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Calling Hours:
Monday, August 21, 2023, 3:00-6:00pm
Loutzenhiser-Jordan Funeral Home and Cremation
Services, Inc., 366-368 S. Main St., Greenville, PA

Memorial Service:
Tuesday, August 22, 2023, 11:00am
Loutzenhiser-Jordan Funeral Home and Cremation
Services, Inc., 366-368 S. Main St., Greenville, PA
Rev. James Sodano, officiating
Pastor of Perry Baptist Church

Inurnment will be in Shenango Valley Cemetery

Thomas P. Bartholomew, age 80, of Greenville, passed away Friday morning, August 11, 2023 in his home. He was born in Mercer, PA on December 31, 1942 to Paul and Eleanor (Dickson) Bartholomew.

Tom was a 1961 graduate of Mercer High School, received his B.S. Degree in Education from Indiana State Teachers College in 1965 and completed his Masters Degree from West Virginia University. He was employed as a Math Teacher at Greenville High School for thirty-five years, retiring in 2000. While at GHS he had served as a class advisor for multiple classes. In addition, Tom also did income tax preparation for many local residents for many years. He volunteered as a Girls Rec Softball coach in Greenville and as an avid runner, he had ran and completed many marathons with his running mate Terry Cooper. Tom loved hunting and fishing throughout his whole life.

On June 19, 1965, he married the former Judith Nicholson, she passed away on July 4, 2017. He is survived by two daughters; Holly Bartholomew and Amy Johnson (Jarrett), all of Greenville, three grandchildren; Chase Bartholomew, Harper Johnson and Fynnley Johnson, two brothers; Ron Bartholomew (Joan) of Columbia, SC and Dick Bartholomew (Rhonda) of Hermitage, a brother-in-law; Nick Nicholson (Kathy) of Carmel, CA, a sister-in-law; Sue Nicholson of Gans, PA and many nieces, nephews and friends. The family wishes to thank Gentiva Hospice and Seniors Helping Seniors for their care during Tom’s illness.

Memorial contributions may be made to Greenville Area School District Educational Foundation / Tom Bartholomew, 9 Donation Rd., Greenville, PA 16125.

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23 Comments

  1. Anna Marie Fry (Consiglio) Anna Marie Fry (Consiglio)
    August 12, 2023    

    To the Complete Family of Mr. Bartholomew,
    Our Deepest Sympathies & prayers are with the family at this time of sadness. What an awesome & kind teacher Mr. Bartholomew was at GHS. He was also our Class Advisor of the Class of 1968. May all those beautiful memories that you shared with your dad, Grandpa, etc. be etched into your hearts forever. He most definitely was one of the BEST for a teacher. Rest in Peace Mr. Bartholomew.

  2. Anonymous Anonymous
    August 12, 2023    

    Nice man but I hated Geometry! Sympathies to family!

  3. Sean Prónay Sean Prónay
    August 12, 2023    

    As a high school educator, he was ahead of his time. Mr. B was a gem of a teacher who saw the value in each of his students. His willingness and exceptional ability to connect with us on a personal level was invaluable. He saw, heard and accepted each of us as we were. Tom Bartholomew made students comfortable in his class and removed barriers to learning. I am forever grateful for his compassion and wisdom.

  4. Gregory G Greenlee Gregory G Greenlee
    August 12, 2023    

    My Deepest Sympathy goes out to the family. Tom was an awesome teacher and a fabulous neighbor.. Prayers of support go out to the family especially at this time as you all celebrate Tom’s life.

  5. Sheila E Buchanan Sheila E Buchanan
    August 12, 2023    

    My sincere sympathies to Tom’s family. This indeed is a great loss. I was Tom and Judy’s neighbor for many years; moving away in 2013. He was the best I could have hoped for – fun, loving and kind. He was wonderful to my children from birth until they left for college. They loved Mr B. He was truly a man whom I am privileged to have known. Prayers for his family and friends that they may be graced with God’s blessings of peace, comfort and strength in entering into this next phase without him.

  6. Curt & Robyn Weaver Curt & Robyn Weaver
    August 12, 2023    

    Our deepest sympathies to Tom’s family. Tom has done our taxes for more years that I can remember and we always had a wonderful visit when either dropping them off or picking them up. He was just a good person and we will miss him. Prayers of comfort for his family.

  7. Jim Laird, Cleveland, TN Jim Laird, Cleveland, TN
    August 12, 2023    

    With deepest sympathy to Holly and Amy, those precious grandchildren and all those who knew Tom over a lifetime. We bowhunted together in PA, NY, OH and CO. Tom measured huge deer, elk, caribou, bears, and most other big game mammals of North America over three decades for Pope and Young. Tom was always interested in the exploits of others. We were friends after we met in Greenville at the High School in the spring of 1970. Tom harvested deer (white tails &mulies), elk, Bear, moose, mountain lion and other species with bow and arrow over a lifetime of bow hunting. We shared a lot of campfires and more time at our kitchen tables as we methodically solved the world’s problems. It is often said that the greatest marks of our passing are the people we leave behind. In Tom’s case friends, family, neighbors, and hundreds of former students would agree. The Lairds, Jim & Suzie

  8. Beth Inglis Beth Inglis
    August 12, 2023    

    Big B was the best there is! His girls and their friends didn’t take it easy on him growing up, and he handled it all with a smile, laugh, and the best shake of the head. Thank you for all of the great memories Mr. B..

  9. Anonymous Anonymous
    August 13, 2023    

    Never had Mr. B for a teacher, but remember him as a very nice man in the hallways as we would change classrooms.
    My sincere sympathy to all his family and friends. Class of 1974.

    Elaine Diefenderfer Hodge

  10. Amanda Wadsworth (Lillie), Amanda Wadsworth (Lillie),
    August 13, 2023    

    My deepest sympathy to the family for your loss. Mr. Bartholomew was a bright, smiling face in the halls of GHS. Although I was not fond of math, specifically probability and statistics, he made it interesting and was patient to help students understand. We shared a fun holiday together and he was always ready to ask ‘How was your birthday?’, when we returned to school after Christmas break since his birthday was the day before mine. May you be blessed and comforted by the many sweet memories.

    Class of 1996

  11. Brian Rohr Brian Rohr
    August 13, 2023    

    Mr. B will be greatly missed. He was my favorite teacher — I had him for 10th grade Algebra II, 11th grade Trigonometry and 12 grade Calculus. We used to talk baseball outside of his room in the hallway before class every day — he would quiz me on baseball history. I remember playing an in-class math game (usually on Friday’s) where everybody would start out standing, then we’d cycle through everybody one at a time saying the next prime number — you had to sit if you messed-up. He was always very kind and respectful to all of his students. He didn’t know my dad, but he came and paid his respects at dad’s funeral back in ’99. I’m very saddened to hear of his passing. Prayers go out to his family.

    Class of 1984

  12. Nancy Castor Nancy Castor
    August 13, 2023    

    My deepest sympathy goes out to the entire Bartholomew family for their loss. I have many fond memories of “Mr. B”. He was one of my math teachers when I went to GHS and a dear colleague when I taught at Greenville. He was a kind and genuine mentor to me as a new teacher. Tom always greeted me and my family with a smile and a true interest in what was happening in our lives. We both had daughters who loved horses and we shared many stories of our pride in their accomplishments. I feel so blessed to have known Tom throughout my life. He was a very special person. RIP Tom, thanks for all the memories.

  13. Bill Pressler, GHS Class of '76 Bill Pressler, GHS Class of '76
    August 14, 2023    

    Mr. B was my favorite teacher, period. He showed that learning didn’t have to be painful. Great teacher, and fun personality. Sincerest sympathy to his family.

  14. Dane Mincer Dane Mincer
    August 14, 2023    

    God’s Grace and Peace to you all. Mr. B was a great man and an awesome teacher. He will be missed by many of his former students, including me.

  15. Ruth (DiDonato) Maggs Ruth (DiDonato) Maggs
    August 14, 2023    

    To the Bartholomew family,

    Mr. B was a favorite teacher of mine for 3 years in high school. He cared about us and made learning fun. That was over 50 years ago. He made his mark on many of us helping us mature and prepare for the world. May your memories give you joy and peace. May God bless you. My deepest sympathies.

  16. Betsy and Bob Fischer Betsy and Bob Fischer
    August 14, 2023    

    What a great guy!!! His students loved him at GHS and respected him as a teacher. He had a great smile and made you smile with his long list of jokes.
    Prayers, love and deepest sympathy to his family.

  17. Bob Piccirilli Bob Piccirilli
    August 15, 2023    

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Tom was a great guy! We used to talk a lot at the bank and whenever I would see him out in town. Prayers to his family!. He will be missed by all.

  18. Sandra Bartholomew Houk Rest in PEACE my dear beloved 2nd cousin. I remember fondly our childhood times spent together. Taking the train to Kansas to visit relatives . Sandra Bartholomew Houk Rest in PEACE my dear beloved 2nd cousin. I remember fondly our childhood times spent together. Taking the train to Kansas to visit relatives .
    August 15, 2023    

    My sympathy goes out to the family. I recall with fondness the wonderful times we shared during childhood. I especially reamanise about the Christmas our families took the train to Kansas to visit relatives.
    Peace be with your family.

  19. Jim Straub Jim Straub
    August 15, 2023    

    What a great teacher; Gods’ speed to Tom’s family!

  20. Tim Morrison, GHS 67 Tim Morrison, GHS 67
    August 16, 2023    

    I’ve enjoyed reading all of the condolences. I smiled as I read so many references to him as Mr. B. I’m glad to see the “moniker’ stuck! He was my junior year math teacher, his first year at GHS. He also monitored a study hall in the cafeteria. He took time to speak to each of us in that study hall. I still remember his talking to me and leaning on the table as we talked. A class mate (Judy Titzel to be exact) who sat next to me busily colored Mr. B’s thumb as we talked. He didn’t notice the “drawing” until he had moved further on down the line talking with other students. He looked back and Judy and I couldn’t keep from laughing. He just shook his head . . . and smiled.

  21. Paula and Ashley Unangst Paula and Ashley Unangst
    August 16, 2023    

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. We shared lots of fun memories in horse 4 H. Tom and Judy were a wonderful couple. It brings a sense of happiness to know they are together again. I enjoyed reading all the comments that were shared. Tom was very humble about all his accomplishments. Wishing God brings comfort in this time of loss

  22. Jack and Peg Anderson Jack and Peg Anderson
    August 19, 2023    

    We met Tom when we taught in Greenville in the early 70’s, and we’ve remained good friends over the years. Our last visit this Spring was special and will be remembered fondly. Not only was Tom a wonderful teacher, he was a kind and funny person whom we will never forget. Our condolences go out to Holly and Amy and their families and to Tom’s extended family. Rest in Peace, Buddy!

  23. Melody Halsey Melody Halsey
    August 21, 2023    

    I just watched the video of Tom’s life, such a beautiful presentation of his life and those with whom he shared his life.
    I only had the chance to meet him once at my cousin Judy’s funeral service. I have only heard of what a wonderful person he was through my cousin Sue.
    I pray that he is at rest now and his family and others who knew him are comforted with the thought that he no longer suffers.

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