Harland Bart Partch, 82, of Williamsburg, VA passed away on March 29, 2023 after a courageous battle with Parkinson’s Disease.
Bart was preceded in death by his parents, Eldon “Bud” and Jeanne Partch, and younger brother, Scott Partch. He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Marcia; his son Gregory of Richmond, VA; his daughter Suzanne (Alexander) Stewart of New Canaan, CT; and three grandchildren, George and Megan Stewart and Ava Partch.
Bart was born on September 16, 1940 in Spokane, Washington. As a child, his father’s army career caused the family to move frequently. Along with Spokane, Bart lived in Okinawa, Japan, Shaker Heights, Ohio and Newport News, Virginia. He graduated from Warwick High School, where he lettered in football, basketball and baseball. Bart continued his athletic career at the
College of William & Mary, where he played freshman basketball and competed on the W&M Track Team, of which he was co-captain his senior year. It was also at W&M that Bart met his wife, Marcia.
On receiving his B.A. degree in Math in June 1962, Bart joined IBM, where he held many positions during his 30-year career. Beginning as a Systems Engineer in IBM’s office in Norfolk,
VA, Bart’s many moves with the company took the family to Washington, D.C., The Hague, Netherlands, Paris, France, Mountain View, CA and New Canaan, CT. After retirement, Bart and Marcia moved to Williamsburg in 1996, where they enjoyed reconnecting with W&M.
An avid golfer, Bart devoted himself in retirement to perfecting his game—first at Two Rivers Country Club and then at the Golden Horseshoe. A prized possession was a set of golf clubs
personally fitted to him at the Ping factory in Phoenix, Arizona. Bart also loved to read history and assembled an impressive collection of books. A good conversationalist with a witty sense of
humor, Bart and his many “Bartisms” will be greatly missed.
The family will hold a private Celebration of Life service at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Williamsburg Regional Library, 515 Scotland St.,
Williamsburg, VA 23185. Condolences may be shared at www.bucktroutfuneralhome.net.