This is Jim, realjohnboy's younger brother. I am aware that he been inactive on your forum since sometime in 2019.
John was found deceased in his Charlottesville cottage, the Friday before last. His health had declined in the last few years, following a fall and a stroke, which I believe that many of you read about here.
I know that, when he was still able to keep up with A2k, he highly enjoyed your group, and referred to you all as his "computer buddies". He may even have traveled to an in-person meeting once? I don't remember any details.
Not sure if the rules allow for the use of full names here, in the case of a death, but below is John's obituary. If the moderator(s) need to edit out personal identifying information, please feel free to do so.
realjohnboy has a Facebook page, under "John Allan Bartelt Memorial Page", on which you are welcome to post any public remembrances.
Regards to you all, and be well.
John Allan Bartelt passed away suddenly at his Albemarle County home on June 26, 2020.
John was born in Washington, DC on May 31, 1946 and graduated from Lane High School in 1964, where he was president of the Band and played Percussion under renowned director Mr. Sharon Hoose. He completed a Bachelor's in Accounting at William and Mary in 1968, gained his CPA license, and worked for (now) KPMG in their Atlanta office, where his bachelor apartment neighbor was debut NBA star “Pistol Pete” Maravich of the Hawks.
John was drafted and served with the Army's 101st Airborne Division near Hue, South Vietnam and earned the Bronze Star and Army Commendation Medals.
He then spent several years traveling and working throughout Europe and Africa, where he formed many interesting multinational friendships and experiences. Returning to Charlottesville in 1974, he earned an MBA from U.Va.'s Darden School and occupied subsequent decades as an owner and principal of Sycamore House/Studio Art Shop, a longtime fixture on West Main Street. With his late father and mother, he presided over a period of dramatic growth in that business, comprising numerous successful expansions, remodelings, and the opening of branch stores in Harrisonburg and Winchester.
Johnny enjoyed music and community theatre, participating over the years with the Charlottesville Municipal Band, Four County Players, and ACT I. He loved tennis and handball, his dogs, online conversations about economics, politics, climate, and NFL football, and was active in property development near the University and along Rio Road West.
John Bartelt was preceded in death by his parents, Allan and Rita, and his older brother Richard. Survivors include his younger brother Jim of San Antonio, Texas, whom he inspired toward a professional career in Percussion; sister-in-law Alice Bartelt of Portland, Oregon; nieces Barbara Damon (Greg) and Sandy Meyers (Daryle) of Oregon and California respectively; nephew Christopher Bartelt of Albuquerque, New Mexico; and grand-nephews Hayden and Scott Meyers of California.
A canopied gathering of remembrance, including light snacks, will be held under John’s beloved giant oak trees at 590 Rio Road West (Charlottesville), on Sunday July 12th, with open arrival between 4 and 6 pm. The event will be small, informal, and socially-distanced, with a short online greeting at 4 pm via Facebook Live, on the John Allan Bartelt Memorial page.
Memorial gifts may be sent to the John Allan Bartelt Trust at Charlottesville Area Community Foundation, www.cacfonline.org.
Teague Funeral Service has charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.teaguefuneralservice.com.