R Gary Bartlett

March 25, 1944July 22, 2017

BARTLETT, R. Gary VE1 RGB It is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to one of the good guys. Gary Bartlett of Wellington, N.S., passed away in hospital on Saturday, July 22, 2017, after a three-year battle with multiple myeloma. He was 73. Born in St. Stephen, N.B., to Charles Victor and Phyllis C. (Young) Bartlett, Gary attended elementary school in Bayside, N.B. and graduated from high school in St. Andrews, N.B. Gary attended the University of New Brunswick under the Air Force Regular Officer Training Program (ROTP) and graduated in 1967 with a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering. Later in life, he also earned a certificate in Business Administration from Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax. Gary received his training as a Radio Officer in Winnipeg and in 1968 was posted to 405 Squadron in Greenwood, N.S., spending his flying career on his beloved Argus aircraft. Gary went on to postings in Summerside, P.E.I., and finally to Maritime Headquarters in Halifax. He left the Air Force in 1974 and joined IMP Aerospace, where he worked for more than 40 years before retiring as a Vice-President. It was during his university years that Gary met the girl next door — the love of his life and best friend, Beverley (Baskwill). Bev and Gary married in Fredericton in 1966 and recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Although gruff on the outside, Gary had a huge heart. He especially loved his two children, Andrea (Scott) Bishop, and Andrew, his grandchildren Caitlin, Sydney, Allie, Anna and Ross, and his two great-grandchildren, Trinity and Leina. He was looking forward to meeting his two great-grandsons, who will be born this fall. Gary is pre-deceased by his father Charles. He leaves behind his mother Phyllis, and sister Judy Bartlett, along with many more friends and family, including his mother-in-law Irene (Gillespie) Baskwill, brother-in-law Stephen (Jane) Baskwill, nieces and nephews Geoffrey (Patricia), Amanda, Nick (Gillian), and Mandy. He was especially close with his brother-in-law and camping buddy, Rick Stewart, his wife Debbie (Baskwill), and their children, Jennifer (Colin), Jason (Megan) and Richard (Shauna). Gary was as smart and funny as he was kind, and was never afraid to speak his mind. A voracious reader, he was rarely without his Kindle. He spent many hours reclined in his favourite leather chair. When he wasn’t reading, he enjoyed the long walk to the Fall River Tim Horton’s for his morning coffee. He loved his sweets, especially a good ice cream bar. At the age of 12, Gary discovered amateur radio and was immediately hooked. He spent countless hours in the basement of his home, tapping at the Morse Code key. A member of HARC, radio contesting was his passion and he won many awards and recognition from his fellow ham radio enthusiasts. Some of Gary’s fondest memories are from his summers in Meat Cove, Cape Breton, hiking and camping with Rick and Myles Boutilier, or The Three Amigos, as they came to be known. Gary’s love of the outdoors and his strong sense of community led him to volunteer regularly with his local Citizens on Patrol program and the Waverley Ground Search and Rescue. The family would like to thank Dr. Ron Killeen, Dr. S. Shivakumar and Dr. I. Beauprie, as well as the nurses of the Med-Day Unit and Unit 8.2 at the QEII Health Sciences Centre, for their competent and caring treatment. Special thanks to Julie, Trish, and all our friends at the Nova Scotia Multiple Myeloma Support Group. Visitation will be from 7-9 p.m. on Tuesday, August 1, at J.A. Snow Funeral Home at 339 Lacewood Dr., Halifax. A celebration of Gary’s life will be held from 2-4 p.m. on Wednesday, August 2, at the same location. Donations can be made to the local chapter of the Multiple Myeloma Association.


  • Visitation Tuesday, August 1, 2017
  • Celebration of Life Gathering, Remarks at 2:30 Wednesday, August 2, 2017

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August 8, 2017

Hello, Bev:

Allison and I want to express our condolences on Gary's passing. It came as quite a shock, as we'd been exchanging lots of emails, and Gary seemed to be making excellent progress.

Certainly one of the "good guys", he will certainly be missed. I don't think I ever beat him in a contest, and he gave me a lot of good ideas.

88, Mike and Allison Goldstein VE3GFN

Leigh and Kim Calder

August 2, 2017

Hello Bev, We are deeply saddened with Gary's passing. Our thoughts are with you and your Family at this time.
Leigh and Kim Calder

Thomas Cohoon

August 2, 2017

Bev ,On behalf of the members of the Nova Scotia Amateur Radio Association & Amateur radio operators in NS our deepest sympathy during this difficult time.
Regards, Thomas Cohoon VE1TA President.

Tom Cohoon

August 2, 2017

Hello Bev , Shirley,Tom ,Amber,Ashley,Amy Cohoon. We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Gary is a special person that our family will miss. Our children grew up with Gary at many a field day and Gary was well liked by them. We have great memories. He was a pleasure to to know.
Tom VE1TA, Shirley VE1JFG, Oakland (Mahone Bay)

Brock & Lisa Crawford

August 2, 2017

Dear Bev and family,
We are deeply sadden to hear of Gary's passing. We truly enjoyed his company on many late nights patrolling Fall River with the COP. Gary will surely be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Brock & Lisa

Bill Glydon VY2LI

August 2, 2017

Having met Gary through our connection with the Maritime Contest Club where he was a voracious competitor and well-respected member, I was amazed at his success in low power contests-always on morse code. He was quick with wit and always had some contribution to our club. RIP Gary.

Gail Rahal

August 1, 2017

Bev and family, So sorry to hear of Gary's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

Pat Millar

August 1, 2017

Dear Bev and family: Our condolences on your loss. Gary was such a vital force and will be missed in your lives and in the community. All the best, Pat Millar and Phil Wilson and family

August 1, 2017

Dear Bev and family.
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Gary. Thinking of you.
Sincerely, Rina Senz,

Barry Diggins

August 1, 2017

Bev , my most sincere condolences to you and the family. I am sorry to hear the news of Gary's passing. Very best regards from Barry Diggins VE1TRI in Grand Lake.