Kenneth E. Bartholomew

Minneapolis, Minnesota

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I first met Kenny at The Ice Center in St Louis Park many years ago. I started out there on figure skates and he convinced me to try the long blades. I thoroughly enjoyed learning the basics and loved to watch him speeding around the rink and often got to skate with him. Even got invited to his and Evelyn's home and got to meet their dog that would fall over and 'play dead' when you said 'bang, bang'. I also worked for the phone company, so we had a few things in common. Rest in peace,...

Dear Bartholomew Family-
We met Kenny at Friendship Village, where my mom is a patient, and we always enjoyed our conversations with him. We wish we could have known him when he was younger. He was a little bit of sunshine every day and we miss seeing him.

Kristen, Matthew, Josie Rice

To my cousins, Sorry for your loss, Uncle Kenny lived life to the fullest and on his terms. What a guy always joking. Love, your cousin Linda

Dear Bartholomew Family,

Kenny was one of my inspirational figures as a young skater growing up in the speed skating mecca of the Twin Cities. He helped bring this great sport to its glory days during his career and inspired many people. My father John and Kenny (both from the Powderhorn SS Club) skated on the "48" Olympic Team and proudly represented the United States and showed the world what a power this country had become in a euro dominate sport. He leaves a great...

Audrey and Oscar Johnson 1940

My mother Audrey Naas was a member of the Powderhorn Skating Club in the 30s and greatly looked up to Kenny. While she is no longer around to show her appreciation, this is indeed the end of an era. Thanks for the memories.

Having heard from my Mom through the years about the great Kenny Bartholomew, I thought he was a larger than life celebrity. Then, decades later, when I met him on the driveway between our homes and spent 20-plus years living next door, I got to know him as a larger-than-life neighbor. Now, I will treasure fond memories and will never forget that I knew a larger-than-life legend. Condolences to his family and to those countless others whom he made feel like family.

I had the opportunity to visit your Dad numerous times through Project Veteran. I offer Pet Therapy one-on-one visits with my funding sponsor. We had some extraordinary conversations over the past year, and were honored to spend time with him. We were sad to hear the news of his passing today when we met another veteran who was a friend of his. He was moved to tears from the loss of his friend, and we all sharred memories of a special man (who owned a monkey!).

Jil Ocel

I did not have the opportunity to meet Kenny Bartholomew, but I heard a wonderful song written about him. Through some bittersweet magic, I feel a connection to him through that song. I can sense what a wonderful person he was.
Jerrie Steele, Minneapolis

To the Bartholomew Family, I never met Kenneth but from what I read here he sounds like a man I would have enjoyed knowing. My Deepest Condolences and Prayers to Annie and her Family.


Kenneth's Obituary

Kenneth Bartholomew passed away in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The obituary was featured in Star Tribune on October 14, 2012.