NORTHFIELD - William (Bill) Bartos, 48, of Northfield died on Monday, June 2, 2014, related to a previous head injury.
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He was born in Northampton, MA, on March 10, 1966, the son of Robert Bartos Sr. and Sandra (Ormond) Bartos. He was a graduate of the Franklin County Tech School, Class of 1984.
Bill loved God and his family - he was a family man. He had a funny sense of humor that left a lasting impression. Bill was fun loving, thoughtful, sensitive, sympathetic, compassionate, very friendly and outgoing. He was very giving of himself to anyone that asked for his help. He was also a very hard, conscientious worker, who always believed in giving his all.
Bill was the most loving and patient father to his son and best friend, Colby, to whom he would give all his time. As a father, he was always teaching his son constant life lessons.
Bill enjoyed spending time with his family and collecting mementos of family outings to preserve those treasured memories. He loved the outdoors. His hobbies included hunting deer, pheasant, turkeys, ducks and geese. Usually, when he hunted deer, it was on Mount Toby, which he often called ""My Mountain."" Other hobbies included fishing, bird-watching and wildlife/nature photography with his son. He enjoyed his candy-apple red 1967 Nova SS classic car (which is not for sale). He was a very skilled and talented landscaper creating beautiful gardens - this often drew the attention of friends and passersby who would stop to compliment him on the beauty he had created.
Kids were drawn to his playful nature because he was a kid at heart.
On Oct. 8, 1988, Bill married his childhood sweetheart, the former Darlene LaMagdelaine, in Moores Corner Church, which he was a member of.
Besides his wife, Darlene, of 25 years, and son, Colby, he leaves his father Robert Bartos, Sr. and stepmother Patricia Bartos of Sunderland, MA; a brother, Robert Bartos Jr. of Shutesbury, MA, two sisters, Suzanne Davidson of Newton, N.H., and Debra DeLisle of Barrington, N.H.; brothers-in-law, Eric LaMagdelaine of Sunderland, MA, Kevin LaMagdelaine and Richard LaMagdelaine, Jr., both of Greenfield, MA; several nieces and nephews, as well as aunts and uncles.
Bill was employed at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst for 23 years. He was a Supervisor of Janitors, the sole Trainer running the Physical Plant Custodial Training Institute, and a Continuous Quality Improvement Trainer, one of only six trainers for the entire campus, teaching Administrators throughout campus. He was also employed at the Daily Hampshire Gazette.
Visiting hours will be held on Friday (6-20-14) at the Kostanski Funeral Home, 220 Federal St., Greenfield, MA 01301 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday (6-21-14) at 1 p.m. at the Moores Corner Church, Church Hill Road, Leverett, MA 01054 with the Rev. Phillip Grant, pastor, officiating. Burial will follow at the Plainview Cemetery, North Leverett Road, Leverett.
Contributions in his memory are suggested to ""The Bartos Family Fund"" at any Greenfield Co-operative Bank location or mailed to Greenfield Co-operative Bank, P.O. Box 1345, Greenfield, MA 01302.
Bill is greatly loved and missed and is now in Heaven.
Kostanski Funeral Home
220 Federal Street Greenfield, MA 01301
Published in The Recorder on June 18, 2014