Peabody — John Sumner Bartlett Jr., of Peabody, died on March 21. He was the beloved husband of the late Camille (Schexnayder) Bartlett. The 95-year-old led a spirited walk through life, serving his country, the phone company, and most notably, his family.
John grew up in Roxbury, Mattapan and Dorchester. The eldest son of John S. Bartlett Sr. and Helen Gertrude (McGuire) Bartlett, he was born a year after the Red Sox won the World Series. Despite his lifelong fandom, he would have to wait 85 years to finally see a world championship. He graduated from Boston Latin High School in 1938. His love for numbers shined at Bryant and Stratton Business School, where he graduated with a degree in business administration in 1940. His financial acumen served him well in the 81st Infantry of the Army. He graduated from Duke University’s U.S. Army sponsored accounting program in 1942, and worked in the finance division of the Armyuntil 1946. A twist of fate led him to the love of his life, the late Camille (Schexnayder) Bartlett, at Jackson Barracks in Louisiana. The pair was married in a small ceremony a short time later, and moved to Fort Hood, Texas, upon Army reassignment.
Camille moved to John’s hometown of Dorchester to deliver their first son, and was joined by John after he was honorably discharged in 1946. John’s career success followed him to New England Telephone. He retired as chief accountant in 1985, after 37 years with the company. Although John’s career successes were enough to garner notoriety, John will mainly be remembered as a loving husband, devoted father and affectionate grandfather. In retirement, he was an avid golfer, and a Starbucks enthusiast. His endless knowledge made him the perfect homework shortcut for his grandchildren, and his unwavering support brought him to stand by their sides in all they endeavored to do.