Gregory J. Bartik

Gregory John Bartik, of Chicago and formerly of Riverside, died Jan. 21, 2022 in New Orleans.

Mr. Bartik grew up in Riverside and then moved to Chicago. He attended St. Mary School in Riverside and Riverside-Brookfield High School. 

He received his nursing degree from Northern Illinois University and began his nursing career at the University of Chicago Hospital. He went on to a decades’ long career at the Jesse Brown V.A. Medical Center in Chicago, initially in the Urology Department and later at the pain clinic.

Mr. Bartik was a tremendous advocate for working people in all fields. He actively demonstrated his support for union workers by marching side by side, supporting their goals for better working conditions, compensation and workers’ rights.

Mostly, he was a candid and frank friend, especially when he felt you might be endangering yourself.

Greg enjoyed life. All he ever wanted for all of us was to wake up, stop suffering, unclench and live a little — right now, today, every day or least for a few minutes.

Mr. Bartik had an enormous circle of friends across the country and around the world. He thoughtfully assigned nicknames to all. Greg was “The Nurse” but sometimes “Uncle Buck” or “Whitey.”

People who didn’t understand Greg are poorer because of it. He was a brilliant man who enjoyed the company from all walks of life. A dinner with Greg was always an opportunity to learn and to teach. Greg always was larger than life. 

Please, no donations. Instead take a page from Greg’s book and enjoy a great meal with people you love. He will be missed by his hundreds of friends.

Mr. Bartik was the son of the late Raymond and Frances Bartik. He is survived by his siblings, Mary Bartik (Mario Garcia), Edward Bartik (Janice), Michael Bartik (Cheryl) and Raymond Bartik (Evon).

A celebration of his life will be held in May.