Mourning the Passing of Canon John Bartlett

A word from the Dean:

It was with sadness that we learned of the death of Dr John Bartlett last Thursday. John was a true friend and loyal servant of the cathedral for many years of his life having served on both its board and chapter. John was a one time Precentor of the cathedral and in this role gave of his rich knowledge and keen enthusiasm for the music and liturgy of the cathedral. He was an active member of the board charged with steering the cathedral through many situations of economic and fabric crisis. He was always levelheaded and both his intelligence and dedication helped to manage sometimes impossible situations. The cathedral was fortunate to have such a great scholar in Dr Bartlett as a member of its clergy staff who shared his scholarly work through solid preaching. Such preaching could be both challenging and affirming at the same time and reflected a faith that was as solid as a rock. We shall dearly miss him amongst us and we will feel a vacuum in his absence.  We are heartened to be left with a tribute to his scholarly work through his production of the Iambic gospels for the three year lectionary the proceeds of which John directly donated to cathedral funds. 


Words cannot express enough our deep sympathy for Olivia his wife who cherished John with a total self giving love. It is our prayer that as the days go by we will gradually be able to come to terms with his passing and believe that one day we may all share eternal happiness at home with our God. 


Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.


Dermot Dunne



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