Lady Lake, FL — Thomas P. Bartera, 72, of Lady Lake, Fla., passed away peacefully on June 6, 2014, at Villages Hospice House in Florida, after a valiant fight with stomach cancer.
Tom was born in Beverly, Mass., and was the son of the late Ricky and Nancy Bartera. He was a 1959 graduate of Beverly High School and a 1961 graduate of Chamberlayne Jr. College in Boston. He was also a longtime member of the Beverly St. Mary's Cardinals Drum and Bugle Corps in his youth.
A natural-born salesman, he achieved success in sales with Sylvania Electronics in New Jersey, Ray-O-Vac in Massachusetts, Craig Supply Co., and Daniels Equipment Co. of Dover, N.H. He loved his sales profession and continued it part-time at Lowe's in Florida. He was also an independent business man who owned mobile home parks in New Hampshire, laundromats, and Towers Liquor Mart in Weymouth, Mass. He was an active member of the Lions Club and Quarterback Club at one time, and most recently, with the Village View Community Church in Florida. Tom realized his dream of moving to Florida and enjoyed more than 10 years there with friends and co-workers.
He is survived by his daughters, Diane Szycher and her husband, Scott, of West Newbury, Mass., and Donna Bertoldi and her husband, Craig, of Groveland, Mass.; and grandchildren, Jason Szycher and Ryan Bertoldi.
Tom's daughters would like to thank friends and family for their prayers and support, Mass General Hospital, Villages Hospice House, Pastor David Brett at Village View Community Church in Florida, and the Water Oak Care Group, Lowe's, and his two close friends in Florida, Harry Castagna and Alfred Theroux, for the daily support and care of Tom during his last few months of life.
ARRANGEMENTS: Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service, this Friday, June 13, at 11 a.m., in the St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, 253 Cabot Street, Beverly. Burial will be private.