My Dear Father

January 8, 2013 at 6:09 pm (Genealogy/Family)



Requiescat in Pace ~ James C. Bartlett

“For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” — Rom. 8:38-39

On this 4rth of January 2013, we gather to celebrate the life of James Cecil Bartlett, beloved husband of Gail Shields Bartlett. 

James was the son of Arthur T. Bartlett. Arthur was from Edwardsville in south Illinois. Arthur’s father was Allen Bartlett.  Arthur moved to North Dakota to farm after working in a nail factory in Milwaukee. Michigan was the manufacturing center for the region, and the rail lines from US-Canadian farmlands converged upon its capital.

Arthur’s first wife was Ruby McCoy, but Ruby died from pneumonia soon after giving birth to their second son, Don. Arthur remarried Mary-Elizabeth Falls after Mary helped the family pass a couple winters. Only seventeen years of age, Mary would give Arthur five more boys. Their youngest, James, was born in the cold winter of January 18th 1917.

Mary Falls’ family migrated from Vermont. The Falls arrived in North Dakota by train. The Northern Pacific railway passed through Fargo, and from there an Oaks line branched. Like Arthur Bartlett, the Falls family had been drawn to North Dakota in the 1880’s by opportunities to farm land in the Homestead Act. Oaks was the largest town in Dickie County, and it stood along the James river.

Jim and babyArthur farmed half-way between Ellendale and Oaks, but soon Mary-Elizabeth and he moved to the town proper to open a business called the “The City Restaurant”. “Minnie” Bartlett was renowned for her fruit pies and good cooking. Jim was also born there, but, soon afterwards, Arthur sold the restaurant and returned to farming. The second Bartlett farm was small and 10 miles outside of town. Jim spent the rest of his boyhood there with plenty of sheep and cows to keep him company.

football heroAs a young adult, Jim’s parents paid for his boarding in town for high school. Relatives and family friends made sure Jim went to the Methodist church. While in Oaks, Jim captained the high school football team. Times were tough, so Jim eventually finished high school at his brother, Clarence’s, home in Myrtle Point, Oregon. Jim helped his older brother with his dairy and milk delivery business.

All told, Jim had six brothers: Harold and Don were the children of Ruby McCoy. Reece, Clarence, Ted, and Harry came by Minnie. With exception of Reece, eventually all his brothers left the family farm for a final destination on the west coast. Harold, Don, and Clarence relocated to the Pacific Northwest while Ted and Harry moved to warm and dry southern CA. His brothers generally followed the auto mechanic and oil industry trades.  Jim was the only brother to enter the professions, including a few university degrees under his belt.



While living with brothers in southern California, Jim soon graduated with honors from UCLA, obtaining his BA in History. Recruited by his brother Ted, James went on to join the San Jacinto lodge of Freemasonry. Huntington Beach introduced Jim to many important relationships. John Newlove was a fellow lodge member and high school Principal who assisted Jim with starting a teaching career. Charles Volkman was his first cousin on his mother’s side. Volkman followed Jim out to California and eventually joined the Navy. While in southern CA, Jim also married Virginia Motley, a daughter of a notable southern Californian general physician.  However, life in southern California was suddenly interrupted by the War. In 1943 both James and Charles volunteered for the Navy together. Virginia had their first son, Philip Bartlett, about the same time of their enlistment, that being 1942.

During WWII James was assigned in the Navy to the Pacific theater. He was captain of a small wooden supply vessel with a single mounted machine gun on deck. Fears of submarine attack were frequent. Jim continued as a logistic officer, studying administration in Naval Academy. After the War, James toured Europe, and had many found memories of Yugoslavia and Barcelona. James especially enjoyed the Basque region of Spain. While Virginia and he lived for a while in northern Spain, his son, Philip, was schooled in Germany. Military life was particularly difficult for Virginia.

jim work

the navy lab

Sometime after demobilization, Jim retired in 1964. He had served the military 21 years. Returning to civilian life, he pursued a masters in Accounting at San Francisco State University (MA), and then went on to a doctorate in education at Berkeley (EDD). About this same time Virginia asked for a divorce from Jim in 1963. Jim tried to save the marriage by seeking help in the Methodist church, but the failure to stop the divorce left Jim alienated from methodism.

However, sorrow would turn to joy when Jim met a cute librarian. In 1966, while working at San Francisco’s Hunters Point, Jim fell in love with Ms. Gail Shields. The daughter of Charles Joel Shields of Mount Morrison, Colorado, Gail was a graduate from Stanford University and worked as a top librarian in the Department of Defense’s Naval Lab.  Jim and Gail were betrothed in the United Christ of Christ of Willow Glen in San Jose.  James moved to Glenmoor in Fremont CA, and by this time he was already teaching for the Fremont Unified School District. Jim would teach for the next 10 years instructing business math at Mission High. Also, during this period, James and Gail visited North Dakota, and Gail met Minnie. This was in 1967– a year before Jim’s mother, Mary-Elizabeth, passed away.

dad, philip, mary, v

Jim, Mary, Yvonne, Philip

Jim was a resident of the Glenmoor neighborhood for forty-six years. He  had two boys by Gail: Charles in 1970 and John was born in 1974. Gail’s mother, Edith Birk, also moved to Glenmoor, eventually moving into Jim’s house in her elderly years. Also, boarding up with Jim was a beloved Welsh corgi, Jenny, who regularly curled herself under his desk in the evenings.  Jim was very involved in his community. He wrote a newsletter for Boy Scout Troop 176, was president of the county CTA, and Chairman of the Alumni Club Business Education at SFU.

In roughly 1975 Jim retired from teaching and began a third career as the CFO for southern Alameda County Head Start. Head Start served pre-school children who struggled below the poverty line. James wore many hats at Head Start, and in the next 13 years he rebuilt the pre-school program, rescuing it from the ashes of insolvency. Jim literally rebuilt a half dozen schools, added a new bus fleet, and made the Head Start program a shining jewel that other non-profits tried to emulate. The Head Start headquarters was at Hacienda School which Jim purchased for $1 from local housing developer, John Wong. The money that James invested and saved for Head Start employed dozens of low income families from community. It also produced several Eagle Scout projects. Head Start would have never succeeded without Jim’s sound fiscal management and hard work.

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James and Gail

Jim finally retired after 75 yrs. of steady work. He continued his productive life by tending his family and garden, repairing and maintaining properties, and investing his savings wisely. In 1993 Jim visited his son, John, who was living in Stratford England for a freshman year of college. This would be one of Jim’s last, big vacations. Jim and John had a fantastic time together while traveling to Dublin and Paris. In his later years, Jim kept up an avid pursuit of tennis, regular exercise, and healthy diet. He especially enjoyed his 7AM breakfast at the local Vienna cafe with Gail. Jim’s home away from home was in Pacific Grove and Asilomar where James and his family would spend the weekend to play tennis and visit the beach.

Jim never strayed from any task or goal. He kept a positive outlook on life, and he ordered himself by time-tested virtues that proved profitable for his family and especially neighbors and friends. James is survived by his wife, two sons, and a baby granddaughter. His family will always remember their father as a hero. We greatly miss our Dad but expect to see him again in the fullness of life in the world to come.

non sibi sed patriae



Opening Hymn                                                           Psalm51A 1-3

psalm 51A

¶ A hand bell is rung once by the Clerk (Charles).
¶ Then, the Bishop, meeting the Body in the Chapel, shall say,
I AM the resurrection and the life, saith the Lord: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: and whosoever liveth and believeth in me, shall never die. St. John 11.25-26

People. I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: Job 19. 25

Bishop: And though this body be destroyed, yet shall I see God: whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not as a stranger. Job 19. 26-27

¶ The Bishop, meeting at the choir, shall say, 
We brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.1 Timothy 6.7.

People. The LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away.
All. Blessed be the name of the LORD. Job 1.21


¶ After the Bishop comes to the choir shall be sung the following  Psalms. 
¶Upon the last psalm the ‘rest’ will replace the ‘gloria’. 

HYMN                                                                     Psalm 23B 1-3, 5

psalm 23B 

HYMN                                                                          Psalm 39A 1-3

psalm 39A

¶Upon the last psalm the ‘rest’ will replace the ‘gloria’

HYMN                                                                        Psalm 116A 1-3 


Bishop. Rest eternal grant unto James, O Lord.
People. And let light perpetual shine upon him. Amen.

THE LESSON                                                   1 Corinthians 15.20                                                                             ¶ Then the Lesson said by the Clerk (John) shall follow, taken out of the fifteenth Chapter of the first Epistle of St. Paul to the Corinthians.

NOW is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming. Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death. For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him. And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.

But some man will say, How are the dead raised up? and with what body do they come? Thou foolish one, that which thou sowest is not quickened, except it die: and that which thou sowest, thou sowest not that body that shall be, but bare grain, it may chance of wheat, or of some other grain: but God giveth it a body as it hath pleased him, and to every seed its own body. All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds. There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another. There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for one star differeth from another star in glory. So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption: it is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power: it is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual. The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven. As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly. And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.

Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incor-ruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

by the Rt. Rev. R. C. Johnson

¶ the Bishop pronounces,

The Lord be with you.

People: And with thy Spirit
Let us pray.

Bishop. REMEMBER thy servant, James, O Lord, according to the favour which thou bearest unto thy people, and grant that, increasing in knowledge and love of thee, he may go from strength to strength, in the life of perfect service, in thy heavenly kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, ever, one God, world without end. Amen.

Clerk (Charles). O GOD, who hast bidden us to honor our father and mother: of thy mercy have compassion on the soul of our father, James; forgive his sins, and may we behold him in the joy of eternal life. Through thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Bishop. O God, merciful and gracious, who hast made the family and benefactors of thy servant, James, ministers of thy mercy and instruments of Providence, we humbly beg a blessing to descend upon the heads Jim’s beloved relations. Depute thy holy angels to guard their persons, thy Holy Spirit to guide their souls, thy providence to minister to their necessities; and let thy grace and mercy preserve them from bitter pains of eternal death, and bring them to everlasting life, through Jesus Christ. Amen. 

¶ the bell is rung twice by the Clerk (Charles)

Closing Hymn                                                     Psalm 130B 1, 3-5

psalm 130B

Bishop. Rest eternal grant unto James, O Lord.
People. And let light perpetual shine upon him. Amen.

All.  O Saviour of the world, who by thy cross and precious Blood hast redeemed us : save us, and help us, we humbly beseech thee, O Lord.

¶ As the people leave, each receives three white roses from the Clerk’s wife (Amanda).



Flag Retirement

As the body is lowered into the grave, the Bishop, facing graveside, shall say,

MAN, that is born of a woman, hath but a short time to live, and is full of misery. He cometh up, and is cut down, like a flower; he fleeth as it were a shadow, and never continueth in one stay. Job. 9

Cantor. In the midst of life we be in death; of whom may we seek for succour, but of thee, O Lord, which for our sins justly art moved?  

Media Vita

Media Vita

People. Yet, O Lord God most holy, O Lord most mighty, O holy and most merciful Saviour, deliver us not into the bitter pains of eternal death.

Bishop. Thou knowest, Lord, the secrets of our hearts; shut not thy merciful ears to our prayer; but spare us, Lord most holy, O God most mighty, O holy and merciful Saviour, thou most worthy Judge eternal, suffer us not, at our last hour, for any pains of death, to fall from thee.

¶While standing nearby the Clerk (John) shall cast earth upon the Body as the Bishop prays,  

FORASMUCH as it hath pleased Almighty God of his great mercy, we commend the soul of our dear Father, James, here departed, and we commit his body to the ground; earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust; in sure and certain hope of the Resurrection unto eternal life, through our Lord Jesus Christ, at whose coming shall change our vile body, that it may be like unto his glorious body, according to the mighty working whereby he is able to subdue all things unto himself. *Amen. 

¶ Turning to the people, the Bishop shall say,

HEARD a voice from heaven, saying unto me, Write, From hence-forth blessed are the dead who die in the Lord: even so saith the Spirit; for they rest from their labours. Revelation 14.13

¶ Then shall say the Bishop,

The Lord be with you.
People: And with thy spirit

Let us pray.

Lord, have mercy upon us.
Christ, have mercy upon us.
Lord, have mercy upon us.

All. OUR Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth, As it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, As we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation; But deliver us from evil. Amen.

Versicles and Responses may then be said.

Bishop. Enter not into judgement with thy servant, O Lord;
People. For in thy sight shall no man living be justified.
Bishop. We believe verily to see the goodness of the Lord;
People. In the land of the living.
Bishop. O Lord, hear our prayer;
People. And let our cry come unto thee.

¶ Then the Bishop shall give the following Prayers.

ALMIGHTY God, with whom do live the spirits of those who depart hence in the Lord, and with whom the souls of the faithful, after they are delivered from the burden of the flesh, are in joy and felicity; We give thee hearty thanks, for that it hath pleased thee to deliver this our father, James, out of the miseries of this sinful world; beseeching thee, that it may please thee, of thy gracious goodness, shortly to accomplish the number of thine elect, and to hasten thy Kingdom; that we, with all those that are departed departed in the true faith of thy holy Name, may have our perfect consummation and bliss, both in body and soul, in thy eternal and everlasting glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

MERCIFUL God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is the Resurrection and the Life; in whom whosoever believeth, shall live, though he die; and whoso-ever liveth, and believeth in him, shall not die eternally; who also hath taught us, by his holy Apostle Saint Paul, not to be sorry, as men without hope, for those who sleep in him; We humbly beseech thee, O Father, to raise us from the death of sin unto the life of righteousness; that, when we shall depart this life, we may rest in him, as is the hope of our dear father, James; and that, at the general Resurrection in the last day, we may be found acceptable in thy sight; and receive that blessing, which thy well-beloved Son shall then pronounce to all those that truly love and fear thee, Come, ye blessed of my Father, receive the kingdom prepared for you from the beginning of the world: Grant this, we beseech thee, O merciful Father, through Jesus Christ, our Mediator and Redeemer. Amen.

THE grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Ghost, be with us all evermore. Amen.

¶ the people may leave their flowers and wishes for James. 


1 Comment

  1. Charles said,

    I love you, Dad, and miss you.

    Jimmy and doggie

    Jimmy and Bingo

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