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Donald Bertram

  • On March 31, 2021

Donald Bertram, 82 of Robinson Township, formally of Moon and Imperial, passed away on March 27, 2021 after an extended illness. Born June 1, 1938 to parents Freda Kroner and Edward Bertram, Don or who many knew as “Bert” grew up in Millvale, Pennsylvania and attended St. Anthony’s.

Donald was a naturally gifted athlete who immensely enjoyed watching and participating in various sports. As a young teen he was scouted by the New York Giants baseball team and had later received a college football scholarship. Always up for a round of golf, he was an avid golfer who won numerous awards for holes in one and various tournaments.

With his congenial appeal and quick mind, Don had much success in the carpet industry as a regional salesman and territorial manager for Coronet Carpet and Queen Carpet, where he earned several distinctions for being named top salesman in the Midwest region. He enjoyed thoroughbred racing and later harness racing at the Meadows where for many years in partnership he owned and raced horses.

He was a loving and protective father, grandfather and partner. His grandchildren adored him and gave him much pride, joy and interest. Always a free bird at heart, Donald Bertram was a smart, funny, confident, and one-of-a kind character in a great American story that ended with him accomplishing and experiencing much of the best that life could offer.

He is survived by his partner of 27 years, Carol Salancy, daughter Dawn Snatchko, grandchildren Dylan Roman and Dorian Snatchko, sister Christine (Tom) Hoffman, nieces and nephews, and his golfing buddy friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, brother Edward Oliver, a half-brother John Edward and his son-in-law Dean Snatchko.

In keeping with his wishes, there will be no services, but if you could, please:

In memory of him, please raise a glass of a nice rosé, red or Johnny Walker Black and give a toast to “Mr. Wonderful”, a man and a life that will be impossible to forget.

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1 Comment

Jack Lewis
Dear Carol: That maybe the most accurate description of a person I’ve ever read. Having known Bert for only the past 6 years I can’t tell you how much I’ve enjoyed his company and always looked looked forward to seeing him at North Park or Vietmeier’s. Also having lunch and stopping by the house for a glass of wine. He will be greatly missed by all the guys and we will certainly hoist one to his memory tomorrow. For my part I will try to emulate his play and use some of his one liners on the guys. He always spoke of you in the highest terms. Please accept my deepest sympathy for your loss.