Glens Falls remembers Bartholomew for his untiring advocacy for the city he loved

Mark Mulholland
Updated: September 16, 2020 07:20 PM
Created: September 16, 2020 05:02 PM

GLENS FALLS -  Ed Bartholomew is survived by two adult children, five grandchildren, and a legacy as this city's greatest champion.


He was always advocating for Glens Falls and Warren County.

Long after a young Mayor Ed Bartholomew opened the Civic Center and brought big-time professional hockey and baseball to town, he was still plugging away at improving the city and county where he was raised.

As head of EDC Warren County, Bartholomew recently spearheaded the effort to land a $10 million state grant to revitalize downtown.

Before he became known as the youngest city mayor in the state at 28, the mild-mannered Bartholomew was known for being a monster on the Glens Falls High football field.

"He would be probably a cross between Godzilla and King Kong," said Nick Barber, one of Bartholomew's teammates and a lifelong friend.

Barber's remarks were part of a touching, socially distanced memorial service Wednesday at Christ Church United Methodist.

Speakers, including Ed's sister, Glenda, and two of his five grandchildren, talked about his passion for family and for service, but perhaps it was Bartholomew's long-time friend, Senator Betty Little, who put it best.

"I can think of no more fitting a title for Ed Bartholomew than Mr. Glens Falls. He loved, lived, and lifted up this community in so many ways," said Little, R - Queensbury, "And without him, our beloved City of Glens Falls will not be the same."

Bartholomew's family is launching a scholarship at Glens Falls High School where Ed served as president of student council just 10 years before he became mayor of the city he loved.

Bartholomew passed away July 21 at the age of 70.

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