1928 – 2016
Woodstock – Raymond T. Bartkus, 88, of Woodstock, died Friday, September 23, 2016 in his home. Born in East Granby, CT, he was the son of the late Anthony and Anna (Pautienus) Bartkus.
Ray was born and raised on a farm in East Granby, CT, the youngest of eight children. He was an enthusiastic student graduating from Simsbury High School and went on to attend Columbia University in New York City. After graduation and service to his country, he went to work on Wall Street. He worked for several firms before becoming a senior vice-president for L.F. Rothschild, Unterbert, Towbini, Inc. In 1988 he retired and returned to his home in East Granby for a short time before moving to Woodstock to join his family. Throughout his life, Ray was an avid traveler, managing to visit all of the continents over the years. Some favorite highlights of his journeys were an elephant ride to photograph tigers, hiking in the Galapagos, and visiting a lifelong friend in China.
Ray enjoyed being a member of the Woodstock Senior Citizens group, and when his health allowed, participated in some of the activities. He attended services at the Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Pomfret. Afterward he could be found at the Vanilla Bean having coffee with some of his closest friends.
Raymond is survived by his nieces, Sharon B. Mulvey and Michele Koss, both of Woodstock; and his great nephew, Michael, also of Woodstock.
A Memorial Mass for Raymond will be said at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, November 4, 2016 in Most Holy Trinity Church, 568 Pomfret Rd., Pomfret, CT 06259. For memorial guestbook visit www.GilmanAndValade.com.