Celebration of life to be held for former Aurora Downtown president Tom Bartlett

Tom Bartlett with his daughter, Kim Granholm.

Tom Bartlett with his daughter, Kim Granholm.

Tom Bartlett, 71, was well known in downtown Aurora with his recognizable, friendly smile and his commitment to the business he started 40 years ago that his daughter, Kim Granholm, now owns.

Tom passed away on October 5 after a lengthy battle with cancer. A memorial celebration will be held on Saturday, Oct. 15 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 N. Broadway, with a toast at 3 p.m.

Aurora Fastprint, Inc., 54 E. Galena Blvd., opened in January 1976 in downtown Aurora. Tom bought the company when it was a Big Red Q Quick Print Franchise. In 1979, he changed the name to Aurora Fastprint, Inc.

Tom served the community in many ways and was the president of Aurora Downtown, an organization of business and property owners, in the early 2000s.

Tom was a kind and loving father, grandfather and extraordinary friend to all. An adventurous man, a veteran and accomplished traveler who loved scuba trips with his girlfriend Chris, and sailing the ocean with his crew Jerry and Harry.

Tom’s favorite movie was “Groundhog Day.” He kept busy in his semi-retirement both at Aurora Fastprint and with his tax business. He started the annual Wagon Wheel holiday party a Aurora Fastprint, which continues as an Aurora Fastprint tradition.

Memorial donations can be made to DiveHeart Foundation, an organization that provides scuba instruction, opportunities and adventures to children, adults and veterans with disabilities, at 900 Ogden Ave. #274, Downers Grove, IL 60515 or online at diveheart.org.