Archie G. "Bart" Bartholomew

Archie G. "Bart" Bartholomew died Oct. 10 in Livermore after a valiant battle with cancer. He was 84.

Bartholomew was born July 29, 1932 in Kalkaska, Michigan, to Flossie Antoinette (Carroll) and father Ralph Bartholomew. He attended Belleville High School, where he played football and was captain of the football team. He graduated in 1951. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1952-1956 and was stationed on Guam during the Korean war. He earned a Good Conduct Medal and National Defense Service Medal.

After his Navy service, Bartholomew attended California State Polytechnic College and graduated in 1960 with a degree in engineering. He was immediately hired as a systems engineer at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and retired from the Lab thirty years later in 1990. He lived in Livermore for 56 years. He was a Livermore girls’ soccer coach for ten years and was known by "Mr. B."

Bartholomew has a devoted daughter named Karen (Bartholomew) Reis, he lovingly referred to as "Daughter­ Belle," and a son-in-law, Jim, in Castro Valley. He had four grandchildren who adored and respected him: Richie, Matt, Jenny and Jackie.

He married his one true love, Maggie Jill Bartholomew. Since she had grandchildren too he became a grandpa Bart and great-grandfather. He also will be missed by his dogs, Punk and Snickers

Bartholomew is the last survivor of eight children: brothers Alvin, Chuck, Mike, Les; and  sisters: lsa, Clarice and Violet. He will be remembered as a gentle and kind man who was always ready to lend a helping hand. Acceptance was the answer to all his problems or challenges he met in life. He loved to do crosswords and had a sharp mind until he died. He could always remember his favorite song, "In the garden," and the page number. Also, he always remembered his baptism in Crawford Creek. He saw the good in everyone he would meet. He was a good listener and would always help others to see the solution and not the problem.

A service was held Oct. 28 at Callaghan Mortuary with a graveside service at Dixon Cemetery for Veterans.