ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Bartholomew {Bart} Everly Rees 93 years old , born on October 10, 1914 and passed away on October 6, 2008. We will remember him forever.
Posted by Brian Polhamus on October 7, 2018
Still my mentor. As I quote you often, and I pass on your wisdom to generations present and to come. Everyone, I see pictures of myself in recent years, and say that pose looks like a pose Bart did while he was here. I know he is always with us. One day we will be reunited
Posted by Daniel Joseph on October 6, 2018
Today marks a decade since your departure... 10 solid years since you shed your mortal coil and left us here to fend off the wolves and find our respective way through so much morass. But I am grateful for having the most exemplary navigator, teacher, and mentor a man could hope to have.
Clearly, your earthly obligations, whatever they may have been were completely met and "then some".

Your exit seems timely in so many ways as the world despite always changing, seems to be rearranging into increasingly unfamiliar tangents and trajectories. Perhaps that's just my middle age angst or ennui... But I suspect much of what I experience holds objective merit and to summarize, I reflect upon the storehouse of memories and recollections from the good 20 years under your 'tutelage' and it still serves me well. Can you believe that since knowing you as a boy in his mid-teens, I myself am nearing 50 years old? Yes, in a mere couple of years "plus", I'll reach that mark and then perhaps, "Onward, Forward" further from there. We'll see.
I post this testimonial as an ongoing assertion to your timeless influence and benevolent light, cast upon all who had the good fortune of knowing you. So much has changed in the past decade, I suspect you would find much of the world completely unrecognizable. But then again, your wisdom and intelligence would quickly see the eternal forces at work and play that underlie such and you would {if I may be so presumptuous}, likely kick back in that recliner of yours, pull your feet upon the ottoman, and quip "It's all a bunch of baloney, Danny!"... Before or after taking a prime puff of one of your "prized" CVS cigars, no doubt. The musing and much of "The World" itself, reduced to an ephemeral puff of smoke while REAL LIFE is experienced and undertaken in the sanctum of your "hallowed halls"... Porch, Living Room, or Kitchen, even.
Time marches on always but I always Remember. "Always In Memory".
And Thank You for the memories and everything good and wholesome that extenuates from such. Your spirit remains with me.
Posted by Kathryn Martino on October 6, 2018
An essence so pure and true,
a character so strong
that a decade seems but a moment,
Your memory brightly shines on! 
Eternally loved and forever missed,
your Adele Monroe
Posted by Brian Polhamus on October 12, 2017
I still think of you often,and the mentor you were to my life. But you have passed on things to me. I find myself as I get older taking on certain qualities which you exhibited. I hope I can pass those qualities on as well
Posted by Kathryn Martino on October 6, 2017
"Love is anterior to life,
Posterior to death,
Initial of creation, and
The exponent of breath". Dickinson

Your spirit lives on eternally, an echoing whisper deep within my heart. Nine years feels but a day, our love will never part.
Deeply loved and forever missed,
Your Adele Monroe
Posted by Daniel Joseph on October 6, 2017
Thinking of you today, and always. Nine years have passed... One more makes things even-Steven as a solid decade since you've departed.

Your absence is conspicuously felt and noted. Rest In perpetual peace my good man and mentor.

I-We Miss You.
Posted by Daniel Joseph on October 10, 2016
Happy Birthday! The years proceed and memories may fade, but sir, for you, I'll never 'turn the page'.
Posted by Kathryn Martino on October 10, 2016
Thinking of and missing you on your Birthday dear Uncle and friend. Time passes, life changes but your memory has not dimmed.
"Unable are the loved to die, for love is immortality" ~Dickinson. 
Your fan forever, Adele Monroe
Posted by Daniel Joseph on October 12, 2015
Happy {belated} 101st Birthday to you my friend and mentor! You are never forgotten; As your legacy lives on in those who live after you - still touched by your shining example and sagacious wit.

MIssing you much and often.
Posted by Kathryn Martino on October 6, 2015
"The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living." Cicero  Never forgotten, truly missed. Always loved by your Adele Monroe <3
Posted by Brian Polhamus on October 8, 2014
Hi everyone it's me Brian,
                     I must say in memory and adulation the Centennial of Bart's life this Friday the 10th of October 2014 (October 10th, 1914-October 10th, 2014).
Posted by Kathryn Martino on October 7, 2014
Thinking of you today, as always with lots of love. 6 years gone by and the presence of your spirit is just as strong as the day you left; and memory of you is not even a whisper less- as it will always be. Missed, always- never forgotten. Thank you for such great memories, of wonderful carefree times. Always, your Adele Monroe
Posted by Daniel Joseph on October 6, 2014
6 years gone, time passes on, So much already has changed yet the core remains the same. Missing you always my friend and mentor.
Posted by Paul L Goodman-Glover on October 12, 2013
Not long ago I looked forward to tea and tastycakes. Now I look forward to that great heavenly feast with you and all those who God may see fit to sit at His table in eternal peace. Thank You for Bart Lord.
Posted by Brian Polhamus on October 7, 2013
Five years, I cannot believe. "How much more life is more lonely".
Posted by Daniel Joseph on October 6, 2013
It was 5 years ago today that you left us... Thinking of you today and always.
Posted by Daniel Joseph on October 8, 2012
As is always the case, I am thinking about you most especially this week as it encapsulates both your birthday and date of passing. So many memories I truly treasure as they are all I now have left. And I am forever indebted to you for helping me through the storms of life and for always being the epitome of consideration and friendship. Always remembered, never, ever forgotten.
Posted by Daniel Joseph on October 10, 2011
Thinking of you today and always..."Happy Birthday" my good man!
Posted by Lee Haynesworth on October 10, 2011
Miss ya buddy. you were like the grandfather i never had. always hangin out with us kids and never failing to put a smile on our faces.
Posted by Dan McNeill on October 6, 2011
To live on fondly in so many memories is the greatest tribute to the man that you were. Rest in the Peace of the Lord Bart.
Posted by Kathryn Martino on October 6, 2011
Death is a dialogue between the spirit & the dust. "Dissolve" says death. The Spirit "Sir, I have another trust." Death doubts it, argues from the ground. The Spirit turns away,Just laying off for evidence, an overlay of clay. E.Dickinson~ Forever dusted in your spirit,A.Monroe:)
Posted by Scott Mcginty on February 19, 2011
In Loving Memory of Bart Rees..may you always remain in our hearts and in our prayers until the day we are all reunited once again..We Love You and miss you dearly
Posted by Daniel Joseph on October 5, 2010
A small homage to a man whom I will always hold in the highest esteem as a mentor and a friend. Thanks for the memories Bart...truly forever missed.

Posted by Dan McNeill on October 5, 2010
A life well lived, simple yet profound. A friend to all.
Rest well Bart. may the good Lord hold you in his heart.
Posted by Paul L Goodman-Glover on October 5, 2010
A man for all seasons with a spirit that will never die we pray.
Posted by Kathryn Martino on October 5, 2010
You are deeply missed my Uncle, my Larger Than Life Mentor, my Friend...much more than words could ever say. You are a true original, a one-of-a-kind character who made a deep & lasting impression on all who were blessed to know you.
Posted by Brian Polhamus on October 5, 2010
I still have forgot where I left off, and where to go next, 30 years is a long time on a daily basis.

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Posted by Brian Polhamus on October 7, 2018
Still my mentor. As I quote you often, and I pass on your wisdom to generations present and to come. Everyone, I see pictures of myself in recent years, and say that pose looks like a pose Bart did while he was here. I know he is always with us. One day we will be reunited
Posted by Daniel Joseph on October 6, 2018
Today marks a decade since your departure... 10 solid years since you shed your mortal coil and left us here to fend off the wolves and find our respective way through so much morass. But I am grateful for having the most exemplary navigator, teacher, and mentor a man could hope to have.
Clearly, your earthly obligations, whatever they may have been were completely met and "then some".

Your exit seems timely in so many ways as the world despite always changing, seems to be rearranging into increasingly unfamiliar tangents and trajectories. Perhaps that's just my middle age angst or ennui... But I suspect much of what I experience holds objective merit and to summarize, I reflect upon the storehouse of memories and recollections from the good 20 years under your 'tutelage' and it still serves me well. Can you believe that since knowing you as a boy in his mid-teens, I myself am nearing 50 years old? Yes, in a mere couple of years "plus", I'll reach that mark and then perhaps, "Onward, Forward" further from there. We'll see.
I post this testimonial as an ongoing assertion to your timeless influence and benevolent light, cast upon all who had the good fortune of knowing you. So much has changed in the past decade, I suspect you would find much of the world completely unrecognizable. But then again, your wisdom and intelligence would quickly see the eternal forces at work and play that underlie such and you would {if I may be so presumptuous}, likely kick back in that recliner of yours, pull your feet upon the ottoman, and quip "It's all a bunch of baloney, Danny!"... Before or after taking a prime puff of one of your "prized" CVS cigars, no doubt. The musing and much of "The World" itself, reduced to an ephemeral puff of smoke while REAL LIFE is experienced and undertaken in the sanctum of your "hallowed halls"... Porch, Living Room, or Kitchen, even.
Time marches on always but I always Remember. "Always In Memory".
And Thank You for the memories and everything good and wholesome that extenuates from such. Your spirit remains with me.
Posted by Kathryn Martino on October 6, 2018
An essence so pure and true,
a character so strong
that a decade seems but a moment,
Your memory brightly shines on! 
Eternally loved and forever missed,
your Adele Monroe
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Shared by Daniel Joseph on October 24, 2010

To say that Bart Rees was a tremendous influence on my life would be an understatement. If anything, I would have to concur that he was a mentor and ultimately a personal hero to me. The myriad of experiences and recollections I have of "the venerable one" are too numerous to mention. But I'll try.

I initially met Bart in June of 1986. I had just moved to Wildwood-by-the-Sea, New Jersey as my parents in a perpetual quest for "the greener grass" had landed my family there. I was all of 15 and still getting my bearings in regards to my new home environs. During a family barbecue one evening, an amiable elderly man who shone with vim and vigor approached our fence. His greeting took me by surprise as I found it intrepid and informal..."I hear you just moved from my former hometown". Wow - just straight to the nitty-gritty, no need for formality and banal pleasantries. Don't get me wrong - Mr. Rees was as genteel and cordial as could be expected. But he possessed a charming candor that both disarmed and intrigued. It was this fleeting encounter that served as my introduction to a man who would play a pivotal role in my life in the years to come. Little did I know at the time.

My interaction with Bart would serve to be intermittent at best for the two years that followed. I do remember once however, being mysteriously drawn to his abode after a then atypical "falling out" with my parents one evening - an ultimately most fortuitous occasion that would lead me to making the acquaintance of someone who would later become one of my closest friends. By 1988, it was clear I would soon find that this locale would become something of a mainstay in my life, affectionately deemed "The Haven of Rest". It was such a place that would serve as a refuge and an oasis from the harried cares of life itself as well as a nexus point for for meeting a good number of others who would also become influential close friends of mine. Needless to say, Bart was ofttimes the fulcrum point of a very encompassing and extensive gestalt of people, places, and things that would always underscore something in my life affairs.

I could always, ALWAYS count on Mr. Rees to offer me sage advice and wisdom, shelter from the storms of life, a proverbial shoulder to cry on, an engaging conversation, a story worthy of the finest raconteurs, and a "bon vivant" bar none. He was as brilliant as he was compassionate and as principled as he was honorable. Mr. Rees was of an independent mindset - someone who embodied the very best of humanity through his individuality. 

Thank You Bart, for all of the benevolence you offered me and so many others along life's way. From the beach rhapsodies and boardwalk vistas...to the tomes of wisdom encapsulated in your personal writings such as "Poems by Bart" - of which in a pact with you I would routinely dispense to the masses in my many travels. From the dinner get-togethers with "the gang"...to the numerous escapades you'd partake in to the chagrin of the more conventionally minded.

You were truly a man for all seasons. Thanks for the memories my perpetual good man...20 years was not enough.   

Sorely and always missed,

"Danny"
 

A Blessed Youth

Shared by Kathryn Martino on October 6, 2010

 My smile says it all!  

For each entire summer of my childhood including most weekends throughout the spring and fall, I would travel to Wildwood with my Grandmother to stay at 107.  During the summers, my parents and siblings as well as my Great Aunt Addy, Uncle Frank, and countless other family friends & relatives would occupy "Uncle Bart's" house.

My memories could not be more pleasant, colorful and vivid.  Countless hours spent on the beach and boards, the overcrowded, happy & always noisy house, lawn darts each night at dusk always followed by countless and extremely competitive games of Scrabble.

As an adult, I look back and realize just how blessed I was.  I lived with six extremely intellectual and diverse adults under one roof.  Each of them provided their own amazing gifts, and Uncle Barts were limitless.

Our discussions were based on philosophy, politics, theology and the like.  From him I learned to understand and love poetry, to appreciate a good book and to realize the value of "being" by simply standing by his side at the edge of the surf, completely silent and awestruck at one of natures greatest masterpieces.  His greatest love...the ocean.

"Let me live by the side of the sea, where the ocean's roar runs free...the tingling wind sings its merry song,, and the happy children play all the day long"

One very happy child,

Kathy 

 

(aka..for Uncle Bart, Adele Monroe   xoxo)