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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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