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Date of Birth: October 15, 1968
Bart was a person that left big footprints, a straw that stirred the drink in so many ways, a “gatherer”, of people that is, as one of his dear friends referred to him. Bart, in his uniqueness and energy and passion for enjoying life and people, was a reference point for many of us – you know, you should be more like Bart, Bart wouldn’t worry about that, Bart sure knows how to have fun, or I don’t know how Bart gets away with it, Bart always lands on his feet – Bart sure knows how to enjoy life – and whether you were of similar make-up as Bart or were somewhat more grounded, you gravitated to Bart and his happy-go-lucky ways.
In the ultimate acknowledgment of Bart’s individuality, he became his own adjective – things became “so Bart”! In between jobs and leasing a black Mercedes – so Bart. Eighty friends for a holiday party in a 700 square foot apartment – Bart. Seersucker suit and saddle shoes at your barbecue – totally Bart. It is because of Bart’s extraordinary personality and social skills and lovable swagger and the many other traits that made the instinctive
description of him – “Bart – he’s a great guy”. These same traits already make his absence that much more conspicuous and painful. I was so counting on that reference point having a huge impact on my kids and Bart’s other nieces and nephews, but they’ve been robbed of that now. And while we must and will go on, and while the departed are always missed, I fear that this hole in our hearts and our lives will never truly heal.
– Excerpt from eulogy given by Larry DeParis