Margaret, with whom he loved to travel. They visited the American Southwest (a favourite), Cuba, Portugal, and Egypt, among many other places.

Luddy also loved golfing, snooker, and vintage sports cars, along with all of the cherished friendships those hobbies brought him. He was a football fan, participated in many football pools, and passed many happy hours with close friends at the Roadhouse and Brewster's in Bedford.

In recent years, his greatest joy was being "Bunkie" to his grandson, Ian, who he played with and talked about often.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret (Dickie); his son, Andrew, of Ottawa; his sister, Debbie (Paul) Jussel, of Carlisle, Pennsylvania; his stepsister, Julie DeCosimo, and stepbrother, Bill DeCosimo, both of New Jersey; and, his grandson, Ian Sam.

He is predeceased by his parents and nephew, Chad Jussel.

A celebration of life will be held February 11 from 2pm to 5pm at J.A. Snow Funeral Home, 339 Lacewood Drive in Halifax, NS. Cremation has taken place and burial will follow at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Kidney Foundation of Canada.

Heartfelt thanks to the nurses, doctors, and staff in the nephrology unit at the Victoria General Hospital, whose care for Luddy will forever be appreciated.

To view or place an online message of condolence please visit www.jasnowfuneral.com


  • Celbration of Life Gathering Tuesday, February 11, 2020


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Jane (Sutherland) Oderkirk

February 13, 2020

Dear Margie, it has been years since our last meeting but I was so sad to hear about your husband. My thoughts are with you and your family.

Fred Hall

February 11, 2020

My deepest condolences and sympathies to the family at this time.Your encouragement and leadership with all the young people in Bedford ,including my Son that you coached will always be remembered by our family.

valerie Wilson Thomas

February 11, 2020

Hi Marg, We go back a long time. I am so sad reading that Luddy has passed. Please know you are in my thoughts as you go through a difficult time. Take care, Valerie

Chris Donahoe

February 11, 2020

Sorry that we were not able to be there but I am thinking of Luddy and his selfless approach to his students and staff. He touched the lives of many and we are all the better for it.
Our condolences to the family,
Chris & Pat Donahoe

Dale and Sheila Gouthro

February 11, 2020

Dear Marg, Andrew and family,
We were so saddened to hear this news of Luddy’s passing. We have many fond memories of Luddy during our early teaching days together at Brookside Junior High. He was a very caring and well respected teacher and a great friend to all.
Sending our deepest condolences to you and your family
Dale and Sheila Gouthro

Alfred Brown,

February 10, 2020

I have known Luddy since we were kids. Attended LHS and SMU with Luddy. Luddy was a good man who gave generously to his family and community. We shared messages regularly. Condolences to Marg and the family from me and my wife, Maxine. God's blessings to you. God's rest to you, Luddy.

Mike Flinn

February 10, 2020

Hi Marg. So sorry to hear about Luddy. Lot of great memories.

Mike Flinn

Karen Miller

February 10, 2020

Hello Marg and Andrew... so sad to hear about Luddy. We've been thinking of you, and sorry we'll be unable to attend the service. Hope to see you soon, and until then we send warm thoughts and hugs to you. Love, Karen & Steve Miller.

Shauna Scanlan

February 10, 2020

Dearest Marg and Andy... I wanted to pass along my heartfelt condolences of your loss and hope the good memories and time bring back the smiles and healing. With love, Shauna Scanlan

David Nauss

February 10, 2020

Dear Margaret and family,
Please accept my sincerest condolences on Luddy's passing. He left you all too soon. I was fortunate to work with him at Sir Robert Borden Junior High when he was the Principal and I was a Physical Education teacher. I admired and respected him greatly. He truly had to be one of the most kind and caring individuals I have ever met and will cherish these memories forever.
He loved his family fiercely.
He did so much to champion the challenges of kidney disease. The world has lost a truly remarkable man.
May he be resting peacefully.
David Nauss