Louis John Bartnicki
Louis John Bartnicki, 90, died peacefully at the
Pavilion Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center in Hyannis, on Sunday,
September 10, 2018. He was the youngest of five children born to John and
Sophia Bartnicki in Ipswich.
To his family and friends in Ipswich he was John or
Johnnie, to his golf buddies on Cape Cod, he was Lou.
He was raised in Ipswich and graduated from Ipswich
High School in 1947. Shortly after his graduation he enlisted with the
U.S. Army and served with the Army Occupation Forces in Japan. Following
his honorable discharge he moved back to the North Shore, renting an
apartment from the recently widowed Lillian Mack in Rockport. What began
as a friendship shortly became a romance, resulting in their marriage on
April 4, 1954, at Sacred Heart Church in Ipswich. Before Lillian passed
away in 2004 they celebrated fifty years of married life.
In the midst of all this he continued his education
graduating from the Franklin Institute in 1962 with an associates degree
in electrical engineering, and went on to complete his four-year degree
requirements at Northeastern University in 1973. Until 1994 he worked for
AT&T, retiring from Verizon after almost thirty years of service.
In 1994 they decided to fulfill a long-held dream and
relocate to a home in Osterville on Cape Cod. On the Cape, he indulged his
passion for golf, and made many faithful friends who visited him regularly
when he had to take up residence at the Pavilion in Hyannis. Lillian died
in 2004. One of Louís friends was (and is) the man who became an advocate
for his "buddy," especially as Louís health began to decline. The family
is most grateful for all that Brian Conway has done for his friend.
Louis John Bartnicki outlived his parents, his
siblings, and many of his friends in Ipswich, as well as those he left
behind when he and Lillian moved to the Cape.
He leaves one sister-in-law, Virginia Mack of
Gloucester; one brother-in-law, Kenneth Aptt of Gloucester; as well as
numerous nieces and nephews. He was a delightful man with whom to
associate. He will be missed by all those who knew him.
Visiting hours will be held 11:30 am, Friday,
September 14, in the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High Street, Ipswich,
with a Catholic Prayer
Service at 1 pm. Interment
with military honors will follow in the Cowles Memorial Cemetery, Ipswich.
Family and friends are cordially welcomed.
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