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Born: Apr 15, 1971

Date of Passing: Nov 05, 2023

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April 15, 1971 - November 5, 2023

It is with profound grief and much love that we announce the peaceful passing of Colin Bartlett on November 5, 2023, at the age of 52.
Colin will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 27 years and high school sweetheart, Nadine and their daughters, Deidre and Lauren or as Colin referred to them, his BBGs “Beautiful Bartlett Girls.” Also left to mourn are Colin’s father, Bill, sister, Julie, mother-in-law, Linda, brother-in-law, Richard (Yasmin), and nieces, Aliyah and Ava, as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins, and dear friends. Colin was predeceased by his mother, Frances and father-in-law, Richard.

Colin will leave a lasting legacy as a beloved husband, devoted father, dedicated friend, and distinguished business leader. Colin lived most of his life in Winnipeg and was a graduate of John Taylor Collegiate and the University of Manitoba with a degree in Economics and a Certified Professional Accounting (CPA) designation.

Colin loved Nadine and their daughters more than words can describe and was so incredibly proud of the women in his life. Colin and Nadine were best friends sharing a love that was evident to all who had the privilege of witnessing it. Together they embarked on countless adventures travelling to their favourite places. Their travels were not just adventures, they were a testament to their deep connection and shared dreams. Colin was also a self-described “girl-dad” who spent countless hours teaching his daughters to play all of the sports that he excelled at in his youth, with a special focus on basketball. In the early years, Colin also coached his daughters but later decided that it was better left to the experts. As his girls progressed with basketball, there was nothing he loved more than watching them play at school, with team Manitoba, and later together on the University of Manitoba Bisons. Following in their dad’s footsteps, both daughters have pursued careers in business and Colin was always there to provide support with solving complex business cases and to provide loving words of encouragement. He would say to his daughters, never doubt yourself and always think, “why not me?”

In the professional realm, Colin was the Managing Director of the Mid-West Region for Rogers Communications. While he was an accountant by trade, Colin loved sales and led the Mid-West Region to unprecedented heights. Colin described his career at Rogers as his dream job, and while he loved sales, what truly mattered to him were the relationships that he made along the way with colleagues from across Canada and customers. His team in the Mid-West were like family to him and the senior leadership at Rogers were always his champion, and for that he was sincerely grateful.

Colin’s legacy extends far beyond his career. He was also committed to giving back to the community and supporting business development in Manitoba. Colin served as a Director and Vice-Chair on the Board of the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce and was a strong supporter of United Way initiatives including serving as Chair of its annual golf tournament.

Colin had a true passion for golf and was a member at Elmhurst Golf and Country Club for 25 years also serving on the Board as Treasurer. During his time at Elmhurst, Colin developed many lasting friendships that were incredibly important to him.

Colin embraced each day with positivity and a zest for life that was contagious. Whether it was spending time with his family or attending a lively gathering, Colin had a way of turning ordinary moments into extraordinary memories, and those memories will live on in the smiles he sparked, the laughter he shared, and the love he spread.

A celebration of Colin’s life will take place on Sunday, November 26, 2023, at 2:00 p.m. at Elmhurst Golf and Country Club.

Memorial donations may be made to Brain Cancer Canada



As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Nov 10, 2023, Nov 11, 2023

Condolences & Memories (15 entries)

  • So shocked and saddened to hear of his passing. My thoughts and prayers for the entire family. I taught and coached Colin basketball at Hedges. I brought him up to varsity in grade 7 when his heart was much larger than him. He was a pleasure to coach and gave me life long memories to treasure and enjoy. - Posted by: Allan Friesen (Teacher and basketball coach) on: Dec 01, 2023

  • Nadine, Jamie and I are so very sorry for your family's loss. We didn't know Colin well, but we have fond memories of the time we did spend with him at your place. He was the best host and very generous. I wish we could have got to know him better. My heart is with you and the girls. - Posted by: Marlo Kozak (Friend) on: Nov 26, 2023

  • Dear Nadine, Deidre, and Lauren, I was so sorry to hear of Colin's passing. The last while must have been very difficult for you but let his cherished memory give you strength and peace in the coming days. - Posted by: David Mandzuk (Colleague) on: Nov 25, 2023

  • We were so very sorry to hear of Colin's passing. Although we didn't know him well, we were aware of what a wonderful and valued person he was, through stories told by our friend and Colin's mother-in-law, Linda. We know he was a loving and kind soul. We wish we could help carry your sadness, but may you find comfort in knowing how many people are wishing the same thing!! Many hugs and much love, Don and Brenda McLeod - Posted by: Don and Brenda McLeod (Friend) on: Nov 22, 2023

  • Nadine and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Colin was quite the character and kept me on my toes more than once. I remember studying for a test at U of M and sitting outside of the room a half hour before class started. Colin came and joined me as we were in the same class. I started talking about the test and it was immediately obvious that Colin forgot about it. He sat and reviewed the notes until class started and not only did well on it, but did better than me. He made me want to work harder in that class after that day. The last few times I saw Colin was always with you, Nadine. Whether it was running into you two at Joey's after work on a Friday or running into you at the airport on the way to Vegas when you two decided to go see Mariah Carey, it was so clear to see that you not only loved each other but you liked each other. Colin was lucky to have found his best friend to spend his life with. Sending you big hugs. Susan (Whitney) Sullivan - Posted by: Susan Sullivan (Former classmate) on: Nov 17, 2023

  • Nadine I wish I had words to help lessen the pain that you and your girls are going through. I did not know him but through your words I came to understand that your Colin was a wonderful husband and father and was too young to be taken from your family. I am sorry for your loss. - Posted by: Debra Roach (Friend) on: Nov 16, 2023

  • My sincerest condolences to Nadine, Deidre and Lauren. May God strengthen you and comfort your hearts at this painful time. - Posted by: Rebeca Heringer (Friend) on: Nov 14, 2023

  • Loved seeing Colin and Nadine at the basketball games and catching up on life’s events. Colin will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. - Posted by: Darlene Andruchuk (Cousin ) on: Nov 12, 2023

  • Shocked to learn of Colin's passing and so very sorry for Nadine, Deidre and Lauren. Met the Bartlett Family through the girls' basketball and the love, respect and admiration for one another shone brightly for all to see. Colin truly lived for his BBGs. Deepest condolences from Tracy, Tara, Shiyan and Grant, - Posted by: Towns Family (Friends) on: Nov 11, 2023

  • Nadine, & girls, Auntie Iris, and I, and our families are so profoundly sorry for your loss. Wishing you all the peace and comfort possible. - Posted by: Cathie Horon (Cousin) on: Nov 11, 2023

  • I came to know Colin through his tremendous volunteer efforts with United Way Winnipeg. Amidst his love for family and a very big job, Colin made time to give back to our community - which continued even through the difficulties of these past months. Over the years, Colin's leadership raised millions of dollars for Winnipeggers. And he was simply a great person to be around - passionate, positive, inspiring. Whenever we had a few moments to catch up on life, Colin always talked about his girls - overflowing with pride! His joy was contagious. I feel great admiration, gratitude and sadness. My deepest condolences to Colin's family and friends. Connie - Posted by: Connie Walker ((former) President and CEO, United Way Winnipeg) on: Nov 11, 2023

  • My condolences to you, Nadine and the girls. I am truly saddened to hear of Colin's passing. I have many fond memories of Colin. - Posted by: chris bartlett (aunt) on: Nov 11, 2023

  • We offer our sincerest condolences to the family. We have fond memories when our girls played for Magic basketball. He had a zest for life, enjoyed a competitive basketball game and good laughs with friends. - Posted by: The Wallacks (Friend) on: Nov 10, 2023

  • Nadine, Lauren and Deidre, we will remember Colin fondly and we are very sorry that he was taken before his time. We are profoundly sad for you, and wish you all the comfort and strength you will need to carry on. - Posted by: Jeff, Diane and Lana Shypit (friends) on: Nov 10, 2023

  • We are so very sorry for your loss. Colin was a tremendous colleague at Rogers and a great guy. His many positive attributes are easily seen in Lauren and Deidre. Heartfelt condolences to you all. - Posted by: Wainikka Family (Friends) on: Nov 10, 2023

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