Bruce Selvage Bartlett

Published 10:14 am Monday, March 1, 2021

TRYON – Bruce Selvage Bartlett passed away on January 27th, 2021.

He was born on December 30th, 1935. He grew up in Montclair, New Jersey. Bruce attended the Kent School and then matriculated to Hamilton College, graduating in 1958. After college, he spent approximately the next 30 years working at various financial institutions in New York City, most notably the U.S. Trust Company, where he was a vice president. During that time, he was a resident of New Canaan, CT, where his family belonged to the Lake Club and the Winter Club. 


Upon his retirement, he settled in North Carolina, first living near the coast, but eventually moving to Tryon, NC because it reminded him of places he had lived during his long life, though with milder winters. He and his wife, Kathy, had most recently moved to Hingham, MA.

Bruce was an easy and quiet man. He enjoyed reading and all outdoor activities. As a boy and young adult, he attended and worked at Camp Aldercliff in Nova Scotia, where he developed a fondness for canoeing. During his professional years, on weekends, he could often be found doing outdoor chores, such as chopping wood for that evening’s fire in the fireplace. He also enjoyed jogging in his younger days, though such had given way to walking during his retirement years. His favorite sports were tennis and ice hockey, of course instilling a love of sports in his children. He also enjoyed card games, particularly bridge. Furthermore, he was a member of the choir in his church in Tryon.


He is survived by his wife, Kathy Bartlett, whom he was married to for more than 30 years. He leaves behind three of his own children, Tim Bartlett (Wakefield, NH), Andrew Bartlett (Windsor, CT), and John Bartlett (Kansas City, MO), as well as two step-daughters, Kim Larson (Mill Valley, CA) and Tracy Lockhart (Boston, MA), and eight grand-children.


He was pre-deceased by his parents, Craig Scott Bartlett and Gertrude Hall Bartlett, as well as his brother, Craig Scott Bartlett Jr., and his first wife, Mary Sprague McLaren Bartlett, with whom he had three children.


Services are to be held at some future date.


May he rest in peace.


Submitted by 

Julia Bartlett