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Born: Jul 13, 1934

Date of Passing: Aug 18, 2022

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July 13, 1934 - August 18, 2022

With deep sadness the family announces the passing of John Bartley on Thursday, August 18, 2022, with his family by his side.
John is survived by his wife Pam and three daughters, Brenda (Jim), Lori (Perry), Tracey (Glen), and his "son", Jason (Joanne). He is also survived by his sister Elsie Mackenzie (Walt). He is survived by many nieces and nephews and so many cousins.
He was predeceased by his mother Eugenie, his father James Stratton, his sister Emma and brothers, Jim (Velma) and Harvey.
John was born and raised in Culver Siding and spent his life in Rennie and the Whiteshell. He was a Master Mechanic in Mercury Outboard Motors. After a career in conservation, he became an entrepreneur, who opened his own business which grew from Bartley's Esso to Central Park Service to Bartley's Enterprises. He made his own way in life. He was a strong, independent man with an incredible work ethic, a terrific sense of humour and a heart of gold. He was a councillor for the LGD of Reynolds, for many years, and was proud of the work the council did to build the hospital and care home in Whitemouth.
He loved his family and was a very social person who was generous with his time, offering untold numbers of folks a helping hand as well as a story or a joke. John and Pam always had an open door where all were welcome. Their home was filled with love, laughter and noise. His happy place was the great outdoors, hunting, trapping and fishing. He had an incredible connection to nature - "he forgot more about the bush than he could possibly teach anyone." John fought a valiant battle with cancer and we are very grateful for his doctors Partyka, Bruno, Anderson, Rathode and his many nurses and technicians. Our family is forever grateful to wonderful friends, Ken and Linda Boughton, Trevor and Barb Albinet, and Annette and Lawrence Fielberg and the many others who were integral to supporting the family during the last year.
A come and go celebration of John's life will be held at the Rennie Community Club on Wednesday, August 31, 2022 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Blue was Dad's favourite colour, so we invite you to honour him by wearing something blue that day. You are invited to bring a memory to share.
In lieu of flowers, if you so wish we ask you to leave a donation at the hall and the family will donate to the causes closest to John's heart.

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Publish Date: Aug 27, 2022


It is with great sadness the family announces the passing of John Bartley of Rennie, Manitoba on Thursday, August 18, 2022. After a battle with cancer he died peacefully at home with his family by his side.
Longer obituary to follow.

Publish Date: Aug 20, 2022

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 20, 2022, Aug 27, 2022

Condolences & Memories (23 entries)

  • I really enjoyed speaking to John and he did me a big favor a couple summers ago to keep me running throughout prime-time in the summer. What a funny truly great guy! I will miss seeing him around town and his quick-witted comments : ) God bless - Posted by: Bret Arnal (Friend) on: Sep 09, 2022

  • I knew of John since 1988 and I've known John personally in the last 5 years. He was a true inspiration in the way he fought his cancer. Always had something good to say always ready to meet new people and of course he always talk about the love in his life Pam and his family. Always mention friends that would drop by. He would keep me updated on his treatment because he knew that I cared. We have lost a true friend to the area will be missed for decades. Love ya John and Pam. Peter Fedorowich - Posted by: Peter fedorowich (Friend ) on: Aug 31, 2022

  • There is so much I could say about John, but I would like to say those that knew him would say he was a gentle man who shared himself with everyone who came in contact and most of the time it was to fix a problem. He never refused anyone. If there was a chance he could help he did and he would send them on their way always better than when they showed up. Goodbye my friend, Geri and I will miss you girls. Take care of Pam. She is a very special person. Until we meet again, take care my friend. - Posted by: wayne and geri slobodian (good friends) on: Aug 30, 2022

  • With Deepest Sympathy. A Wonderful Man! He will be missed in Rennie and the entire Whiteshell. - Posted by: Don and Lesley Lewis (Friend) on: Aug 29, 2022

  • Miles and I would stop in Rennie on our way to the Lake every weekend. Visiting with John and exchanging jokes was something we always looked Forward to. John was truly one of the good guys. His outgoing personality and crazy sense of humor will be missed. To his wife and family....TAKE CARE....You were blessed to have had John in your lives. - Posted by: Karen Williams (FRIEND) on: Aug 28, 2022

  • Dear Pam and family. Please accept our sincere condolences for your loss. I first met John more than 50 years ago when we began coming to Brereton Lake. He was a kind and witty soul who always shared a joke and a good story. In many respects, John was the face of Rennie. We had the good fortune to know him and have access to his expertise in fixing 3 generations of our outboard motors. There will not be another one like him. We trust that you will find peace in your many fond memories. Brian and Debbie Arnal. - Posted by: Brian and Debbie Arnal (Friend) on: Aug 28, 2022

  • I'm so sorry for the painful loss of your wonderful husband and father. 💔🌹 - Posted by: Valerie Proceviat (Friend ) on: Aug 28, 2022

  • John Bartley was an amazing man! To say that he was a one of a kind guy would be an understatement. Johnny, as he was affectionately known to friends, was larger than life! His skills as a “master” boat mechanic were second to none. Johnny’s ability to connect with people of all ages was incredible! His quick wit, jokes, stories and one- liners will never be forgotten. Just thinking of Johnny puts a smile on your face. It was also his kindness and caring that truly touched others. He has left a great void in the town of Rennie and in the Whiteshell. The legacy he leaves lives on in his love of family and friends. We were blessed to have been his friend for more than fifty years. Our loving and heartfelt condolences to Pam and all of the family. - Posted by: Ken and Linda Boughton (Friends) on: Aug 27, 2022

  • John was so nice, he must be twins. Anyone who knew him remembers him and his one liners. John had a magnetic personality that made everyone who met him feel like they’d known him their entire life. Even kids visiting the shop were treated to sweets like hard candy or suckers 🍭 . The rest of us got to share a pop with his many stories. John was at one with nature and shared his wrath of experience with anyone wanting to learn. When I first began snowmobiling, it was John who taught me how to ride and manoeuvre those really steep inclines. I still remember him showing me a patch of open water near his trapper shack. He explained that I had to learn to cross open water if I was to ride trails in the Whiteshell. He demonstrated and I followed. It scared the heck out of me but I know, that if faced with a situation of thin ice or open water, I stand a better chance of survival thanks to John. John knew all about survival and proved that with his battle with cancer. He fought hard and always kept a great attitude along the way. He will be greatly missed. Miss you already John. - Posted by: Darcel and Teresa Lecocq (Friend of the family) on: Aug 27, 2022

  • So sorry to hear of your father's passing Brenda and family. I know how close you were to this lovely man. He sounds like he was a friend to all. My deepest condolences. - Posted by: June Pospishell (Friend) on: Aug 27, 2022

  • I worked at Mercury Marine as a computer operator and saw John and spoke with him many times - he was very personable and very friendly. A great customer for Mercury Marine! - Posted by: chris senkiw bartlett (friend) on: Aug 27, 2022

  • May all the great memories that you shared, offer you all some comfort through these difficult times. Hope you find some peace and solace knowing that his suffering has come to an end! We send our deepest condolences to all of you! - Posted by: Harvey and Claire Bartley's Family (FAMILY) on: Aug 26, 2022

  • To Pam and family, Sorry to hear about John. He was a hard working, knowledgeable man, who was a man for all seasons. He had a great sense of humor and was always ready to share a joke. He will be missed. - Posted by: Doug Moberg (Friend) on: Aug 24, 2022

  • Pam, Tracy, Laurie and Brenda: I'm very sorry to hear of the loss of John. I was fortunate to have spent some time with him before his passing I’ve known him since a child he taught me a great deal on all aspects of repair. Will never forget all his one liners, laughs and smiles and occasional arguments over short cuts to repairs. He was always around to correct my ways. Will be greatly missed. Red Rock Pete - Posted by: Pete and Kathy Schillberg (Friend student) on: Aug 23, 2022

  • Dear Pam and family - I am so sad to hear of Johnny’s passing. I’ve known all of you most of my life and a highlight of passing through Rennie was stopping by for the biggest and best hugs in the Whiteshell from Johnny. He always was so happy and jovial and loved to tell stories about his wonderful and much loved family. He will be so missed by all that knew him. With my most sincere condolences…Doreen Smith - Posted by: Doreen Smith (Friend) on: Aug 23, 2022

  • Dear Pam & girls You have lost a kind soul who will be surely missed. Johnnie was one of the greatest men, so knowledgeable and always willing to give you a hand. He would always know what to do even if just over the phone. We will miss his friendship and stories. Take care and cherish your memories as we will. Love Trevor & Barb - Posted by: Trevor & Barb Albinet (Friend) on: Aug 22, 2022

  • Pam, Tracy, Laurie and Brenda: I'm very sorry to hear of your loss. Your husband/dad spoke so proudly of all of you and your accomplishments in life. He cherished your visits back to Manitoba, it was one of the few times he would put the tools down so he could spend time with each of you. My employment with your family business help shape who I am today. John was responsible for teaching me the importance of a strong work ethic and determination to complete the job even when faced with the most challenging situations. I "can't do it" were three words that you'd never hear him say. While working, he was always able to keep the mood light with his rhymes and jokes and had a natural touch for making everyone smile. John had an incredible talent to repair anything mechanical and had a reputation in the boating industry to repair a motor when others tried, but couldn't. All of his customers had trust in his mechanical ingenuity and knew that they were in good hands with him. I will greatly miss my visits back to his shop where I learned so much from him. I'm fortunate to have met and worked along side John. Rest in peace John, you may be gone from our lives but your legacy has left a lasting impression on the entire Whiteshell. - Posted by: Kevin & Tammy Boughton (Friend/Employee) on: Aug 21, 2022

  • This is terrible news. I considered John a friend. I first met him when I was just a kid when my Dad needed some help with an old Mercury outboard. Mercury Marine Canada told my Dad that they knew only on person in Canada who could fix that old motor. I remember the sad look on my Dad’s face, but then my Dad asked them where this man was located. When they said Rennie, Manitoba, my Dad smiled. You see we drove through Rennie every Friday night on the way to the Lake. That was the beginning of a long relationship with Mr John Bartley. My Dad also got to know John through Municipal politics and of course Multiple boats, multiple motors. When my own Dad passed away in 2001, I began my own relationship with John, continuing the family tradition. I must say I enjoyed my visits to John’s shop. I always had to stop, sit down and hear a few stories and a few jokes. It was great to be able to bounce problems off of John and when I did bring him a few tough motor troubles, John never gave up, and always pinpointed the problem. And there was a few strange ones. A few years ago, when I hadn’t been through Rennie in a few years, I received a surprise call from John, asking me “where the hell I’d been”. I can't tell you how much I appreciated that call. And when John called me just a few weeks ago to tell me he had been very ill, I had every intention to make a special trip to Rennie to visit him. I regret that I never made that trip. I’m very sorry John. You made “Lake Life” happen for so many people John, and you will be missed. I will miss you very much. 💔 Sincerely Len Dacombe - Posted by: Len Dacombe (Friend) on: Aug 20, 2022

  • A cornerstone of Rennie has been lost with his passing. The wealth of the Whiteshell district he had was impressive. - Posted by: John Christie (cottage owner) on: Aug 20, 2022

  • I’ve had the pleasure to call John my friend for 30 years, John was a great story teller and always quick to lend a helping hand. He will be missed! Goodbye my friend. Cheers - Posted by: Harry Defoort (Friend) on: Aug 20, 2022

  • Our condolences to you Pam and family Will miss his humour and friendship - Posted by: Walter and Pat Panych (Friends) on: Aug 20, 2022

  • When I was a young lad of ten or eleven years I remember helping my dad bring our Mercury Mark 78 to John’s shop in Rennie to have it tuned. I was always in awe of John’s knowledge of Mercury outboards and aspired to be just like him. In time as I matured I took my own Mercury outboard to him for advice and direction. John you were not only a friend but a mentor too. RIP my friend. - Posted by: Alan Mulholland (Friend ) on: Aug 20, 2022

  • So sorry to learn of John's passing. I admired his strong work ethic and his sense of humour. He had a wealth of experience and knowledge, both of which will be much missed by the Whiteshell cottagers. Rest now, John. - Posted by: Glen (Friend and ex DNR employee) on: Aug 20, 2022

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