Gerald B. Bartlett

Mar 23, 2020
Gerald Bartlett

Washington — Gerald B. Bartlett, 83, died peacefully at his home March 20, 2020, with his wife by his side.

Jerry was born May 25, 1936, to Cleo and Grace Bartlett of Washington. He graduated from Union High School in 1954 and married the love of his life July 12, 1958. For 61 years, Marlene and Jerry lived in the home he built for them, raising their three children, welcoming their four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, and making decades of wonderful memories together.

Jerry started working for his father’s pulping business while still in high school, eventually taking it over for his father when he passed. He spent most of his life working in the pulp business, eventually passing his fathers business onto his son, Wade. After retiring from the wood industry, he started “The Old Timers” excavating business with friend George Carlezon, which they ran together for over a decade. He was also passionate about buying and selling used cars for nearly 40 years.

Jerry was a member of the Masons of Mount Olivet Lodge #203 and was raised as a Master Mason in 1958. He rose through the chairs and served as Master of the Lodge from 1971 to 1973. He received his 50-year medal with a gold star, representing 55 years as a member.

Jerry was a true collector at heart, collecting everything over the years from antique cars to 50s memorabilia. He even built an addition onto his home know as his “50s Room,” which housed many of his favorite collections, including a massive restored peddle car collection that was sold as a set to be displayed in a museum.

Jerry enjoyed his life to the fullest. He was happiest when he was spending time with his family, they were his everything. He spent his summers at his family cottage on Washington Pond, inviting all his friends and family over for a big Fourth of July celebration every year. He loved his road trips with his son and grandson to Carlisle, spending his weekends browsing car parts and eating good food. He had a passion for food and loved going out to eat with his wife every Saturday night to enjoy his favorites like Prime Rib, Lobster and Oysters on the 1/2 Shell.

Jerry was predeceased by his son, Brian Bartlett in 2000, his granddaughter, Holly Bartlett, and his son-in-law, John Murray.

He is survived by his wife, Marlene Bartlett of Washington; daughter Jolene Murray of Nobleboro; son Wade Bartlett and his spouse, Corena, of Washington; brother Gary Bartlett of Camden; granddaughter Alicia Kirkpatrick and her husband, Josh, of Waldoboro; grandson Tony Bartlett of Washington; granddaughter Tonya Kenefick and her husband, Eric, of Washington; five great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Jerry was loved by many and will be missed by all. In keeping with the families wishes, a private burial will be held in the Spring. Should friends desire, contributions in Jerry’s memory may be made to the Mount Olivet Masonic Lodge #203, 74 Liberty Road, Washington, ME 04574.

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