Thought's from the Island's MP by Andrew Turner

Buster – An Island Character

The Island lost a real character when former councillor and St Lawrence resident, whose name was Albert Claude, but was known to everyone as ‘Buster’ Bartlett, died recently.

I first met Buster when he was an Isle of Wight Councillor. He was a very kind man, but also forthright – always willing to tell you if he thought you were wrong about anything. Although we agreed on a great many things there were a few occasions when I was on the receiving end of a good telling off! But it was done in such a nice way that there was never any danger of falling out with him.

Buster was fiercely independent, with a passion for the Island, particularly Ventnor and St Lawrence, the area he lived in and so proudly represented. Everybody who knew him must also have known about his wish for a regular air service for the Island. He knew about the benefits it would bring, but also the challenges in getting it. He was a realist – never looking at things through rose-tinted spectacles.

Some politicians shy away from controversy – I hope I am not among them – but it was certainly never true of Buster. He was blessed with a loving family, who of course will miss him greatly, but those of us who knew him less well will also feel his loss. The Island is a poorer place without him and Ventnor and St Lawrence have lost a great campaigner. I know he will not be forgotten.

Author: Isle of Wight Beacon

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