MEMORIAL SERVICE DETAILS:
Date: 26 March 2019
Venue: Pietermaritzburg City Hall
Address: Chief Albert Luthuli Street (Old Commissioner Road)
Date: 30 March 2019
Venue: Holy Spirit Catholic Church
Address: 28 Drake Road, Nahoon, East London
An ex-player for various clubs, he passed away aged just 46 on Tuesday following a recent illness.
As a goalkeeper, Bartman enjoyed a stellar career and it was testament to his dedication, fitness and professionalism that he was still playing in the Premier Soccer League (PSL) for Kaizer Chiefs and later Golden Arrows as he moved into his early 40’s.
He had begun his professional career with another KwaZulu-Natal team, African Wanderers, in the 1997/98 season, and also represented Bush Bucks‚ Moroka Swallows‚ Free State Stars, Dynamos‚ Bay United, and SuperSport, amongst other teams.
An inspiration to the local community, Bartman was born and bred in Pietermaritzburg, and after calling time on his playing career, he joined Maritzburg as goalkeeper coach for his first stint in July of 2013.
After taking a brief break from the game, he also enjoyed coaching spells at Mthatha Bucks and Arrows, before returning to Maritzburg for a second stint in December 2015.
More recently, he played a significant role in the development of Richard Ofori and Bongani Mpandle.
“Maritzburg United would like to express our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Arthur, our thoughts and prayers are with you,” the club said.
“Arthur served the Team of Choice with great distinction, sharing his vast goalkeeping expertise, knowledge and experience, as part of our technical team.
“As a Pietermaritzburg local, Arthur’s achievements in the game will continue to serve as inspiration to those from this region who are aspiring to enjoy a successful career in football.
“We will be forever grateful for Arthur’s service to the club and will remember with fondness the time he spent here.”