In Memoriam: Bart Colbert

Julian Bartow "Bart" Colbert III
Julian Bartow “Bart” Colbert III

October 21, 1952 – July 25, 2021

Julian Bartow Colbert III, known to family and friends as Bart, had a peaceful passing on Sunday, July 25. One moment he was in the hands of slumber, and the next he was in the arms of his Lord.

“We lost our beloved Bart Colbert. He was a dear soul and a funny man,” said Cathleen Lee, Vice President of Norville Realty, Inc. where Bart had spent the last 15 years of his four-decade career as a Jacksonville realtor. Sales Leader was one of the titles he had held there. Prior to Norville, he had been with Watson Realty Corp. for a time.

“I can say one thing for sure, Bart Colbert was a good God-fearing man! Our conversations would always turn to talking about the Bible and striving to be a better Christian,” said Ray Pringle, one of Bart’s many friends. “We had some wonderful times at the Gun Club shooting sporting clays and cooking steaks on the barbie.”

Bart was a fourth-generation Florida native who had deep roots in the Jacksonville and Fernandina area. As a young man, Bart was an avid surfer. Out of the water, he spent time swinging on a trapeze and walking the high wire for Barnum & Bailey Circus. He had a fondness for camellias and azaleas, which he had inherited from his grandfather who owned wholesale nurseries in Virginia, Alabama, and Florida.

Julian Bartow "Bart" Colbert III
Julian Bartow “Bart” Colbert III

Bart was entrenched in the local community. He used his Lifetime Membership at the Jacksonville Gun Club to serve as Safety Director, to instruct Scouts, and to help Disabled Veterans. He was a true outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing, and camping.

Bart was also a 32 Degree Mason of the Scottish Rite. He served as Treasurer and Master of Solomon Lodge #20 and was Treasurer for the Scottish Rite Library Educational Charities.

Bart was a lover of family. He leaves behind his wife of almost 30 years, Winslow Colbert, Administrative and Financial Coordinator of Ortega Church; two daughters—Jeanne Lamar Petersen and Amelia Rain; three grandchildren—William Petersen, Emily Anne Rain, and Wade Rain; his father—Jack Colbert; one sister—Barbara Smith; and two nieces—Michelle Snowden and Katherine Harrington. Bart was preceded in death by his mother, Jean May Colbert.

On Saturday, July 31, a service to celebrate Bart’s life was held at Ortega Church on Roosevelt Boulevard. Donations in memory of Bart can be made to that church or to BSA Troop 2, c/o Jim Doherty, 1423 Avondale Avenue, Jacksonville, Florida 32205.

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