Bartłomiej (Bart) Eric Natoniewski, 34, of Brighton, MA was called to rest on September 18, 2019. Bart was born on November 4, 1984 in Zamość, Poland to Barbara Maria (Zajączkowska) Natoniewska and Waldemar Jacek Natoniewski. He immigrated to the United States with his mother at the age of six, and never lost his love for all things Polish, especially pierogi and barszcz. Bart’s first years in the U.S. were spent in Albany, NY before moving to Holyoke, MA, where his family expanded to include his stepfather, Joseph; sister, Elizabeth; and later the birth of his younger sister, Melanie, who he cherished and loved. He took great pride in being involved with Melanie’s life and celebrating her success. He was loving and generous — one could not ask for a better brother and son. A hard worker from a young age, he saved enough money to purchase a bicycle that he spent countless hours riding in the woods of the reservoir across from his family home. Bart graduated from Holyoke High School in 2003 and from Wentworth Institute of Technology in 2007 with a degree in Architectural Engineering. A humble, disciplined, and determined worker, Bart had a successful career as a Mechanical Engineer for BVH Integrated Services and the Dennis Group. In 2016, he boldly and excitedly took on a new challenge as a Project Manager at the Whiting-Turner Contracting Company in Boston, MA. Bart had cultured class and an appreciation for sleek, modern design, evidenced by anyone who looked at his sketchbooks. He was a leader with vision, both at work and in his everyday life. Bart enjoyed the process of taking on new projects. His brilliant handiwork ranged from beautiful home renovations, to refurbishing cars, bikes, and watches, to editing the moments he captured in his photos into works of art. His appraising eyes and attention to detail gave him the ability to encapsulate the essence of people behind the lens. His photography and artwork showcased an unrivaled talent that memorialized his unique view of the world, a perspective that will be sorely missed in his passing. Bart loved to travel and ardently sought adventure, always with one of his many cameras in hand. He roamed often, whether on his annual camping trip with friends, motorcycling across India to the Taj Mahal, or traversing Europe for weeks on end. His expansive domestic adventures gave him an opportunity to start his vast baseball hat collection. He appreciated nice restaurants, delicious food, and taking command as chef in the family kitchen during holidays. He was a regular at the Stockyard in Brighton, MA for his favorite: medium rare ribeye and crème brûlée. Bart loved football. His love for the game began when he played Pop-Warner-Youth Football in Colonie, NY as a child. The game stayed with him as he enjoyed carefully crafting his fantasy football team each week as reigning league champ, rooting for the New England Patriots, though a fan of Dan Marino and the Miami Dolphins in his youth. He faithfully cheered on the White and Red, the national soccer team of Poland, during the World Cup. You could often find Bart deep in thought, wearing an L.L. Bean sweater or button down shirt, sipping a cup of green tea with honey, chilled with an ice cube. Serious and introverted, he could always disarm you with his simple smirk. He was an incredibly thoughtful gift giver, and he would do anything for anyone at any time. Bart will be remembered by those who loved him as a loyal, selfless, kind, and quiet soul; though Bart’s death was unexpected, it was in God’s perfect timing. He called Bart home at a time in his life when he trusted in God’s plan. The last year of his life was transformative. Bart leapt out of his comfort zone, formed empowering and strong friendships, challenged himself, and found peace and purpose in his faith. He will be dearly missed. Bart is survived by his mother, Barbara and her husband, Joseph Kos, of Holyoke; his sisters, Melanie Kos and Elizabeth (Kos) Beaudry, of Holyoke; his brother-in-law Nikolaus Beaudry, of Holyoke; his niece and nephew Olivia and Hunter, of Holyoke; his uncle, Eric Zajączkowski, of Chicopee; his aunt, Teresa (Zajączkowska) Chudzinska, of Chicopee; his aunt and uncle Zbigniew and Wanda Zajączkowski, of Poland; his uncle Krysztofer Zajączkowski, of Poland; his aunt Kazimiera Zajączkowska, of Poland; the Love of his Life, Faith Meads, of Boston; his Knucklehead best friends; and his many beloved aunts, uncles, cousins, and countless friends in the U.S., Poland, U.K., Australia, and elsewhere in the world. Bart is predeceased by his father, Waldemar Jacek Natoniewski; maternal grandparents, Zygmunt and Krystyna (Mrożek) Zajączkowski; and his paternal grandparents, Julian and Władysława (Bizior) Natoniewski; and his wujek Janusz Zajączkowski, all of Poland. He was a good one. A one-of-a-kind soul. He spoke truth. Always loved. Never forgotten. Forever missed. Visiting hours will be held on Friday, September 27th from 4:00pm - 7:00pm at Barry J. Farrell Funeral Home, located at 2049 Northampton Street, Holyoke, MA. The funeral will be held Saturday, September 28th at 9:00am from the Barry J. Farrell Funeral Home, 2049 Northampton Street, Holyoke, followed by Mass at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church located at 1945 Northampton Street, Holyoke, MA at 10:00am. Burial will follow in Mater Dolorosa Cemetery located at 152 Pittroff Avenue, South Hadley, MA. In lieu of flowers, Bart would have wanted us all to make the most of each day. As he once wrote, “The days may be long but the years are short. Make the most of them by honestly saying to yourself that ‘Today was a good day', everyday.”
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