East Millinocket - David Lothrop Bartlett died Sunday, May 21, 2023. He was born June 21, 1930, in Millinocket, to Lothrop Bristow Bartlett and Elizabeth Farquhar Bartlett. David attended elementary and high schools in East Millinocket, graduating Schenck High School class of 1948. He attended Kents Hill School as a Post-Graduate for the year 1948-1949, and attended Massachusetts College of Pharmacy, at the urging of his mother, graduating in the class of 1953.
After serving in the U.S. Army from 1953 to 1955, David returned to Millinocket to work as a pharmacist at the Corner Drug, before starting his own business in East Millinocket with encouragement from Dr. Irvin E. Hamlin, and Bill Nicholson. Bartlett's Rexall Pharmacy was born, where he would work from 1956 to 1989. It was at his soda fountain that he met the love of his life, Paula Jardine Bartlett.
David and his family enjoyed time spent skiing at Sugarloaf during the winter months, and time at family camps on Millinocket, Ambajejus, and Moosehead Lakes in the summer and fall months. He enjoyed roaming the shores of local rivers and lakes looking for Native American artifacts as an amateur archaeologist, rooting around abandoned cellar holes in search of old bottles, and resurrecting discarded furniture found at the dump. He was notorious for finding discarded treasures, repairing and giving them a new purpose in life. He enjoyed his fireplace and his many dogs, especially "Soot!" He was a member of Nollesemic Masonic Lodge, Feeney-Groves Post, Maine Pharmacy Association and Maine Archaeological Society.
He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Paula J. Bartlett; his children, David L. Bartlett Jr., and wife Sally, William F. Bartlett and wife, Shantiana, Martha Bond and husband, Robert, and Carol Cross and husband, Jeff. He is also survived by grandchildren, Anna (Bartlett) Catania, Abram Bartlett, Keene, Will, and Luke Bartlett, Patrick and Chelsea Murphy, Brice and Reid Bond, and Carson and Elliott Cross; as well as 7 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Margaret Gray, of Quechee, Vermont. He was predeceased by his parents; and younger sister, Priscilla Thorne, as well as an infant daughter, Mary Elizabeth.
At the request of the family, there will be no calling hours. Please donate in David's memory to the First Congregational Church of East Millinocket, or the charity of your choice. In memory of dad, please re-use, re-purpose, and re-cycle. Family and friends will be invited to a memorial service and internment of ashes at the family plot in the East Millinocket Cemetery, at a later date. Messages of condolence may be expressed at David's Book of Memories at lamsonfh.com.