Community life, especially on Bell Island, was greatly enhanced because of the outstanding work and efforts of Mensignor George F. Bartlett and it was particularly for his contributions to sports that he was elected to the Newfoundland and Labrador Sports Hall of Fame.
During the 32 years that he was Bell Island parish priest, Monsignor Bartlett provided essential leadership for just about every activity on Bell Island, utilizing sport to generally improve living conditions for all Islanders.
He may be remembered most for his work and efforts within hockey, but Monsignor Bartlett was a key individual within track and field for which the Island was equally well known.
Monsignor George F. Bartlett filled an extremely important role within both sports, especially as they applied to Bell Island and its residents.
It was during the depression of the 1930’s that Monsignor Bartlett especially used sport for the betterment of Bell Island youth.
The construction of a rink that was named after him was a big factor in upgrading life. It housed hockey in the winter and was turned into a recreation center in the summer.
He was the driving force behind the annual provincial track championships that were held on the Island each August during a time when track needed plenty of encouragement.
It was for his great contributions to sport, especially on Bell Island, that Monsignor George F. Bartlett was inducted into the Newfoundland and Labrador Sports Hall of Fame April 24, 1976.
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