EASTHAMPTON - Charles W. Bartley, 74, passed away peacefully at his Easthampton home, Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, surrounded by family.
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He was born, Nov. 6, 1938, in Danbury, Conn., the son of the late Charles A. and Rebecca M. (Blean) Bartley.
Charlie was a long time resident of East Longmeadow, later moving to New Hampton, N.H. to live and fish on his beloved Lake Winona and spent his last year in Easthampton to be closer to his family.
Charlie was an early adopter and pioneer in the computer industry where he briefly worked for NCR at their Springfield office before opening the doors of his own business, The Professionals Data Services, Inc., located in East Longmeadow. Over the course of 31 years, Pro Data grew to be a successful enterprise that brought Charlie much joy and satisfaction as President and CEO, while providing employment to many local residents.
Charlie was an active member of the Rotary Club and was a founding member of the National Exchange Club of Suburban Springfield, and thoroughly enjoyed handing flags out to the children attending the East Longmeadow July Fourth parade. Charlie proudly served as Selectman for the town of New Hampton, N.H. He was a member of the Congregational churches of both East Longmeadow and Plymouth, N.H. Like any mortal man, Charlie was powerless to resist the nagging tug of his own midlife crisis, indulging himself not with a candy apple red convertible, but rather with a hydroplane, cheating death on several occasions as he skimmed across the water at speeds easily topping 70 mph.
Charlie was a true gentleman who lived a vibrant, rich, full life which he built around his family and many friends. He is survived by the wife he adored for close to 52 years, Sara Lee (Elliott) Bartley; as well as his three cherished children, Christopher Bartley and his wife Lucy of East Longmeadow, William C. Bartley and his wife Shulammite of Weston, Conn. and Sara (Bartley) Quigley and her husband Paul of Easthampton; he also leaves the grandchildren he loved so much, Jennifer, Amarilys, Peter, Avery, Katherine and Eleanor; as well as one great-grandchild, Angelisse.
There will be a celebration of Charlie's life to be announced at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the
, Finance Department, 30 East 33rd St., New York, NY 10016, or to the incredible VNA & Hospice of Cooley Dickinson, 168 Industrial Dr., Northampton, MA 01060.
Finally, consider organ donation - the gift of life - (www.organdonor.gov) as Charlie's bumper sticker stated, "...heaven knows, we need them here."
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Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on Dec. 5, 2012