Salem — Henry A. Bartkiewicz, 76, of Salem, died following a brief illness on Friday, August 23, 2013, in the Kaplan Family Hospice House, Danvers, with his daughters by his side. He was the husband of the late Barbara (Dziembowski) Bartkiewicz.
Born and educated in Salem, he was the son of the late Anthony and Joanna (Swiniarski) Bartkiewicz and a graduate of Salem High School.
An honorably discharged veteran, Henry proudly served his country as a member of the United States Navy. Henry moved to Hilton Head, S.C., where he resided for over 20 years, returning two years ago, to live with his daughter, Cheryl.
As a youth, Henry was a member of the Salem PLAV Drum Corps and continued his interest in drum corps over the years. Depending on whom you asked, Henry had a diverse repertoire of monikers as a young man, Bulkie, Bugsy and Hank, to name a few, but he was always known as Bart to all of his friends. Henry loved to entertain and had a great love for cooking, which lead to his own cooking show in the early 1990s on the local Hilton Head Island cable station. He was co-owner with his best friend, Patrick Hurley, of a scuba diving shop in Salem called Pioneer Divers on Jefferson Ave. He worked for many years as a butcher, eventually opening his own butchery, Country Meats in Danvers. He drove a truck and most recently worked in the office of a local cab company on Hilton Head. Henry was also a graphic artist for inventive sign lettering, enjoyed wine making and was an avid archer, spending many hours practicing. Like a renaissance man, Bart was indeed the epitome of a "Jack of many trades."
Surviving him are his two daughters, Christine Mahan and her husband, Thomas, of Middleton, Cheryl Bartkiewicz and Murphy of North Andover; 2 grandchildren, Stephanie Korczak and Adam Korczak, both of Middleton; a brother-in-law, Joseph Zalewski of Salem; a sister-in-law, Evelyn Bartkiewicz of Peabody; and several nieces and a nephew. He was also the brother of the late Victoria Zalewski and Francis Bartkiewicz.
ARRANGEMENTS: At the request of the family, all services were private and burial was in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Salem. To leave a condolence, please visit www.gonetfuneralhome.com. Donations may be made in Henry’s memory to Hospice of the North Shore and Greater Boston, 75 Sylvan St., Danvers, MA 01923. Assisting the family is the David H. Gonet Funeral Home, 22 Hawthorne Blvd., Salem.