William Bartlett Stillman
1948 - 2020
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Stillman, William Bartlett GUILDERLAND William Bartlett "Bart" Stillman passed at home peacefully in the arms of his wife on November 18, 2020. Bart was born in 1948 in Broadalbin, N.Y. to William Stillman and Pauline Bartlett Stillman. He graduated from the University of Rhode Island in 1970 and Rutgers Law School in 1973. Bart had a reputation as a kind, highly organized, but no-nonsense administrative law judge. After retiring from many years of service at N.Y.S. Office of Children and Family Services, he was a volunteer for the Red Cross. He had also volunteered as a youth soccer coach and in various capacities at the McKownville United Methodist Church. His athletic passions included golf, hiking, cross country skiing, and biking. He took enormous pride watching his sons score and defend goals in both soccer and lacrosse. He instilled in them his love of the outdoors, and hopefully a better sense of direction. Bart was a sweet, gentle soul with a sharp sense of humor and a gift for corny puns and word play. Always a gentleman, Bart had impeccable manners, an expansive vocabulary and loved to read and research new intellectual pursuits. He is survived by his beloved wife of 35 years, Therese "T" Ryan Stillman; sons, Matthew Bartlett Stillman (Sarah) of Waterbury, Vt., Christopher "Kip" Ryan Stillman (partner Samantha Flanigan) Troy; sister, Joan Orseck of Glen Rock, N.J.; and brother, James Stillman (Theresa) of Lawrenceville, N.J.; as well as loving in-laws and a great clan of nieces and nephews. Bart bravely fought and survived Waldenstrom's blood cancer for 25 years, kidney and prostate cancers, a heart attack, a broken hip and his final nemesis: Alzheimer's disease, which was by far the cruelest of his illnesses. We thank his many medical providers and especially Dr. Larry Garbo and Dr. Carol Carlson for their wisdom, compassion, and care. A private service for family members will be held. In lieu of flowers, if you wish to honor his life, please make a contribution to the Alzheimer's Association or the charity that has personal meaning to you.

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Published in Albany Times Union on Nov. 22, 2020.
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December 26, 2020
Dear T, Matt and Kip, We were so saddened when news reached us in Florida of Bart's passing. Bart was a good lawyer and judge who brought honor to his profession. Even more importantly, he was a great husband and father and a very good friend. Every time we saw Bart he made us feel better, no matter how bad a day we were having. We will remember you in our prayers. Gerry and Helen
Gerry and Helen Conway
December 11, 2020
It was an honor and privilege to work with Bart in the Office of Children & Family Services Bureau of Special Hearings. He was as excellent a Judge as he was a kind, generous, witty and caring person. So many of the staff today talk fondly of their memories of Bart’s mentoring. He will always be remembered fondly by those of us fortunate to have worked with him.

Steven Connolly
November 29, 2020
To T and Bart's Famiy ~ I only knew Bart through Ts eyes, but in that I saw someone who had loved and was loved during a very special lifetime. I truly hope that your grief today eases into remembering the lifetime of happy memories you shared.
Cindy Daly
November 25, 2020
I will never forget the day I met Bart, as I started my career at DSS then OTDA. He was a reliable source of information and an had uncanny sense of humor. Must of all, his love of family, his love for T and their sons. There is no hike Bill and I take where we make reference to Bart's Adirondack adventure. Rest in Peace dear friend. May T, Matt and Kip find comfort in knowing that he was a renaissance man, like few and that he loved you all so very much.
Maria Vidal & Bill Day
November 25, 2020
Mark and I are so sorry to learn of Bart's passing. He had an unforgettably sharp wit and comic perspective on mundane events, especially evident during the many soccer games and tournaments we shared when the boys were young. What would we have done during those many hours without Bart's humorous commentary entertaining us on the sidelines? He was quite a guy. Our sincerest condolences during this difficult time.
Arlene De Siena and Mark Blackstone
November 25, 2020
Sincerest condolences to Bart’s family in this most difficult of times. Many fond memories of our time together as Fiji’s. Great fraternity brother but more importantly a great person.
M. Francis (Fran) Ferris
November 25, 2020
To Bart’s Family-I wanted you to know what a wonderful guy he was even though we did not interact often. I met him while working as a physician in a practice he utilized in the early 90’s. While I was not his physician we spoke often when I saw him. I don’t even remember what started our conversations.....just how warm, friendly and funny he was. I did not forget him, and periodically over the years we would run into each other, the last time at CVS. Again, we remembered each other from 25 years ago and had a lovely conversation. I’m sure there are many many more like me who experienced his wonderful way with people, and it was important to me that I share that story and my condolences on his passing.
Richard Rubin, MD
November 24, 2020
Very sorry to hear about the passing of my old roommate from many years ago, back in the Wood Lake days. We enjoyed many good and funny times together in our younger years, including famous late night breakfasts at the Spa City Diner, ski trips to Vermont and rounds of golf. He was a engaging person with a great sense of humor and a knack for story telling. Since I lived with him for a few years, I remember his "OCD" insistence on everything in its place. He taught me how to be orderly and neat by example. I did not know of his travails over the intervening years. The last time I saw him was a few years back on the Town of Colonie golf course. Here's hoping that the Lord sees to it that all his shots produce pars in heaven and that his infectious jovial spirit lives on in his children as a comfort to T. I know he will be watching over and providing loving support to his family in the years ahead.
Thomas Pohl
November 23, 2020
T, Matt, Kip and family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you all in this time of sorrow.
Bill & Debbie Jeffs
November 22, 2020
Bart was one of a kind and a wonderful friend. Funny, generous, kind,
a great listener... just to name a few. He loved T, Matt and Kip beyond measure. Like so many others, we miss him terribly already. The world lost a good guy this week. Rest in peace, dear Bart.
Lee Lounsbury and Jack Bailly
November 22, 2020
I remember Bart very well when I resided in Albany as were both single then and hung out together often. He was always a gentleman and fun to be around. A good athlete as we skied and played tennis regularly. I moved to NYC in 1980 but I also worked for same office as Bart and would often see him in NYC and Albany when I went there. He told me he had a very happy marriage to T and loved being a father to his sons. I send deep regrets to his family and will make a contribution in his memory. God bless all.
Robert D McDougall
November 22, 2020
I was most saddened to learn of your recent loss. It was my privilege to have known Bart and to have shared time together both at my office a well as on the golf course years ago. Always a warm smile and ready laugh in spite of his difficulties. My sympathies to the family.
Aaron Kassoff MD
Aaron Kassoff
November 22, 2020
Dear T and Family,
May your beloved Bart rest in peace. He was a wonderful and kind man, with a twinkle in his eye. He will be missed and we are thinking of all of you during this very difficult time. Love to you all,
Mike, Chris and Finn Peters
The Peters Family
November 22, 2020
When I was a new attorney around 1989, Bart was the ALJ for a particularly difficult case of mine involving a mom with mental illness who was seeking to expunge her record of a (unfounded) charge of child negligence, because she wished to work in the child care field. These were notoriously difficult cases, and my client was a bundle of nerves, bordering on breaking down, going into the hearing. I will never forget the kindness and compassion he showed my client, and how he listened to and considered my arguments as a fledgling attorney. He ordered my client's record expunged, and instilled (no pun intended!) in both my client and me a belief in the possibility of justice for those who rarely see it.
On a more personal note, I see in the obituary that we shared the same oncologist, and a love of hiking and punnery. My heart goes out to you, his family, both for your loss and Bart's struggles with Alzheimer's. I did not know him well, but well enough to know he was a great man. Peace be with you.
Simeon Goldman
November 22, 2020
We are very sorry for your loss. Our love hearts and prayers go out to you and your family.
Todd and Tina

Tina and Todd Rorick
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