The people of Waynesville are mourning the loss of Ward Four Councilman, Tim Bartlett, who passed away early Thursday morning.
Bartlett was a family man, survived by his wife: Cheryl; one daughter: Kirsten Shaw of Warrensburg; one son: Chris Childs of Waynesville, MO; one step-daughter: Sara Gee of Waynesville,; one stepson: Dylan Neuman of Dixon; his mother: Sophia Bartlett of Waynesville; one brother: Carl Bartlett of Springfield; one sister: Kathy Cantrell of Blue Eye; seven grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
"He was a loyal friend and husband," said his friend Kay Bevan-Popejoy. "He was compassionate and giving."
Bevan-Popejoy spoke of a time she remembered Tim showing his passion and care for others.
"I can remember when one of his coworkers went through her battle with cancer and he and a couple of others at Mid Missouri Credit Union shaved their heads in support of her fight," Bevan-Popejoy said. "That was the kind of man that he was."
Bartlett was a man of many passions, or as Mayor Luge Hardman, who has been friends with Tim since the 1970s, said "a man of many trades."
Hardman said that the long-time Waynesville resident had a true knack for business and economics. He was the Chief Loan Officer for the Mid Missouri Credit Union. He ran two businesses in Waynesville: an upholstery shop and Ashley May's Barbecue.
Hardman said that Tim truly loved the city of Waynesville and served as councilman, chasing his passion for economic development and was also currently . He was very excited about the new theatre project and worked very hard at making it become a reality.
"He really cared what happened to the city and the people here,"Bevan-Popejoy said.
Hardman and Bevan-Popejoy said that he was a huge Cardinals fan.
"Tim was a life-long Cardinals fan and recently took his grandson to his first ball-game," Hardman said. "Even though he was sick, he was in the audience at our community night at the Springfield Cardinals game and the team even gave him a signed hat while he was in the hospital."
Hardman said that she will always remember her friend Tim for his good nature.
"He always had a smile and was always willing to help people," she said.