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February 14, 1969 ~ October 4, 2022 (age 53) 53 Years Old
Montpellier, France- Bart John Calendar, 53, loved France. He began his life at the American Hospital in Paris on Valentine’s Day in 1969 and that life ended Oct. 4 in his apartment in Montpellier following a series of strokes. Bart, a brilliant and passionate writer, lead a Bohemian, Hemingwayesque life style in France after spending several years as a reporter at The Asbury Park Press through the mid 90s until moving to The Home News and Tribune in New Brunswick in 1996. Bart was a master story teller, a voracious reader, avid video game player and loved being on a stage. He was known for a quirky dark sense of humor which frequently came across via his online persona as “The Drunkin ExPat Writer- MontpellierMadman.” Bart moved to Montpellier in Sept 2000 with his then wife Jessica Nesterak (married in 1998) where they began a freelance business, capturing the early entrepreneurial spirit of the new electronic age. He divorced years later, returned to the states briefly and moved back to Montpellier in 2003 where he met his long term girlfriend and business partner Christine Cantera. Bart had a loyal following and he and Chris ran a thriving freelance business for 17 years until his death. He attended Ranney School in Tinton Falls, graduated from Monmouth Regional High School in 1987 where he was very involved in the drama department and graduated Bard College, Annandale on the Hudson, in 1991 where he studied film and literature. He spent a summer in high school as an exchange student in Paris and his junior year abroad in Montpellier. A devotee of Keith Richards, he defined his essence through the words of his favorite authors Bret Easton Ellis, James Ellroy and Hunter S. Thompson. Bart is survived by his parents Carl and Jody Calendar of Tinton Falls and New Hampshire, his brother Shane and sister-in- law Kate, his niece, Devin, his nephew, Luke, his Aunt and Uncle William and Veronica Shaughnessy, Aunt and Uncle John and Janet Calendar, cousins Michael and Lauren Shaughnessy, and their children; Leanne Moore, Hugo Calendar and Johanna Calendar and their children. He also has many other cousins and extended family. A memorial service will be held from 1 pm to 4 pm Nov. 19 at The John E Day Funeral Home.
Brookdale has been an enormously important institution in our lives and a scholarship in our son’s name would mean the world to us. Bart attended the Brookdale programs in both Guayaquil Ecuador and Montpellier France, which became his home later in life. Thank you, any amount however small would help change a person’s life. Jody and Carl Contributions may be made in Bart Calendar's name to the Brookdale Community College Foundation at Donate Now - Brookdale Community College (brookdalecc.edu) or by mailing donations to Brookdale CC Foundation at 765 Newman Springs Rd., Lincroft, NJ. 07738.