PITTSFIELD — Our children are only ours for a little while. Bartholomew Dougherty honored us by being our child for a short, brilliant time. Bartholomew’s life is being celebrated privately with his large family.
Bart was an artist who lived more in 25 years than most folks can attest to in a lifetime.
He was a graduate of Woodstock Union High School.
He designed clothes and created Radioactive Flesh, his own company, and he wrote poems, and composed music.
His friends are worldwide, Paris, Berlin, Cartagena, Los Angeles, Tokyo and his favorite, New York City. Bart came home to Vermont, which he called his amazing base, last July. Peru was to be his next destination.
Those who met Bart found him amazingly intense; his brilliant mind always rendered an opinion.
Many people’s plans are to marry, get a house, raise a family; Bart never bothered with tradition, he was too involved in the moment and knowledge for knowledge, sake to be bothered with plans. He lived without fear of the future. Bart had said he was a messenger; the message may have been: live fully with great passion. Bart said he would live forever; if you can live fully in the moment with such empathy you too will live forever.
Bart had a tattoo that said “fun.”
Thank you Bartholomew for sharing your life with us, it has thoroughly been our pleasure.
We will all meet in Elysian Fields and you will have already started the party, completely vegetarian with prime rib.
Listen to Joan Osborne, “One of Us,” and you may feel Bart in your presence. Please take a moment to honor Bartholomew Dougherty, “Bart” who left so young. Semper ubi sub ubi.
Bartholomew is survived by his parents, Mary Anne Dougherty and John Bilunas of Pittsfield; one brother, Maximilian Dougherty of Shelburne; one sister Iris Dougherty of Portland, Ore.; his grandfather James J. Dougherty of Philadelphia, Pa.; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
In lieu of flowers or cards please send donations to Outside In, helping homeless youth and marginalized people move toward health and self-suffiency. Outside In, 1132 SW 13th Avenue, Portland, OR, 97205; 503-535-3800; www.outsidein.org.
Online condolences may be left at www.dayfunerals.com.
This obituary first appeared in the Feb. 28, 2013 print edition of the Vermont Standard.
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